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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2008
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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. 50
    Swingtown could have been great. Instead it's a hit-you-over-the-head production--with product placement and wardrobe so obvious it begs us to scream, "That's so authentic!"--best forgotten.
  5. It has one thing going for it--the essential thing. That is, deft writing that yields the kind of suspense that causes people to want to know what comes next. That's no small achievement for a series whose characters are so entirely devoid of, yes, character--or anything resembling an interesting thought.
  6. 40
    Basically, the whole thing is stylish and '70s-sexy but also shallow enough to feel like a less funny, hollowed-out combination of "The Wonder Years" and "Boogie Nights."
  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
  1. EjHemedes
    Oct 27, 2009
    10
    Swingtown is the best TV has seen in quite some time. From material, casting, acting, everything was first class from top to bottom. Sexual Swingtown is the best TV has seen in quite some time. From material, casting, acting, everything was first class from top to bottom. Sexual tension was high all throughout without too much nudity. This show does not deserve to be cancelled. Expand
  2. Janet
    Jul 23, 2008
    10
    My boyfriend and I love watching this show! Every needs to realize that these lifestyles are still going on!
  3. JohnandJenny
    Jun 15, 2008
    10
    Kudos to CBS, for having the open mindedness, to produce this show! To all of you narrow minded hippocrates, shame on you. Your the same ones Kudos to CBS, for having the open mindedness, to produce this show! To all of you narrow minded hippocrates, shame on you. Your the same ones screaming about inmorality, and poor family values that are commiting adultery, deception, and will be joining the more then 60% of failing marriages. in the world today. Did you know, that out of those 60%, less then 1% are those who are involved in the swinger lifestyle. Here's another bombshell, the reason for this is the lifestyle creates avenues to for marriage, that conventional marriages don't have. Believe it or not, you actually set aside time for each other! There are no jealousy, or trust issues, and niether one has to venture outside the marriage to seek friendship, companionship, and pleasure. My wife, and I feel so strongly about this subject that we have created a ministry, dedicated to educating couples in failing marriages to the benifits entering the lifestyle. It is called, Liberated Spritual Lifestylers. Look for one coming to a neighborhood near you soon! Expand
  4. Julie
    Aug 9, 2008
    10
    What a pleasant surprise. Very entertaining and realistic for those who grew up in the 70's.
  5. Steve
    Jun 13, 2008
    9
    I can honestly say that this is the first show on CBS that I have watched and enjoyed. The show really brings back memories and is pretty I can honestly say that this is the first show on CBS that I have watched and enjoyed. The show really brings back memories and is pretty true to the swinging scene back then. Expand
  6. JackeC.
    Jul 28, 2008
    9
    I like the show, music and seeing that there is an alternative lifestyle on TV. Glad that this shows displays the fact people can be in love I like the show, music and seeing that there is an alternative lifestyle on TV. Glad that this shows displays the fact people can be in love with someone yet still be secure and open at the same time! Expand
  7. T.J.E.
    Jun 6, 2008
    0
    CBS's last gasp: it has prostituted itself with toxic waste. Vomitting in public was once considered a poor form of self-expression. CBS CBS's last gasp: it has prostituted itself with toxic waste. Vomitting in public was once considered a poor form of self-expression. CBS has resurrected public vomit, that vile bile and indigestible rot from the pit of one's gut, with it's pilot, Swingtown. Swingtown features empty characters, decadent lives and moral depravity. Sheer self-involvement and selfishness reign across current media. If it weren't so damaging to family values, Swingtown would be laughable. Like many of CBS's other shows, Swingtown lacks depth, real humor or insight. It's a shame to squandered real cash on such a dismal pilot to again show the world that the USA is a material, sex obsessessed, heathen nation. No revelations here. This show is worse that 2 and a half Men and That Seventies Show. Trash. Trash. Trash. Expand

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