Fresh Off The Boat Reviews & Ratings

Tuesdays, 8:30 PM ET on ABC

30 minutes

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.
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Mar 8, 2015 10:34PM EDT
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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.

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.

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Feb 10, 2015 10:32AM EST
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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.

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.

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Jan 13, 2016 7:30AM EST
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Hilarious sitcom about an Asian-American family living in 1990's America, mixing good comedy with 90s nostalgia. Love this show!

Hilarious sitcom about an Asian-American family living in 1990's America, mixing good comedy with 90s nostalgia. Love this show!

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Feb 20, 2015 7:42AM EST
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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.

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.

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May 31, 2017 9:43AM EDT
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This show is very funny. I laugh out loud quite a bit watching it. The mother and father have some of the best comedic timing ever. As the seasons go on the child actors really find their roles as well. I enjoy every episode and look forward to the next laugh all while mixing in nostalgia.

This show is very funny. I laugh out loud quite a bit watching it. The mother and father have some of the best comedic timing ever. As the seasons go on the child actors really find their roles as well. I enjoy every episode and look forward to the next laugh all while mixing in nostalgia.

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Jun 21, 2015 4:38AM EDT
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Got hitched from the first episode . Great and fun to watch . It's a healthy mix between The Middle and The Goldbergs -----Love this show 10 thumbs up

Got hitched from the first episode . Great and fun to watch . It's a healthy mix between The Middle and The Goldbergs -----Love this show 10 thumbs up

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Mar 11, 2017 2:25PM EST
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I absolutely love this show ! So funny

I absolutely love this show ! So funny

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Mar 5, 2016 12:03PM EST
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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.

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.

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Nov 4, 2015 2:27PM EST
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This show just keeps getting better and better. Absolutely love Jessica! and the rest of the family's dynamic is just great.

This show just keeps getting better and better. Absolutely love Jessica! and the rest of the family's dynamic is just great.

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Aug 27, 2015 8:55AM EDT
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Probably the funniest new show I've started this year. Will be watching more for sure!

Probably the funniest new show I've started this year. Will be watching more for sure!