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This season, ABC found ratings success with their new sitcom Black-ish and is sure to be renewed for a second season. How will Fresh Off The Boat perform? Cancelled or season two? We'll have to wait and see.
On Fresh Off the Boat, a Taiwanese family moves from Chinatown in Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida. They open a steak restaurant and experience serious culture shock while pursuing the American Dream. The family members are played by Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen.
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She prefers the Black Friday-esque hustle and bustle of Taiwanese markets to the quiet, fluorescent-lit grocery stores of Orlando, Fla. She’d rather enjoy a heated game of poker with her Washington, D.C. girlfriends than gossip with suburban Rollerblade moms.
Fresh Off the Boat premiered Wednesday with 7-plus million viewers and a positive response from audiences and critics alike. However, for a juggernaut like ABC, that's still a lot of eyeballs missing from a show that just may be the best new comedy of 2015. Based off restauranteur Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, the show is your classic fresh-out-of-water comedy. The series opens with the Huangs moving from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida, so that patriarch Louis (Randall Park) can fulfill his dream of opening a steak restaurant. As he goes all-in in his embrace of the American Dream, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: February 4, 2015 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This family sitcom takes place in the 1990s and follows the story of Eddie Huang's Taiwanese family as they make their way from Chinatown in Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida. They open up a steak restaurant and experience serious culture shock while pursuing the American Dream.
Young Eddie's parents are Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica Huang (Constance Wu). Louis loves everything America and moves his family to open Cattleman's Ranch Steakhouse. Unlike Jessica, he believes in the good of people. Jessica is a strong, protective mother who's also a frugal, business-minded woman who doesn't believe in wasting »
Yesterday, Fienberg published his review of ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," which I also liked a lot for many of the same reasons Dan did. It does that thing good TV shows aspire to in making the specific universal and the universal specific, it has a sharp point of view, a good cast of both adults (Constance Wu a pleasant surprise as the mom, Randall Park an expected pleasure as the dad) and kids (a specialty at ABC comedy development these days), and a terrific '90s hip-hop soundtrack. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned into either or both of tonight's episodes, what did you think? Are you going to follow Eddie and his family to Tuesday nights next week? Have at it. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Orlando, Fla.: Home to ignorant elementary-schoolers, poorly attended steakhouses and soccer moms who carry dog poop while they Rollerblade.
At least, that’s the culture shock-filled experience of the Huang family in ABC’s new comedy Fresh Off the Boat, which debuted Wednesday.
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Adapted from chef Eddie Huang’s 2013 autobiography, the series centers on a young Eddie (played by newcomer Hudson Yang), as his family relocates from Washington, D.C., to Orlando in order for Eddie’s dad (Randall Park, Veep) to focus on his steakhouse, »
"Did the show make you pee your pants? Me, too. I'm doing it right now." This is the first thing Constance Wu said to me while sitting down to talk about her new ABC comedy, Fresh Off the Boat, which premieres tonight. And you know what? If you do ever meet the actress face to face, you might want to bring a light-to-medium flow pair of Depends. She is the number one reason to watch this show tonight, and arguably deserves to be one of the biggest breakout stars of the season. As the take-no-prisoners, hard-edged mother to three boys, Constance delivers a consistent stream of comedy gold. Her facial expressions. Her physicality. Her humanness. Her slightly terrible karaoke. It's all on point. »
Fresh off the Boat has an uphill battle ahead of it, and not just because it’s a slow-moving comedy without the benefit of many familiar faces.
I’d hope for something with a bit more “quick start” potential for Randall Park, because he’s a talented guy, and while this could eventually win people over, it may not get the chance.
Though based on a real memoir, the show is unfortunately “Asian Goldbergs” in its delivery, which features the same character narration and ode to a previous decade motif. It also blends in equal parts, “herds of white people are funny because…,” and, “growing up Asian amid the herd is difficult because…,” humor which frequently makes the show feel like translated stand-up instead of a purposeful telling of a (by all accounts) hilarious and insightful memoir.
It isn’t that the show is bad, but it takes quite a while to get moving. »
- Marc Eastman
Chef and author Eddie Huang wrote in New York about his deep frustrations and conflicts with adapting his memoir Fresh Off the Boat for television. Those same frustrations are front and center in this weekend's New York Times Magazine, where a profile of Huang finds him comparing the show's executive producer to a pedophile. I'll grant that the TV show Fresh Off the Boat is not a faithful adaptation of Huang's book or experiences. But it is a successfully funny, sweet show, and one of the most polished and promising new comedies in a long-ass time. Fresh — another in a line of ABC shows with tough titles — is set in 1995 and follows an 11-year-old, rap-obsessed Eddie as his family moves from D.C.'s Chinatown to Orlando, Florida. His mom Jessica (Constance Wu, fantastic) is strict and achievement-oriented, while his dad Louis (Randall Park) is more of an optimist, trying »
- Margaret Lyons
Based on his memoir, "Fresh Off The Boat" is Eddie Huang's story. It's certainly not my story. I've never been an 11-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrants moving from Chinatown in Washington, DC to the suburbs of Orlando. "Fresh Off The Boat" can't be my story. But I hope Eddie Huang would forgive my feeling that, at least to some degree, "Fresh Off The Boat" is absolutely my story. In the early '90s, I was a 13-year-old son of Canadian immigrants living in Mississippi, going to a middle school in which I was one of a dozen white kids and the only Jewish kid. I didn't have to explain stinky tofu to my colleagues at lunch, but I assure you that my bagels were plenty confusing. I spent a lot of time being called Bud Bundy, because at the time, all of my classmates were watching a lot of Fox »
- Daniel Fienberg
This review is based on the first three episodes of season one, which we were provided with by ABC prior to broadcast.
It’s easy to rally behind the importance of a show without first determining whether or not the show itself is worth your time. ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat tells the story of an Asian-American family moving from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida so the family can run a cowboy themed restaurant. It’s the first Asian-American-focused television series in twenty years, and it’s based off of former lawyer, current chef Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name. It’s also definitely not worth your time.
Structured as yet another grown-man-narrates-his-childhood-nightmare sitcom, Fresh Off The Boat kicks off in 1995 with the Huang family migrating down the east coast to Orlando, Florida. Not much backstory is given on the impetus for the big movie, but »
- Mitchel Broussard
ABC’s diversity push in comedies this year has saved its best for midseason. Representing a leap forward from the 1990s Margaret Cho vehicle “All American Girl,” “Fresh Off the Boat” combines the nostalgia of “The Wonder Years” and “The Goldbergs” with a specific take on the immigrant experience in general, and Asian-Americans in particular. Loosely based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir (he also provides the voiceover narration), the series straddles the line between warm and funny, and, despite some clunky moments in later episodes, feels like the kind of family comedy that should be compatible with ABC’s existing anchors.
The 11-year-old Eddie (played wonderfully by Hudson Yang) is the American-born son of Taiwanese immigrants Louis (Randall Park, fresh off “The Interview”) and Jessica (Constance Wu, in what feels like the show’s breakout turn), who are relocating from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, where dad is pursuing »
- Brian Lowry
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- Jenni Miller
All Fresh Off the Boat’s sixth-grade hero Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) wants is to be as smooth as the hip-hop artists and pro athletes he worships. Well, and also some Lunchables. And maybe a pair of Air Jordans. Such is the plight of an 11-year-old Taiwanese-Chinese-American whose family has moved from Washington, D.C.’s, Chinatown to the lily-white suburbs of Orlando so his immigrant dad, Louis (Randall Park, The Interview‘s own Kim Jong-un), can take a bite out of the all-American steakhouse business. With his little brothers acclimating effortlessly, and his equally flummoxed mother Jessica (Constance Wu) newly recruited as the token … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
Midway through the press tour panel for ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," actress Constance Wu argued, "Progress arises out of conflict, not out of pretending everything's hunky-dory." "Fresh Off the Boat" — the first network sitcom with a predominantly Asian-American cast in 20 years, since ABC's "All-American Girl" with Margaret Cho — is a clear sign of progress, as well as one of the funnier comedies debuting over the next few months. (Its first two episodes air on Wednesday, February 4, before moving to Tuesdays at 8 on February 10.) It's also a show with a fair amount of conflict. Yesterday, New York Magazine published a first-person essay by Eddie Huang, who wrote the memoir on which the show is based, and serves as both a producer and the adult narrator of the '90s adventures of young Eddie (Hudson Yang). The essay goes on at length about his discomfort with the attempt to homogenize his »
- Alan Sepinwall
17 items from 2015
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