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In this sitcom, an ordinary mom tries to lead her family through life in a wealthy Northeastern suburb. The fish-out-of-water tensions keep the laughs flowing. The series debuted on ABC in 2016.

Wednesday 9:30 PM et/pt on ABC
3 Seasons, 57 Episodes
October 11, 2016
Comedy
7.4/10
Cast: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters
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American Housewife Full Episode Guide

  • Katie strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty, arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas. Anna-Kat does her best to help Trip win Taylor back but has a hard time getting past a very persistent Pierce. Meanwhile, Oliver thinks no one will remember him as the mask-wearing villain in the school's production of "The Nutcracker" but quickly takes center stage when a series of mishaps damages his costume.

  • Katie lands the perfect pawn to play on the insecurities of the Westport housewives when she convinces a hot young trophy wife named Harper to volunteer as room mom for Anna-Kat's class, but she quickly shifts gears when Harper rejects Anna-Kat's idea for movie night. Meanwhile, Greg enlists the help of the kids to get Katie's mom, Kathryn, to take an interest in someone other than herself,.

  • After discovering that the four digit pin code the Otto family uses for everything spells out Greg's ex-girlfriend's name, Katie gets upset and retaliates by dragging out old gifts from past boyfriends. Meanwhile, the kids' current love lives take a hit as Taylor and Trip argue over her relationship with Pierce ; and Oliver and Gina's relationship goes south when they both apply for a ballet scholarship that only one of them gets.

  • After the previous "fattest housewife" in Westport gets plastic surgery to lose weight, Chloe Brown Mueller rubs it in Katie's face that Katie has now assumed that title. In order to get revenge on Chloe, Katie goes through great lengths to dig up bad photos of Chloe from high school. In discussing body image with the kids, Katie and her mother, Kathryn, turn out to be bad influences on Anna-Kat and Taylor, unintentionally encouraging them to focus too much on the outward appearance. Over time, Katie realizes how judgmental she has become and that she is part of the problem.

  • Anna-Kat runs for the Green Chair position in the school election against Chloe Brown Mueller's daughter, which results in Katie and Chloe turning their kids' election into a feud of their own. Meanwhile, Greg becomes concerned that Taylor's new friend Pierce is trying to steal her away from Trip, causing Greg to intervene and scheme to prevent it.

  • When Katie's mom, Kathryn (Wendie Malick), comes to town, Katie and Kathryn encourage the kids to make less than favorable decisions: Oliver cheats in shop class and Katie helps him try to get out of it, while Kathryn reassures Taylor that she doesn't need to go to college.

  • With her new job taking up more of her time, Katie and Greg try to split up parenting duties. Katie over-involves herself in Taylor's social life by trying to keep some distance between Taylor and her boyfriend, Trip, to make sure Taylor is her own person aside from him. Meanwhile, Greg tries to convince Oliver to be honest after overhearing Oliver lie to his friends about his less-than-luxurious summer vacation.

  • After spending years as a full-time mom, Katie goes back to work as a party planner, which brings new challenges of balancing home and work life into the mix.

  • When things start to fall apart at the last minute, Katie figures out a new way to make the spring gala a success. Meanwhile, Greg attempts to be a "fun dad" and winds up adopting a dog while Katie is occupied with the gala.

  • In order to impress the other moms at school, Katie, Taylor and Oliver travel to New York to track down Nathan Fillion at a "Firefly" convention, so Katie can convince him to attend the school's spring gala.

  • When Katie starts her day in a bad mood, the Ottos come together to cheer her up; but in an alternate reality and in a different sweater, Katie starts her day in a good mood and the family comes together to cheer up Greg.

  • Katie and Greg struggle to resist the urge to micromanage as their children navigate life choices, such as landing your first job, picking out friends and managing homework.

  • After the passing of a family friend, the Ottos all react differently to the allotment of the deceased's inheritance.

  • Katie and Greg struggle to help the kids accept loss as a family friend suddenly passes away and as their pet pig, Hans Gruber, must be returned to his natural habitat.

  • Katie enlists Angela's legal help to convince Chloe Brown Mueller to sign off on the venue for the Spring Gala, but Angela ends up cozying up to Chloe instead.

  • The Otto children are beginning to experience struggles in their love lives after jumping into the dating world: Oliver is forced to choose between his girlfriend and his friend Cooper who come from two different worlds; Greg must play the "bad cop parent" to halt the PDA between Taylor and Trip; and Anna-Kat tries to make her relationship with Franklin official, without his consent.

  • Katie wants to prove to the Westport moms that she is fully capable of competing at Field Day at Anna-Kat's school, but she ends up taking the competition a little too seriously. Greg enlists Taylor's boyfriend, Trip, to help him make the family recipe for chili in a local competition, which makes Taylor and Oliver jealous.

  • After feeling unappreciated by Greg and the kids, Katie ditches her family for a day at her favorite hideaway spot and leaves Viv in charge of the household. Viv takes this as an opportunity to see if she really is mom material.

  • Katie takes Oliver out of school for a day to help loosen him up after Oliver suffers from a meltdown about something minor. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat takes Greg to the park to help him make new friends.

  • Katie and Greg dislike Taylor's new boyfriend, so they attempt to use reverse psychology to drive a wedge between them, which later backfires. After Spencer's over-the-top vision for Oliver's first date with a girl from his ballet class bombs, Greg helps Oliver make up for it with a romantic gesture.

  • Katie is worried that the launch of Greg's new book might go poorly, so she enlists Angela and Doris to write positive reviews of the book online to boost his confidence. When the book unexpectedly does exceedingly well, Greg buys a new car without consulting Katie.

  • Taylor enlists Oliver to help her carry out a scheme so she can ditch her less cool friend Ellen and go to a concert with her "blondetourage." Meanwhile, Katie is devastated when Anna-Kat doesn't need her as much anymore, which causes Katie to make some poor and desperate parenting decisions.

  • When Doris goes into labor and Katie heads to the hospital to be with her, the Ottos struggle to be in the same place at the same time in order to open their Christmas presents together, as is the Otto family tradition. Meanwhile, Taylor coaches Oliver on the best way to ask out a crush, starting with the gift shop clerk.

  • After feeling like their whole world and all of their conversations revolve around kids, Greg and Katie are ecstatic to meet new friends Zach and Courtney, a couple without children. Meanwhile, Anna-Kat coerces Taylor and Oliver into helping her with a storytelling project, which turns out to be a little more grisly than anticipated.

  • After failing to get donations on her own terms, Katie gives in to the dark side and teams up with Oliver to bribe rich Westport families to donate big-ticket items for the spring gala. Greg decides to take Taylor and Anna-Kat to a Revolutionary War reenactment which Taylor finds lame until she starts a revolution of her own.

  • Greg takes a stand against Katie's protests and employs an uncharacteristically dishonest tactic in order to convince her to let them keep Anna-Kat's beloved pet pig, Hans Gruber. Meanwhile, Oliver and Viv compete for the attention (and, ultimately, the money) of new neighbor Spencer Blitz; and Taylor considers leaving her boyfriend, Eyo, for an older guy.

  • When Anna-Kate brings home a lice infestation, Katie uses it to force bonding time with Taylor. Greg attempts to bond with Oliver by camping in the backyard, but Greg becomes concerned when Oliver keeps ditching their campout to be with their new sleazy neighbor named Spencer.

  • Katie struggles with Taylor and Anna-Kat's defiance, as Anna-Kat decides she's now a vegetarian (under the influence of Tara Summers) and Taylor dies her hair blonde without Katie's permission. Greg and Katie help Oliver come to terms with embarrassment after Oliver has a humiliating moment in ballet class.

  • Despite pressure from Oliver, Greg and her rival, Tara, Katie insists she's going to plan the Spring Gala her way. After Oliver is emasculated by his ex-girlfriend, Greg attempts to teach Oliver how to "man up" by throwing a successful barbeque.

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