Swingtown: The Best Hidden Gem on TV

When I used to talk about Swingtown to people, I'd say, "I secretly love Swingtown!" It was my little skeleton in the cupboard because the ratings weren't so hot, so I figured no one liked it. But every time I divulged my passion, I'd hear, "Oh my gosh! Me too!"

Unforutnately, Swingtown star Grant Show has recently said that there's a small chance Swingtown could come back to TV because of its cultish audience, but that he's pretty sure it won't.

Well, that makes me sad because there are people out there who love, love, love Swingtown, and yet it probably won't get a chance at a second season. That, my friends, is the reason why you need to buy the first season on DVD. The show is awesome. It's funny, it's sexy, it's cheesy... it's everything about the '70s that makes great television.

And the characters... oh the characters! Swingtown focuses on three couples: Trina and Tom Decker (the swingers), Susan and Bruce Miller (the in-transition duo) and Roger and Janet Thompson (the proper ones). Their relationships are explored, and it creates really provocative storylines. For some reason, even though she's the prim and straitlaced one, I totally want to spend a day hanging out with Janet. It's so easy to just fall in love with these characters. 

And now I feel like shouting from the rooftops: I LOVE THIS SHOW. Watching the episodes again on the Swingtown DVD reminds me how much I'm going to miss it if it doesn't come back to TV. But, that said, if no more seasons air, I'll be happy that I get to watch the episodes over and over again on the DVD.

The DVD's special features round out the whole Swingtown experience. There's a gag real, which is absolutely perfect. It shows the actors accidently cursing (which you'd never expect from Ms. Janet!), screwing up lines, and just generally having a really good time together. Then there's "The Spirit of '76: The Making of Swingtown," which explains the evolution of the show and how the characters were developed. It's about 23 minutes long and really gives great insight into the show. Lastly, there's "Have a Nice Revolution: Sex & Morality in 1970's America" which gives you a deeper look into the culture of the '70s.

So, I'll say it again: buy this DVD! You never know -- high DVD sales could help Swingtown get a second season. And even if it doesn't, you'll always have the first collection of episodes to reminisce with at your heart's content. If you had any doubts about the quality of Swingtown, take a leap of faith and trust me on this. You won't regret it! -- Jacki Garfinkel  

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