The Week The Women Went is a five episode series on Lifetime about a small town in South Carolina that sends the women out of town for a week. Lifetime is a network on cable whose target audience is women. Having said that I’ve been to the network once or twice, but it was to watch something starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The Week The Women Went is a fascinating concept. It bills itself as ‘the world’s largest social experiment’ and that is certainly true. A town without women for seven days has lots of room to be entertaining. Some of the characters are interesting, the Yemassee, South Carolina back drop is very pretty and the show is narrated by Jeff Foxworthy.
Reality television has lots in common with the bad guy, or heel in a movie or wresting match. The heel has to be annoying enough to incite interest and dislike, but not so much that you don’t care about them. At first glance, The Week The Women Went would seem to set up the women as the good guys and the men in the town as the heels.
However, more than halfway through one episode viewers will realize that both the men and women are heels for various reasons. The bad news for the series is that they’re both heels that the viewers will not care about, again for various reasons.
On the men’s side the single Marine whose girlfriend has three children and Justin, the young fire chief who’s engaged to Amy and has a mother who is overbearing-are the most watchable. The women all seem to have their moments, most notable the women who owns a restaurant. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a cast bio on the Lifetime website-and I’m not watching the episode again.
It’s not that the show was that awful, it’s just that I didn’t really like anyone in the show that much to sit through the majority of the people that I didn’t like. The dads were hapless, some of the kids were spoiled brats and the women came across as knowing that their men would fail miserably. I could listen to Jeff Foxworthy recite the phone book and he’s the one strand that kept me entertained through this show.
The interesting thing about The Week The Women Went is that it does open up many conversation points that need to take place outside the scope of a review of the show. I did interview Justin and Tammy Lane, the fire chief and his mother and will run down those points in another post.
As for The Week The Women Went it’s a show that can be mildly entertaining if you know the people in it. It not it’s a joyless showcase of southerners and the family unit.