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Fresh Off the Boat

This article is about the TV series. For the book upon which it is based, see Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.
For more details on the general term, see Fresh off the boat.
Fresh Off the Boat
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Genre Comedy
Created by Nahnatchka Khan
Based on Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang
Starring
Narrated by Eddie Huang
Theme music composer Bo Boddie[1]
Opening theme Danny Brown[2]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Chinese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Eddie Huang
Location(s) Orlando, Florida
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Production company(s)
Release
Original channel ABC
Original release February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler[4][5][6] that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. It is the first American television situation comedy starring an Asian-American family as protagonists to air on network primetime since Margaret Cho's All American Girl, which aired for one season in 1994.[7] Its style has been compared to the comedy series Everybody Hates Chris.[8] The flashback technique with voice-over narration from the present day is similar to The Wonder Years.

The show debuted with two preview episodes on February 4, 2015. The second episode which aired after Modern Family was promoted as a bonus episode and formally premiered in its prime time slot on February 10, 2015.[9] The first of the two preview episodes garnered 7.94 million viewers, becoming the second highest rated comedy premiere this season.

On May 7, 2015, ABC renewed Fresh off the Boat for a second season.[10]

Premise

The story follows the course of Eddie Huang's Taiwanese family as they make their way from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida to open up a steak restaurant in 1995[11] (with the first season being set between 1995 and 1997).[12][13] His mother struggles with culture clash of having to move from D.C. to Orlando,[14] his father embraces the "American Dream", and Eddie struggles with assimilating into school, while his brothers are the stereotypical Asian over-achievers, in an over the top way, but have no problems fitting in.

Cast and characters

Main cast

  • Randall Park as Louis Huang,[5][6] father of Eddie, Emery and Evan and also husband of Jessica. He embraces all things American and owns a Western steakhouse restaurant in Orlando, named Cattleman's Ranch,
  • Constance Wu as Jessica (née Chu) Huang,[15] wife of Louis and mother of Eddie, Emery and Evan. She is often bewildered by white culture and a no-nonsense pragmatic woman who believes in tough love.
  • Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang,[16] a die-hard hip-hop and rap fan as well as a great fan of basketball. He is to represent the writer of the book when he was an 11-year-old.
  • Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang,[17] middle child of the Huang family. He is a romantic and lovable kid who is fairly intelligent. He is also depicted as charismatic and mature for his age.
  • Ian Chen as Evan Huang,[17] the youngest brother who is a goody-two-shoes, star student who does everything right and obeys all the rules.He is also an obvious favorite by Jessica.
  • Eddie Huang as Adult Eddie Huang (voice only)

Recurring cast

  • Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang
  • Paul Scheer as Mitch
  • Jillian Armenante as Nancy
  • Luna Blaise as Nicole
  • Chelsey Crisp as Honey
  • Ray Wise as Marvin
  • Arden Myrin as Ashley Alexander
  • Prophet Bolden as Walter
  • Brady Tutton as Brock
  • Trevor Larcom as Trent
  • Evan Hannemann as Barefoot Dave
  • Connor Rosen as Doug
  • David Goldman as Principal Hunter
  • Maria Bamford as Principal Thomas
  • Nick Gore as Bush Kid

Development and production

Eddie Huang's 2013 Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir caught the attention of TV networks upon release, with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television signing in late that year. Huang, the show's creator and one of the producers of the series,[6] led a Twitter campaign[18][19] to change the original show name, Far East Orlando, when it was in development.[7]

On May 13, 2014, ABC ordered the first season of the show during the May 2014 upfront[8][20] to air in 2015 as a mid-season replacement.[8][21]

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The Fresh Off the Boat cast at a panel discussion for the show.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04) April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)
2 TBA TBA TBA

Broadcast

Fresh Off the Boat will air on FOX8 in Australia starting May 10, 2015; it is also set to air on Network Ten, but a date has not been set.[22] The series premiered on STAR World Premiere in India on February 10, 2015.[23] It debuted on March 12, 2015 in South Africa on Fox Crime.[24]

Reception

Critical reception

"Their surroundings are alien, and the locals are bizarre, but the family itself is all too familiar: They could be my own family, as we made our move from urban Brooklyn to the Staten Island suburbs, 41 years ago. In fact, they are my family — or at least the eldest kid is, because the 10-year-old playing young Eddie Huang is my son, Hudson Yang, plucked out of anonymity to star in "Fresh Off the Boat," the first Asian American family sitcom on network prime time in two decades."[25]

Jeff Yang, on his son Hudson playing Eddie Huang (2015)

Overall, "Fresh Off the Boat" has had very positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has an 90% certified fresh approval rating, with the critical consensus "Once the cliched gags of Fresh off the Boat are superseded by a grounded truthfulness, the series evolves into a humorously charming family sitcom."[26] It also has earned a 75 out of 100 score on Metacritic, indicating 'generally favorable reviews'.[27]

Reviews cited the show's potential to increase the visibility and accuracy of Asian Americans in arts and entertainment.[8][28][29]

"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 to make his Wild West–themed steakhouse a success. (Grandma is there, too.)"[30]

"His younger brothers Emery and Evan (Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen) seem to fit in in their new neighborhood just fine, but Eddie's an outsider in his house, in his school — hell, in America. As the real Huang tells us in voice-over, 'If you were an outsider, hip-hop was your anthem,' and hip-hop is indeed the anthem of the show."[30]

"In fact, I'd call it the defining feature of the show, except of course it's not: The defining feature of the show is that it's about an Asian-American family, and TV just doesn't do that."[30]

"And that if America embraces it, the ringing in our ears won't be a gong; it will be an alarm bell, telling the world that our time has finally arrived."[25]

Ratings

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04) 2.5/8[31] 7.94[31] 0.9[32] 2.07[32] 3.4[32] 10.03[32]
2 2 "Home Sweet Home-School" February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04) 2.3/7[31] 7.47[31] TBA TBA TBA TBA
3 3 "The Shunning" February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10) 1.7/6[33] 6.05[33] TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 4 "Success Perm" February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10) 1.8/6[33] 5.86[33] TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 5 "Persistent Romeo" February 17, 2015 (2015-02-17) 1.9/6[34] 6.17[34] TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 6 "Fajita Man" February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24) 1.8/6[35] 5.79[35] TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 7 "Showdown at the Golden Saddle" March 3, 2015 (2015-03-03) 1.7/6[36] 6.02[36] TBA TBA TBA TBA
8 8 "Phillip Goldstein" March 10, 2015 (2015-03-10) 1.6/6[37] 5.08[37] 0.9[38] TBA 2.5[38] TBA
9 9 "License to Sell" March 24, 2015 (2015-03-24) 1.4/5[39] 4.92[39] 0.6[40] TBA 2.0[40] TBA
10 10 "Blind Spot" March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) 1.3/5[41] 4.83[41] 0.6[42] TBA 1.9[42] TBA
11 11 "Very Superstitious" April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07) 1.4/5[43] 4.85[43] TBA TBA TBA TBA
12 12 "Dribbling Tiger, Bounce Pass Dragon" April 14, 2015 (2015-04-14) 1.5/5[44] 4.76[44] TBA TBA TBA TBA
13 13 "So Chineez" April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21) 1.5/5[45] 5.08[45] TBA TBA TBA TBA

Awards and Nominations

On 6 May 2015, it was announced that Constance Wu was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the Critics' Choice Television Awards.[46]

References

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