Polyamory married and dating ratings
In the ‘80’s, ‘90’s and into the early 2000’s, I appeared on a lot of television talk shows and a few documentaries, mostly as an expert on polyamory, but I don’t have any experience at all with reality TV which has only taken off in recent years, apart from watching a few episodes of the most popular shows and talking with a half dozen producers over the years who thought that a reality TV series on polyamory would be a big hit.
None of those conversations ever led to a show getting on the air so far as I know, although a few pilots were shot and at least one contract signed.
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.
The Riverside group, a young and beautiful MFF triad, seem a little more like regular folks than the San Diego group.
I’d better begin by saying that I don’t own a television set, not even for watching movies and I haven’t had cable service for nearly twenty years.
As you may have guessed, this means that I don’t watch a lot of television, cable or otherwise.
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.
And it’s the “other woman” in the triad who is most openly (and endearingly) jealous and pressures the legal wife to put her new guy on hold.So much for the cliché of women competing with each other for the “real” prize of masculine attention.Meanwhile, the preview for episode #2 has Kamala Devi refusing to share her new girlfriend, Roxie, with her husband Michael, again defying viewers’ preconceived notions about the likely challenges of polyamory.In my opinion, succeeds brilliantly at introducing seven main characters in less than thirty minutes.