All polyfamily warmth and cuddles on NatGeo TV
UPDATE: The show re-aired January 24th, according to the National Geographic Channel's schedule. It will air again on January 31st at 6 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
Would you and your polyfamily dare to be followed around and filmed by the National Geographic for a show called "Odd Couples," on a cable series called "Taboo," which is about weird anthropological practices worldwide?
An equilateral triad family in the San Francisco area, who have lived and loved as a household for 17 years and are raising a teenager, gave the NatGeo series a very careful look, saw quality beneath the titillating surface, and decided that it was worth the risk.
And damn, they were right.
The show, filmed last June, aired this evening (Jan. 10, 2012). What a sweet portrayal it turned out to be, from start to finish! Cuddly kindness and family warmth; intelligence and thoughtfulness and such a steady smooth flow was evident among these people after their many years together. There was some mostly good commentary by a few talking-head experts (Peter Singer, Helen Fisher, Elisabeth Sheff). The 15-year-old in particular was articulate, perceptive, and proud to have so many good parental figures. The show went on for nearly 20 minutes including commercial breaks. It ended with them making a trip to Redwood Forest National Park (above), where they have an annual ritual of renewing their wedding vows.
The adults on the show, Dany, Lon and Troy, had been on pins and needles about how the editing would be done. They need not have worried!
The tone was far warmer and more thoughtful than the voiceover of the 3-minute preview that NatGeo put up three weeks ago.
The show is not online yet and probably won't be until NatGeo is finished running reruns. The poly part was the second of three 20-minute segments making up the 1-hour show. It will get my "The Best" and "Show Your Parents" tags assuming your parents are not the type to drop dead at seeing a three-way kiss and a lot of serious group snuggles.
Congratulations to everyone involved. That was a brave gamble, and you won.