‘American Woman’ is a comedy-drama television series that airs on the Paramount Network. The show first premiered on June 7, 2018. It has been created by John Riggi of ’30 Rock’ fame, and the premise is based on the life and childhood of the reality star and actress Kyle Richards, who is known for works like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘.
The show revolves around second-wave feminism movement that gained traction in a changing ’70s America. Bonnie decides to leave her unhappy life and raise two kids on her own with the help of her best friends. She has to balance her personal needs and those of her family as she attempts to find her own brand of independence in a society that is reluctant to give it to her.
With so many discourses cropping up around feminism, a lot of feminist narratives are finding their way into popular culture and its representation as well. One only needs to think of ‘Jessica Jones‘, or ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘, or even the controversy Daenerys Targaryen’s character arc sparked in ‘Game of Thrones‘. While ‘American Woman’ could have been right up there with them, especially due to the fact that its content is based in reality, the execution was not quite good and critics pointed this out, saying, “Stereotypes and ambiguity shadow the well-meaning intentions of ‘American Woman’, though the nostalgic period setting is cute.”
American Woman Cast: Who is in it?
Since ‘American Woman’ is a woman-centered show with feminist themes, it is only natural that the main cast is solely made up of women. We have Alicia Silverstone of ‘Batman & Robin‘ and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer‘ fame, who appears in the role of the protagonist Bonnie Nolan. Her two friends, Kathleen Callahan and Diana Vaughan are played by Mena Suvari, of ‘American Beauty‘ and ‘Six Feet Under‘ fame, and Jennifer Bartels, respectively. Makenna James of ‘Teen Wolf’ fame appears as Becca Nolan, the intellectual but rebellious older daughter of Bonnie, while Lia McHugh is seen as Jessica Nolan, the younger daughter.
There are several recurring characters who help set the tone of the show, but the most notable is James Tupper of ‘Revenge’ and ‘Big Little Lies‘ fame, who plays the role of Steve, Bonnie’s ex-husband. If there is an upcoming season, hopefully, we will get to see the main characters return and maybe some new cast members will be thrown into the mix to keep things interesting.