ABC Family Renews ‘Switched at Birth’ for a Fifth Season

Switched at Birth Cast
Lucas Grabeel, D.W. Moffett, and Vanessa Marano in ‘Switched at Birth’ (Photo by Tony Rivetti / ABC Family)

Just days before the season four finale airs, ABC Family has given Switched at Birth a fifth season renewal order. Season four of the Peabody Award-winning family series finishes up on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT. Season five is expected to air next year and will include the show’s 100th episode.

Season four’s cast features Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy, and guest star Marlee Matlin. Lizzy Weiss, Paul Stupin, and Linda Gase are the show’s executive producers.

“Every season Switched at Birth continues to deliver fresh, relatable storylines that tackle important social issues, reflecting what our audience experiences daily,” stated Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, announcing the renewal. “We’re excited to see where Lizzy will take these characters next.”

The Plot:

Switched at Birth tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working class neighborhood. Despite overwhelming socio-economic and ethnic differences, both families must learn to co-exist as parents and blend their lives into one for the sake of their daughters.