Swingtown

2008 TV-14 1 season

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Swingtown

2008 TV-14 1 season
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It's 1970s in the 'burbs and Bruce and Susan Miller discover that their neighbors are advocates of open marriage and are eager to indoctrinate them into the lifestyle. Before long, the happily married couple learns how complicated such a life can be.
SEASON  1
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Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 4 discs

It's 1976, and Susan and Bruce Miller (Molly Parker and Jack Davenport, respectively) are the newest couple in a wealthy Chicago 'burb where the neighbors are reaping the benefits -- and consequences -- of the social and sexual revolution. Leading the charge are airline pilot Tom (Grant Show) and his wife, Trina (Lana Parrilla), who lure Susan and Bruce into the wild world of swinging in this groovy drama featuring meticulous "Me Decade" detail.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this show is based on the concept of "swinging" in the 1970s -- the idea of two married people having an open relationship in which they share sexual partners. But while sex is a major theme of the series, it manages to keep the actual sexiness level to a dull roar. Titillating activities are implied but never shown in graphic detail, and the language is surprisingly clean. Still, you can expect to see characters drinking and using illegal drugs like marijuana, prescription pills, and cocaine. Proceed with caution when watching with teens.

Sexual Content

Sex is a major theme of the show. Characters swap partners, teens flirt with adults, and more. That said, while viewers will see flashes of simulated sex, sexually charged kissing, and a teenage girl (from behind) wearing nothing but her underwear, they won't see sensitive body parts.

Violence

In one scene, a teenage girl punches a boy, causing him to bleed.

Language

In one scene, a girl calls a boy a "faggot." But, in general, it's tamer than many other primetime shows. "Heck" is often used instead of "hell," for example.

Social Behavior

Morality is murky in the world of the show, and most of the main characters are flawed. A married couple decides to spice up their relationship by sleeping with the neighbors, a teenage girl flirts with her high school teacher, and so on.

Consumerism

Products (like Tab soda) are occasionally plugged for nostalgia's sake.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink and use drugs of all sorts, including pot, cocaine, and Qualudes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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