Polyamory isn't something one sees normalized.
TV and film are littered with couples, mostly heterosexual, and all of the narratives we are fed about healthy relationships (or even unhealthy relationships) generally don't involve more than two people.
Which is why it was really unexpected for a throuple (meaning: three people in a relationship together) to show up on HGTV's House Hunters on a February 12th episode.
Brian, Lori and Geli were shopping for a house in Colorado to fit two kids, enough garage space for three people, and a bathroom with three sinks.
Brian and Lori were already married before they met Geli, and have since both exchanged vows with her.
"This is a couple's kitchen, not a throuple's kitchen" #househunters is making my whole night— Tqwana Brown (@Tqwana Brown) 1581566102.0
Was just about to go to sleep when #HouseHunters comes on with an episode about a THROUPLE shopping for a house in… https://t.co/UAakZhqPap— orlibeth (@orlibeth) 1581564876.0
A truple?? #househunters https://t.co/6a6Pw0hGaX— racerviii (@racerviii) 1581564689.0
There’s a poly family on #househunters rn and while I appreciate the progressive exposure I REALLY wish they did a… https://t.co/RvUfKrgGwv— Yoshe (@Yoshe) 1581565385.0
Even houses are laid out for couples, as the threesome found out during their search for a house.
HGTV really might be the most progressive show on TV. About to watch a polyamory couple fight over a house! #HouseHunters— Hemal Jhaveri (@Hemal Jhaveri) 1581564708.0
The throuple is learning that modern bathrooms are sadly not designed for three people to brush their teeth at the same time. #househunters— Hemal Jhaveri (@Hemal Jhaveri) 1581565709.0
I have never sent a tweet about #HouseHunters until tonight. Bravo #hgtv, you got me with the throuple. https://t.co/KPaCmOYska— TJ 🇺🇸 (@TJ 🇺🇸) 1581566688.0
#hgtv #househunters three in the bed? It’s crowded with just 2 in my bed😂— audreyw (@audreyw) 1581566140.0
My mom called me tonight to tell me about the HGTV #HouseHunters thruple because she is supportive of my lifestyle… https://t.co/nvrfsMe6JE— Jellicle Kayte (@Jellicle Kayte) 1581650686.0
Considering how rare it is to see any sort of representation of real-life polyamory on television, the responses were incredibly positive.
the throuple on house hunters is all i needed to make it through today. I stan— the hemmogoblin (@the hemmogoblin) 1581610864.0
Wow. A throuple on HGTV! And the explanation as to what that means was to the point. Pretty cool!— Roberto (@Roberto) 1581564831.0
I was legit about to change the channel until I heard throuple. You have my FULL attention now lol #HouseHunters https://t.co/4ZA2AswCIg— Melanie Hawkins (@Melanie Hawkins) 1581565166.0
Wait, there’s a throuple on #HouseHunters?! https://t.co/lSHKlwmkOV— John Ambrose’s Curl Pattern (@John Ambrose’s Curl Pattern) 1581634562.0
O.M.G. Just catching up with #HouseHunters, and this #throuple is everything I want from life.— Trillian McMillian (@Trillian McMillian) 1581917666.0
The throuple ultimately did end up settling on a house.
Will there be more polyamorous representation on TV in this new decade? Who knows, but at least society is beginning to recognize relationships between consenting adults can take many forms.