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Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (2015)




Critic Consensus: Once the cliched gags of Fresh off the Boat are superceded by a grounded truthfulness, the series evolves into a humorously charming family sitcom.


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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.


Randall Park
as Louis Huang
Constance Wu
as Jessica Huang
Hudson Yang
as Eddie Huang
Amanda Lund
as Vanessa
Brett Gelman
as Instructor
Rex Lee
as Oscar Chow
Maria Bamford
as Principal Thomas
Connor Rosen
as Bed-Wetter Doug
Ray Wise
as Marvin
Evan Hanneman
as Barefoot Dave
Arden Myrin
as Ashley Alexander
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Critic Reviews for Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (29)

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

August 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.

February 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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

February 2, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

February 2, 2015 | Full Review…

This zany and loving family sitcom has universal appeal.

February 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1


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Seeing Fresh Off the Boat is like watching my own family. It was a brilliant sitcom which relied on good humour (which is rare these days), though I got very annoyed at the main character. Constance Wu should be praised for her performance.


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