Switched at Birth

2011 TV-14 1 season

Switched at Birth

2011 TV-14 1 season
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In this ABC Family drama series, a pair of unsuspecting teens discover they were accidentally switched at birth, setting off a chain reaction of life-altering changes to the families they've always known.
Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Lucas Grabeel, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Sean Berdy, Ivonne Coll, Austin Butler, Blair Redford
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 2 discs

The everyday teenage angst of Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez is dramatically increased when the girls discover that they were accidentally switched in the hospital as infants, prompting them to question their identities and family relationships.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this thought-provoking drama promotes family-friendly themes like respect, responsibility, and coping with adversity. Two sets of parents approach child rearing in different ways, but both have strong value systems that they impart on their kids, and they make clear their expectations of them. Expect some rebellious teen behavior (some of which is criminal and goes unchecked), references to drinking and pot, and language ("hell" and "damn," mostly). A main character is deaf, and her struggles to assimilate into a hearing family and social settings raises awareness of deaf culture and society's tolerance of difference.

Sexual Content

Flirting and a some kissing between teens, along with a few instances of mild innuendo about physical attraction.


Not applicable


Some use of "hell" and "damn."

Social Behavior

Families cope with stressful situations, bridging cultural and socioeconomic differences to find common ground for the sake of their teenage daughters. Communication is essential to their success, and characters do their best to talk out their problems. The story deals thoughtfully with issues like identity, self-confidence, and tolerance of differences among teens. In some instances, teens poke fun at a deaf character, but the brief exchanges help illustrate the show's positive messages about respect and tolerance. A teen rebels against her parents by painting graffiti and breaking family rules, but in most cases, she owns up to her mistakes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

No underage drinking, although there's some mention of pot and of a teen using a fake ID to buy beer (for which she's arrested). A main character is a recovering alcoholic who takes a firm stance against teen drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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