Polyamory on television shows is a rare occurrence. With the exception of “Big Love” (where everyone is Mormon) and “The Girls Next Door” (which is, well, Hugh Hefner), there aren’t many shows where people have multiple partners.
Unless, of course, you count shows like “The Bachelorette,” where one person is faced with multiple suitors, all trying to win that person’s affection — and where, more often than not, that one person finds him or herself developing feelings for, or even falling in love with, more than one person at the same time.
Of course, as Tristan Taormino points out, cultural standards won’t let the bachelorette (or any of her peers) stay in this multiple partner limbo: ultimately, she’s forced to choose “the one,” and ride off into the sunset happily — and monogamously — ever after.
But what if things got switched up a little, and she was allowed to stay with more than one? Sure, it’s probably never going to happen — but at least it’d be a break from the formula.