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Fresh Off the Boat - (S01E03)


When the cul-de-sac plans a block party to celebrate NASCAR, Louis urges the family to use the event to make new friends (and promote Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse). But Jessica has problems fitting in, especially after she befriends a beautiful trophy wife the roller blade moms don’t like. Meanwhile, Eddie schemes to win the respect of the neighborhood kids.

Episode Title: The Shunning
Airs: 2015-02-10 at 20:00
  • Dan Fienberg

    Along with FOX's "Last Man On Earth," Fresh Off The Boat is one of the best new network comedies of the spring and both are probably better than any network half-hour--allowing for "Jane the Virgin" genre wiggle-room here--that debuted last fall.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Fresh Off the Boat 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.

    Time Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Fresh Off the Boat is good--at times, very good. Without question, it's one of the best new shows of the broadcast network season: funny, well-acted and promising on a number of levels.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    It’s a relief to find that Fresh Off the Boat is not only genuinely funny and surprisingly broad but also a little bit subversive.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    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.”

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Fresh Off the Boat is the funniest, most charming show of the season.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    Fresh off the Boat has soul, flavor and an incredible cast. Time will tell if the comedy finds the audience it richly deserves.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The show is perfectly cast, and it certainly seems like there's plenty of story to be had.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The show--especially by the third episode, “The Shunning”--manages to take a single story and turn it into something uniquely transformative for numerous characters; this is especially true for Eddie and Jessica, who as stay-at-home mom and eldest-immigrant son are, despite their fighting, very close to each other.

    Salon Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Fresh Off the Boat may not be exactly the series of Huang's dreams, or completely true to the life he has sold to show business, but it's a consistently funny and even important one, with some lovely, nuanced performances.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    While much of the show is driven by the Huangs adapting to a new culture, Fresh Off the Boat finds the amusing parts of that experience without falling back on easy stereotypical jokes.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The cast of unknowns is terrific and the writing, overseen by executive producer Nahnatchka Khan (“Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23”), is fresh, funny and mostly clean.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat [is] yet another damn good, diverse network sitcom that premieres this Wednesday night and remains funny, charming, sweet, and subtly provocative despite--according to no less an expert than the subject of the show itself--having had some of its edge sanded off.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    In an ABC lineup eager to replicate that rarest of commodities--a good, and modern, family comedy--the show appears to have accomplished what Eddie yearns to do: Fit right in.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Fresh Off the Boat finds jokes in plenty of other, non-racial issues, and that’s often the bonus that gives you confidence this is a show with legs.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Watered-down or not, the immigrant/culture clash storylines are the freshest things about Fresh Off the Boat, which is a pastiche of other ABC sitcoms (thankfully, the good ones).

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    There's a lot of setup, and we don't know these people well enough yet to laugh with them instead of at them. That begins to change quickly, though, as Fresh Off the Boat gets into its groove, humanizing its characters and upping its humor quotient.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Fresh Off the Boat is charming, convivial, even--gasp--at times cute.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    Somehow it still manages to find strangeness within its sentimentality. Fresh Off the Boat is unlikely to dismantle the master’s house. But it opens a door.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The show is sweet enough and features a likable cast. The assimilation material is a bit obvious in the two episodes provided for review, but that’s typical in new comedies trying to establish their stomping grounds.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    It won’t be the hit of the year, but Fresh Off the Boat is worth a look.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Fresh Off the Boat wants to be both “Black-ish” and “The Goldbergs”--and it works fairly okay as a companion piece to either--but it’s a lot better show when it occasionally stops going for just the easy jokes and aims for a subtler, sharper line of comment.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There are some very funny moments in the first of tonight's two episodes, most of them provided by Wu and Park, and fleeting indications that Fresh could be a better, deeper show than the one we're seeing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    Having established the exaggerated and predictable weirdness of all white people, Fresh Off the Boat seems to have run through its one topic--and one joke.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It’s disappointing that two of the first three episodes are little more than familiar reworkings of overused formulas and plots. But Episode 2 indicates the concept’s promise; the show stops trying to be too many things and, for a half-hour at least, finds a groove.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Fresh Off The Boat, when it has flashes of energy and well-written jokes, easily transcends ethnic stereotypes, but it’s these sitcom stereotypes that are the ones the show needs to defeat if it wants to be both long-running and distinctive.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Fresh Off the Boat paddles hard in its efforts to be an amusing comedy with heart. So far, the parents--not the featured kid--are the primary reasons to watch.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The first episode focuses far too much on these stereotypes. On top of that, it’s not even funny. But what a difference a second episode makes.... The real difference between the first and second episodes, though, is not just that the stereotypes are eventually turned upside down but that the characters are no longer just those stereotypes.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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