Switched At Birth : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 3, 2011
    70
    ABC Family has another bright and bouncy addition to the family--one that with proper care and feeding looks born to run for a good long time.
  2. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 2, 2011
    75
    Katie Leclerc is instantly, sunnily appealing as Daphne....Vanessa Marano is fine as the other misplaced kid, except she's a sulker and sort of a drag. [13 Jun 2011, p.48]
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 6, 2011
    70
    If the situation of Switched at Birth often seems surreal and at times contrived (seriously, no one is going to even call a lawyer? Or a therapist? Or the hospital?), the performances keep the story grounded as yet another alternative American family blooms under the California sun.
  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.
  5. 83
    High concept, and yet it works, thanks to solid acting.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    7
    To be honest, I didn't have very high expectations for this show when I first decided to give it a shot. But I was pleasantly surprised by howTo be honest, I didn't have very high expectations for this show when I first decided to give it a shot. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I have enjoyed it thus far. It's not an amazing, in-depth look at the deaf community, nor is it particularly believable as a family drama. Everything is simplified. The acting has a pretty severe mixture of terrible and incredible (the girl who acts as Daphne is superb, while the people who act as John and Kathryn feel like they are constantly over-acting). The plot is simple, and aside from the fact that a large portion of it is focused on the deaf community, the storyline is actually not really very unique at all. But despite all this, I still seem to really be enjoying myself while watching it, and find it to be a great show to watch if I just want to relax and ease myself out of a busy day. I'm not usually a fan of ABC Family shows, but this one I'll probably keep up with as long as new episodes keep coming my way. Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    This show is actually good!!! It gets me mad though how bay is with emmet, i think daphne and emmet would be better together!!! Anyways cantThis show is actually good!!! It gets me mad though how bay is with emmet, i think daphne and emmet would be better together!!! Anyways cant wait til it comes back!!! Full Review »
  3. Jul 5, 2011
    7
    I'll admit it...this show is a guilty pleasure for me. If any of my friends saw it on my DVR, I would deny, deny, deny that I put it there.I'll admit it...this show is a guilty pleasure for me. If any of my friends saw it on my DVR, I would deny, deny, deny that I put it there. But the show is actually good...the storyline is a little implausible, until you realize that it has happened in real life. I still can't see how a Latina mother would think her daughter would come out red haired and fair. I'm sure it's to show just how different these families are. It's also a good example of the nature vs. nurture concept, which I think the show will explore in later episodes. And don't get me started on Vanessa Marano...that girl is gorgeous. And Lea Thompson! I'm glad she's back on TV! Full Review »