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Fresh Off the Boat Review

ABC's newest show, Fresh Off the Boat.

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ABC’s newest show, Fresh Off the Boat, relates to how Asians immigrate to the United States in search for the “American Dream”. It is based on Eddie Huang’s (chef and owner of New York City’s BaoHaus) life growing up as an Asian-American child in Orlando, Florida and how he adapts to his new life.

Debuting just last week, the first episode was able to catch 7.93 million viewers’ attention, making it the second highest rated comedy premiere this season. The second preview episode garnered 7.56 million views.

The title of the show, “Fresh Off the Boat”, is a term that is used to describe a person that has just “gotten off a boat” from a foreign country, usually associated with Asians. For short, the term is spoken as “FOB” and is used to describe the stereotypical, non-English speaking Asian that is bad at driving, has broken English, and speaks with a strong Asian accent.

The show itself relates to Asian immigrants and the difficulties they face when they first arrive. In the opening scene of the first episode that premiered on February 4 on ABC, young Eddie Huang, played by Hudson Yang, is seen in a JCPenney fitting room trying on clothes that resemble those worn in “hip hop” culture. He asks his mother if he could buy the jacket, but his mother’s response? “Too much.”  His mother, Jessica Huang, played by Constance Wu, is the perfect example of how Asians are portrayed; cheap and stingy with their money.

There are many more scenes that could relate to most Asians and that’s why many people like it. On sites such as Amazon, where you can watch it pretty much for free, many viewers said things like, “Very funny!”, “I can relate to this show!”, “This show has big things to say about America and race and it makes me want to listen.”

Overall, the response was positive with just its pilot episode. As the show is a comedy, it’s great for all people to watch. There are many connections viewers were able to make with themselves and that’s the best part of the entire show: you can relate to it, even if you’re not Asian.

Check out Fresh Off the Boat on ABC at 8|7c.

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