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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…

Ken Jeong guest-stars on a Fresh Off The Boat finale that covers familiar ground

Since their seasons tend to be so long, most network sitcoms end up recycling plot devices at a certain point in their run. But Fresh Off The Boat’s doing it earlier than usual by essentially repeating the central concept of “Success Perm,” an episode that aired a little over a year ago. Both installments deal with…

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Eddie’s too reactive on a one-note episode of Fresh Off The Boat

“The Manchurian Dinner Date” sets up an explosive confrontation between Eddie and Jessica, only to resolve their conflict with a satisfied sigh. To the writers’ credit, it’s an unexpected move when considering the forcefulness of Jessica’s personality. She spends the entire episode gushing over Eddie’s (fake)…

Fresh Off The Boat does its thing sucka free and without settling for less

While convincing “Corey the video rental guy” that he’s a connoisseur of fine films au cinéma, Louis learns someone from the family has been making mysterious movie rentals on his card. Puzzled, he searches the house. Nothing in the kid’s room (except a troubling picture of Jessica under Evan’s pillow), nothing in…

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

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…