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Fresh off the Boat Leaving Indelible Mark on TV Landscape

19 February 2020

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Fresh off the Boat Leaving Indelible Mark on TV Landscape

Even before Fresh Off the Boat hit the airwaves on ABC in February 2015, the show was facing pressure that other new shows weren’t.

It was set to be the first network TV comedy with an all-Asian cast since Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl premiered 20 years earlier. ABC canceled that series after one season, and some wondered how long this show would last too.

Randall Park, who portrays patriarch Louis, never even thought the pilot — inspired by restaurateur and TV personality Eddie Huang’s childhood memoir — would be picked up.

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