Switched at Birth: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)



Critic Consensus: Despite leaning on a tried-and-true premise, Switched at Birth proves to be an entertaining remix thanks to fresh writing and charming characters.


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Air date: Jun 6, 2011
Air date: Jun 13, 2011
Air date: Jun 20, 2011
Air date: Jun 27, 2011
Air date: Jul 4, 2011
Air date: Jul 11, 2011
Air date: Jul 18, 2011
Air date: Jul 25, 2011
Air date: Aug 1, 2011
Air date: Aug 8, 2011
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In the first series of this drama, two teenage girls discover they were sent home with the wrong families when they were newborns. The girls went on to lead very different lives: Artistic Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) grew up in a world of privilege, while athletic Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc) was raised by a single mother and contracted an illness that left her deaf at a young age. The two families attempt to blend while a court case is being mounted against the hospital responsible for the switch.


Katie LeClerc
as Daphne Vasquez
Vanessa Marano
as Bay Kennish
Constance Marie
as Regina Vasquez
D.W. Moffett
as John Kennish
Lea Thompson
as Kathryn Kennish
Lucas Grabeel
as Toby Kennish
Sean Berdy
as Emmett Bledsoe
Marlee Matlin
as Melody Bledsoe
Gilles Marini
as Angelo Sorrento
Maiara Walsh
as Simone Sinclair
Christopher Wiehl
as Patrick Beemer
Ivonne Coll
as Adrianna Vasquez
Sam Page
as Craig Tebbe
Brandon Bell
as Coach Medlock
Anthony Natale
as Cameron Bledsoe
Meredith Baxter
as Bonnie Tamblyn Dixon
Shelley Long
as Rya Bellows
Corbin Bernsen
as James Wilkerson
Dee Wallace
as Colleen Vandernoot
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Critic Reviews for Switched at Birth Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Despite all the implausibilities and irritations, Switched manages to make a positive impression, thanks to some sturdy writing and solid performances that adequately sell the premise.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Although it's thematically clunky and occasionally dramatically stagnant, "Switched At Birth" is carried by a slew of likable performances and an admirable respect for its myriad complications.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Fortunately, there are enough interesting characters and realistic reactions to everything among them to give Switched at Birth a compelling start and plenty of places to go.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

I watched those scenes [between Daphne and Emmett] and felt like they were something I'd rarely seen before on television, often wishing that everything else could be similarly fresh.

Sep 11, 2013 | Full Review…

Switched at Birth is actually just a good teen drama.

Sep 11, 2013 | Full Review…

An inherently marketable premise, Switched at Birth becomes the formula for a surprisingly compelling drama.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Although the story centers on a unique (and improbable) challenge that two families face, its messages resonate with a much broader audience.

Sep 11, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Switched at Birth isn't the most innovative summer show of the season or the most sexy summer show on even its own network, but it might be the one with the most potential for broad appeal.

Sep 11, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

If the situation of Switched at Birth often seems surreal and at times contrived, the performances keep the story grounded as yet another alternative American family blooms under the California sun.

Jun 6, 2011 | Full Review…

Katie Leclerc is instantly, sunnily appealing as Daphne, a hearing-impaired girl who learns she was sent home from the hospital with the wrong mom. Vanessa Marano is fine as the other misplaced kid, except she's a sulker and sort of a drag.

Jun 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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