The Astronaut Wives Club: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
The Astronaut Wives Club

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The Astronaut Wives Club relies on poorly paced storylines and clichéd characters, both used in service of a fact-based narrative that would have been better served in a more serious context.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 70
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 18, 2015
2
Air date: Jun 25, 2015
3
Air date: Jul 2, 2015
4
Air date: Jul 9, 2015
5
Air date: Jul 16, 2015
6
Air date: Jul 23, 2015
7
Air date: Jul 30, 2015
8
Air date: Aug 6, 2015
9
Air date: Aug 13, 2015
10
Air date: Aug 20, 2015

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Cast

Joanna Garcia
as Betty Grissom
Yvonne Strahovski
as Rene Carpenter
Dominique McElligott
as Louise Shepard
Azure Parsons
as Annie Glenn
Odette Annable
as Trudy Cooper
Erin Cummings
as Marge Slayton
Desmond Harrington
as Alan Shepherd
Zoe Boyle
as Jo Schirra
Bret Harrison
as Gordo Cooper
Wilson Bethel
as Scott Carpenter
Kenneth Mitchell
as Deke Slayton
Joel Johnstone
as Gus Grissom
Sam Reid
as John Glenn
Aaron McCusker
as Wally Schirra
Evan Handler
as Duncan Porter
Luke Kirby
as Max Kaplan
Antonia Bernath
as Susan Borman
Haley Strode
as Jane Conrad
Alexa Havins
as Pat White
Elaine Carroll
as Harriet Eisele
Ryan Doom
as Donn Eisele
Holley Fain
as Marilyn Lovell
Nora Zehetner
as Marilyn See
Matt Lanter
as Ed White
William McNamara
as Robert Kennedy
Catherine Dent
as Beverly Davis
Ray Fisher
as Captain Edward Dwight
Jon Abrahams
as Frank Borman
Blake Lee
as Young Man
Jimmy Deshler
as Marty Schirra
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Critic Reviews for The Astronaut Wives Club Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (17)

Of necessity, the story is so rushed, the characters so carelessly brush-stroked, that what should be climactic -- the first manned spaceflight -- feels incidental, almost blase.

Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though it doesn't fly us to the moon, the series is a good space filler in the early summer doldrums.

Jun 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The biggest culprit is the stilted writing.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

TV viewers looking for an entertaining, retro-cool soap opera should certainly sample the series, a lively mixture of relationship drama and female bonding.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

In the end, though, Astronaut Wives Club makes its presence felt without such dramatics. It's a character study first and foremost, with a sure-handed sense of time and place.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It wouldn't be the last time a summer show on network TV won viewers over with modest ambitions and likeable characters.

Jun 23, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Jun 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

... the series is a jumble of obligatory themes and half-baked characterizations cribbed from other shows to form something that feels simultaneously overstuffed and underwritten.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The Astronaut Wives Club is a black hole of monotonous characters and stale writing and does absolutely nothing to represent the teetering excitement and dread that the show's true-life events caused across the world.

Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The Astronaut Wives Club turns out to be pretty fun stuff, an engaging drama with a bit of soap and a sheen of history.

Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…

What's supposed to be fueling this vehicle is a formula mixing historical drama and soap. But without more potent storytelling, "The Astronaut Wives Club" only can reach a limited orbit.

Jun 12, 2015 | Full Review…

By the end of the series, only one or two storylines make much of an impact.

Oct 17, 2017 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Astronaut Wives Club: Season 1

  • Dec 18, 2018
    Amazing show! What I like most about it is the historical background of it all. From Women's Rights to African American Civil Rights and to the assassination of JFK. Hearing about the stories behind the scenes of great contributors to society, astronauts, makes for a great TV show. I love all the characters and the era it takes place. A lot was happening in the country in the 1960s and I love that we get to see it play out on TV again. There aren't too many shows nowadays that has captured this point in time and I think it's doing an amazing job! The scandal, the drama, the politics of it all is what makes this show worth watching. It's just not a show about women and their Plesantville lives. Enjoyed it . To bad it was cancelled .
  • Nov 10, 2015
    We beg for a second season
  • Sep 28, 2015
    Interesting watch, bringing to light the lives of strong women. Struggles to deal with more complex issues of the time like racial conflict and women's rights but definitely a compelling narrative.
  • Sep 05, 2015
    Loved this story, set in the 60's when I was a teen. Good, clean entertainment that showed the morals of the times. Should be more shows like this during prime time.
  • Aug 18, 2015
    I was laying on a beach on a casual Sunday flipping through a magazine when I came across an advertisement for ABC’s Astronaut Wives Club–with my heart going from a soft thumping to almost beating out of my chest I sat up and screamed! Finally a TV show about the Space Race! The Era I didn’t get to live through. This will be the closest I ever get to experiencing it! I love space, I love NASA but I really really love the History of the first Space Missions: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo –and now ABC was going to be debuting a show all about the early days of NASA! Does it get any better? The show would be following the lives of the Mercury 7 Astronauts along with their wives and the NASA program. It started from the first news conference and speculation about who would be the first man up in Freedom 7 (the first manned mission) launched on May 5, 1961. Ooh the 60’s! I genuinely believe that I was born in the wrong Era–I would give anything to be able to step back in time and experience a little bit of the 60’s especially because of the Space program and how it beautifully created unity between fellow Americans. All of my hopes for this series slowly came to a hault after watching just one episode. Now, don’t get me wrong–I knew this was not going to be a completely accurate portrayal and I had an idea, that of course ABC would be taking creative liberties but I had no idea that they would be smearing the names of our American Hero’s and NASA for that matter. For starters Alan Shepard is painted as a low-life cheating man–it is true that Alan was accused over the years of being a little bit of womanizer but in reality Louise and Alan were Married for 53 years and very devoted to each other according to Neal Thompsons biography of Alan Shepard. Another attack on the Sheperds was that Louise had an affair or “almost affair” with a Life Magazine Reporter named Max Kaplan–go ahead google Max Kaplan, you won’t find anything because he simply is not real. He was a fictional character that ABC made up for the show. Way to Go ABC–let’s not only make Alan Shepard (our first American Man in Space) look like a low-life but let’s also smear his wife’s reputation at the same time. For a woman that was nicknamed “St. Louise,” that’s quite a far fetched story line don’t you think? Isn’t the marriage of our American Hero’s kind of an untouchable subject–especially when these people are dead and can’t defend themselves anymore? Why are we re-writing history in a negative way? If you made it all the way down to here then you might want to check out my blog post goldiejames.com/astronaut_wives_club where I debunk more of the episodes.
  • Aug 14, 2015
    I was too young to remember most of this. Its been really nice to see it thru the eyes of the families. But I do wish that they hadn't rushed it so much. And why are all of the actresses so much younger than the actual wives were?
  • Aug 14, 2015
    Have just watched episode 9 (of 10) ... My motivation to watch came from my recollection of how closely I followed the original seven astronauts, way back. Space was the great unknown -- and these were true American heroes. Back in the day, my favorite astronaut was (M.) Scott Carpenter, followed by Alan Shepard. I suppose my least favorite was (the late) Gus Grissom. Thru the show, I have come to appreciate astronaut Grissom much more, and must say that a chill ran down my back when I saw the scene where Grissom and Roger Chaffee introduced themselves (for I knew of their fate, that followed). I find the show fascinating and well worth a weekly watch... I categorize it in two sections: the interaction of the wives (soap-opera-ish, about 80% of the time), and the story of the astronauts -- totally riveting. I hope there is more for this series, beyond the final episode of this summer ...
  • Aug 05, 2015
    This had the potential to be boring and I was worried it would be on the first episode but getting to see the second episode and so on, it just kept getting better. Clearly one of the best thought out shows on ABC right now. Acting is great, characters are intriguing, it follows history, and it moves at the perfect pace.
  • Aug 01, 2015
    Storyline is a little bit choppy jumping through time so quickly - hopefully they settle into that theme if it gets renewed for a second season. It's a great summer show that I enjoy watching since I love period shows. I hope the writers stick to keeping the storylines mainly fact based and don't turn it into a mistresses type show.
  • Jul 30, 2015
    It is interesting to see the space race through the eyes of the wives, fun loving show from of the 60's. Life looked so much simpler back then.

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