'Switched at Birth' season 5 premiere date revealed: what to expect

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The fifth and final season of “Switched at Birth” has a premiere date. Show creator Lizzy Weiss took to Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 4, to announce the good news to her followers, revealing when the show will return to Freeform.

“I have news! The 5th and final season of #SwitchedatBirth including our 100th episode airs Tuesday, January 24th!” Weiss wrote. The tweet was accompanied by a picture of the cast and crew of the series celebrating the milestone with a special “Switched at Birth” cake.

The show’s return comes after a lengthy hiatus, as the season 4 finale aired on Oct. 26, 2015. According to TVLine, the 10-episode season will feature the show’s 100th episode and conclude with a special 90-minute series finale.

Freeform announced in March that “Switched at Birth” would be concluding. Weiss took to the microblogging site on March 11 and wrote, “This season of #SwitchedatBirth will be our final one. We are ending the show after an amazing 103 episodes with pride, love, and gratitude.”

The show is set in Kansas City and follows two teenage girls who were switched at birth, with one growing up in affluence, while the other was accustomed to the working class life. The show has also broken ground for featuring deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, including Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and “Dancing with the Stars” season 22 winner Nyle DiMarco.

Season 4 ended on a cliffhanger as Daphne (Katie Leclerc) and Bay (Vanessa Marano) decided to go to China. The season ender also featured a 10-month time jump, which saw Bay working as a tattoo artist while Daphne spends her days at a clinic. Their time in China was interrupted when Bay got an urgent phone call telling her to go home.

Weiss spoke with TVLine about what will happen when the girls return home in season 5, saying that they “want to shift some things around.”

“We might even jump a little more, we’ll see,” said the show creator.

“Switched at Birth” returns on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 on Freeform.