Starring: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, Ali Wong, Carly Hughes
Created by Sarah Dunn
Written by Sarah Dunn, Directed by Ruben Fleischer
American Housewife is a new sitcom that fits completely into the ABC wheelhouse of family comedies. That's the good news for me because I'm a big fan of The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, and (so far) Speechless. The bad news is I worry this may be a little closer to The Real O'Neals than all those great sitcoms I just mentioned. It's hard to tell but early on, my indication is that this is a pretty decent show, it just may not be my cup of tea.
But there are signs that this show could get better and the best signs are from the kids. We didn't see a whole lot of teenager Taylor (Johnny Sequoyah in the pilot, Meg Donnelly in the series) but the other two made a nice impression in the pilot. Daniel DiMaggio is playing a little Alex P. Keaton in Harrison. We've had pretentious kids before but I'm not sure we've had this variation since Michael J. Fox's iconic role. And Julia Butters is very promising as Anna-Kat, a mini-Brick from The Middle. She was very funny and quirky and I think the show has a good handle on her character and how to mine it for comedy without seeming like it's making fun of her, something The Middle has done exceptionally well too.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I wasn't totally sold on some of the other ABC comedies at first that I love now so I'll give it a little bit of time to figure itself out before making final judgement.