It’s the 90s and 11 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. “Fresh Off the Boat” is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat.
I'm still amazed it took 2 decades to get another Asian American comedy on American TV. And it has an awesome grandma adding fun one liners throughout the show. And this time they cast someone old enough to be a grandmother.
The good news: no laugh track, cast is great (Emmy nomination for Constance Wu, please), they are likeable and, though they face unique challenges, much of the stories are universal.
The bad news: it's based on the memoirs of misogynist Eddie Huang. The main character is annoying because of this and his antics detract from the show overall. There are also some tired cliches in this show though I imagine it is difficult to get a show on network TV without them.
FOTB is the Asian-American 'Everybody Hates Chris' that AAs will ironically relate to and non-As will enjoy from a unique perspective never seen before on mainstream TV. The excellent cast along with the legendary Eddie Huang as writer & narrator makes it the overdue answer that addresses a large market demand.
A refreshingly different and charming show about family life and its struggles with a really cool soundtrack. The childrens' attitudes and lines are hilarious. Actually every single family member is really funny in their own way.. The cast is perfect for it and the writing is very entertaining. I also love that there's a narrator involved.
This show is a big deal, being the first Sitcom featuring an Asian-American family. The show is based on Eddie Huang's biography. Huang’s book, entitled Fresh Off the Boat narrates his experience as a Taiwanese immigrant growing up in white America. Bullied by his peers at school and harmed physically and psychologically by his abusive parents at home, Huang flirted with rebellion, violence, and crime throughout his adolescence and early adulthood, connecting strongly with hip-hop and African-American culture. That being said, all the unpleasant details that made Huang’s memoir have been erased from the show to make it more likeable for American audiences. Huang said: "The network won't take that gamble right now. ... The only way they could even mention some of the stories in the book was by building a Trojan horse and feeding the pathogenic stereotypes that still define us to a lot of American cyclope. ... People watching these channels have never seen us, and the network's approach to pacifying them is to say we're all the same." No show is perfect, I know that maybe they shouldn't have deleted all of the unpleasant moments, maybe then it would be more real. But come on' is a comedy and I like it a lot. I hope that it stays for a while.
Man was I wrong when I first heard about this show. I thought it would be terrible, but it is very funny and sweet at times. Cool characters with a lot of heart and I will keep watching it for what I hope are many seasons to come.
This is like one of those comedies that isn't that great, but you still watch it because it keeps you entertained! I really like this show, the crazy Asian family drama and comedy that the cast serves up.
It's also interesting for the show to be focused on a different cultural dynamic which adds a fresh perspective from typical American comedies.
Aptly named, "Fresh Off the Boat" is an extremely 'fresh' comedy. While it does to some degree follow the standard situational household family-arisen humor, it does so with an Asian family in Florida, fighting stereotypes, while also playing into them. It's smart, sarcastic, and very funny. It's also a quick and great binge watch. Highly recommended.
Fresh off the Boat is a great addition to the North American television world. I watch this show with my husband who is Chinese and was born in Asia, which makes this show just a little bit funnier. I recommend this show to a lot of people because of it's family friendly laughs and it's refreshing having different cultures depicted in American television.
Great show, Asian American family own's western style restaurant couldn't be anything but funny, and it is. Great cast & writing. Love Jessica's attitude, and the rest of the family almost seem like they have it together. lol