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Old 02-12-2015, 10:52 PM   #1
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Kind of surprised there isn't a thread about this show yet.

While it's not absolutely *hilarious*, this is definitely one of the best sitcoms I've seen in the past year or two, at least.

While a large portion of the humor is based on stereotypes, I like that the parents aren't "can barely understand English" stereotypes, which is often the joke in fish out of water type shows. (Yes, I do realize they lived in DC before, and I don't remember how long ago they came to the U.S.)

Strangely enough, the two most recent episodes had contradictory statements about the Internet. One said there was "no Internet" in 1995.. Obviously wrong, and even when you limit it to the world wide web, which unfortunately is what tons of people mean when they say "the Internet", even that's wrong... From wikipedia, Netscape Navigator was 1.0 in late 1994.. (and I realize his statement ALSO talked about search engines.)

Then the next episode somehow said the reverse.. but like usual, people don't remember the correction.. Oh, I think it was listening to the modem trying to connect, he was trying to get to his web page.

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Old 02-13-2015, 01:34 AM   #2
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I find it amusing. Especially the Eddie Huang character.

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Old 02-13-2015, 05:10 AM   #3
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I like it too. Better then some of the other 1/2 hour sitcoms out there.

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Old 02-13-2015, 06:22 AM   #4
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Oh, I think it was listening to the modem trying to connect, he was trying to get to his web page.
Which was kinda odd since the power cable was not connected to the computer!

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Old 02-13-2015, 09:22 AM   #5
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It's not LOL funny, but I'm enjoying it. In the last episode, the little brother getting involved in the party planning committee (or whatever it was) and listening to all the gossip made me chuckle.
And I think the mom is hawt.

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Old 02-13-2015, 09:31 AM   #6
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I love this show! (In general, I hate sitcoms. )

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Old 02-13-2015, 09:58 AM   #7
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this show makes me think it's a "Goldbergs" for the 90s with a Chinese family flavor. it's not bad. not a must see for me, but it's kind of entertaining.

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Old 02-13-2015, 12:12 PM   #8
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I looked up Cattleman's Ranch in Orlando. Apparently it closed this fall. Bad news for Eddie's father.

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Old 02-13-2015, 12:14 PM   #9
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this show makes me think it's a "Goldbergs" for the 90s with a Chinese family flavor. it's not bad. not a must see for me, but it's kind of entertaining.
This is my thought. I don't get all the Rap references as I'm not a fan, but I still find it fun. The interaction between mom and dad seem genuine, even though the mom is the stereotypical "Tiger Mom".

I think in the earlier reference about there not being Internet, well, it wasn't the distraction/mainstream that it is now and probably less than half the population was "online" in 1995.

Not sure if this is the series thread and spoilers are aloud but just in case:

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I was laughing when the computer was trying to connect to the internet via modem and that it too so long.

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Old 02-13-2015, 12:30 PM   #10
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And I think the mom is hawt.
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:36 PM   #11
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ABC is becoming the destination for funny moms.

Beverly Goldberg
Frankie Heck
Claire Dunphy
Rainbow Johnson

and now Jessica Huang

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Old 02-13-2015, 12:56 PM   #12
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Funny seeing the Dad playing such a straight laced guy after recently watching him play Kim Jung Un in The Interview.

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Old 02-13-2015, 01:48 PM   #13
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And I think the mom is hawt.
Yes, she is crazy hot.

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Old 02-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #14
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I looked up Cattleman's Ranch in Orlando. Apparently it closed this fall. Bad news for Eddie's father.
It was converted into a Hooter's. Seriously. Randall Park talked about it last night on Kimmel. If Eddie's father were to get his hands on any of that Hooter's money he'd probably make out OK.

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Old 02-13-2015, 04:06 PM   #15
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Strangely enough, the two most recent episodes had contradictory statements about the Internet. One said there was "no Internet" in 1995.. Obviously wrong, and even when you limit it to the world wide web, which unfortunately is what tons of people mean when they say "the Internet", even that's wrong... From wikipedia, Netscape Navigator was 1.0 in late 1994.. (and I realize his statement ALSO talked about search engines.)

Then the next episode somehow said the reverse.. but like usual, people don't remember the correction.. Oh, I think it was listening to the modem trying to connect, he was trying to get to his web page.
I don't think it was really a contradiction. In the first episode, Eddie didn't really say the Internet didn't exist, but simply said that in 1995 you couldn't go on the internet to search for "Asian kids who like hip hop." And in the second episode, the brother-in-law was trying to show off how successful he was by showing off his "new Internet computer." So I think they made it pretty clear that this was the very early days of the general public being on the internet and that it was relatively exotic and there wasn't a ton of information out there.

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I like it a lot - and I'm also not a fan of sitcoms.

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Old 02-13-2015, 05:12 PM   #17
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It was converted into a Hooter's. Seriously.
Yep.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/cattlemans-orlando
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoote...97299700286597

Both at 8801 International Drive.

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Old 02-13-2015, 06:14 PM   #18
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Wait -- it gets better:

http://www.thebraiser.com/eddie-huan...sifton-tweets/

So I guess it's more autobiographical than I thought.

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Old 02-13-2015, 07:07 PM   #19
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Wait -- it gets better:

http://www.thebraiser.com/eddie-huan...sifton-tweets/

So I guess it's more autobiographical than I thought.
Quite a bit of it is autobiographical.
http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/eddie...-boat-abc.html

I was a tad surprised when they dropped the C Bomb but I see his point.

I found the show interesting but it's not in a great timeslot.

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Old 02-13-2015, 10:40 PM   #20
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I've only watched two episodes thus far but definitely plan on catching up very soon. I enjoy the show but actually find the Eddie Huang character the least interesting so far. This is most likely because I have and have had zero interest in rap music, so any reference to it falls on deaf ears.

But the other characters (his parents, grandmother, brothers) consistently make me laugh and are what contribute to me liking the show. And the neighbor boy with the over the top ridiculously depressing references to his absentee father are truly inspired.

Hopefully Eddie's character will grow on me as the show progresses (since that is kind of the whole point of it, I'd imagine.)

And yes, the mom is staggeringly gorgeous. Her voice, not so much.

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I've only watched two episodes thus far but definitely plan on catching up very soon. I enjoy the show but actually find the Eddie Huang character the least interesting so far. This is most likely because I have and have had zero interest in rap music, so any reference to it falls on deaf ears.

But the other characters (his parents, grandmother, brothers) consistently make me laugh and are what contribute to me liking the show. And the neighbor boy with the over the top ridiculously depressing references to his absentee father are truly inspired. Hopefully Eddie's character will grow on me as the show progresses (since that is kind of the whole point of it, I'd imagine.)
Totally agree about the Eddie character. The rap stuff and the wannabe gangsta attitude is a turn off, but the rest of the supporting characters more than make up for that annoyance.

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IAnd yes, the mom is staggeringly gorgeous. Her voice, not so much.
Wait until you watch Episode 3 and hear her sing.

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I looked up Cattleman's Ranch in Orlando.
Was this part of a chain? Looking around now, I guess there are various "Western" restaurants (a couple with Longhorn in the name, some chains, some apparently not) that this place totally made me think of..

That is, I wasn't sure it was a real place until people linked to the articles.. and if it was, I was confusing it with other places I'd seen!

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In the pilot it was mistaken for being part of a chain, but they explained it's the original restaurant of that type that somebody else copied into a chain with a slightly different name (according to the show).

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the gangster rap thing is apropos for this character in this time period. If you're significantly older (out of high school) than the time period of the show, I can appreciate not "getting it" - but it's on point.

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the gangster rap thing is apropos for this character in this time period. If you're significantly older (out of high school) than the time period of the show, I can appreciate not "getting it" - but it's on point.

Agreed. I appreciate the character because of that.

The "Success Perms" near tears and it has been a long time that I've had that kind of reaction.

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I saw the first two episodes last night. I thought at first it was really dumb, but it grew on me. I lol'd a few times. It reminds me of The Neighbors, which I loved and which disappeared quickly. I'll keep watching.

And my son was very into Big and that kind of music, he is about the age Eddie was. So were all his friends, 100% of whom were Asian.

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I think the Neighbors was on for 3 seasons so it didn't disappear that quickly

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I didn't realize the neighbors was cancelled. Bummer

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Still on the fence with this one, but the episodes have been getting better.

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Old 02-16-2015, 08:59 AM   #30
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We did a binge viewing via On Demand and we were a bit unsure about it after the first episode, but by the 2nd episode we started getting into the groove. We set an SP for it.

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