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American Housewife

American Housewife

  • Premiered: 
    October 11, 2016
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Sarah Dunn 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE is a half-hour sitcom that centers on Katie Otto -- a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three -- who raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with "perfect" mommies and their "perfect" offspring. Katie and husband Greg have moved to Westport because the school district there is the best option for their youngest daughter, but Katie has her own insecurities about her place in their new town. Despite her flaws and unconventional ways, Katie ultimately only wants the best for her kids and will fight tooth-and-nail to instill some good old-fashioned values in them -- even if it's the last thing she does. Luckily, Greg supports her in every way possible, but with a dash of reality thrown in as they work to ensure their children do not end up like everyone else. However, that isn't going to be easy when her oldest teenage daughter, Taylor, is already set on the "perfect" path; middle son Oliver has one goal in life: to be rich; and her youngest, Anna Kat, needs a little extra help navigating life and fitting in. Then there are her friends, Angela and Doris, who help Katie keep it all in perspective and are the allies she needs in a town where "keeping it real" is not a compliment.

Season 2 of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE premiered on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 9:30pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Back to School," Katie's efforts to get more time for herself backfire when she is forced to mend fences with the Westport moms by volunteering to run the school's spring gala. Meanwhile, Oliver proves to Katie that his passion for ballet is genuine, inspiring her to confront his belittling teacher and stick up for him. Taylor and Greg disagree over whether or not she needs to go to college while he teaches her how to drive.

The third season of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE premiered on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Mom Guilt," Katie goes back to work as a party planner after spending years as a full-time mom, which brings new challenges of balancing home and work life into the mix. After a two-month break, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE returned with new episodes on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. In the winter premiere, "The Things You Do," Greg's insistence on doing the family's taxes prompts Katie to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Oliver and Anna-Kat join forces in an attempt to win a popular radio contest; and when Taylor finally sees Pierce's true colors, the family bands together to help her pull off an over-the-top apology for Trip. Guest starring: Peyton Meyer as Trip and Milo Manheim as Pierce.

Season 4 of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE premiered on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. As the Otto family ushers in a new era, Katie and Greg make the emotional decision to sell the family minivan. Meanwhile, Oliver suffers a setback that forces him to rethink how to accomplish his goals. Alessandra Ambrosia and Alex Landi guest star. On Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT, ABC debuted "One Step Forward, Three Steps Back," the winter premiere of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. When Anna-Kat begins exhibiting past OCD behaviors, Katie and Greg worry their busy schedules are disrupting the family. Meanwhile, Oliver fields a call at the Teen Help Line center that rattles him. And, Taylor and Trip (guest star Peyton Meyer) attempt a trial run at being in a long-distance relationship. Plus, guest star Matt Shively returns as Lonnie Spears. After a 2.5-month break, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE returns with new episodes on March 17, 2020 on ABC on its new night and time: Wednesdays at 9:30pm. Against Greg's wishes, Katie sets out to play match maker for British Greg (guest star Ed Weeks). Meanwhile, Oliver goes along with a rumor at school about his sexual identity to help a classmate feel accepted. Leslie Bibb also guest stars. AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE moved a new timeslot -- Wednesdays at 9pm -- on April 15.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE returned for its fifth season on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC. In Season 5, Giselle Eisenberg takes over the role of Anna-Kat after Julia Butters left the show to pursue other opportunities. In the season opener, "Graduation," Katie goes to great lengths to appease Principal Ablin in order to ensure Taylor graduates high school. Meanwhile, Greg finishes ghost writing the final chapter of Lonnie's book. And while Oliver is devastated to learn Cooper's family will be moving out of Westport, Anna-Kat tells Franklin she is ready to venture outside her comfort zone and plans to attend sleep-away camp during summer break. After a six-week break, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE returned with new episodes on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC. In the winter premiere, "Mother's Little Helper," Katie's mentor and dear friend Tami (guest star Holly Robinson Peete) moves to Westport, and Katie wastes no time introducing her to her "A Real Mother" vlog viewers. Meanwhile, Taylor discovers Greg has been keeping an entertaining secret.
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8:30pm ET/PT, ABC premiered "The Election," the Season 5 finale of AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE. Katie pushes Cooper to share his passion for the culinary arts and ambition of becoming a chef with his autocratic father, Doyle Bradford. Meanwhile, Greg and Principal Ablin go head-to-head when the election results offer an interesting twist. And the Otto family gets the surprise of a lifetime. Guest starring is Holly Robinson Peete as Tami Gaines, Jake Choi as J.D., Jim Rash as Walker, Matt Shively as Lonnie Spears, Peyton Meyer as Trip, Logan Pepper as Cooper Bradford, Evan O'Toole as Franklin and Joel McHale as Doyle Bradford.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as: The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Kapital Entertainment
  • Produced by ABC Studios


  • - Westport, Connecticut USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • December 13, 2017: Doris' baby is born
  • October 24, 2018: Viv's baby is born