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Fresh Off the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat

Photo Credit:  ABC/Bob D'Amico
  • Premiered: 
    February 4, 2015
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the memoir (Fresh Off the Boat) by Eddie Huang 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Based on celebrity chef Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, FRESH OFF THE BOAT is a half-hour sitcom that centers on an immigrant Taiwanese family that tries to survive culture shock, while chasing the American dream in Orlando, Florida, in the 1990s. Twelve-year-old, hip-hop loving Eddie and his family just moved from Washington DC's Chinatown area to suburban Orlando, where they face culture shock. His immigrant mother, Jessica, had never before seen the inside of a traditional American supermarket, and she's overwhelmed by the spectacle at the supermarket. Eddie's heritage causes him problems at school when the popular kids banish him from their table after he opens his fragrant traditional Chinese lunch. But his immigrant dad, Louis, embraces his new culture by decorating his American steakhouse with an Old West theme -- complete with wagon-wheel tables -- to make his restaurant more appealing to typical Orlandonians. Meanwhile, his Grandma Huang is in her own world, cracking up while she watches the shopping networks with her new credit card in hand. Although she speaks no English, she is inexplicably tickled to death by Joan Rivers. Plus, Eddie must watch after his two younger brothers, while still trying to maintain whatever street cred he thinks he has. FRESH OFF THE BOAT premiered on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:30 and 9:30pm ET/PT on ABC, followed by its time slot premiere on Tuesday, February 10 at 8pm ET/PT.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT returned for its second season on Tuesday September 22, 2015 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Family Business Trip," Jessica learns the art of relaxation and Eddie takes on the Death Roll when Louis is forced to bring his family on a business trip to Gator World. Meanwhile, Evan loses his last baby tooth but isn't ready to join the big kid club.

Season 3 of FRESH OFF THE BOAT premiered on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC. In the season opener, "Coming from America," Louis flies the entire family to Taiwan in an effort to make things right with Gene. Upon meeting Gene's beautiful fiance, Margaret (guest star Wei-Ning Hsu), and seeing the wonderful life he has built for himself, Louis questions whether his life in Orlando is just as great as it could be in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her favorite childhood locales, including Dihua Street and Shilin Night Market.

Season 4 of FRESH OFF THE BOAT premiered on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC, with Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Michael Bolton appearing as themselves. In the season opener, "'B' as in Best Friends," still homeless, the Huangs move in with Honey and Marvin. Jessica's dreams come true when she gets a chance to compete on WHEEL OF FORTUNE during Best Friends Week with Honey. Eddie starts high school and is still on the outs with his pals but finds unexpected sympathy from Nicole. Michael Bolton offers to step in at the restaurant to give Louis more time with his family, but does he have an ulterior motive?

Season 5 of FRESH OFF THE BOAT premiered on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. The season opener, "Fresh Off the RV," features these guest stars: Los Angeles Lakers greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper; and TGIF alum Jaleel White as Kareem's Underappreciated RV Manager, Calvin. While Honey and Marvin celebrate the birth of their baby, Jessica's book is finally released, and she's optimistically looking forward to a book store reading that's been set up by her publisher to help boost sales. Louis is so excited to promote the book across the country that he buys an RV from Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who owns an RV dealership which is managed by underappreciated Calvin. Meanwhile, Emery and Evan are concerned about Eddie after Nicole tells him that she's moving to New York, and he seems completely unfazed about losing his best friend. Additional guest stars in this episode include: Luna Blaise as Nicole and Nikea Gamby-Turner as employee. On Friday, January 4, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, ABC debuted "Just the Two of Us," the mid-season premiere of FRESH OFF THE BOAT. Louis and Jessica think they've won a weekend getaway at a posh resort, but instead they're stuck at a marriage retreat where troubled couples work out their relationship problems with the help of Guru Sheela (guest star June Diane Raphael). Additional guest stars: Trevor Larcom as Trent, Hina Abdullah as Kelly and Chris Witaske as Ken.

The sixth season of FRESH OFF THE BOAT premiered on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC, with Brandi Chastain guest starring. In the season opener, "Help Unwanted," after Brandi Chastain scores the World Cup-winning goal against China and rips off her jersey to celebrate, Evan gets his first case of "the tingles," and now Louis and Eddie must team up to give him the talk. Meanwhile, Jessica and Honey are learning what it means to be best friends, and we learn a whole lot more about Marvin's family. Additional guest stars: Trevor Larcom as Trent and Corbin Bernsen as Mervin.
On Friday, February 21, 2020 from 8-9pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the series finale of FRESH OFF THE BOAT, debuting back-to-back episodes:

"Family Van" (8pm): When the trusty Huang family van takes a turn for the worst, Jessica and Louis each process the loss in their own way. Meanwhile, the boys take advantage of the opportunity for some bonding time and sneak off on a road trip to find their Washington, D.C., time capsule. Guest stars: Matt Oberg as Matthew Chestnut, Trevor Larcom as Trent and Jaleel White as Calvin.

"Commencement" (8:30pm): Directed by Randall Park. Jessica grapples with her vision of the future as the boys are each realizing what their own goals. Guest stars: Andy Richter as himself, Matt Oberg as Matthew Chestnut, Rachel Cannon as Deidre, Stacey Scowley as Carol-Joan, Trevor Larcom as Trent and Isabel Oliver Marcus as Tina.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 20th Century Fox Television


  • - Orlando, Florida USA