Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Fresh Off the Boat

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Once the cliched gags of Fresh off the Boat are superceded by a grounded truthfulness, the series evolves into a humorously charming family sitcom.

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Critic Ratings: 53

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User Ratings: 706

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Air date: Feb 4, 2015

A Western-theme restaurant is opened in the premiere of this series, in which a Taiwanese family deal with culture shock after moving from Washington, D.C., to Orlando during the '90s.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2015

Louis and Jessica butt heads over how to raise their kids.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2015

Louis urges the family to make new friends at a block party. Meanwhile, Eddie tries to earn respect in the neighborhood.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2015

Jessica's sister visits. Meanwhile, Eddie's cousin introduces him to hip-hop.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2015

A sexual-harassment seminar is arranged by Louis.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2015

Eddie gets a job at the restaurant so he can buy a video game.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2015

Vandals cause trouble for the Huangs. Meanwhile, Eddie tries to get the attention of a girl he likes.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2015

Louis feels betrayed when Mitch accepts a job at a rival restaurant.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2015

Jessica may not take the real estate exam because she fears competing with the area's top realtor; and Eddie seeks advice from Louis on how to woo an older girl.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2015

Jessica is miffed with Louis for not being jealous when her college boyfriend visits; and Eddie tries to get out of the school science fair.

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The first season of this sitcom follows the Huang family as they deal with culture shock during their transition from life in Chinatown in Washington, D.C, to operating a steak restaurant in Orlando during the mid-90s. The show's protagonist and oldest of the siblings, Eddie (Hudson Yang), struggles to acclimate to his new school and fit in with peers, while his brothers Emery (Forrest Wheeler) and Evan (Ian Chen) have no trouble adapting at all. Their mother, Jessica (Constance Wu), is a strong-willed, traditionally-minded woman who relentlessly pressures her children to excel academically while remaining in touch with their Taiwanese heritage. Louis (Randall Park), the father of the family, is a kind yet naïve man who wholly embraces the concept of the American Dream and is determined to have his new steakhouse, Cattleman's Ranch, succeed at all costs. During this season, Eddie constantly tries to impress the kids at school; Jessica's side of the family is introduced when they pay a visit to the Huangs; and numerous pop-culture phenomenons prevalent during the 90s are referenced.

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Critic Reviews for Fresh Off the Boat Season 1

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (35)

Fresh off the Boat has soul, flavor and an incredible cast. Time will tell if the comedy finds the audience it richly deserves.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Fresh Off the Boat paddles hard in its efforts to be an amusing comedy with heart.

Feb 2, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It packs a bigger wallop than the average half-hour purporting to be inclusive or to showcase "diversity."

Feb 2, 2015 | Full Review…

This zany and loving family sitcom has universal appeal.

Feb 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Watered-down or not, the immigrant/culture clash storylines are the freshest things about "Fresh Off the Boat."

Feb 6, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

FOB presents a rather strikingly accurate depiction of modern Asian-American life.

Jul 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Constance Wu and Randall Park could make any project sing, but Fresh Off the Boat matches their talent with witty, heartfelt writing.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Half charming and half cringe-worthy, the humor is a mix of Asian references and just plain broad humor with nostalgic touches.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The genius of Fresh Off the Boat is that it is a traditional sitcom - with a stealth bomb of social observation buried at its core.

Aug 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1

  • Oct 18, 2020
    Funny, light, and enjoyable.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    As 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, 2020
    It is a great series. It's about the stereotype of an asian families. Great Concept.
  • Feb 22, 2019
    This 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, 2018
    Best Episode wanting to join a Country Club. Funny part Asian Family owns BBQ Restaurant.
  • Apr 15, 2018
    It’s a terrible show. It’s 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. It’s not.
  • Apr 02, 2018
    Randall Park and Constance Wu are awesome!
  • Feb 22, 2017
    Every 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, 2017
    Fresca, divertida e inteligente
  • Sep 05, 2016
    According 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.

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