SWITCHED AT BIRTH “This Is Not a Pipe” Review

SWITCHED AT BIRTH "This Is Not a Pipe" Season 1 Episode 1 - I thought I was a pipe, but I’m actually an eggplant. ABC Family has created a thought provoking show that doesn’t rely on the melodrama of its other shows. With its uninspired (but to the point) title, SWITCHED AT BIRTHevokes a TV movie of the week. In fact, there was a 1991 Lifetime movie with the same name, based on true events. Needless to say, I was expecting a fluffy series with court battles, high school cliques, and a cat fight or two or three. You know, the usual ABC Family fare. Thankfully, I was proven wrong by tonight’s premiere episode, "This Is Not a Pipe."

The first episode lays out many issues that the show will inevitably deal with as the series progresses – cultural/racial identity, socioeconomic status, deaf versus hearing, single-parent household versus two-parent. This will be a lot for the show to handle, but the cast is excellent, so I really think they can pull it off. The heavy subject matter is also smartly interspersed with comedic moments that the actors pull off swimmingly, without being completely obvious about it. The first meeting of the families at the Kennish house is perfectly constrained and gauche, yet subtly funny (like a real life situation where things are so awkward that everything said is unintentionally funny). All the actors have good timing and work well together. Read More...

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