Swingtown

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

2
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jun 05, 2008 on CBS
7.4
out of 10
User Rating
139 votes
9

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Episode Summary

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Susan and Bruce Miller move their family to a wealthy Chicago community as America celebrates its bicentennial. As neighbors welcome them to the neighborhood, the Millers soon discover that there is a sexual revolution going on and the question is, do they join in or keep to themselves.
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Swingtown debuts.

    5.5
    After seeing commercials for this show I expected it to be a rip-off of That 70's Show. While it wasn't exactly that, it also wasn't funny, or entertaining in the least bit. If you grew up or experienced the 70's, you might like this show for the nostalgia, the awful music or because you have nothing else better to do. If you know about HBO and programs such as 30 Rock, then you are probably smart enough to realize this isn't worth your viewing time. While it is unfair to judge a show by its first episode, this program shows zero potential of evolving into an even reasonably watchable hour. CBS is a network known for compelling, action-packed dramas and hilarious comedies, but this delivers neither. Since it is baseball season, we can equate this show to a pitcher having to step up to the plate because this show is a swing and a miss.moreless
  • This was a great episode, and it was much better watching it the second time around. You could definitely get the sense that the show wasn't just about swinging, and the name of the show implies a lot more than it actually lets on.moreless

    9.7
    This was a pretty good pilot for a show like Swingtown. When I first watched it, it didn't seem all that good to me. But, I stuck with the show, and it's easily the best show of the summer. Now we're 11 episodes in, and looking back at the pilot, I'm realizing how good it actually was. It set up the show very well - it showed us who the characters were, and that the show was going to be about a lot more than swinging. It is a great show, with a great pilot. Easily the must-see show of the summer and of the year!moreless
  • Relationships are changing in the Millers' circle of now-growing friends, neighbors and coworkers! How the adults and teens face this in the summer of '76 is what the show is about.moreless

    8.0
    A husband gets promoted at work, buys a house a few blocks away and his family's world changes!



    The Deckers are jet-setting, childless swingers. He's an airline pilot; she's an ex-stewardess. The Millers are the new upwardly-mobile family of Bruce, Susan, Laurie, and BJ. Susan and Bruce were married right out of high school; Laurie and BJ are teens.



    The Thompsons are the Millers' neighbors from the "old" place, Roger and Janet. They have a son BJ's age, Rick.



    The episode shows us the players and sets up interesting stories to come.



    The Thompsons are welcomed to the Deckers, but some lines are drawn by Janet. Some chances are taken by the Millers.



    Overall, an intriguing summer show about relationships, trust, and friendship against the shifting socio-economic and political landscape of 1976! I hope it is a summer treat for a few summers to come!moreless
  • Neither here nor there

    7.0
    Here's the problem with this show, as with most that try to tackle sex in American mainstream: there isn't any. There are crude jokes, like the one in the plane, there is tension, there is a hint of sexuality and inside conflict's all the rage. But, this is primetime, so it's all going to come down to sheets pulled over the breast, which defeats the entire premise of the series. This is why American TV will always have plenty of successful violence-oriented shows - they are no longer taboo. Not even drugs are a shy topic. The last vestige of a prude society is sex - and showing their own sexual revolution without actual sex is just not going to cut it. I'm not really going to comment on the rest of the show, because it's just a normal "everyone's dysfunctional in their own way" deal, nothing to write home about - and the scenes were cut a little awkward, making it difficult to concentrate on the flow of the episode. But, all this can be corrected. Unfortunately, the clean approach can't. Too bad, it could have been interesting.moreless
  • A good show, but probably best to keep it as a summer show.

    8.7
    CBS definitely took some risks in airing this show. It is most definitely a topic that is controversial and different. And there is a bit of a guiltiness in watching it. We watch these people doing things we might be too chicken to try out ourselves. And we get an awesome release from that. The show has compelling characters, I am most drawn to Trina and anticipate her realization that maybe this life isn't as great as she pretends it to be. The plotline is definitely different which means there is no show quite like it. And the time period is nostalgic, even for me who was born in 1982. But it seems familar, simpler despite it's complex plot. The avacado refrigerator and high-waisted pants make this show a bit less controversial and more nostalgic.



    I wouldn't call it the best show on TV, I don't think I'd even call it a great show. But it is aa perfect summer show, not too complex and extremely satisfying.moreless
Nicole Swahn

Nicole Swahn

Tammy

Guest Star

Damon Carney

Damon Carney

Bud Green

Guest Star

Morgan Farris

Morgan Farris

Betsy Burdis

Guest Star

Kyle Searles

Kyle Searles

Logan Rhode

Recurring Role

Kate Norby

Kate Norby

Gail Saxton

Recurring Role

Michael Rady

Michael Rady

Doug Stephens

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This pilot episode is set on July 4th weekend 1976, but at the beach they play 'Go Your Own Way' by Fleetwood Mac which wasn't released in the States 'til December 76.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Susan Miller: You and Tom have an open marriage?
      Trina Decker: Well don't you?
      Susan Miller: No...no, Bruce would go ape if I cheated on him.
      Trina Decker: Oh, it's not cheating, it's the opposite actually.
      Susan Miller: How is having sex with other people not cheating?

    • Trina Decker: (holds out a bottle of champagne) Welcome to the neighborhood.
      Bruce Miller: Dom Perignon.
      Susan Miller: I'm afraid we don't have any glasses.
      Trina Decker: Well, tell you what, if you like to share,why don't you bring it to our party tomorrow night?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: July 1, 2008 on TV3+

    • Featured Music:

      "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
      "Machine Gun" by Commodores
      "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain and Tennille
      "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone
      "Golden Years" by David Bowie
      "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
      "Higher and Higher" by Rita Collidge

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Rick Thompson: I can't believe Damien's dad was actually going to kill him.

      This comment is made as Rick and B.J. return from the movies and references the horror movie The Omen, which was released on June 25, 1976. In the movie, Damien's father realizes Damien is the Antichrist and tries to kill him.

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