Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ABC's New Comedy Misses the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat
Contance Wu, Hudsong Yang and Forrest Wheeler star in
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC/Eric McCandless)
After ABC found family sitcom success with shows like The Middle, Modern Family, and The Goldbergs, this year, the network has been focusing on bringing more diversity to the airwaves. Black-ish had a strong start with it's great premiere episode, but quickly ran into mediocrity. The Latin-themed Cristella is pretty silly, but it does have a likeable cast. Tonight ABC brings it's new Asian family to the line up with Fresh Off the Boat which does contain a few laughs, but that is about it.

The show tries to be reminiscient to The Wonder Years with 11-year-old Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) telling about the glory days growing up in Olrando, Florida in the mid '90s. Despite the title, the Huang have actually only moved from Chinatown in Washington D.C.,  but it is still world's away. Eddie's father, Louis (Randall Park) moved his family to the suburbs to pursue his version of the American dream which includes opening a cowboy-themed restaurant - because all white Americans love these sort of places. However, reality soon sets in that he will need to work hard in order for his restaurant to succeed. 

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