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Hilarious reactions to Louis Theroux's polyamory documentary

There were plenty of cringe moments in Sunday night's Louis Theroux: Altered States

Declan Cashin
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Louis Theroux launched a new documentary series called Altered States on Sunday night - and the opening episode on polyamory certainly aroused (sorry) a lot of interest on social media.

In the episode, we saw Louis travel to Portland, Oregon, which is "seen as the US capital of polyamory and ethical non-monogamy, the practice of openly and transparently having multiple relationships that go further than just sex".

To be fair, the man himself did warn us of what to expect in advance.

Still, viewers had all manner of ~feelings~ about what they saw. Some felt it definitely wasn't the kind of thing to watch with your mum and dad.

Others felt for some of the couples featured in the episode.

And for some poor souls, the whole spectacle was just a bit much from the get-go.

But there was one man that nearly everyone rallied behind - Jerry, who was featuring alongside his wife, Heide. 

Then it came time for Louis to strip off for a "sensual dinner" at a polyamory party.

Louis is invited to a ‘sensual eating dinner’ run by a group who are largely non-mongamous

People - including Naked Attraction host Anna Richardson - revelled in his obvious discomfort.

Someone pointed out that the whole thing had once been prophesied on another TV show.

However, one Twitter user felt the show misrepresented polyamory.

All that being said, the show made some viewers feel oddly envious.

We're all hoping it'll be covered on Gogglebox, right?

So what's the ultimate takeaway from Sunday night's episode?

And if we have to leave you with one image, it's this:

The series continues next Sunday, with an episode about open adoptions.

This article was originally published on 5 November 2018.

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