Over the course of its 30-episode first season, ABC Family's Switched at Birth
provided itself to be a great, heartwarming family drama. Centered on
two families whose daughters were switched at birth, the show crafted
great characters and offered new insights into an oft overlooked world
on television: the deaf community.
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As season 2 begins Monday at 8pm, the show is more comfortable and ready to move on to newer horizons. Season 1 ended with the trial against the hospital coming to a close as the Kennish won the trial but was only rewarded $1 by the jury while Angelo (Gilles Marini) got $5 million.
That reward (plus the arrival of a pregnant woman looking for Angelo) sets the stage for season 2's drama. Now free of the "switch" drama, Switched at Birth
has an opportunity to look into new stories more focused on the characters.
Most promising is an expansion of the storylines set at Carlton, the school for the deaf that Daphne and Emmett attend. A new twist that pops up in the season 2 premiere will allow for more time spent at the school.Switched at Birth
's greatest asset is its insight into the deaf community. Not only does it allow terrific actors like Katie Leclarc, Sean Berdy, Ryan Lane and Marlee Matlin a chance to shine, but presents a community that rarely gets any attention on TV, and when it does it's typically for a single episode. Not since the Jin and Sun episodes of Lost
has there been so much reading involved while watching TV, but it's well worth it.Switched at Birth
also benefits from a solid adult cast who get their own storylines, including a potential political move for an unexpected character.
The first season of Switched at Birth
was an excellent family drama that proved you don't need salacious scandals or nonstop bed-hopping to make a teenage series interesting. The second season looks to hopefully continue that trend of good programming the entire family can enjoy together.
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