Fresh Off The Boat makes the most of Taiwan, but falls victim to American sitcom tropes

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Even though the season-two finale of Fresh Off The Boat made it almost certain that the Huangs would be traveling to their native Taiwan, the journey still feels like a big deal. For one, the season-three premiere marks the first time that any American network television show—sitcom or otherwise—has been filmed in the…

“That which we call a rose by any other name would totally freak out,” posits Fresh Off The Boat

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Juliet (you know the one) once asked “What’s in a name?” Of course, she then also immediately asks Romeo to change his name (as if that would’ve solved all their problems?) because Juliet knew that names carry meaning for ourselves and those around us, whether we like it or not. “Hi, My Name Is…” attempts to answer…

Orlando becomes Melrose Place in a pitch-perfect parody episode of Fresh Off The Boat

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All the way back in “The Shunning,” Fresh Off the Boat cherrypicked a handful of Stephen King motifs to elevate its main storyline, a fairly commonplace thread about Honey being ostracized by the other women in the neighborhood. It was an early example of the show proving its adeptness with pop culture, coloring the…

FOTB takes two to make a thing go right: One person to give orders, one to take them

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I believe it was Mark Twain who wrote, in the twilight years of his long life, “The meter of a truly great TV episode is marked by the viewer yelling from the couch: ‘Now we’re cookin’ with fire! Wooo-ey this is some good TV!’” A wise man; true words. As relevant the day he wrote them as last night, when my roommate…

Only one character learns about love on Fresh Off The Boat’s Valentine’s Day episode

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Of any network sitcom currently on the air, Fresh Off The Boat may have produced the most holiday episodes this season. So far, the series has tackled Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year, and, if we’re bending the rules a bit, Eddie’s twelfth birthday. This makes sense, given the show’s frequent…