Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2015
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"Join TV's funniest new family and flashback to the '90s! Twelve-year-old hip-hop enthusiast Eddie Huang and his family make their way from D.C.'s Chinatown to Orlando where his dad, Louis, tries to make his new steakhouse a success. His mom, Jessica aims to understand the culture clash and dominate suburbia. While his brothers fit right in, Eddie's still tries to get a seat at the table--any table--in the school cafeteria"--Container.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2015
ISBN: 9786316198853
631619885X
Branch Call Number: 7.9145 Fr
Description: 2 videodiscs (286 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated

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britprincess1ajax
May 14, 2016

Charming family sitcom about a Chinese-American family who moved from Chinatown in D.C., to Orlando, Florida, FRESH OFF THE BOAT is a humourous take on the things we do when our life presents itself with something much more different than expected. Culture shock leaves room for a lot of laughs. I especially love Jessica, the mother character, and her oddball friendships with the women around her neighbourhood. I recommend it.

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Mtrey
May 06, 2016

Immigrated to Canada many decades ago. I've relatives who've arrived in last few years. They and I enjoyed the 3 episodes we watched together.

Heck yah, this TV series has racist moments, because, news flash there was and is racism. Imagine that, sheesh. Ignore or change the issues. Meanwhile have a good chuckle with the driven to succeed mom, Jessica. The dad, Louis is chill, mellow and the delightful trio of boys.

Frankly, I've lived some of these moments.

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Happy_24
Feb 19, 2016

Not funny at all, and a little offensive. There seems to be a trend where racism is presented by someone not white and it's somehow okay. The worst offender is Russell Peters.

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TheeAvebury
Jan 08, 2016

Embarrassing- don't waste your time.

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SmartAssAWhip
Jan 08, 2016

Even with all of the gratuitous 90's references and Asian-specific stereotype punchlines, the joke-writing for the two brothers and (especially) the mom is quite clever and well-delivered. Add in some quirky(but not abstract) remarks from the supporting cast members and you get a wide range of funny. My favourite currently-running sitcom. The "mom" is the funniest character on tv.

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jak10
Nov 17, 2015

Really funny and charming sitcom centered around real life chef Eddie Huang and his family in 1990's Florida. The parents are the best/funniest characters. Comedian Paul Scheer also does a great job. Definitely worth a watch.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2015

Satirical sitcom of the Huang family and their community in Orlando, based on Eddie Huang's memoir of same name. Unlike the book, which was nearly all about Eddie, the program, at least in first Season, also showcased his young parents doing their best to provide and raise the children without losing their Taiwanese heritage.

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jimg2000
Nov 03, 2015

Eddie: Just when you think you've won the game, this trick done changed the rules.
Mom: Eddie, don't call your mother a trick. (to principal -) You need to make school more challenging, or else my son will fall behind. … Well, is there extra school? Where is the closest CLC?
Eddie Narrating: Chinese Learning Center... An after-school program for reading...math, science... And violin.
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Jessica: What's the Daytona 500?
Neighborhood ladies: We watch cars race around speedways 200 times ... stopping only for fuel or engine maintenance...and although the ultimate cup winner is decided by an elaborate points system...individual race winners can still celebrate ... by getting a grandfather clock or drinking a glass of milk. Caveat... drinking milk isn't specifically NASCAR... but auto racing in general.

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jimg2000
Nov 03, 2015

Eddie: That's me, your boy Eddie Huang in the headphones. My family was moving from Washington, DC, to Orlando, Florida. I was 11 years old, and it was 1995. This is the story of my family, an American family, the Huangs. That's my dad. He loved everything about America. Full-on bought into the American dream. Moms was always hard on me, way before all that "tiger mom" stuff. She thought I was trying to cause trouble wearing that Nas shirt... but she didn't understand. If you were an outsider, hip-hop was your anthem. And I was definitely the black sheep in my family. These other people are Emery, Evan and Grandma. Whatever. Was I excited about the move? No. Did anyone ask me if I was excited? Hell, no. But it's hard getting respect when you're 11.
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Eddie: Lot of white folks here.
Emery: Not like back in DC.
Eddie: Yeah. The only white people we ever saw there were the tourists who got lost. … White... House.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2015

Louise: Eddie, half the reason I come to this country...is so you could have lots of sex. What I mean is, Taiwan was so conservative. You couldn't really have sex before you were married. You didn't know if you and your wife were compatible that way. It was dumb luck that your mom and I were.
Eddie: Yo!
Louise: Sorry. Look. I don't want you to go out and have sex tomorrow, Okay? But this (the book?) This is just gonna confuse you. I will tell you the truth if you wanna hear it.
Eddie: Yeah? Okay.
Louise: Hmm. Okay, where to start? This will sound crazy, but it's way better than video games. You know how sneezes feel really satisfying in a weird way? … Stay away from Arkansas. They outlawed all the fun stuff. … Spring break. My God. I am so excited for you. I might come with. … That's a great question. I say maybe you burn about 200 calories. … If you pretend like you have a bad back, you don't have to do so much work.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2015

Jessica: Eddie, I just don't understand you... the music you listen to, the way you talk, your clothes. Why can't you support something that I like for once? Well, why can't you be a good Chinese boy like Evan and Emery? They both study hard, play violin... wear button-up shirts properly... not like you, buttoning the top button and letting the rest flap out like a cape.
Jessica: That's called being a "G," Mom!
Mom: Why do you want to be a letter... that's only worth two points in Scrabble?
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Louise: And stop reading that book (by Stephen King.) Those stories always give you nightmares.
Jessica: You know what gives me nightmares? Our bank account.
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Louise: My wife is not a patient woman. Do you know how many times she tried to start a garden? Have you ever seen a woman yelling at seeds? "Grow! Grow!"

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2015

Jessica: Are we Chinese enough?
Louise: Yes... What?
Jessica: Marvin says sometimes he forgets we're Chinese. Maybe he's forgetting because we're forgetting. I mean, when did we start wearing shoes in the house?
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Jessica: What's Shabbat?
Goldstein: Well, Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest. We're prohibited from doing certain things from Friday night to Saturday night...turning electrical devices, like the stove, on and off... uh, handling money, putting flowers in water.
Emery: It kind of sounds like you're gremlins from the movie Gremlins.
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Principal: And according to the lunch monitor, he kicked him in the groinal area...shoved pudding in his face... and unleashed a stream of obscenities
I can't repeat because God is listening. There were some words he used that I've never heard before... and I grew up in Boston.

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May 06, 2016

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