When I joined the Army wife fold several years ago it seemed only logical that I would also quickly become an addict of the Lifetime show “Army Wives.” After all, I was one – right? And you have to like a show that’s pretty much about you … right?
But I just couldn’t make it happen. I got the first season via Netflix and watched it like it was some sort of tutorial on my new found religion. I wondered with the jaw-dropped expression that only a new military spouse has if my life would really, really be like this?
I just couldn’t get into it. So I gave up.
But every time since then that a new season premiers and the internet is set abuzz with "Army Wives" love, parties and comments I wonder: what am I missing?? And so I go back to my faithful Netflix, pull up an episode where I left off, and try again.
This exercise has left me most recently in the middle of Season 2. Here’s how it went Sunday night.
- Amy sits down to watch Army Wives
- Amy watches for 10 minutes, stands-up, retrieves Kleenex, returns to couch
- Repeat step two approximately three times
- Amy fetches entire box of Kleenex and calls it a night on the walking back and forth to the bathroom for my Kleenex thing
- Two episodes later Amy blows her nose one last time and wonders “why am I torturing myself like this?”
But here’s the thing: I know people love this show – and not just non-military people, but actual real-life military spouses. I have some very good friends who wouldn’t miss an episode for the world. I feel like if they love it, then I should, too. … but I just don’t get it. I don’t get why people love it.
Someone, please explain: what am I missing? What's to love about the show "Army Wives?"