I remember when this show came on TV. I
think I read a review that made me think that this wasn't a
show I would like. I really don't remember that well. Too
bad because it's pretty good.
I think they advertised this as being much
more sexy than it really is, so people who tuned in for that
might have been disappointed. It's really a good soap opera,
with some scenes that might have seen sexy in the 80's, but
are pretty chaste for this century. Compared to what
we see now on HBO or Netflix, it's not bad at all. The
swinging couples don't even hint at the men or women having
same-sex intercourse, so that makes the series seem a little
dated compared to most shows today. There are some gay
minor characters, though.
I don't know why CBS had this show because
it seems like it would have been better on cable, where they
could have pushed the envelope a little more.
I liked how they did the 1970's fashions,
styles, etc. They seemed very accurate to me. I grew up in
that same time (although in California, where I'm sure
things were a little different).
It's great to see actors that we've come to
know in other series, like Josh Hopkins (who's been in many
shows), Grant Show with a silly porn-style mustache, and
Lana Parilla, who went on to star in the fabulous show "Once
Upon a Time" as the Evil Queen. She shined in both
I think most people would enjoy watching
this set at least once. It has many fun special features.
Join the swinglers as
the sizzling drama SWINGTOWN: THE FIRST SEASON returns in
a 4-disc DVD, featuring all 13 episodes including bonus
content, audio commentaries, gag reels and deleted scenes.
From Emmy-nominated director Alan
Poul ("Six Feet Under"), the 1970s-themed SWINGTOWN
follows married couple Susan Miller (Molly Parker,
"Deadwood") and Jack Miller (Jack Davenport, Pirates of
the Caribbean) as they move into a suburban neighborhood
in Chicago next door to Trina Decker (Lana Parrilla, "Once
Upon a Time") and Tom Decker (Grant Show, "Melrose Place"),
a couple with a peculiar marriage arrangement. Seeking
new connections with each other in the midst of the sexual
revolution, SWINGTOWN explores newfound relationships
between the swinger couples through open marriages,
rendezvous and provocative gatherings.
SWINGTOWN: THE FIRST SEASON
also stars Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle"), Josh
Hopkins ("The Perfect Storm") and Michael Rady (The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
Special Features: "The Spirit of
176: The Making of Swingtown" Take a behind-the-scenes look
at how production recreated 1976 from set designs and props
to costumes and hair and makeup. Exclusive interviews with
cast and crew detail the challenges of bringing "Swingtown"
"Have a Nice Revolution: Sex &
Morality in 1970's America" Get up close and personal with
the writers and cast of "Swingtown" on their favorite
memories and nostalgia for the '70's. This thematic
piece chronicles the show's real-life influences, including
the sexual revolution, the feminist movement and the
disillusionment of the public after the Watergate scandal.
audio commentaries - Executive
producers Mike Kelley and Alan Poul provide audio commentary
on episodes "Pilot" and "Take It To the Limit."
Also gag reel, deleted scenes.
Specifications: Full Screen Format;
English 5.1 Surround; English Stereo Surround; English SDH
Subtitles (CC removed)
US Rating: Not Rated
CA Rating: 18A - Sexual Content,
Run time: Approximately 9 hours, 7
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