Interview: The housewives of American Housewife on breaking the TV mom mold


Posted on: February 9, 2017

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ABC’s American Housewife offers a refreshing new take on the sitcom mom. In other series, the matriarch has traditionally been the force of sanity and structure on the household: Today there’s Modern Family’s Claire, going all the way back to Wilma Flintstone and June Cleaver. But Katy Mixon’s Katie is more of a fierce source of strength, even as she frequently oversteps and comes up with outlandish escapades. Mostly, Katie is determined to raise her three children into valuable human beings in the tony suburb of Westport, Connecticut, even as her son gets bowled over by his friends’ fancy houses and her younger daughter struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fortunately, Katie is aided in her efforts by her two best friends, Doris and Angela, played by Ali Wong and Carly Hughes, respectively, as they also break from the traditional Westchester mom mold. At the winter Television Critics ...

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