Episodes: 10 (hour)
TV show dates: June 18, 2015 — August 20, 2015
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Yvonne Strahovski, Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, Joanna García, Erin Cummings, Azure Parsons, Zoe Boyle, Bret Harrison, Aaron McCusker, Wilson Bethel, Kenneth Mitchell, and Desmond Harrington.
TV show description:
This dramatic TV series is based on the book of the same name by Lily Koppel. It focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed — seemingly overnight — from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, tragedy began to touch their lives and they rallied together.
Betty Grissom (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) is a small-town girl who’s been thrust into the spotlight. She says what she means and means what she says. Betty worked the night shift at Indiana Bell to put her husband and best friend Gus (Joel Johnstone) through engineering school and her unwavering support helps him to become the second American to fly in space.
The spouse of astronaut Scott Carpenter (Wilson Bethel) and a mother of four who attended college, Rene Carpenter’s (Yvonne Strahovski) time in the public eye awakens her to a higher calling in politics, civil rights, and women’s issues.
An intensely private person, Louise Shepard (Dominique McElligott) understands the image she’s expected to project to the public. She’s the calm, collected, and supportive spouse of Alan Shepard (Desmond Harrington). She always delivers and this earns her the nickname of “Lady Louise” from the other wives.
A pilot herself, Trudy Cooper (Odette Annable) is separated from her husband Gordon “Gordo” Cooper (Bret Harrison) when he gets selected to become an astronaut. Trudy agrees to reunite with him for the sake of his career during this pivotal time.
When her husband Deke (Kenneth Mitchell) is grounded early in the Mercury program, Marge Slayton (Erin Cummings) is forced to carve out her own identity in this tight knit community. Just as Deke came to oversee the training and assignment of the astronauts, “Mother Marge” stepped up to become the leader of the Astronaut Wives Club.
Despite a debilitating speech impediment, Annie Glenn (Azure Parsons) is the picture perfect American housewife. She’s athletic, cheerful, devoted to her family and sings in the church choir. Annie shines in the pages of LIFE magazine and her husband John (Sam Reid) is the first American to orbit the Earth.
The daughter of a Navy officer, Jo Schirra (Zoe Boyle) is the consummate military wife who knows the proper behavior in every circumstance. Jo shows up to functions with perfect pearls and gloves, but she also has a wry sense of humor — much like her husband Wally Schirra (Aaron McCusker), the prankster of the astronauts.
Episode #10 — Landing
It’s 1969, and Apollo 11’s historic moon landing is cause for worldwide celebration and a high point for the Astro-families. The wives are interviewed for a TV documentary on the space program, Gordo is passed over for the next mission, and Trudy faces some big decisions about her personal and professional future. Betty finds a powerful way to honor Gus’s legacy and advocate for change.
First aired: August 20, 2015.
What do you think? Do you like The Astronaut Wives Club TV show? Do you think it should have ended or been renewed for a second season?
I really liked this show. The problem, as I saw it, was that the timeline was covered so quickly, that they ran out of material after one season. They should not have rushed though the whole Mercury program in just one season. I really liked Yvonne Strahovski in Chuck, and I though she was great in this show as well.
I just binge watched this show in 1 day in 2016. I was born in 1983, and hubby in 1985, so we did not grow up during this time period. My husband is an Engineer working his way up to being in space, and this time period was his inspiration to become an engineer and space travel. The day I watched and finished the shows was the day that John Glenn passed away. Quite the coincidence!! This show had me bawling throughout each episode. Life, marriage, kids, sacrifices, it’s all hard and to go through it all while in a… Read more »
This is why I quit watching cable. When they have a good show like this they don’t renew it…And I am sick to death of the reality shows…who wants to watch crap like the Kardashians (who can be the biggest **** for $$$) or the Housewives of NJ (who will go to jail first) …seriously we want entertainment not real life losers.
Of course they canceled this show cuz they don’t no a good show if it hit them in the face. This had history and a great story what is wrong with u ABC?????
WHAT???? It’s not coming back?? I am SO disappointed ABC!
It should not have been cancelled I really enjoyed this show. A lot of history involved and there was never a dull moment. I wish they could bring it back.
I’m so sad. I really enjoyed this show. I was constantly fact checking and although some things were exaggerated a lot of it was based on fact. It my opinion it was an entertaining history lesson with awesome fashion!
Unfortunately I did.
I wished it had been renewed, it was a very entertaining and interesting show. Compared to some of the rubbish we have on many television stations full of crudeness, vulgarity & dreadful acting , I found it pleasant viewing. So many good shows get the axe, it makes you wonder what kind of idiots make these decisions. In all probability the same ones that give us these other poorly written shows.
We missed the last episode and I tried to see if I could watch it on ABC.com. Very dissappointed to hear the show was cancelled! It was interesting watching the show as an adult. I was in elementary school when these events were happening in the 60s. We really hope you reconsider and have another season.
This was a lousy show about women. If I wanted to watch women garble on I would watch The View. It wasn’t good so they showed it during the summer and even then it bombed in the ratings. However you all will be happy to know that Matlock will still be shown and dinner served around 4:30pm
Old Man, seems you’ve been way outvoted. I was little but I do remember my parents having us watch the events on TV. Women outnumber men, and these women were heroes just like their husbands. Sad you seem to dislike them so much. Dinner at 4:30, Matlock? My grandmother watched Matlock when I was a little kid. Are you in a retirement home, sir? There’s plenty of other programming for you, not just 3 channels anymore! And f you can use a laptop, many of the oldies but goodies are available for streaming. I do like (most) men but women,… Read more »
How many of these comments were made by people that were old enough to actively watch the moon landing on TV
I am old enough to have actually remember the history of this show. It was very interesting to me to see the behind the scene comments and reactions of the characters in this show.
So was I…. SN, MBA
Astronaut Wives Club Season 2 Will Not Be Seen This Year,So Instead We May Bring You Some LOusy Programmings With Excessive Violence,Gore,Nudity and Grabage And Limitless On Television.