Whatever your excuse for missing last night’s historic primetime television premiere of Fresh Off the Boat, the most frequently asked question I’ve received from folks who missed out is “How can I watch it if I missed it?”
As a public service (you’re welcome), I’ve compiled this handy-dandy list of legal ways to view the show online. And hey, I don’t want to play into any Asian stereotypes, but let’s not be pirating this show because we want the studios keep making it because they know how many of us really are watching it, OK? (EDIT: Sorry folks, links below looks to be U.S./North America only… still, I cannot endorse piracy!)
UPDATE 2/8/2015: First two episodes are streaming FREE on ABC.com and “WATCH ABC” app for iOS
EPISODE 1: Fresh Off the Boat Pilot (S1E1)
It’s 1995 and 11-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) has just moved with his family from Chinatown in Washington D.C. to suburban Orlando. They quickly discover things are very different there. Orlando doesn’t even have a Chinatown—unless you count the Huang house.
Eddie’s dad, Louis (Randall Park), has dragged the family to the ‘burbs to pursue his version of the American dream, opening Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse, a struggling western-themed restaurant. Louis thinks that the best way to get customers in the door is to hire a white host to greet them and make them feel comfortable. Eddie’s mom, Jessica (Constance Wu), has agreed to the move, but she finds Orlando a strange place—from the rollerblading stay-at-home moms, to the hospital-like grocery stores, to the fact that the humidity has ruined her hair.
EPISODE 2: Home Sweet Home-School (S1E2)
Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica (Constance Wu) clash over how to raise the kids and how to run the restaurant. When the boys get straight A’s in school, Jessica decides that their school must be too easy and takes it upon herself to give them more homework and tutor them after class. She takes the same strict approach at the restaurant (no extra croutons for anyone!), so it’s up to Louis to get her to lighten up on everyone.
About the show:
It’s the ’90s and 11 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. Fresh Off the Boat is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat.
Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan.
Fresh Off the Boat is executive produced and written by Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced by Jake Kasdan for 20th Century Fox Television.