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

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…

Louis realizes that one show can’t be everything on a very meta episode of FOTB

Ever since the first episode premiered back in February, there’s been a lot of debate about Fresh Off The Boat’s treatment of race. While most viewers seemed to praise the slightly uncomfortable but important storyline of Walter perceiving Eddie as a threat for being their school’s only other minority, many people…

Fresh Off The Boat presents a refreshing perspective for the family sitcom

It’s always dangerous when a show’s reputation precedes it. Ever since ABC announced Fresh Off The Boat, it has prompted a hailstorm of preemptive criticism, essays, and questionable questions. The show is based on chef Eddie Huang’s sharply funny and ruthless memoir of the same name. Huang also does the voiceover for …