The {not so} new show about a deaf girl

My sister-in-law recently told me about a show that she thought might interest me.

Switched at Birth.

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Synopsis, without spoiling anything, is that it’s about a teenage somewhat-spoiled high school girl who does some biology blookwork in class one day, and circumstances lead her to find that she was unconsciously switched at birth by the hospital.  Interesting thing is that when her upper middle class parents meet their actual biological daughter, they find that she is deaf. The show advertises the biological daughter as being Deaf, but because she wears hearing aids to help with sounds, correct me if I’m wrong but I think she would actually be termed deaf. The show spends a lot of time showing the deaf girl’s struggle as she floats between her life within a Deaf Community at school, and a hearing world with her biological parents.

I was pretty skeptical about the show, since Hollywood tends to make a mess out of a great many things (particularly books turned movies), but it was cute. Granted, it’s a teeny-bopper show. It’s low budget. It’s got not-so-great acting, and all the other usuals from pilot episodes, but it was still worth watching. It does skim the surface of what a deaf person would go through.

ABC Family gave the first season ten episodes, which played during the summer, and it has ordered 20+ episodes to complete the first season. Those continuing episodes will air sometime after the first week of January.

If you’re interested in watching, you can view those first ten episodes (optionally captioned) at ABC Family’s website, or they are also available on Netlix and can be subtitled.

I’m looking forward for the next few episodes. I’m betting ABC will give the show a better budget, since it was a hit during the summer, and hopefully the cast will beef up their performances and create an overall better show.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I love that show. I can easily identify with the characters and the issues since I am deaf raised in a hearing household.

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  2. This show has evidently hit some spot in the hearts of many fans. The actor, Sean Berdy, is now fast becoming a new teenage heartthrob, and he’s inspired a lot of them to learn ASL. I think this show accomplished a lot already in that sense. Viewers are now already a little more aware of deaf culture. Granted, watching the show will not give viewers a full understanding of it, but just being aware is already a significant step. 🙂

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    • I completely agree, Kat. It amazes me every time I talk to someone about how little a large part of society understands about a deaf person. It’s good to see something like this, even being a tv show, help educate people (especially the younger generation).

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