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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: CBS attempts to turn up the heat with a drama about three couples in suburban Chicago who experience the cultural revolution of the 1970s.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    It's also, judging by the pilot, flawlessly art-directed, full of well-chosen period music and--for a drama about a country searching for its bearings in its bicentennial year--a lot of fun.
  2. 70
    It's rather a bold, retro step for CBS to attempt this kind of show in the era of reality television and domestic fights that appear to be actual and spontaneous rather than cooked up by a writer. But the airwaves are so choked with reality that a return to fantasy seems strangely refreshing and, ironically, even more realistic.
  3. Swingtown has ’70s mystique, but not much mystery.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    Swingtown can't decide whether the '70s were transformative or deformative; there's a distinct ironic edge, applied mostly through the use of music.... But that edge isn't nearly sharp or funny enough (unlike "Weeds"), which tends to muddle the point of view.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    40
    With so much going on, one would expect Swingtown to be exciting, but it’s not. Behavior that was scandalous in the ‘70s isn’t today.
  6. Even skillful performances by its largely unknown cast aren't able to hide the lack of character development and the sense that the people in this series are almost self-parodies.
  7. 10
    Kelley's compulsive fascination with erratic eroticism turns everything in Swingtown into hypersexualized sleaze.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 80
  2. Negative: 7 out of 80