A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages of independence and self-love are buried under clunky storytelling.
Positive Role Models
Though intended to be positive role models, most female roles are stereotypes that undermine the show's premise.
Violence & Scariness
The main character makes a lot of violent threats and at one point brandishes a knife at her husband, who has been manhandling her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are sex scenes in many episodes, and some nudity filmed from behind.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
Bonnie works at defunct department store, The May Company, and references are made to fashion and products of the 70s.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is abundant, and characters are often seen inebriated. Smoking is constant. Marijuana, cocaine, and pharmaceuticals are all discussed and used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Woman is the story of a woman who leaves her wealthy husband after she discovers him cheating. Set in the mid-1970's, the show follows main character Bonnie and her friends as they each attempt to break free from the men in their life and discover their own independence. Most episodes tend to contain sex scenes, along with some mild nudity. There's a lot of profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k," and Bonnie makes frequent threats to others. Smoking, alcohol and drug use are rampant, and characters often deal with their problems via alcohol and drugs. Though the show claims to be set during "the second wave of feminism," it deals mostly in clichés and stereotypes, making this a less-than-great choice for families looking for strong female role models.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, this potentially fun story is a patchwork of cliches, and -- beyond the over-the-top and distracting costumes that place the show in 1975 -- the writing doesn't really attempt to put a new spin on them. The characters, though they're supposed to be emblematic of the second wave of feminism, are drawn from broad stereotypes. They're timid, spiteful, easily manipulated, classist, and use alcohol to avoid their problems, which works for other, more confident shows (Desperate Housewives, anyone?) but here completely contradicts and undermines American Woman's promise of a story about women discovering their independence.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.