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  • Hieu Vo
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    The first show in over 20 years to feature a predominantly Asian-American cast debuted tonight with two episodes.

    Episode Title – Pilot
    Summary: Eddie Huang’s family moves from D.C. to Orlando when his father gets an opportunity to run a steakhouse, but the restaurant struggles to attract customers. Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbors. Eddie finds it difficult to fit in at school, while Emery seems to be doing just fine. 

    Episode Title – Home Sweet- Home School
    Summary: When the boys all get high marks in school, Jessica tries to get them moved into gifted programs but the school doesn’t have them. She then considers enrolling them in a Chinese Learning Center, but there are none in the area. Wanting to get Jessica and her incessant micromanaging away from the restaurant, Louis convinces her to home-school the kids. 

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    Hieu Vo
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    What did y’all think? I am really curious because there is so much controversy around it. As an Asian-American, I am really excited theres a show representing my culture and people. As a kid, the only Asian representation was Lane from Gilmore Girls. Considering this show was based on an autobiography by Eddie Huang, I do not think this show is racist and appropriating stereotypes. The Asian jokes and situations felt like was ripped from the life of my and basically any Asian friend’s life. 

     

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    Jalal Haddad
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    I found the show hilarious. I thought the comedy was fresh and anyone who finds the show to be offensive hasn’t looked beyond the title (very similar to those upset about Blackish). I found it to be an honest portrayal of a family dynamic. I’m not Asian but I do come from an immigrant household (Libyan) and I found a lot of the scenarios to be relevant to my own upbringing. There should be more shows like this on television and I hope this show gets the support it deserves!

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    vinny
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    I thought it was ok. For a new show, it has found it’s naturalness off the bat and the cast seems to work well together. My grade (for both episodes): B

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    Stretchy
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    I didn’t watch the 2nd episode but I watched the pilot and the jokes just didn’t hit for me…felt too forced. I’ve avoided any and all talk about the show since it was first brought up around this time last year or whenever. The title is a bit of a bait and switch cuz it makes it sound like they’re new in the country, as opposed to new in town. They moved from D.C. to Orlando, so the whole “culture shock” thing (a term used in my cable description) just didn’t work for me. So the wife acting like she’s not familiar with white culture (or the main kid, for that matter, in school) made me go “huh?” so many times. Yes they lived in Chinatown, but still…? I know Pilots can be brutal so I’ll still watch the next few episodes, though I’m so over family sitcoms. I like Black-ish but had to stop after 5 or so eps…they all start to sound very much the same at some point and it might be the case for me with this.

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    rstang00
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    I didn’t care to read up on the controversy before watching – and honestly only watched because it was right after “The Middle” – and maybe it was just my expectations were around zero but was really surprised by how much I liked this. There were some funny moments in the pilot but it was the 2nd episode that really hooked me. I prefer it to “Blackish” already and of both shows SOTB has a real Emmy contender (aside from Fishburn in guest) in Constance Wu. Her character is like a blend of Lois (MITM) and June Cleaver (LITB) with delivery from Wu that goes even above the material. Now: supporting or lead? Hmm.

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    espnfan
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    I didn’t watch the 2nd episode but I watched the pilot and the jokes just didn’t hit for me…felt too forced. I’ve avoided any and all talk about the show since it was first brought up around this time last year or whenever. The title is a bit of a bait and switch cuz it makes it sound like they’re new in the country, as opposed to new in town. They moved from D.C. to Orlando, so the whole “culture shock” thing (a term used in my cable description) just didn’t work for me. So the wife acting like she’s not familiar with white culture (or the main kid, for that matter, in school) made me go “huh?” so many times. Yes they lived in Chinatown, but still…? I know Pilots can be brutal so I’ll still watch the next few episodes, though I’m so over family sitcoms. I like Black-ish but had to stop after 5 or so eps…they all start to sound very much the same at some point and it might be the case for me with this.

    I thought I was the only person who moticed this as well.  Considering they are from America in the first place, how in the world are they “fresh off the boat”?  If they were directly moving from an Asain country that would make sense.  But they are from Washington D.C., so that title makes no sense. 

    I am aware of all the controvery surrounding Eddie Huang, and honestly that has turned me off so much from this show that I have no desire to watch it.  Not to mention this show looks terrible and somewhat offensive to say the least.  I tend not to find lazy stereotypes and racially based humor to be funny.  Maybe I will check it out someday, but for the time being I am going to pass on this show.

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    jf123
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    #341146

    Just finished the pilot and I thought it was pretty funny. I loved Constance Wu as the mom (even though she is only like 15 years older than the son. I also hated how the two parents seemed to have an over exaggerated Asian accent. I’ve seen Randell Park in Veep and he doesn’t talk like that, and I don’t know about Wu but I felt like it wasn’t her actual voice. And did they just forget about the Grandma half way through the pilot?

    Grade: B 

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    Someonelikeme
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    I really liked the pilot. Very funny. Haven’t watched the 2nd episode yet, but I will.

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    rstang00
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    Last nights episode (“Persistent Romeo”) may have been the shows most laugh-out-loud one so far. All of the credit, of course, goes to should be Emmy nominated Constance Wu. Even though “The Shunning” should be her tape she was hysterical last night. I’ve heard she’d likely go lead but I’d be fine with her going supporting as well. Really anything to get her in the Emmy race. Also great are the two younger sons: Ian Chen and Forrest Wheeler. Much better than Randall Park, who isn’t particularly funny (just as he wasn’t in “The Interview”), and Hudson Yang who does well with what he’s given but is more fun than funny.

    “Fresh off the Boat” along with “The Middle,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Modern Family” is a pretty great stock of shows for ABC. Give those execs a raise!

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    Boidiva02
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    I watched the first four episodes back to back and I really liked this show. Since I grew up in the 90’s and ironcially 1995 is the year I also moved to a new state; I can relate to a lot of what the Eddie character is going through.   Obviously there are some differences, but overall it’s a show that I can relate to. I really like everything about this show so far.   I think it would play better if paired with The Middle and The Goldbergs instead of being tasked with anchoring an entire night. 

    there is potential here and I hope it sees a second season. 

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    vinny
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    #341150

    Where to begin lol: Dusty Nugget was hysterical and Constance was stellar as usual. The plot line with the “dirty video”  made me laugh so much. My grade: A

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    I fucking love this show! And Constance Wu is just beyond. BEYOND! 

    I’m gonna have a problem with my breakthrough award because it’s gonna be so hard to choose between her and Taraji P. Henson.

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    nahborghi
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    Constance Wu is so great in this role. She carries the show on her back weekly (though the smaller kids are pretty funny too). “Persistent Romeo” is the best episode so far, I wish the rest of the season could keep this pace.

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    I’ve been catching up on this show and I don’t get the hype. It really isn’t funny. It gets an A for effort because I do love ABC trying to bring back family shows about familes for familes. 

    Rank of ABC Family Shows:

    1. The Middle  
    2. The Goldbergs
    3. Blackish
    4. Fresh off the Boat
    5. Modern Family  

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