Sex On TV: “Swingtown” Makes Us Yearn For The Sexy Summer Of ’76

All this talk about polyamory has convinced me it’s time to confess a rather intimate secret: I’m a fan of Swingtown on CBS. I know I can’t be the only fan out there — the message boards prove that (Yes, I’m actually reading the message boards. Look, my boyfriend’s been away on business. I’m lonely.), but it’s been difficult to find anyone in real life who admits to watching the show.

If you’re one of the many who actually has a life this summer and you haven’t been spending your Friday nights glued to the TV screen, Swingtown is a one-hour drama on CBS that highlights the lifestyle of swinging couples in 1976 suburbia. The same CBS that brought us Touched by an Angel, Murder She Wrote, and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, is now bringing us a show about group sex and pot brownies. Sure, the writing is corny, the acting is kind of schmaltzy, and the premise is a little icky in that “did my parents behave like this?” sort of way, but I can’t help it — the characters are so likable…relatable, even, the fashion so fantastic, and the lifestyle — basement orgies and all — intriguing enough to make me wish I’d been more than just a fetus in the summer of ’76.

Corny or not, Swingtown has become my guilty pleasure of the summer (second only to pints of Haagen Dazs Dulce de Leche). It’s what The Wonder Years would have been if Kevin Arnold’s parents had opened their marriage to the whole neighborhood…and served pot brownies at the annual company picnic instead of deviled eggs.

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