American Housewife is a American television sitcom that aired on ABC since October 11, 2016.
On November 4, 2016, ABC gave a full season order of 22 episodes for the series' first season. A month later on December 13, 2016, an additional episode was ordered, making it a 23 episode season.
This series chronicles the daily life of Katie Otto, an average wife and mother who tries to stand out among the snobby housewives & their privileged children in her hometown of Westport, Connecticut.
- Katy Mixon as Katie Otto
- Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto
- Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto (originally portrayed by Johnny Sequoyah in the pilot episode)
- Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto
- Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto
- Ali Wong as Doris
- Carly Hughes as Angela
- Leslie Bibb as Viv
- Jeannette Sousa as Suzanne
- Kate Flannery as Crossing Guard Sandy
On January 28, 2016, it was announced that ABC had given the production a pilot order as "The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport."
The episode was written and author by Sarah Dunn who were expected to executive produce alongside Aaron Kaplan, Kenny Schwartz and Rick Wiener.
Production companies involved with the pilot include Eight Sisters Productions, Weiner & Schwartz Productions, Kapital Entertainment, and ABC Studios.
On May 12, 2016, ABC officially ordered the pilot to series and a few days later, it was announced that the series (now titled "American Housewife") would premiered on October 11, 2016 and aired on Tuesdays at 9:30 P.M.
On November 4, 2016, ABC picked up "American Housewive" for a full season of 22 episodes and on December 13, an additional episode was ordered.
On May 11, 2017, ABC renewed the show for a second season which premiered on September 27, 2017.
On May 11, 2018, ABC renewed "American Housewife" for a third season of 23 episodes, which premiered on September 26, 2018.
On February 17, 2016, it was announced that Katy Mixon had been cast in the pilot's lead role.
In March of 2016, it was reported that Carly Hughes, Ali Wong and Diedrich Bader had also joined the pilot's main cast.
On June 27, 2016, it was announced that Meg Donnelly had been cast to replace Johnny Sequoyah in the pilot role of Taylor, the daughter of Katie and Greg's characters.
"American Housewife" has received mixed reviews from television critics, with Katy Mixon's performance being praised as the show's highlight.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 54%, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10.
The site's critical consensus reads: "American Housewife is boosted by a strong and enjoyable lead performance by Katy Mixon, yet her performance alone strains to sustain an excessively quirky show that relies too heavily on stereotypes."
Metacritic reported a score of 60 out of 100 (based on 25 critics) indicating "mixed or average reviews".
In November of 2017, the episode "Boo-Who?" featured character Taylor Otto dressed up as a "pregnant Norwalk prom girl", poking fun at the city of Norwalk, Connecticut, which borders the show's location of Westport.
Before this incident, there were various other episodes in which Norwalk was mocked: The characters refused to swim in a Norwalk swimming pool, acting like the pool water was diseased because of Norwalk people; one of the children took bets on how many of the girlfriends of Norwalk’s basketball team would be pregnant post season; and Oliver Otto used a neighbor's Hispanic housekeeper to alter flawed Polo shirts and sell them to Norwalk students, believing that no Westport resident would buy them (Oliver ended up earning a lot of money).
This brought condemnation from residents, school officials and politicians of Norwalk.
After a petition calling for the producers to stop "bullying" Norwalk got over 500 signatures and media coverage, a Disney spokesperson released a statement saying: "As a comedy, ‘American Housewife’ isn’t intended to offend anyone. We’ve heard the concerns of the people of Norwalk and have made the decision to omit any mentions of the city from future episodes".