Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Fresh Off the Boat

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Once the cliched gags of Fresh off the Boat are superceded by a grounded truthfulness, the series evolves into a humorously charming family sitcom.



Critic Ratings: 50


Audience Score

User Ratings: 692
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Air date: Feb 4, 2015
Air date: Feb 4, 2015
Air date: Feb 10, 2015
Air date: Feb 10, 2015
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Air date: Mar 3, 2015
Air date: Mar 10, 2015
Air date: Mar 24, 2015
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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 (50) | Top Critics (30)

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

These are the kind of details that ring true not just to people who grew up in the same kinds of families as Eddie Huang, but also to those of us who didn't, and who enjoy getting a glimpse into someone else's world.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

While this is Eddie's story and memoir, the show's most incisive moments come when the focus shifts to his mother... [Constance Wu's] in command of these jokes in a way that doesn't lampoon her character.

Sep 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

  • 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.
  • Jun 14, 2016
    Funny, truthful and entertaining, Fresh off the Boat gets better each episode.
  • Apr 07, 2016
    It's funnier than I was prepared for, having been expecting a cheesy American sitcom that depends on canned laughter tracks to prompt the audience to laugh. It didn't have any canned laughter tracks, and it didn't need it.
  • Feb 13, 2016
    Fresh off the boat is an amazingly funny Family sitcom about Asian Stereotypes, with extremely funny humor, pop culture references, and has that 1990s vibe threw the hole season. Abc has the best sitcoms on tv now Fresh off the boat, The Muppets, Modern Family and more. I recommend Streaming the episodes and watching season 2 on channel 7 Abc. Worth 5 stars

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