- 1 Season
The CBS drama Swingtown takes place in the mid-seventies, as the residents of a Chicago suburb experience the sexual revolution from many different perspectives. Bruce Miller (Jack Davenport) and his wife Susan (Molly Parker) move into a new larger home in the North Shore neighborhood. Their new neighbors, Tom (Grant Show) and Trina (Lana Parrilla) Decker, invite them to a Fourth of July party at their house, and the Millers realize that the Deckers are part of the swinger community. Surprisingly, Bruce and Susan accept an invitation to a foursome. After their uncharacteristic adventure, the Millers agree that they will not continue to experiment outside the marriage, especially when their best friends, Janet (Miriam Shor) and Roger Thompson (Josh Hopkins) express their disapproval. Yet, Bruce and Susan continue to feel drawn to the Decker's seemingly freewheeling lifestyle, because they seem happier than the uptight Thompsons. So they try to maintain a friendship without sexual encounters. Still, Susan continues to worry that Bruce will no longer be satisfied with monogamy. She also finds out that Trina yearns for a child and a more conventional lifestyle. At the same time, the Miller teen children begin their first steps into dating and romance. High school student Laurie (Shanna Collins) develops a crush on one of her teachers. Her preteen brother B.J. (Aaron Christian Howles) pursues Samantha (Britt Robertson), a girl from a troubled family who wants to runaway from home. The series presents the titillating storyline elements with delicacy, focusing on the emotional and family repercussions of the social changes in the 1970s. Like many of the American households at the time, the Miller family finds themselves torn between two radically different societies co-existing in their social world.