Switched at Birth

Switched at Birth

2011 American teen/family drama television series
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Switched at Birth is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011. The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments: one in an affluent suburb, and the other in a working-class neighborhood. According to ABC Family, it is "the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language (ASL)".

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John Swihart
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John Swihart
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United States
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  • English
  • American Sign Language
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5
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  • Frank Byers
  • Russ T. Alsobrook
  • Daryn Okada
  • Carlos González
  • Phil Parmet
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  • Peter Basinski
  • Jill D'Agnenica
  • Debby Germino
  • Susan Kobata
  • Mitchell Danton
  • William Marrinson
  • Nathan Easterling
  • David Abramson
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45 minutes
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720p (16:9 HDTV)
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June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)
April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)
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  • Vanessa Marano (Bay Kennish) has a sister named Laura Marano who is also an actress. Laura has never acted in Switched at Birth, but when Vanessa was asked to bring in photos of herself for the set, she brought in photos of both her and her sister. In season 3 episode 17 - "Girl With Death Mask (She Plays Alone)" - Bay visits her cousin, and he shows her a picture of her deceased, biological aunt. Laura is the aunt in the picture.
  • Even though Meredith Baxter plays Lea Thompson's mother she's only 14 years older then her. Both women have also played Michael J Fox's mother, Meredith Baxter in Family Ties and Lea Thompson in the Back to the Future Trilogy.
  • Revealed in the pilot script, Bay & Toby were supposed to have an 11 year old brother, Luke, who seemed to bond with Daphne well.
  • When the series began, Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) were both supposed to be 15 (consequent to the show's premise, the characters share the same birthday). In reality Marano was 18 and Leclerc was 24, but their birthdays are less than a week apart.
  • Lizzy Weiss has said that someone will get pregnant in season 4.

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