Film Review: The Switch

The Switch

The Transgender Sitcom You Been Waiting For

Real trans actors playing real trans characters. Transparent is a wonderful show, and has been radical in reshaping public consciousness in regard to gender identity and non-cis identifying people. But it is still just one show.

Complacency is the enemy of social progression, tokenism is not enough, and the more diverse trans representations the better. No resting on our laurels!

That’s just one reason why we are so pleased to introduce you to another wonderful television show giving voice to a diverse range of transgender narratives and characters – The Switch.

The Switch is the world’s first transgender half-hour sitcom. It’s originally a Canadian production and has already garnered a loyal Canadian following.

The network describes the show as “a fun and heart-warming series that features a predominantly transgender cast (with all trans roles played by trans actors) as they try to solve whatever crises they encounter – or create.”

“Unfolding over six episodes, The Switch follows expat Sü (Nyla Rose) as she settles into life in her adopted Vancouver. Along the way, she botches the metric system while online shopping for hormones and winds up more than broke, tries to pay off debts by moonlighting as a text-message dominatrix (until her boyfriend suspects she’s texting her ex), sets up a double-date that leads to a fistfight over the bill, and finds out that someone is trying to mess with her medical records – which is a problem because she’s fudged her paperwork so she can be considered for gender reassignment surgery.  She has to fix all this without getting deported… while living with a roommate who’s a wanted eco-terrorist.”

Sü is surrounded by a cast of offbeat and loveable characters, all of whom are coming out of their cocoon in one way or another.  But what’s emerging? And how will the world deal with them?

Created by Amy Fox, The Switch focuses on the real lives of trans people working to tell stories by people who know the lived truth of those stories.

In an industry where trans content lacks actual trans people in roles, Amy has some great moments to share about the ups and downs of creating the first ever scripted TV show that gives trans people a voice.

The Switch stars Amy Fox, pro wrestler Nyla Rose, Lindsay Coryne, Vincent Viezzer, Chance Kingsmyth, Andrea Menard, and Kent S. Leung.

Watch on Apple TV