Fresh Off the Boat Review: A Breakthrough in Network TV’s History

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
Fresh Off the Boat Review: A Breakthrough in Network TV’s History

Hudson Yang, who played the role of Eddie Huang on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” (FOTB), is lucky to have one proud father. Jeff Yang wrote on Quartz that his son’s show made a big leap in the history of network television. Read on for details.

“FOTB” is the newest hit sitcom set in the 90s about an Asian American family, specifically Taiwanese immigrants. The older Yang compared it to the sad fate of “All-American Girl” starring Margaret Cho in 1994. It only had 19 episodes and received tragic criticisms that making another Asian-centered series seemed unlikely. Cho’s series was the last to portray an Asian lead character before  “FOTB.”


Thankfully for ABC, “FOTB” became the highest-rated network sitcom for Tuesday on the 8:00 p.m. slot, based on TV By the Numbers. That feat led to more advertisers and more money for the network. Huang’s televised memoir generated ratings that could go against the top shows “NCIS,” “The Voice,” “The Flash” and “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Despite having Huang’s memoir as the basis for the show, “FOTB” clearly has a big difference compared to the original story. Huang has been stressing out that his story is darker and more tragic than ABC’s version. He was even bombarding his Twitter with rants about the show. Although Huang emphasized that he could not see himself on the series, “FOTB” attracted a wide variety of audiences because of its light and relevant plot.

Yang concluded that “FOTB is a breakthrough.” He described it as “crashing of the gates” and “cracking of the dam” which assured the audience to expect more stories about the minority and more Asian actors on screen.

The final episode is entitled “SO CHINEEZ,” which had Jessica and Eddie Huang as the focus. These characters were presented throughout the season to have the  most difficult time adjusting with their new environment. Now that they have successfully gained respect from their neighborhood, school or workplace, their next challenge was to redeem their authentic Chinese heritage.

“FOTB” aired its finale on Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

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