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Fresh off the Boat has soul, flavor and an incredible cast. Time will tell if the comedy finds the audience it richly deserves.
The show ... is sweet enough and features a likable cast. The assimilation material is a bit obvious in the two episodes provided for review, but that's typical in new comedies trying to establish their stomping grounds.
Fresh Off the Boat paddles hard in its efforts to be an amusing comedy with heart.
It packs a bigger wallop than the average half-hour purporting to be inclusive or to showcase "diversity."
Watered-down or not, the immigrant/culture clash storylines are the freshest things about "Fresh Off the Boat."
Fresh Off the Boat shows promise as 2015's first watchable new comedy, a combination of clever and poignant that would really rock, with a few tweaks and twists here or there.
For a network sitcom pilot, it's good and has potential, particularly in its strong cast. But it definitely feels "cornstarch" and like "pasteurized network television," the kind of show that fits perfectly next to Modern Family.
FOB presents a rather strikingly accurate depiction of modern Asian-American life.
Constance Wu and Randall Park could make any project sing, but Fresh Off the Boat matches their talent with witty, heartfelt writing.
Half charming and half cringe-worthy, the humor is a mix of Asian references and just plain broad humor with nostalgic touches.
Audience Reviews for Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1
Oct 18, 2020Funny, light, and enjoyable.
Feb 27, 2020As an Asian-American, I appreciate the representation on TV. Randall Park and Constance Wu are legit stars. Having said that, the writing, characters, and humor didn't resonate with me and I found myself bailing after a few episodes. The show didn't feel particularly authentic...more like a formulaic ABC family sitcom.
Feb 05, 2020It is a great series. It's about the stereotype of an asian families. Great Concept.
Feb 22, 2019This show is my new favorite! Constance Wu is amazing, but honestly the entire cast is outstanding as well. The throwback to the 90's in Florida is spot on, the stories are great and I can say, I've never laughed this much out loud at a sitcom in my entire life!! Love love LOVE THIS SHOW!!
Sep 08, 2018Best Episode wanting to join a Country Club. Funny part Asian Family owns BBQ Restaurant.
Apr 15, 2018Its a terrible show. Its painful how they portray Asian stereotypes in an effort to be funny, but still get it wrong. It misrepresents much of the Asian immigrant experience, and worse, sends the message to white, black, and brown people that some of these things are funny to us. Its not.
Apr 02, 2018Randall Park and Constance Wu are awesome!
Feb 22, 2017Every Chinese-American or Chinese-Filipino family should follow this show. It's funny look into the lives of Chinese immigrants and how they try to blend in with western society in the 90s.
Feb 20, 2017Fresca, divertida e inteligente
Sep 05, 2016According to the Urban Dictionary, the phrase »Fresh off the boat« means: « Someone of Asian descent who has recently immigrated to a new country (usually the US)«. And that is almost what the series Fresh Off The Boat is about. We follow the Huang family immigration from comfortable Chinatown in Washington D.C. to Orlando, where they face the problems of assimilation. Inspired by Eddie Huang's memoir Fresh Off The Boat is (at least at first sight) an Asian Everybody Hates Chris (coming form Eddie's point of view) or an Asian Black - ish (coming from the whole family's perspective). Storylines and motives are expectedly overused, we experience a 'been there, done that' déjà - vu BUT not for very long. A talented cast, led by (undoubtedly) by a newcomer Constance Wu, and smart writing (even though it sometimes - intentionally - indulges into the stereotypes) saves the basic plots. Supporting Wu is Randall Park, pleasantly portraying subordinate but always - positive husband and father. The series enjoys a network style sitcom story concept (main story starts and concludes within the same episode), which enables it to explore a wide variations of problems for its main characters. From eating the »American food« at lunch breaks to adjusting to mostly white suburbs of Orlando, Florida. The series is set in mid 90s, so references are in order. From 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G and Wu - Tang Clan to Air Jordans and O.J. Simpson. I am entering the second season optimistically. Eddie Huang's narrative is departing, which means more time to explore stories of the whole family. Giving the 24 episode second season, that is extremely desirable.