‘Fresh off the Boat’ premiered on Feb. 4 and it’s stirring up a ton of controversy. Following the big premiere, did the critics think it was as offensive as many feared it would be?
Is Fresh off the Boat a poignant commentary on immigrating to America, or an offensive attempt to make comedy out of racism? Following the premiere of the new ABC series (based on a memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang), many viewers found it to be insensitive. Telling the story of an Asian-American, immigrant family, Fresh off the Boat had been stirring up controversy for months. Now that it’s premiered, the reviews are in: do critics believe the series crosses the line or is it a topical take on an important issue?
‘Fresh Off The Boat Premiere’: The Reviews Are In
Is Fresh off the Boat a poignant commentary on getting by in America, or an offensive attempt to make comedy out of racism?
Fresh Off The Boat may not be the take-no-prisoners depiction of Asian-American life that Huang originally envisioned, but it still provides a perspective long overdue on television in a way that’s at once smart, sweet, and funny—a far cry from “Panda Express.”
Fresh off the Boat 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.
Fresh Off the Boat (premieres Feb. 4) is damn funny–but not only funny and not cheaply funny. Three episodes in, it’s the best broadcast comedy of the new season, a daring but good-hearted sitcom about the complexities of identity–about not only being different but being different from the different.
“Fresh off the Boat combines the nostalgia of The Wonder Years and The Goldbergs with a specific take on the immigrant experience in general, and Asian-Americans in particular. Loosely based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir (he also provides the voiceover narration), the series straddles the line between warm and funny, and, despite some clunky moments in later episodes, feels like the kind of family comedy that should be compatible with ABC’s existing anchors.”
So, you’ve read the reviews, now it’s your turn! What did you think of Fresh off the Boat?