In my opinion, succeeds brilliantly at introducing seven main characters in less than thirty minutes.That they manage to present a true to life portrait of polyamory as it’s commonly practiced along with some glimpses of hot group sex is a minor miracle. And it’s certainly more enjoyable than parading a poly family or two out to be interviewed by a talk show host and then letting a hostile audience have at them as was the style back in the day.I am aware that some shows are available on the internet, but I rarely have the time, the interest, or the motivation to watch them.Most of my television viewing occurs in airports or on airplanes, where I do spend considerable time, and occasionally I visit a friend who is a TV watcher and end up on the couch in front of the TV.Since poly-identified people are still a tiny minority, this show badly needs the Jen character to provide someone the rest of the world can relate to in the midst of all these hedonists.It will be interesting to see how the show approaches the dynamics with the “most reluctant” member of the family.My insider information leads me to suspect that the Roxie drama is at least somewhat contrived, but the demands for special treatment are classic and at the very least we see “asking for what you want” role modeled perfectly.At any rate, Michael and Kamala are both good enough actors to make it look real, but more about that later.
I only mention it because one of the complaints I hear fairly regularly from some quarters is that while “hot bi babes” are highly prized in poly circles, bi men are less welcome.
When I first started writing and speaking about responsible non-monogamy in the 1980’s (the word “polyamory” did not yet exist) it was far more taboo than it is now.
While there are still plenty of people who are sure that anything other than heterosexual monogamous marriage is bad and wrong, there’s been a huge shift in public opinion over the years.
The San Diego group, which consists of two young and attractive 30something couples who we meet in the midst of their decision to move in together, are clearly entrenched in the New Age camp.
Both families struggle a bit with jealousy and inclusion, both families are happy to jump into bed, cameras and all, and both families feature strongly bisexual women.
With all those qualifiers in place, I’ll say that is a far better portrayal of polyamory than I feared and not so good as I had hoped, judging from the first episode, which aired July 12. The show flips back and forth between two poly families, one in Riverside, California and one in San Diego.