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Katie Otto is confident and unapologetic. In a town of cookie-cutter families and Stepford Wives, she's a breath of fresh air. Otto isn't just a mother. She's a matriarch- the fearless leader of a clan of perfectly flawed individuals for whom she feels a great sense of responsibility and an even greater sense of love. In this comedic celebration of the unconventional reality of the American nuclear family, the laughs are around every corner and the intent is genuine.

Tuesday 8:30 PM et/pt on ABC
2 Seasons, 36 Episodes
October 11, 2016
Cast: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters
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American Housewife Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Katie has been avoiding the mandatory volunteer hours at her kids' schools all year. But when the other moms pressure her, she hits on a genius excuse after wearing a fake pregnancy "empathy" bump leads everyone to think she is pregnant. But things soon get out of hand after her former frenemies plan a baby shower for her.

  • When Anna-Kat develops a fear of water and stops bathing, her therapist suggests the Ottos get her to go swimming. But can Katie get over own her fear of wearing a bathing suit in public at the Westport Country Club so she can help her kid out? Meanwhile Oliver gives his dad a style makeover after students at the college give Greg a low "jalapeno" score.

  • Anna-Kat decides she doesn't need anyone to walk with her to the library. Elsewhere, Greg copes with Katie's dating life and Katie is annoyed that Oliver's entitled friend seems to be spending every waking moment at the Ottos.

  • When Doris insists that Katie attend the charity polo match she's organizing, Katie decides to invite her best friend from college to spice up the festivities.

  • Greg challenges Katie to learn French to be an example to Taylor, who is prone to quit school activities.

  • Katie encourages Viv to stand up to her husband, Alan, but the situation backfires when Viv decides to leave him - and move in with the Ottos.

  • In an effort to make a point, Katy stops micromanaging, but it backfires. Later, she seeks revenge on a local grocery store for selling her defective trash bags.

  • Despite Katie's dislike for Valentine's Day, Greg showers her with over-the-top romantic gestures. Meanwhile Oliver has an expensive gift for the girl he's crushing on, and Taylor lies to her parents about a Valentine's Day party.

  • The Ottos face the prospect of leaving Westport when their house is put up for sale. No one wants to leave except Katie, who seems determined to move on despite some fun memories of her family's time there.

  • The Ottos must endure a power outage during a snowstorm.

  • Anna-Kat has a playdate with a "normal" girl, but Anna-Kat ends up being the one with a problem.

  • Viv persuades a hesitant Katie to help out with the school Christmas pageant; Greg takes Taylor and Oliver to a nursing home to cheer up the residents.

  • Oliver is secretly taking dancing and etiquette classes in an effort to get the girl he likes to go to the Westport Cotillion with him. He swears his dad to secrecy, but that’s easier said than done,

  • Katie and Greg throw themselves into PTA politics when they learn that Anna-Kat’s special needs teacher, Dr. Ellie, has been cut from the school budget. Greg gets elected to the PTA, and things are looking good, but can Katie keep her mouth in check long enough to win the votes they need?

  • Katie is anxious when her mom visits for Thanksgiving, but an unexpected ally surfaces to help ease the tension.

  • Katie decides to be just like the other moms to help Anna-Kat get invited to a popular girl's birthday party.

  • When Anna-Kat draws an unflattering portrait of Katie for the school art show, Katie plots to hide it before anyone can see it; Doris is left in charge of Oliver and Taylor.

  • Katie competes in a zombie run with a neighbor while Greg and Anna-Kat get carried away with the "zombie" theme.

  • When Greg gets sick, Katie combats exhaustion in her efforts to take care of him and the kids. Later: her exhaustion leads to a confrontation with the school's overbearing school crossing guard.

  • In the series premiere, average wife and mom Katie tries to help her ordinary family fit into a seemingly perfect society.

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Selling Out Preview (00:31) Gala Auction Preview (00:16) The Lice Storm Preview (00:31) The Otto Kids Are All Rebelling at the Same Time Clip (00:02)