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Swingtown: Season 1 (2008)

Molly Parker , Jack Davenport  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Molly Parker, Jack Davenport, Grant Show, Lana Parrilla, Miriam Shor
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 547 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6DLK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swingtown: Season 1" on IMDb

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A brilliant but low-rated series, Swingtown tackles the social mores of the 1970s by focusing on three couples. Susan (Molly Parker) and Bruce Miller (Jack Davenport) have just moved into the wealthy Chicago suburb of Winnetka. Across the street, their neighbors Trina (Lana Parrilla) and Tom Decker (Grant Show) eye them with curiosity. The Deckers are swingers who're hoping that their attractive new neighbors will be open to a little experimentation. The Millers (who got married right out of high school) are tempted and promise each other that maybe they'll try--just once. The looks on their faces when they attend the Deckers party--abundant in both sex and drugs--is a mixture of repulsion and relish. It is clear that while they may not understand what's going on, they are intrigued. While the show's conceit is based on the promise of swinging, Swingtown really isn't about sex as much as it is about the dynamics of a relationship, open or otherwise. When Susan and Bruce befriend the Deckers, their previous best friends and former neighbors Janet (Miriam Shor) and Roger Thompson (Josh Hopkins) feel slighted. And in the case of Janet, she feels betrayed. There are story arcs involving the Millers' high school daughter falling in love with her cute summer-school teacher, as well as a sweet storyline focusing on the enduring and complicated friendship between the Miller and Thompson sons. But the stories that resonate the most revolve around the adult couples. While there are a few flirtations and affairs that don't ring true, the plots more often than not offer a strong dose of reality and a good sense of heart. Swingtown is spot-on in capturing the mood of the seventies, from the music, to the clothes, to the kitschy gold kitchen appliances. All the actors are well-cast in their roles, but keep an eye on Shor. Though her Janet initially is presented as a shrewish character, she shows the most growth in this debut season. Starting off as a jealous friend, an overbearing wife, and an overall fuss budget, Janet is the character viewers least want to see hurt. But the the finale makes it clear her life will never be the same again. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

As America celebrates its 200th birthday, two generations of friends and neighbors in a Chicago suburb explore new freedoms and seek connections with each other in the midst of the socio/sexual revolution. This new period drama takes viewers back to the 1970s for a look at suburban households testing the murky waters of sexual revolution following swingers throughout open marriages, "key parties" and other swingers extravaganzas.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't prejudge this show by it's title :) September 17, 2008
Format:DVD
Swingtown is only the title....but this show is much more.

What initially drew me to this show was my love of the 70's (I was 13 in '76) and Grant Show.

Well, what I thought? was going to be nothing more than Summer fluff, turned into a much more complex, clever, original series. As a married woman, I can relate to the angst of these couples....as a 13 year old back then, I can also relate to the storylines of the teenagers.

CBS took a huge risk putting this show on and they had a hard time finding sponsors. That is a shame because the show had literally no more provocative scenes than you see everyday on your daytime soaps.

By the last episode we were completely gripped by this story and emotionally invested in these characters. It was soooo well written, acted, directed and spot-on as far as the styles, music and the whole depiction of the time.

I was saddened to see it end....however, I am holding out hope that (my favorite show) will be either picked up by CBS or another channel....so we can continue to see how these characters lives unfold.

I am definitely purchasing this when it comes out and would highly recommend it to anyone who didn't get a chance to see the series.

It would be nice to see some Golden Globe or SAG nominations for this cast, they are ALL good!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! The Most Underated Show On Tv Comes to DVD September 5, 2008
Format:DVD
I have really enjoyed watching Swingtown this summer and its a shame that it didnt find a larger audience. I grew up in the 70's and can really relate to the characters and it really took me back. Watching Swingtown makes me realise how Lucky I was to grow up in that era! This show isnt the raunchfest that many conservative groups made it out to be(would have helped if they actually watched the show). The writers did a really great job of making the characters grow as the series went along. I remember that in the first show, I didnt care for Janet, too prissy and stuck up but as the show moved along her character really began to explore her feelings and aspirations and she began to loosen up and now she is my FAVORITE character on the show. The show to me strikes an emotional chord with alot of people who are approaching middle age and ask "What's It All About" and it helps to watch these characters that you grow to love go through it and you are rooting for them to find whatever it is they are looking for. I feel it may have been a mistake for CBS to promote the sex so much when the show first started, yes there are some scenes that are risque(though not nearly as risque as what you see on cable), this show is so much more than that, it is about real people and the real problems that they go through in relationships, work and family! I am THRILLED that the series will be released in DVD because Tonight is the VERY LAST EPISODE!! It looks like that the show will not be renewed because who watches tv in the summer anyway, BUT if enough people buy this dvd set, who knows, maybe it will get a second life. that what happended to King Of The Hill, the show was cancelled but the response to the dvd was so huge that the show was renewed and now it thrives! So Come on you SWINGERS order this DVD put on your Bell Bottoms, turn on the Lava Lamp, Rub that Pet Rock and Get Ready to HAVE SOME FUN!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingtown - next stop after Saigon..... September 8, 2008
Format:DVD
There have been but a handful of television programs about the Seventies exploring a decade that is still not completely understood by the vast majority to this day even while it has become a permanent part of our collective cultural experience - and with good reason. These would include "The Wonder Years", "That 70's Show", the NBC miniseries "The Seventies", "Swingtown", and soon, an American adaptation of the BBC's early Seventies time-traveling detective show, "Life On Mars". As for movies, two of the more.....seminal films are "Dazed And Confused" and "Boogie Nights". While the Sixties are held in a certain, somewhat justifiable reverence, the decade following them still doesn't receive all the respect it equally deserves for being a similar witness to profound changes in how many of us view our lives and roles in Western society. The two decades cannot be viewed separately without a loss of understanding as to why they unfolded in the ways that they did. It may be oversimplifying to say that, if the Sixties were the cause, then the Seventies were largely the effect, but there is some truth to that perception; much of the preoccupation with physical, less deep concerns that overflowed well into the Eighties was as a direct result of Vietnam's increasingly unacceptable level of carnage, underscored by Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Harry Reasoner's sonorous deliveries on a nightly basis - despite exponentially larger losses of life in the Civil War, as well as both world wars, the spread of television helped death really get up in our faces - and the fundamentally unsatisfying manner in which that conflict ended. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot more substance and sustanance than swing November 28, 2008
By CWC
Format:DVD
Summer shows are meant to reflect the time of the year: light, fun, and happy. And... as with most with the changing of the leaves and coolness of autumn air, they quickly disappear from memory. I frankly wasn't expecting much from the show as it seemed to be atypical CBS's preferred line-up. My curiousity to watch the series was both my familarity with Grant Snow (Melrose Place), Jack Davenport (Coupling), and Josh Hopkins (Jack & Jill, Pepper Dennis, & Brothers & Sisters) and my fond memories of 1976. The first episode started out the gate giving a glimspe of a series that was going to produce thought, conversation, and refection besides just skin and nostalgia. Unfortunately, as with CBS's penchant with a quality series, i.e., "WKRP" and "Jericho," the network quietly jumped the show in its schedule making it harder to gain an audience, especially moving it to the "graveyard" Friday nights.
A very true reflection of culture, morals, mores of 1976 America! Just when I thought the show couldn't get better in quality, character development, or more entertaining, the next week's episode would prove me wrong. It is obvious that Mike Kelly took great pains to reproduce Chicago (or anytown) 1976 to an authenticity not equalled in many period shows. The actors don't play one-dimensional characters, but multi-layered people with a spectrum of feelings, opinions that crossed the morals, mores, economic-class, feelings, opinions (religious and otherwise), and casualness of the time and attitudes of both adults and kids of the '70's. My one apprecation of the show was that the teenagers actually looked like teenagers because they were teenagers and not 20 & 30-somethings playing those parts!
A very much under-rated and under-appreciated series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss this show.
It's too bad that this show only had one season. It's title gave it a bad name - literally. There were three couples in various situations: one swinging couple, one traditional... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed in cancellation
I am truly dissapointed that they cancelled this lovely show. It was my time. I grew up in that era and identified with it.
Published 2 months ago by bobbi cz.
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens when you reality and fantasy meet.
I am a big fan of this show and have seen it many times. I think it takes on the question of what the consequences would be if we did whatever we wanted. Read more
Published 3 months ago by brad
5.0 out of 5 stars We need a 2nd season
Fun series for a few reasons: it seems like a nice rewind of the 70's - clothing, events of the time, etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JSP
5.0 out of 5 stars If your Lana Parrilla fan your gonna love it.
It turned out to be a really great show, I kinda wish it didn't get cancelled. All the actors did amazing job. It was great to see a show that exploded the themes it did. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Valerie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lana Parrilla is awesome!
Bought this season for one reason only! Lana Parrilla! So sad the show didn't make it past the first season but glad she's on once upon a time! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lisa Briones
5.0 out of 5 stars So much FUN!
This is one of the only shows I know of where I smiled throughout each and every episode---and it's not even a comedy. It's just feel good TV (corny, but true)!
Published 11 months ago by Timothy McGivney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish they had kept this show!
This was one of the shows I made sure I didn't miss; while this wasn't my generation and times are might different I loved the show. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Swingtown again
Re-watched Swingtown last week with a friend who had never seen it and we both loved it. I originally watched it when it was first on CBS and was sorry to see that it didn't get... Read more
Published 14 months ago by debjo19
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised at how much I loved it =)
So, I originally only started this series because of the fabulous Lana Parrilla. I'm a Once Upon a Time fan, and my fellow Evil Regals got me hooked on all of her other projects. Read more
Published 16 months ago by KRG
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Show's Amazing, but DVD Disappointing
I agree. I have an analog stereo TV, and it doesn't look and sound as good as I remember it from the original broadcasts, either on CBS or the Bravo marathon. It's not even very loud, I have to turn the volume way up to hear it properly, more than on most of my DVD collection. The picture also... Read more
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Subtitles?
No :( but the closed captioning remains intact.
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