• Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: The Seven Year Switch on FYI

    by  • July 9, 2015 • Sex, Worst Cable Show of the Week • 11 Comments

    This Tuesday, July 7th, the FYI network debuted a new show called The Seven Year Switch. The premise of the show is troubled couples swapping spouses and living with a stranger in an “experimental marriage.” And every cable and satellite subscriber in America is paying for it.

    Airing at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (only 8:00 p.m. Central/Mountain), and rated appropriate for young teens, FYI’s The Seven Year Switch features four couples on an emotionally difficult journey in which they “swap” spouses with one another – allegedly, to help repair their relationships. The show doesn’t stint on its prurient premise; the first episode is even titled, “Swap Therapy.”

    In it, the action centers on couple Leah and Neal, who naturally are eager to discuss their sex life in detail with the TV audience. You know, like any real-life married couple would be.

    Noting that “Our sex in the beginning was, like, awesome,” Leah, like, tells the audience that after she, like, gained weight, Neal didn’t, like “look at me the same way.” As a result, Leah turned to a former boyfriend, which – as she so delicately puts it – “created an infidelity situation.” A month later, Leah returned to her husband Neal, who claims he “accepted that it was a mistake and that it wouldn’t happen again” – but who nevertheless used Leah’s actions as an excuse for an affair of his own:

    Neal: “After finding out that she was having dealings with someone else, I let her know that I was gonna see other people. But she’s using that as a reason to not own what she did.”

    And this was just the first episode. One can only wonder what other thinly-veiled excuses for bad behavior will be offered in future episodes…with the FYI network encouraging (and profiting by) further adultery all along the way.

    The FYI network is virtually unknown, one of those channels everybody skips over when “channel surfing” or looking at the schedule grid. FYI used to be called the Biography Channel; but then, the network’s owner A&E “rebranded” it — without giving cable companies a choice of whether or not to carry it, or subscribers a choice as whether or not to receive it. Instead, everyone is required to pay for it, as part of Big Media’s extortionate cable and satellite “bundle.”

    The Seven Year Switch is A&E’s second desperate attempt at attracting an audience. The first was the similarly sleazy Neighbors with Benefits, a show in which “swinger” married couples in an “average suburban neighborhood” swapped spouses with their neighbors, in an attempt to portray fornication as “normal.” (A&E used to stand for “Arts & Entertainment;” apparently, today it means “Adultery & Erotica.”)  Neighbors with Benefits met its demise after a mere two episodes; but obviously, A&E is going to continue to try to legitimize spouse-swapping as often as possible, no matter how many people are offended or refuse to watch. The network also shows Married at First Sight, in which random strangers get “married” and have sex literally on their first date.

    Most amazing of all is the decision of the leadership of A&E to promote this kind of programming. The network’s last major success was the faith-and-family-oriented Duck Dynasty. It’s hard to believe that the sane A&E audience which made the Robertson clan a household name would be interested in programming about sex “swingers” and devaluing marriage.

    But A&E is not alone in undermining marriage and traditional values in an attempt to gain publicity at any cost. VH1 is showing Dating Naked and Walk of Shame Shuttle, in which nudity and casual sex are glorified. And the PTC has already aided in the defeat of the WE tv network’s slimy series Sex Box, in which couples had sex live on stage, then talked about their sexual problems to a group of so-called “therapists.”

    Each of these series was or is rated TV-14, appropriate for 14 year-olds (meaning many younger kids will also be watching). What is this teaching our children about the nature of marriage and human relationships?

    Today’s so-called “entertainment” industry is controlled by rapacious extortionists who will put on any kind of program, no matter how crass and prurient, without any regard to the impact on our society and our culture. As a result, every individual with a cable or satellite subscription is FORCED to support these programs. With FYI on the basic cable tier, everyone with a subscription is paying 10-15 cents per month for the channel.

    $1.50 a year for a channel you never watch may not sound like much; but multiply that amount by the 100 million cable subscribers in America, and A&E is making $150 MILLION A YEAR GLAMORIZING ADULTERY TO KIDS.  VH1 draws a similar income. Every subscriber should be outraged that they have to pay for these programs, and subsidize new, unwanted cable networks such as FYI.

    The PTC is calling on A&E to refund the annual fee for FYI to all cable and satellite subscribers who do not wish to subsidize programming like Seven Year Switch, Married At First Sight, and Neighbors with Benefits.


    If you believe you should not be FORCED to pay for this type of programming, please add your name to our Seven Year Switch petition today!




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    11 Responses to Worst Cable TV Show of the Week: The Seven Year Switch on FYI

    1. John S
      July 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      If you don’t like the show do something about. I am just 1 guy and I had AARP and Amazon.com pull their adds before they ever ran. So here are the sponsors. Call them. Then call Disney and email Bob Iger and ask him to fire Nancy Dubuc the CEO of A&E.

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    2. Toni
      July 10, 2015 at 9:37 am

      I don’t understand how this can be on during prime time when children are awake. One more reason I rarely watch tv.

    3. Virginia Newcomb
      July 10, 2015 at 9:11 am

      The whole premise of the show is disgusting, and I do not want to pay for it!

    4. Maureen Buck
      July 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I am disappointed with the whole idea of this program. The idea that people are disposable is what bothers me the
      most. They are saying if you don’t like your family, your kids, you spouse, you can throw them away and “get new ones”. It always surprises me that so many of the left leaning folks are so devoted to animals yet so detached from
      their own families. I share the care and love of animals. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that are part of my family. I could
      not abandon them or my family. Yet, those with such devoted feelings about pets, have such a serious lack of love
      for spouses and children. How does it make the spouse being replaced feel? If causing folks to feel abandoned
      is what they are going for, they nailed it. Too bad these feelings cause folks to make such horrible decisions with
      their lives, trying to be loved and accepted. It saddens me how desperate these stations are to get ratings that they
      feel creating a family to be torn apart is entertainment.

    5. Drema Carnathan
      July 10, 2015 at 8:44 am

      “I will set before my eyes NO VILE THING.” Ps.101:3

    6. John Sacco
      July 10, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Thanks for finally pushing me to quit cable. I do not wish to subsidize programming like Seven Year Switch, Married At First Sight, and Neighbors with Benefits. A&E has turned from high class to low trash so quickly, it’s disgusting.

    7. Don Konwinski
      July 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

      This sounds like one more show that demonstrates how sick this nation is. I don’t know how much longer we’ll last as a nation, as we continue to aim at becoming valueless. There is a difference between being invaluable and being without values. As a nation, we appear to strive for the latter. We’re pretty sick.

    8. Mark
      July 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Disgusting show! Why would this be in prime time? Our society crumbles as our morals decline.

      I plan to drop all cable and not watch TV at all.

    9. July 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

      totally immoral, what does this say to our children…this type of behavior is in its most basic form cheating! If it encourages it here where do you stop, it flows into all lifes dealings, on top of being wrong in the eyes of God, it teaches lying and deception. Plain and simple this is wrong and should not be publized as if it is an acceptable practice or a normal life style.

    10. Alan
      July 10, 2015 at 8:21 am

      This show and the others that are out there our in poor taste and our of very poor ethical and moral value.

    11. Don
      July 10, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Traditional marriage is best.

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