A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Major themes include friendship, sisterhood, and shared responsibility, but they're balanced with the message that the "space race" was heavily marketed by the U.S. government.
Positive Role Models
The women model friendship and a supportive sisterhood under usual circumstances, but each wife must make concessions in pursuit of her husband's success. Characters conform to traditional gender roles, with some stereotyping.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual tension and innuendo (with descriptive phrases such as "grooming the neighbor's poodle"); kissing and groping; infidelity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking; partying to the point of drunkenness; smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Astronaut Wives Club is a period drama based on the wives -- and the lives -- of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. The story begins in the late 1950s, so traditional gender roles apply, with some outdated stereotyping. Characters also smoke cigarettes and drink socially, occasionally to drunkenness, and some engage in infidelity, although sexual content is largely limited to innuendo, kissing, and groping. Language is hardly an issue, though, as even words such as "hell" are spelled out rather than spoken.
Is It Any Good?
Adapted from the nonfiction book of the same name by Lily Koppel, this series has all the shiny, happy promise of the era it so dutifully recreates (that, and a boatload of Jell-O molds). But what's missing is a much-needed sincerity -- both in the characters and the words they say -- that would make these women feel relevant and relatable. Though they're based on actual people, they seem contrived and clichéd rather than real.
So it's a club that values style over substance. And that's a shame, given The Astronauts Wives Club's otherwise intriguing premise: an early look at "reality TV" voyeurism and the artifice it so often breeds among its newly minted stars. If the Mercury 7 astronauts were piloting the nation's first space flights today, what would the reality shows about them and their families look like? How close to true "reality" would they come? And, more importantly, would there be room in the club for wives and husbands?
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