I’ve been a steadfast and high-key booster of Take My Wife for approximately one year and I hope, I hope so much, that my words made the kind of impression that words make on people wherein after hearing the words, they go ahead and do the thing that the words told them to do. In this case, the thing was to watch Take My Wife. I’m going to trust that you did, indeed, watch Take My Wife, or at least added it to your queue after we ranked it #2 on our list of the most critically acclaimed queerish shows streaming on Netflix/Amazon, and therefore will be specifically invested in the show’s future, which you may have heard is currently in jeopardy because Seeso is shutting down.
Seeso, a comedy-focused “channel” available as a $3.99/month add-on for Amazon Prime users, announced its departure from this scorched earth last week. Several Seeso Originals have been picked up by VRV, a surely competent streaming service I have never heard of, but Take My Wife is not one of them, because of the patriarchy. This sucks, because Take My Wife is unprecedented in so many ways, and one of them is Rhea and Cameron’s commitment to diversity and LGBTQ+ inclusion behind and in front of the camera.
Season Two includes our very own Brittani Nichols on its writing team, and guest stars include Jen Richards, Gaby Dunn, Gloria Bigelow, Laura Zak, Tegan and Sara, Clea Duvall and Sabrina Jalees. THESE ARE PEOPLE YOU ALREADY LOVE.
When announcing its death, Seeso had this to say about its not-yet-picked up original programming: “We’ll let you know as soon as we have further information, including where to find the exciting project There’s….Johnny! and other Seeso Originals in the future.”
Since then, there has been no word on the future of Take My Wife. But there have been a lot of humans advocating for Take My Wife to have a future, calling on platforms like Hulu, Netflix or Amazon to pick it up. If we had the money to create a video streaming channel and pick up this show, we would pick up this show in a hot second. The reason we don’t have the money is because somebody else has the money. So, you out there with the money: PICK UP THIS DAMN SHOW!
The campaign to save Take My Wife has gathered steam like a rolling stone gathers moss or whatever: it’s been written up in Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, Logo, Unicorn Booty,, Indiewire and Upworthy, among others. The #TakeMyWife hashtag has attracted devastatingly ambitious twitter users such as Rebecca Sugar, Alice Wetterlund, Tegan & Sara, Gaby Dunn and, of course, me.
“It happened to me: I thought Take My Wife would be like a bad webseries but it’s not,” said a friend last week when she finally watched Take My Wife, which I’ve been telling her to watch for, as aforementioned, nearly a year. She really liked it a lot. Guess who else likes it and wants more of it? Other people who work here.
Vanessa, Straddleverse Editor
“I generally hate watching television because I have quite a short attention span. I inevitably get enraged or disappointed by some stupid racist/sexist/homophobic plot point or character (un)development, and would almost always rather be on Twitter, but I watched Take My Wife all in one go because I was so engrossed and I enjoyed it so so much! It’s hilarious and the fact that it was so clearly created and produced by queer women made me feel ~ seen ~ in a way I never ever feel while consuming television media. Also Rhea is so hot plz someone keep her on our teevees.”
Alaina, Staff Writer
“I watched season one of Take My Wife twice and I almost never watch anything twice! It felt so true to life and honest and was also hilarious! Also I agree with Vanessa that Rhea is hot and would like to add that she is hilarious and I don’t understand how/why she’s not super famous yet.”
Kayla, Staff WRiter
“I reviewed Take My Wife for AV Club when it first came out, and out of the literal HUNDREDS of reviews I’ve written for AVC, it was the first (and only!) show centered on two queer protagonists that I got to review. Reviewing the show was super personal for me, but it was also an easy show to write about because it was SO GOOD. Not only is the comedy really great, but the conflicts are also super well written, especially some of the relationship drama experienced by the central couple. Overall, it breathes authenticity. Rhea’s arc in the first season resonates with me so much. IT HAS TO COME BACK I’M GONNA GO REWATCH SEASON 1 FOR THE FOURTH TIME.”
“Take My Wife took my heart and if i had a wife it would have taken her too. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so “seen” by a show before, and nor has my wardrobe. I do not want to live in a world where I don’t get to see Cameron and Rhea get married, or the entire second season, truly.”
Heather, Senior Editor
“I’ve been doing this job for almost ten years so nothing really surprises me about TV anymore, especially queer TV, but Take My Wife made me feel like a cartoon cat named Wide-Eyed Wonder. I maybe didn’t blink the entire time I was watching the first season. There are a fair few TV shows about us these days, but there are very few TV shows in history that are for us. Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher made a thing — a smart, savvy, funny, culturally aware, open-hearted thing — that feels realer than any gay series or movie I’ve ever encountered. I really want to emphasize the part about it being open-hearted. Most comedy these days is arch and sarcastic and dismissive (if not derisive) about the human condition. Which: I get it. I live in this world too. But there’s a relief in watching queer women on TV navigate love and commitment and their careers and their finances and find a way to laugh at all of it and themselves without reveling in a kind of cagey despair. This show made me laugh a lot, never at the expense of other people; and it made me feel really cozy in my heart.”
In conclusion, a thing I noticed on my fifth watch-through is that this is the only show about queer adults I’ve ever seen that did not include bars or feature its characters drinking or doing drugs or talking about drinking or drugs. I know Rhea Butcher has talked about her own sobriety in her stand-up, and although I’m not sure if it was an intentional choice or if it’ll be continued in Season Two, Season One will likely be an especially refreshing watch for any sober queers out there. This easy-to-miss element of Take My Wife truly speaks to what this show does best: it eschews the tropes we’ve come to expect from televised representations of lesbians (getting killed, getting pregnant, sleeping with men, hanging out in bars, excessive substance abuse) so unbelievably seamlessly. Let queer people tell queer stories and they’ll prove over and over again that those tropes aren’t beneficial, let alone necessary, to making good TV.
So — Netflix / Hulu / YouTube / Amazon / Whatever Else Is Out There IDK — you better pick up this show ’cause we deserve to be happy, don’t we? WE DO.
Yes please! I’m only on my second watch, but I love it. Cameron and Rhea have become an important part of my twitter experience. Have you all talked about Cameron’s podcast Queery yet? It’s so lovely.
I have no idea how many times I’ve watched this show even though it’s only six episodes because it quickly became the show I watch when I’m sad and since November I’ve been sad a lot and I will probably die if I never get to see season 2
You did! and I did! Watch it! and it was awesome! and now I’m heartbroken that it might not be picked up. It is so amazing in its depiction of queer people, there is so much love and it was just made with so much love. I don’t know how to explain the feeling of just seeing lesbians on screen as people going about their lives, no tropes no needless trauma no dying. It is such a warm show. We need season 2 so, so much.
TMW is so good. Cameron is *adorable* and Rhea has the very best wardrobe; I love the matter-of-fact sobriety and also the little after-show commentaries! I <3 this couple and want this show to succeed so much.
So if the platform is shutting down, how can I watch season one? (and then advocate for season two obvs) I’ve previously been forgetful about wanting to watch it, but this makes me feel like I definitely need to and soon! Is it still on its soon defunct platform?
I think you have until the end of the year to watch it, or at least a few months? It definitely still exists now
Thank you <3
Someone please take Take My Wife!
Also also if you haven’t watched yet and are like mmmm I’m not sure, Seeso has the first episode up on Youtube and there you can fall in love and then go order the rest of the season!
I finally created an autostraddle account because I’d been hoping for an article like this!
I’ve watched Take My Wife roughly four times the past year, as well as getting both of my brothers to watch it. (I swear I didn’t force them… And they enjoyed it!!) To say I am deeply invested in this show’s future is a bit of an understatement. I am praying to all the TV gods that it can find a new home. The world needs show like this.
I’ve been meaning to watch this show for months and finally started it today. I just finished episode one and I’m already so into it and distressed at the possibility of not having season two!
YES! I subscribed to Seeso as soon as I heard they were carrying Cameron’s stand-up special, and then Take My Wife happened too and it was just an embarrassment of blessings. I’ve stayed as a subscriber (even though I haven’t watched anything else on the service) because I wanted to support Take My Wife. I figured Seeso wouldn’t be around forever (I just don’t know anyone else who subscribes) but for it to close up shop in a way that holds season two hostage is really heartbreaking. I have to say though, I’m kind of really hopeful that it will get picked up by one of the heavy hitters in streaming and then have access to a much wider audience (and then we can stop saying “yeah, you’ll have to subscribe to *another* thing, but I swear, it’s totally worth it!” when trying to get others to watch.)
Cameron has asked on her social media that we keep tweeting about the show because it’s helping attract the kind of attention that could find it a new home, so go forth and #takemywife. Couldn’t hurt!
Also, I agree with the above commenter that Cameron’s new podcast, Queery is worth a listen!
Does anyone know how I can watch season one in the UK? Love episode one which is on YouTube but can’t get to the rest!
Nonetheless, I really hope S2 gets picked up. These are the shows we need.
I love Cameron and Rhea so much, but I have to admit I’d been saving Take My Wife for a rainy day when I needed to believe that Love Is Not A Lie (or really, until season 2 came out and I could watch both). However, since reading this article and seeing about the cancellation I finally watched it and OF COURSE it’s as wonderful as I imagined.
I really want to support the release of season 2, but I don’t have twitter. Are there other petitions/reposts etc. that would help?