The groundbreaking television drama Switched at Birth will be making history with an upcoming episode told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL). Zap2It reported on Friday, Jan. 11 that the episode will feature the point of view of the multiple deaf characters and is scheduled to air on Monday, Mar. 4. The episode will mark the first time a scripted television show on a major network will not include dialogue.
Executive producer and series creator Lizzy Weiss made the following statement about the episode:
I've been wanting to do an all-ASL episode since the series began, and the storyline we've been focusing on this season gave us the perfect opportunity. It's an exciting, visual, empowering story of kids who are different fighting back, and it allows our audience to experience the world as our deaf characters do. We've been building to this for 39 episodes and we're all thrilled to be the first to try this.
The series is the first television show to feature both hearing, hard of hearing and deaf actors and is currently airing its second season. The show already includes some scenes shot entirely with ASL. Switched at Birth stars Vanessa Marano (Bay Kennish), Katie Leclerc (Daphne Vasquez), Sean Berdy (Emmet Bledsoe), Constance Marie (Regina Vasquez), D.W. Moffet (John Kennish), Lea Thompson (Kathryn Kennish) and Marlee Matlin (Melody Bledsoe). The show airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.