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'Switched at Birth' fan react: It's complicated

Season 4 | Episode 6 | “Black and Gray” | Aired Feb 10, 2015

“Black and Gray,” the second act of Switched at Birth’s big two-parter event dealing with campus rape, picks up after the events of last week’s shocking “At First Clear Word.” We’re fresh off the aftermath of the traumatic events at the college party in which Tank sexually assaulted Bay.

Or, you could say, “Black and Gray” picks up after the events of last week’s shocking “At First Clear Word,” fresh off the traumatic events of the college party in which Bay and Tank had sex, but it’s a bit murky as to the hows and whys. It all depends on how you choose to interpret it. We see what we want to see—more important, what we need to see—and this episode of Switched at Birth is a case study in just that.Read More

7 Valentine's Day episodes to warm your heart

Whether it’s joy, excitement, annoyance, or despair, Valentine’s Day always has an affect on people. It’s no different for some of our favorite characters. Here, the EW Community lists our favorite Valentine’s Day episodes from some of our favorite shows.

So if you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, make sure to check these out!Read More

'Switched at Birth' fan react: In the cold light of day

Season 4 | Episode 5 | “At the First Clear Word” | Aired Feb 3, 2015

It’s no secret that ABC Family’s Switched at Birth is not afraid to go for the big stories. In just the first three seasons, we’ve seen these characters deal with death, alcoholism, drugs, infidelity, discrimination, and more. What’s so wonderful about Switched at Birth is that it is an expert at handling hard to discuss (and very real) topics with the perfect touch without turning into a saccharine after-school special.

So when Bay woke up after a debaucherous college party with no recollection of the preceding night’s events or how she ended up in bed with Tank, I knew we were in for something really special.Read More

5 reasons ABC Family's 'Switched at Birth' is a must-watch

I’m sure you hear all the time from your friends and co-workers who watch way more TV than you about which shows you’ve just gotta watch. But has anyone told you that ABC Family’s Switched at Birth is absolutely one of those can’t-miss shows? The story revolves around two families whose lives are upended and forever intertwined when they learn their teenage daughters were switched at birth—and it’s a story you just have to see.

Here’s why you really need to carve out some space on your DVR and jump on this impeccably written and beautifully intricate show:Read More

'Switched at Birth' fan recap: Never give up

Season 4 | Episode 4 | “We Were So Close …” | Aired Jan 27, 2015

Dreaming big and fighting for yourself are always big themes coursing through the heart of Switched at Birth, and the slightly uneven but mostly good “We Were So Close …” is no exception.

In a delightful turn of events, thins episodes focuses a lot on Travis and his newfound college career in baseball. John saw something special in Travis, a real talent that had gone untapped since he was a child, and he ran with it. Travis tried out and snagged a spot on the UMKC baseball team, and John casually slipped into the new assistant-coaching gig.Read More

'Switched at Birth' recap: Everything is up for interpretation

Season 4 | Episode 2 | “Bracing the Waves” | Aired Jan 13, 2015

There were so, so many good moments highlighting unique struggles in deaf culture in tonight’s episode of Switched at Birth. I’m almost drowning in all the feels that remind me of why I love this show so much. After a Bay-heavy season premiere, “Bracing the Waves” gives us more insight into Daphne’s new world at college. She’s barreling down the pre-med path at her new school, but it’s proving much more difficult than she originally thought. Daphne hired her roommate’s cousin Josh as her interpreter in the premiere because of his experience with chemistry and, in particular, Daphne’s hard-ass professor.

But things get off to a terrible start when Daphne shows up late, Josh reveals his unfriendly past with Professor Marillo, and Josh breaks the cardinal rule of interpreting by picking and choosing what he will and will not interpret for Daphne. And to make matters worse, Daphne has a difficult time landing herself in an accepting study group.Read More

'Switched at Birth' season 4 premiere recap: Changes can be criminal

Season 4 | Episode 1 | “And It Cannot Be Changed” | Aired Jan 6, 2015

Happy New Year, Switched at Birth fans! 2015 is off to a great start, and so is the season four premiere of the ABC Family drama. So let’s get right to it!

The premiere starts off immediately following the events of the summer finale: Bay has just taken the blame for Daphne’s charges for vandalism of the construction site, much to the surprise of everyone in the family. The fallout radiates through the Kennish house, leaving Daphne completely guilt-ridden, Regina and Kathryn beside themselves with disbelief, and John deciding to agree that this was actually a pretty brilliant (if not incredibly risky) move on Bay’s part.Read More

A video recap before the 'Switched at Birth' season 4 premiere

Can you say, “Whoa, so much has happened that I almost got whiplash watching this recap,” three times fast?

In case you were a little hazy on all that transpired in the action-packed third season of Switched at Birth (and trust me, how could you not be?), ABC Family has provided this exclusive two-minute video recap video to get you all caught up before the fourth season premiere on Tuesday, January 6.

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'Switched at Birth' Christmas special: What if there was no switch?

Season 3 | Episode 22 | “Yuletide Fortune Tellers” | Aired Dec 8, 2014

What if Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez were never switched at birth? That’s the question posed in Switched at Birth‘s Christmas special, which thrusts the girls into an alternate reality where everyone’s lives are drastically different from the ones they’ve come to know, because there never was a switch. Christmas chaos rains down on the two families, and it’s absolutely delightful!

Just days before Christmas Eve, the Kennish and Vasquez clans gather ’round to have a nice family dinner at Sal’s, their favorite local Italian restaurant. Everyone begins discussing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day plans, and Kathryn lays out what that looks like at her house: Early Christmas Eve dinner, Kennish karaoke, John’s reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, etc.—you know, standard-issue perfect-family movie-worthy shenanigans. But Regina’s not really having it. She prefers her usual Christmas plans with Daphne: Wake up late, open presents, sneak Chinese food into a movie theater for a yuletide flick—you know, the exact opposite of what Kathryn’s proposing. When Regina and Daphne disagree and things get tense, Bay and Daphne take a time out from the family turmoil to reflect on how much easier life would be had the switch never happened. And with one of Sal’s famous garlic knots in hand, Bay utters these fateful words: “Life would be a lot easier if we’d never been switched.”

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Uncertain futures on an emotional 'Switched at Birth' summer finale

Season 3 | Episode 21 | “And Life Begins Right Away” | Aired Aug 18, 2014

Switched at Birth has always been a show grounded in realistic, beautiful family moments. It’s been a show about the bonds of sisterhood, what makes a real family, and overcoming differences inside that family and out. Quiet moments like conversations between sisters on the day of their high school graduation or plans hatched in secret between parents are what this show thrives on. In a world where explosions and serial killers and zombies and meth dealers are the norm for heart-thumping drama on TV, Switched at Birth has exceeded that kind of riveting storytelling with only two families, blended together as one.

In the season 3 finale, “And Life Begins Right Away,” it’s evident yet again why this show is so successful. It’s easy to see how a show like this could be overly saccharine or too after-school special. But it hits the perfect stride here in this finale, when the kind of hopeful future presented by graduating from high school is juxtaposed against the exact opposite.Read More

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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