Parents' Guide to

Switched at Birth

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Family drama's responsible messages are good for teens.

TV Freeform Drama 2011
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 16+

Amazing show!! Wished they would bring it back!!

I absolutely loved the show but hated they canceled the show. It seems like they always cancel the good shows and keep the stupid ones. I only just recently found Switched at Birth about 2 months ago. I binged watched it and now I want more. I can’t believe there won’t be anymore. That’s sad.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+


The show is very good. I do have 1 complaint. In the scene at the Mexican family cookout an error in music was made. The music playing was not Mexican it was Salsa which comes from the Puerto Rican culture.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (104 ):

SWITCHED AT BIRTH is a thoughtful drama series that explores family relationships, teen issues, and the challenges and rewards of connecting with someone who's vastly different from you. Although the story centers on a unique (and improbable) challenge that two families face, its messages resonate with a much broader audience, and families of any make-up can use the story to talk about how the show's themes of tolerance, perseverance, and battling stereotypes relate to issues they face in their lives. True, the show does gloss over the intense emotional fallout that this scenario would raise in real life, but it doesn't shy away from conflict altogether, forcing the characters to overcome their differences and great adversity to find common ground.

Beyond the main story, there's also a subplot surrounding Daphne's deafness, which gives a candid portrayal of society's response to disabilities and fosters respect for different ways of life. Sporadic language ("hell" and "damn," mostly), teen rebellion, and references to pot and teen drinking are present, but the overall messages of responsibility, communication, and respect are what will stick with teens.

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