My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of: The Much Ado Edition

Well hello there! It’s Thursday, which means two things: we’ve only got two more days left in our Much Ado Week, and it’s time for a brand new episode of My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of! How is this going to come together in your daily dose of Superfluous goodness? Why, with a teen drama about long lost families, of course.

Today’s theme is:


In Much Ado, deceit is double sided. There’s our Big Bad, Don John, who uses deceit to try and break up Hero and Claudio … but there’s also Hero herself, and Don Pedro and The Hangover Boys, who use deceit to try and bring Beatrice and Benedict together. It’s these untruths with good intentions that I’m most interested in, because they’re a major element in today’s Favourite Television Show: Switched at Birth.

Switched at Birth logo

This is Daphne and Bay. They have angst. And  great hair. Girls on teen dramas always have great hair.

Switched at Birth is the story of Bay and Daphne, who, at age 16, find out that the hospital they were born in accidentally, yes, switched them at birth. Bay’s biological mother, and the mother that Daphne grew up with, learns of the switch when the girls are toddlers, but keeps the information to herself to try and keep her family from being torn apart. Lies that come from love as the basis of a drama about teenagers and their families? Sign me up!

I was being snarky there for the sake of a little Thursday morning humour, but the truth is that this show is really, really good. I’ve left out the coolest part: Daphne

Sean Berdy

This is Emmett. He can teach you ASL. He has  great hair, too.

contracted meningitis when she was a toddler and lost her hearing. She communicates through American Sign Language and lip reading. She attends a school for the deaf and has lots of friends who are deaf, so much of the show’s dialogue is signed, or signed and spoken simultaneously, by hard of hearing or deaf actors (including Oscar winner Marlee Matlin!) Which means that this isn’t your typical teen drama. And it’s almost impossible to watch it and be snarky at the same time.

As my favourite entertainment blog Vulture (who are so totally trying to be me, by the way, with this feature called “The 10 Best TV Shows You (Probably) Didn’t Watch This Season) says:

If you ever tire of shows about rape and murder, or dark dramas about antiheroes, or screechy reality shows about horrendous piles of human garbage, or reference-laden comedies, take a break with Switched at Birth, a family-set drama that, while occasionally sort of corny, does not shy away from strong — yet not outrageous! — human emotions.

Switched at Birth airs Mondays at 8pm on ABC Family. If you’re looking for a new show to get hooked on this summer that involves real human situations rather than 1,000 year old time traveling aliens, you might want to give this one a shot! In the meantime, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow, for the grand finale of our Much Ado week! I’ve saved the best theme for last …

love amb




Courtesy of Ross.... I mean, Dave

Courtesy of Ross…. I mean, Dave

9 thoughts on “My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of: The Much Ado Edition

  1. Said it before, but so many tv shows, so little time! Looks like a good one. Familiar territory, but a twist or two as well. And a bit of “corny” can’t be a bad thing. Thx for review–looking forward to your big finish. Would imagine Dave will figure in somehow.

    Haven’t checked, but thinking you might be 3-in-a-row @ Funny Names today?

    • I know, especially in the summer, when the weather’s nice and you’d rather be outside than watching tv! This is why I stay up to late at night … it’s ABC Family’s fault, LOL.

      Tomorrow is going to be pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself. Both Dave and my introduction from Neil will be making an appearance. So many boys, so little time! Oh, no, wait, that’s television shows … 😉

      Not at BoFN today. Need to let the boys miss me a little bit. My name may just happen to come up once or twice for FNITN tomorrow, though …

  2. Hmm, never heard of Switched at Birth, but I’ll be sure to check an episode out. The premise of the show sounds interesting. I’ve always wondered what would legally happen if kids ever had gotten switched at birth. I think the families would freak out more than the kids since the kids know nothing better.

    • Go for it! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. One of my favourite things about the show is the way it demonstrates how “the switch” affects everyone, from the parents to the kids to their other siblings. I think it’s really well done 🙂

    • You’ll have to let me know what you think of the show if you do!

      Tomorrow is going to be fun. I’ll save you a seat, my friend! 🙂

  3. Amb!!! Away from the computer all day, but had to check in and so glad I did!!

    Can I just tell you, I LOVE this show! I have watched it since it started and at this point, I am no longer surprised by our little synchronicities! I would say that perhaps we were switched at birth, but somehow I don’t think that’s what I actually mean. So, I am doubly happy, you do realize, at your choice of show, right? One, that we love the same show for the same reasons, and two, I don’t have to add anything to my Must-watch-because-Amb-told-me-to list!!

    Ok, you’ve already moved on to tomorrow, which is now today, I realize as I notice the time, so for once, perhaps I will not be so behind!


    • *amb does a happy dance at her desk* Bon!! Oh my goodness, I have the biggest grin on my face right now, and all because of you, my friend. I’ve been watching SaB since the beginning too – how much do I love that we’ve had this in common this whole time and are only just discovering it now?!? Whee! I heart our little synchronicities.

      Love that you don’t have to add anything to your must-watch list! That’s two in a row now, isn’t it? We’re on a roll!

      Have a wonderful Friday! And don’t worry at all about being behind, you know we always end up in sync before too long! 🙂 xoooox

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