"Neighbors with Benefits" Examines the Reality of Swingers in Suburbia

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11 March 2015
Neighbors with Benefits
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“Neighbors with Benefits”
Premieres Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
          A&E Network premieres a new original real-life series “Neighbors With Benefits,” following the residents of an average suburban community in Ohio where the couples maintain a not-so-average way of life.  Neighbors are often more than just friends in this seemingly ordinary neighborhood that has become home to the controversial, yet surprisingly common, “swinger” lifestyle. The hour-long nine-episode series premieres Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
          The series follows multiple married couples as they court prospective partners and interact with friends and participants, all while going about their typical everyday lives as parents, professionals, soccer moms and little league coaches.  Even with a strict set of rules to prevent taking extramarital relationships too far, each couple must deal with the varying effects of living this lifestyle, both inside and outside of their marriages.  The series will examine the pitfalls that the lifestyle creates for some, proving that it’s not without its challenges and possible personal devastation.  While some of the couples on the block believe this way of living strengthens their union, others try to warn potential recruits against the consequences along with its disregard for the sanctity of marriage.
          In the premiere episode we meet Tony and Diana, who were the first to move into the neighborhood and serve as the leaders for the movement.  They are very open about their lifestyle and often serve as the center of the activity – hosting events and bringing new members into the community.  Other couples include Brittany and Cody, who are struggling with playing by the rules within the lifestyle; Longtime couple Lori and Eric, who have been part of the scene for some time but fear the judgment of others; Vince and Penny, newbies who are considering the lifestyle and getting pressure from couples both for and against it; and Mark and Amy, who are strictly monogamous and feel that their friends Tony and Diana are always on the prowl for new recruits.  Throughout the series, some of the couples find that things change drastically as a result of the lifestyle, while others remain loyal to what they consider the only way to live life to the fullest. 

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