Parents' Guide to

The Astronaut Wives Club

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Space, big secrets, ambition -- and a clichéd sisterhood.

TV ABC Drama 2015
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

My Daughter and I Love This Show!

My twelve yr old daughter and I love this show! The Astronaut Wives Club is the true story of the lives of the Mercury 7 Astronauts and their families. Even though the title makes it sound like the wives just stand there, smiling for the camera and supporting their husbands, it is completely different. The wives are bright and independent. An example is my daughter's favorite character, Trudy Cooper, who is a trained pilot and wants to eventually become part of the Mercury 13 (a later group of female pilots). There are hardly any content issues. The sexual content doesn't go much beyond kissing between married couples. There is occasional drinking or smoking. Overall, this is a great show that illustrates what it's like to have a real friend and changes your perception on the typical '60s housewife.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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