Cook Allender/ABC
Hillary Busis
June 18, 2015 AT 02:44 PM EDT

The Astronaut Wives Club

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
1
run date
06/18/15
performer
Yvonne Strahovski, Kenneth Mitchell, Odette Annable
broadcaster
ABC
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

Nifty period fashion alone does not a compelling series make; you’d think ABC would get that by now. (Did we learn nothing from Pan Am?) Alas, there’s not much to this long-delayed adapted drama—originally slated to debut last summer—beyond the perfect coifs and A-line dresses of its seven main characters, each of whom is married to one of NASA’s original Mercury Seven astronauts. The women are interchangeable, the dialogue is boilerplate, and the choice to speed through two full years of astronaut selection and training in a single hour of television is baffling. It’s almost as if they wanted us to make a lame “failure to launch” joke. C–

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