Starring Constance Wu and Randall Park as Taiwanese immigrants who settle down in Florida during the '90s to open an Outback-esque steak house and raise their sons (portrayed by Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen), Fresh Off the Boat was loosely based on Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name. It became the longest-running sitcom about an Asian-American family in broadcast television history. The last time viewers saw a broadcast sitcom about an Asian-American family was in 1994 with Margaret Cho's All-American Girl.
“We couldn’t be prouder of this game-changing show and the impact it has had on our cultural landscape," ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in a press release. "The success of Fresh Off the Boat has helped pave the way for inclusion throughout the industry. Nahnatchka Khan and her brilliant creative team have created an unforgettable series with an Asian-American family front and center, something that hadn’t been done in two decades." Adding, "The cast, led by Randall Park and Constance Wu, is one of the finest and funniest on television. We’ll miss the Huang family and are eternally grateful for the incredibly heartfelt stories they have told these past six seasons."
Hudson tweeted about the news, writing "Bye fam...love u all. We got a bunch of episodes left this season so pls watch them before we go."
Earlier this year, Constance made headlines after seemingly tweeting her unhappiness about Fresh Off the Boat being renewed for a sixth season. She later clarified that "temporarily upset" because the pick up meant that she had to give up another project that he was passionate about.
Regardless of all the Constance jokes on Twitter accompanying news of Fresh Off the Boat's cancellation, it's a bummer that a show that has Asian-American representation front and center is coming to a close. There are already so few Asian characters on television and movies, let alone about a family. The series tackled a number of themes, everything from what it's like to be first-generation and being the kid teased at lunch because your food is different from your white counterparts' packed sandwiches.
Thankfully, there are a number of other projects to look forward to. There are talks of a Fresh Off the Boat spin-off about an Indian family whose daughter goes to school with Hudson's character and Simu Liu's Shang-Chi Marvel movie alongside Awkwafina. And the fourth season of Kim's Convenience, a sitcom about an immigrant Korean family that runs a grocery store in Canada, is in the works.
Fresh Off the Boat will be sorely missed but at least there's one more season to enjoy before we have to say farewell.
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