Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.



April 30, 2013

“ ‘Oh my God — you’re swingers’:
12 surprise TV encounters with the polyamorous”

A.V. Club

This goes under the category "misuses of the word." The 12 TV episodes listed here are about swinging and other pop-culture nonmonogamy drama/comedy, not polyamory (multiple loving relationships with knowledge and consent all around), despite the headline. I'm posting about this because it's liable to pop up in searches.

The A.V. Club is a TV and pop-culture site owned by The Onion. Each week it runs a list of items in a topical category like this, with descriptions. The descriptions are pretty thorough, for real TV fans. Listed below are just the 12 titles.

P.S.: The first mainstream TV drama with a storyline about an actual poly group, as far as I know, was ABC's "Private Practice" episode for Jan. 5, 2012, "Are You My Mother?" (Episode 5.10). See my writeup.


“Oh my God — you’re swingers”: 12 surprise TV encounters with the polyamorous


1. Bob’s Burgers, “It Snakes A Village” (2013)...
2. Party Down, “Nick DiCintio’s Orgy Night” (2010)...
3. The O.C., “The Countdown” (2003)...
4. Justified, “Money Trap” (2013)...
5-6. Life On Mars (U.K.), “Series 2, Episode 4” (2007) / Life On Mars (U.S.), “Coffee, Tea, Or Annie” (2009)...
7. All In The Family, “The Bunkers And The Swingers” (1972)...
8. Mad Men, “To Have And To Hold” (2013)...
9. That ’70s Show, “The Good Son” (1999)...
10. Louie, “New Jersey/Airport” (2011)...
11. Portlandia, “Motorcycle” (2012)...
12. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, “Mac And Charlie Die (Part 1)” (2008)...


Read the whole article, with the episode descriptions (April 29, 2013).

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4 Comments:

Anonymous John U said...

I'm pretty sure there was an Ally McBeal episode about an FMF triad. probably around 2000.

John U

May 01, 2013 12:09 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

There was one about a MFM triad, and one about a FMF triad, I think. They both, predictably, ended badly.

May 01, 2013 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Has anyone watched SciFy's Caprica? The series is in the Battlestar Galactica universe and features Group Marriages. Multiple committed partners with children. There's one great scene where two married partners wake up next to each other in bed, smile lazily and kiss each other good morning. They then climb over their other partners and a new set of partners greet each other good morning :) I don't see Caprica mentioned much in poly circles, but it's a great series.

May 04, 2013 8:41 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

More on Caprica:
http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/2010/03/group-marriage-in-caprica.html

May 04, 2013 9:56 PM  

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