25. "Uprising," Switched at Birth
Every episode of the ABC Family drama features American Sign Language, since one of the show's two leads, Daphne, is deaf, but "Uprising" represents the first episode in TV history filmed entirely in ASL. With the Carlton School for the Deaf facing closure, Daphne mobilizes her friends to stage a protest to keep its doors open. The story evokes the real-life Gallaudet Uprising
, in which students at a deaf university protested until the school hired a deaf president. Despite lacking sound, the episode was the loudest of the season.