This new show has been, without a doubt, my guilty little pleasure this Summer.
Right now, with Rescue Me (my usual Summer show) not returning until next year, Swingtown has the honor of being the only thing I have been turning my TV on for since May.
The show takes place in the Summer of 76, in an unnamed Chicago suburb, where a young on-the-rise couple have just moved in to a new upscale neighborhood, leaving their old, traditional friends behind.
The fun begins when their new neighbors, who are very much into the 70’s scene of drugs, parties, and open marriages, indoctrinate them (while high on Quaaludes) into the lifestyle at one of their out-of-control orgy/4th of July parties.
The show, while still fun, has never gotten so high on the “naughty-meter” as it had on that first episode, but I’m still having a hoot watching it. The show really took a hammering by the religious watch-dog groups for its content, and I fear that they have bowed down to company pressure and tamed the show back a bit.
And perhaps they’ve tamed it a wee too much. While the show debuted quite strongly, it has done worse and worse in the ratings every week since then. To add insult to injury, CBS just moved the show to Friday nights, which is pretty much, I fear, its death knell.
Which would be a shame. While it’s certainly not Shakespeare, and not even as good as my BFF TV show LOST, it’s still a fun ride. Swingtown originally was to be an HBO show, where I think it would have fared much better. They could have been as racy and as raunchy as they wanted, without having to worry about Proctor and Gamble pulling out their ad funding (which recently happened).
But CBS says it is committed to showing all 13 episodes, so I will have to contend myself with that.
Regardless, the show will continue to be my dirty little secret this Summer.
Is anyone else watching this?
Interesting side note: One of the best things about Swingtown is all the awesome 70’s music that they play throughout the show. CBS, being no dummy, knows this as well. During each show, they have a 3 minute commercial starring Peter Fonda where they are selling a 10 CD “Flower Power” collection through Time Life Books. They keep advertising it for $12.95!
I LOVE this music, and I finally had to bite. Smelling a rat, I called up last night to order it.
Sure enough, it was too good to be true. The 12.95 is the TRIAL PRICE. All that money gets you is the right to have the cd’s for 30 days before having the option of returning them. After that, Time Life charges you 5 monthly payments of 29.95 each!
Ouch! I think I needed a Quaalude to swallow that one down, myself…
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