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…

The kids get treated like adults on a lice-infested episode of Fresh Off The Boat

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A running theme this season on Fresh Off The Boat has been the Huang children wanting to be taken more seriously by their elders. This reached an apex last week in “Doing It Right,” where Eddie split off from his father during a chili cook-off to come up with his own recipe. Evan, also experiencing feelings of…

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

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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…

FOTB is now a far cry from its inspiration—and all the better for it

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Last season, Fresh Off The Boat didn’t always know what it wanted to be. In one corner was the real-life Eddie Huang, who, rather unrealistically, wanted the series to deliver all the uncomfortable family strife and racial tension found in his memoir. In the other corner was creator Nahnatchka Khan, who realized that…

Fresh Off The Boat: “Showdown At The Golden Saddle”

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Many immigrants’ introduction to America (or any place, really) comes in the form of pop culture—they often see a Hollywood blockbuster or hear a top-40 hit before ever stepping foot in the country itself. And that’s a beautiful thing. Film, television, music, and books all have the power to shape our worldview, and…

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

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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 …