Switched at Birth: Volume One
Rating: 4 out of 5

     Switched at Birth (ABC Family’s highest rated show to debut on the network) revolves around Bay Kennish (played by Vanessa Marano), a teenager being raised by her mother and father (played by Lea Thompson and D.W. Moffett) in Mission Hills, Kansas.  After studying blood types in school she begins to wonder why her blood type doesn’t match her parents’.  To make a long story short – they discover that Bay is not biologically related to them – and that the hospital mistakenly switched her with another baby at birth, Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), a deaf teen living with her single mother and grandmother.

     There’s so much more to Switched at Birth once you peel back the first layer of the onion.  There are real life situations and struggles that we all face as human beings.  Sure, not all of us were “switched at birth” or are dealt with the hardship of being deaf, but we can all relate to this show in one way or another. 

     The acting is superb, even by the new rising stars of the show Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano.  Lea Thompson, whom I’ve loved since Back to the Future and Howard the Duck, gives an amazing performance on this show. 

     Switched at Birth finally gives us a family oriented drama for our viewing pleasure.  It’s a heartfelt story and wholesome entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.



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