The BEST Episodes of The Astronaut Wives Club
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
Based on Lily Koppel's best-selling titular novel, which tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.
#1 - Landing
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 20, 2015
The wives are interviewed for a documentary on the space program; Gordo is not chosen for the next mission; Trudy must make decisions about the future; Betty finds a way to honor Gus' legacy.
#2 - Flashpoint
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 16, 2015
As the struggle for Civil Rights upends the nation, the Astrowives fight their own battles in their marriages and the world at large. Trudy learns of attempts to quash a budding astronaut training program for women, and John Glenn considers a run for public office.
#3 - The Dark Side
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 13, 2015
The country seems to be spiraling out of control and the wives are struggling to find their place in the world, especially Jo, who must redefine her role and priorities now that Wally is no longer working at NASA. Meanwhile, Louise wrestles with the fear of losing Alan as he contemplates undergoing a risky surgery; at the same time, Susan Borman grapples with uncertainty as the Apollo 8 mission goes where no man has been before.
#4 - Abort
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 6, 2015
Betty is forced to face a grim reality--and plan for the future--as she embarks on a battle for justice.
#5 - Rendezvous
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 30, 2015
With the launch of the Gemini missions and the Apollo program's progress, pressure on the wives grows; Marilyn Lovell conceals a pregnancy.
#6 - In the Blind
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 23, 2015
Astronaut John Glenn has his sights set on a political career and hits the campaign trail with wife Annie and Rene Carpenter by his side as he runs for the Ohio senate, while Alan Shepherd quietly grapples with a personal matter that could ground his career forever. Meanwhile, Betty Grissom receives an unsettling letter regarding Gus that challenges their marriage.
#7 - Retroattitude
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 2, 2015
The women ready themselves for Scott Carpenter's launch and a move to Houston. Rene receives the opportunity to tell her story in LIFE Magazine, and Deke deals with some troubling news that puts his future as an astronaut in doubt.
#8 - Liftoff
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 9, 2015
While the Cold War intensifies and the Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head, the Mercury 7 families begin glamorous new lives in Houston. But Houston also marks the start of the Gemini Project, and with it, the arrival of the Gemini wives, which changes the dynamic among all the women. Marge and Deke embrace new roles after learning about Deke’s permanent status, and Trudy and Gordo’s personal “cold war” begins to thaw.
#9 - Protocol
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 25, 2015
As Louise and Alan Shepard bask in the success of his mission, Betty Grissom preps for Gus' launch and turns to Louise for advice. And Annie Glenn grapples with her stutter, anticipating that the press will want to hear from her after John's orbit is completed.
#10 - Launch
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 18, 2015
Seven women are transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty as they prepare for the mission of a lifetime when NASA chooses their husbands – talented test pilots from around the country – to be the first Americans in space! These women who once were strangers rally around their husbands and their country. With death defying missions underway, these women form a bond only they could understand.