The Astronaut Wives Club, a limited run series based on Lily Koppel’s book of the same name, premiered Thursday, June 18 on ABC (right before the network’s 2-hour season 3 debut of Mistresses, which offered a pretty good idea of where ABC expected The Astronaut Wives Club to fit into its line-up demographically).
I flinched a bit when one of the very first scenes featured Alan Shepard’s wife, Louise (Dominique McElligott), exchanging stink-eyes with the female yeoman she “caught” sitting on a couch in her husband’s office. The yeoman gave back as good as she got, instantly setting up the single v. married/working v. housewife & mom dynamic. (Louise also laments to her husband that now that he’s in the space program, “I’m about to be forced into bridge and bake sales with a bunch of wives.”)
It didn’t help when a few moments later, a pair of the titular wives went head to head, comparing their husbands’ career trajectories, flight-hours, and qualifications for becoming the first American in space. It was amazing they didn’t pull out rulers.
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