Premiering February 4 with a special two-episode sneak peek, ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat is a lot more of the same-old stale same-old sitcom stuff. I’ve read chef Eddie Huang’s 2013 memoir of the same name and, as my video review above says, something sadly was lost in the translation to a network TV show.
Viewers are thrown back to 1995 as young Eddie’s Taiwanese immigrant parents and their three sons move from Washington DC to the suburbs of Orlando Florida. FOTB is the first network comedy led by Asian-Americans in more than two decades and yet it pretty much feels like every other sitcom out there. The one bright spot is Constance Wu as Eddie’s strict, singing and soaring mom Jessica. Wu owns the screen when she’s on it.
Check out my review of the show, which moves to its regular slot on Feb. 10. Are you going to watch Fresh Off The Boat? Tell us what you think.