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Two Families Learn Their Daughters Were 'Switched at Birth' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 7th 2011 2:14AM
'Switched at Birth' - 'This Is Not a Pipe'In a premise out of a parent's worst nightmare, 'Switched at Birth' (Mon., 9PM ET on ABC Family) explores what would happen if you found out your family wasn't your family. As it was explained to the Kennish family, "It's extremely rare, but it happens. You took home someone else's baby."

Now imagine you're finding this out when your daughter is a teenager, and you've got the basic premise of this new series that seems a perfect fit for the ABC Family lineup of teen-oriented dramas.

The two girls switched at birth come face-to-face, as do their parents. Now it's about figuring out what kind of life you make out of this difficult situation. How do you go forward when your questioning your own path? To complicate things, Bay's life was one of privilege, while deaf Daphne was raised by a single, struggling mother.

Obviously, this conceit will only be relevant for a while, until these families learn how to share their lives and their daughters. After that, it'll be about how compelling these characters are in general and whether we're emotionally invested in their journeys or not.

I'd say ABC Family is off to a solid start, as we're dealing with a likable bunch of people. Vanessa Marano and Katie Laclerc are both likable as the switched-up teens, while the adults who must deal with their new reality are familiar faces to television fans in Lea Thompson, D.W. Moffett and Constance Marie.

What did you think of the premiere of 'Switched at Birth'?

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The hispanic mom is so hot, and Lea Thompson is a Hall of Famer. Those "teen" girls look more like they're in their late twenties though.

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