Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete First Season

by Kitty Drexel

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday October 9, 2015

Fresh Off the Boat - The Complete First Season

"Fresh Off the Boat" is an hilarious ABC sitcom based on the autobiography by the same by Eddie Huang. The half-hour TV show is just as entertaining as the book. Huang narrates his TV family's search for identity amongst the uber-white homogeneity of Orlando. Season One is thirteen episodes long and chock full of brilliant sight gags, "Scrubs"-like fantasy sequences, and classically atrocious 90's trends. Events of the show are punctuated by a soundtrack of the best of 90's rap and hip-hop.

Eddie (played by precocious Hudson Yang) is twelve and already awkward with puberty when his family makes their move to Florida. Orlando is overrun by middle class, white yuppies who are as culture-shocked by the Huang family as the Huangs are of them. Dad, Louis (Randall Park) owns and manages a failing restaurant. Mom, Jessica (Constance Wu) isn't fitting in well with the other neighborhood moms. Yet, little brothers Emery (Forrest Wheeler) and Evan (Ian Chen) are acclimating well. Lucille Soong plays the badass Grandma Huang.

Of particular note to Edge readers will be episode 10 "Blind Spot" in which Jessica's college boyfriend, Oscar, pays a visit. Jessica has faulty gaydar and Louis has even worse "love-dar." Rex Lee guest stars as Oscar the musical theater-loving, straight-guy-crush-having ex-boyfriend.

Bonuses include the Fresh Facts Trivia Track on the first DVD. This is a special version of the pilot episode which features pop up bubbles with factoids about production and the actors. The second DVD has a super cute gag reel. If the episodes aren't lure enough, the gag reel will endear you to this TV family.

Even though the Huangs are a Chinese-American family and "Fresh Off the Boat" expects to draw a similarly identifying audience, subtitles are not available in either Mandarin or Cantonese.

Strangely, this DVD set only offers subtitles in English (hearing impaired), Spanish, and French. Even though the Huangs are a Chinese-American family and "Fresh Off the Boat" expects to draw a similarly identifying audience, subtitles are not available in either Mandarin or Cantonese. A ball has been dropped here.

"Fresh Off the Boat - Season One"

DVD

$29.98

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