American Housewife is an ABC sitcom that debuted in October 2016. Created and written by Sarah Dunn, the show tells the hilarious story of an average wife and mother of three who’s life is turned upside down when she realizes she’s the “second fattest housewife.” Leading lady, Katy Mixon, plays the role of Katie Otto, a mother of three and wife who struggles to raise her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, full of skinny, yoga-pant-wearing, green-juice-drinking moms. It is currently on its second season, so for those who can’t get enough of the new series, here’s a look at 9 things you probably didn’t know about American Housewife!
9. Characters Based Off Real People
Show creator and executive producer Sarah Dunn said the main characters, Katie Otto and her husband, are based off her own life. In an interview with Variety, she said: “Yeah, definitely. I know — it’s a little scary — but true. And the husband character in the show is really based on my husband. Because he teaches and you know, does all that stuff…When I moved to town, I had little kids, and I gained some weight, and I really wasn’t interested in going on a diet or anything. The moms just looked great. All my friends, they all look wonderful. It started to make me a little angry, how good everyone looked. I kind of channeled that into this character.”©ABC/courtesy Everett Collection