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I am so upset that I just read they were cancelling this show. It seems as though every good show they put out there gets cancelled but the crap ones get picked back up. I adore the relationships that are being created on this show, whether it's friendship or "fun"ship, or relationship. The actors are getting better with every episode and I look forward to Friday nights. They should totally give it one more season. Besides I NEED to see what happens with Susan and Roger, I waited all season for that to heat up and now POOF it might never be known. : ( BRING IT BACK CBS OR SHOWTIME!

Swingtown Is Underrated!

I love love LOVE this show! I feel it's only getting better as it goes on and the writers know how to take a cliche plot and keep it interesting! The acting is improving and I'm becoming addicted to it like hard drugs! I adore the characters and the soundtrack even if it boarderlines cheese. I HOPE this show lasts more then it's first year. The storyline could go so many places and I can't wait to find out what's in store for Susan, Bruce, Tom (yum), Trina (yum), Roger, and Janet! Give this show a chance people. I don't see how Mad Men is "critically acclaimed" and this show may be cancelled? CRITICS take your heads outta your bums and enjoy Swingtown! We do! Thank you Swingtown!

Swingtown Review, by Tom Shales of Washington Post

Pop an eight-track cartridge into the tape player, snap open a can of Tab cola, fire up the gas-greedy Cadillac convertible and head on down to "Swingtown," which is the title of a new CBS drama series and the nickname for the Chicago suburb where all kinds of changes are taking place. It's tempting to compare the series to ABC's continuing if confounding serial "Desperate Housewives," but this isn't about desperate housewives -- it's more like "Desperate Everybody." As the series begins tonight, it's July 2, 1976, and the folks of Swingtown are celebrating the Bicentennial in their own pleasure-seeking, mildly patriotic and semi-perverse ways. To read the rest of this review, visit Washington Post: Sex and the Suburb: '70s Lust on CBS's 'Swingtown'

Swingtown: Love Will Find a Way Review

After my first insanely negative review of CBS' new summer series, Swingtown , I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and tune in once again to see if it could somehow be redeemed. (Optimism at its finest!) Although many of my original critiques continue to ring true (It needs to be on cable, they need to take it one step farther, and the acting is less-than-emmy-worthy), I did find episode to be a lot more captivating than the pilot. Fortunately the writers utilized the second episode to really start honing in on character development. They set us up with so many plotlines in the pilot, that it was only fair that they gave the characters equal attention. We saw the stark contrast in the old neighbors and the new ones (prudes and exhibitionists, respectively), and we saw the Millers struggle with finding a happy medium in between. We also see a little bit of a struggle with Tom and Trina (the new neighbors) being so set in their "open relationship" ways, and Janet and Roger (the old neighbors) being so set in their more traditional ways. I also suspect there might be a little bit of a love affair in the making between Roger and Susan. They also explored the relationship B.J. Miller and neighbor Samantha some more. I still find this storyline to be a bit lacking, but hopefully in the weeks to come there will be more insight as to why this is a meaningful relationship to Samantha, as the characters seem to be a bit too flat for me. So all in all, the second episode was better than the first, as we saw more of the repercussions of jumping into an unfamiliar lifestyle, and the struggles of finding a balance between how open is too open of a relationship, and the necessity to spice up their mundane sex lives. There was also a little bit of mingling in the Playboy Bunny Club, and the feminist critiques surrounding that. Plus, if the sex appeal of Trina and Tom isn't enough to make you tune in again, it's time you checked your pulse!

Swingtown: The Premiere

Tonight was the premiere of CBS's summer show Swingtown . My hopes were high as I sat down to watch what could potentially be a salute to open relationships and the "free love" of The Seventies. Unfortunately, I don't feel like the show delivered. Perhaps it was the fact that we all knew the inevitable was going to happen, so the show felt rushed. Or maybe it was the fact that the characters were insanely predictable from the minute we met them. Or could it be the fact that they packed almost EVERY seventies cliche into one mere hour-long episode? It could just be that the acting was mediocre at best. But I would bet it's a combination thereof. Hey, at least the music was good! (And I'd hope it would be, since they promoted it at the bottom of the screen every time a song was playing. Hellooooo advertising!) OK, so I'm probably being a little harsh, since it's only the pilot episode, but although my wise friend cautioned me that she was worried even the best intentions might be ruined if they got too corny with it, I was still let down by what could be a potentially really fun-loving farout show! (Well, at least they haven't overpowered us with the seventies vernacular... yet.) Here's the thing: If you're going to have a show like Swingtown, you're going to have to go all the way. (Pun totally intended!) Swingtown has enormous potential to really show the struggles of couples trying to discover for themselves how the 'free love' concept fits in their own lives. You're going to need more provocative scenes to make it believable, and you're going to have to show the scope of emotions that the characters go through trying to reshape their relationship. At this point, America is still too puritanical to accept that kind of unconventionality on primetime TV. And I'm not saying that's a problem, I'm just saying that the creators of Swingtown need to accept that, and take their show to a more fitting outlet. HBO, for example. I felt like the major part of what was lacking in this pilot episode was character development. Most pilot episodes take the time to really introduce you to your characters. They give you some time to get to know these people, so when a big change occurs you're able to really empathize and understand the gravity of the situation. Because we knew that new-to-the-neighborhood Susan & Bruce Miller were inevitably going to be tempted by the swinger lifestyle of their new neighbors Tom & Trina, it seemed like the character development was skipped over to jump directly into the plot. Besides a quick quibble between Susan & Bruce which hinted at their less than perfect sex life, we didn't really know what was going on with their marriage before they jumped right into a foursome! Sure the quaalude and marijuana helped, but I just felt like the whole thing was hasty. I was also slightly puzzled by the attempt to create profound storylines for other characters, such as Susan & Bruce's teenage daughter Laurie having a less than professional relationship with her teacher, and a sex-only relationship with her stoner boyfriend. Also, runaway Samantha's breaking and entering and what will be an inevitable blossoming relationship with Susan & Bruce's son, B.J.. And even prudish neighbors Janet & Roger's son getting beat up by a girl for spreading rumors about them "going all the way". To me, it was an overzealous attempt to fit more into an hour than is possible. It just left all the storylines feeling inadequate & a feeling of predictability that makes me wonder if it's even worth it to see these stories play out. I think it would have been much better suited to introduce these storylines later on in the season to allow for proper progression. I'm probably being a bit ruthless here, but I was really hoping CBS could deliver an intellectual view of alternative lifestyles without cheesing it up.

Review Of The New CBS Series Swingtown

There are a lot of things to like about CBS's Swingtown . The fact that CBS let this show on the air in the first place speaks to a great idea on paper, that I think could be really great on screen. Looking at the list of actors they've assembled, it has the makings of pure greatness. Full Swingtown Review