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TV Shows - Fresh Off the Boat

Set in 1990's Orlando, a Chinese family desperately tries to fit into their middle-class suburban surroundings. The dad runs a Western themed steak house, the mom sells real estate, grand-mom may be a witch, or maybe just crazy, the oldest kid wants to be a gangsta and the two youngest boys are obnoxiously well behaved. The family is constantly reminded they will never fit in, but they never give up trying.

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1 Season 2 is underway and the shows are smarter and pulling in great ratings. Barefoot Dave wears a kilt to school and avoids being pounded by the jocks with a clever strategy, grandma shows her contempt for the kids by referring to them by numbers, dad lies about everything and mom discovers the magic of chardonnay. Funny show. -- Submitted By: (sharp143) on October 4, 2015, 2:12 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 The main criticism of this show is its failure to make better use of its premise. Instead of developing a unique product, it seems to be nothing more than a cookie cutter sitcom with generic (insert ethnic group here) characters. After a very rocky start in February 2015, it did seem to find an audience and was renewed for a second full season by ABC. There was one outstanding episode that proves the producers really can make good TV. The mom (the very cool Constance Wu) thought she had achieved acceptance with the other women in her neighborhood. She found out later that they only pretended to befriend her and were actually mocking what they considered to be her tacky jewelry, cheap clothes and thick accent. Instead of plotting a wacky revenge in classic sitcom style, she rose above it and informed the ladies she would still be their friend but asked they not judge all Chinese by her lack of sophistication and style. She totally put them in their snooty places. The story-line went from silly to sad to awesome in the space of 22 minutes. I hope they have more episodes like that in their next season. -- Submitted By: (spacer) on May 27, 2015, 1:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Chef Eddie Huang, who's autobiography the show is based on, was very disappointed at the generic sitcom style of the production. At first criticizing it, he recently has backed off and has gained assurances from the producers that Season 2 will be more faithful to his book and his own family's experiences. To be fair, the writing did get much better during the second half of the first season. The Huang family sees their American neighbors as obsessed with pop culture, greedy, and not to be trusted. The neighbors see the Huangs as secretive, suspicious, and not to be trusted. I have high hopes for some really good storylines in Season 2. All in all, not a bad show and with a good chance of being very good. I'd give it a B- for the first season. -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on May 22, 2015, 9:47 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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