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American Housewife - S01 E01

Comedy
 

Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with "perfect" mommies and their "perfect" offspring. Katie's perfectly imperfect world is upended when her neighbor's decision to move notches her up from her ideal social standing and sets her on a path to ensure that doesn't happen, regardless of the consequences.Luckily, her husband, Greg Otto, supports her in every way possible, but with a dash of reality thrown in as they work to ensure their children do not end up like everyone else. However, that isn't going to be easy when her oldest teenage daughter, Taylor, is already set on the "perfect" path; middle son Oliver has one goal in life: to be rich; and her youngest, Anna Kat, needs a little extra help navigating life. Then there are her friends, Angela and Doris, who help Katie keep it all in perspective and are the allies she needs in a town where "keeping it real" is not a compliment.Despite her flaws and unconventional ways, Katie ultimately only wants the best for her kids and will fight tooth-and-nail to instill some good old-fashioned values in them, if it's the last thing she does.

 
Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2016-10-11 at 20:30
  • Gwen Ihnat

    Aafter a brief foray into the dark side, Katie realizes that it’s pointless to be anything but herself, and the fun of the show comes from watching her not just discover that but also teach it to her kids.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    The series still shines thanks to a terrific Mixon and her sharp-elbowed jabs at 21st-century Stepford life, a realm dominated by Fitbit-wearing, yogo-pantsed power parents. [Oct 14, 2016, p.51]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The writing in the two episodes I've seen is funnier and more pointed than the show's premise.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    American Housewife isn’t this fall’s best new comedy but it’s certainly one of the better offerings.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Hopefully the pilot will move beyond weight and get to what really is intriguing about this show. Not since “Roseanne” has there been a prime-time comedy so poised to poke fun at economic class.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The “fat” stuff is way overdone, but Bader and Mixon are good. Otherwise, your watchwords are: too soon to tell.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Mixon is great, and she’ll keep me interested. But her voice-over is excessive and her weight obsession is overcooked.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    American Housewife is at its best during scenes of Katie’s daily life with her nerdy husband,Greg (Diedrich Bader), who happens to adore her plus-size figure, and her three children, who prove once more that ABC (with its Disneyfied intuition about such things) has a remarkable knack for casting snarky sitcom kids.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    Katy Mixon is a star. It’s honestly her intense likability that makes this show so watchable, for of all of the non-fat joke-related mistakes it makes (chiefly its Alex P. Keaton knockoff older son character).

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    American Housewife may be a knockoff rather than a tapestry, but it includes threads of wistfulness, paranoia and willful social deviance that will make you look twice. Or even thrice.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    The inner snark is much of the appeal of the show--the ongoing soliloquy where Katie tells the truth, punctuated by Mixon’s skillful balance of eye-rolling cynicism, cheerful enthusiasm, and deep-seated worry.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Long

    All these characters manage to work, at least in a broadcast-show way. This is mostly because of Mixon’s constant narration and commentary; she’s offering a sarcastic-neurotic voiceover on her own absurd life.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    At the moment, those kids feel grafted onto the story — three different containers for three different kinds of jokes. So focus on the parents, who are the hope for this show. That’s particularly true for Mixon, who is seldom off camera and yet never wears out her welcome.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Megan Garber

    Mixon’s casting would have been much more meaningful had her show more frequently let her form speak for itself. American Housewife’s star, so far, is Katie’s weight--and a number is a pretty boring premise for a story.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    [Katy Mixo's] talent may be the key to buying this new comedy some patience with the audience as it figures out what it wants to be.

    Salon Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Once called “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport,” the series hits the usual notes but doesn’t sing.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    American Housewife so far is too busy taking offense to be much fun to watch.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Meredith Blake

    Lurking somewhere in American Housewife is an incisive sitcom that can sit companionably along with ABC’s thoughtful, culturally relevant sitcoms. In a mostly encouraging sign, the second episode of American Housewife ditches the weight talk almost entirely, but it also feels softer and, like its revised title, generic. American Housewife needs to find the middle ground.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Like so many first episodes, American Housewife starts off functional, but only vaguely promising.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    It could be fun once it figures out where and how to direct its snark, but at the start, it’s too haphazard to make much of an impression.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    All told, Katie is a commanding presence, a social commentator with a flair for insult, a housewife with a bottomless capacity for complaint. Ms. Mixon performs commendably. What the show needs now are writers of whom the same could be said.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The pilot has some decent zingers embedded in its moral premise, and its best moments involve Bader’s staid delivery juxtaposed with Mixon’s snark. ... The pilot veers towards breaking the fourth wall and being far too preachy towards the end, though, which doesn’t serve it well.

    Collider Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The jokes are difficult to locate.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    "Roseanne," one of television’s great comedies, made this kind of family work with sharp writing and good acting. In American Housewife, created by Sarah Dunn, the jokes are lame and no one is acting; everyone is merely mugging for the cameras, with Ms. Mixon being the worst offender.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    American Housewife is a paint-by-numbers sitcom that's relentlessly stupid around the edges and deeply misguided at its center.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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