ABC has been on a roll since the premiere of two trailblazing series, “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Black-ish”. I’m sure, by the title of the shows, it’s dawned on you – these aren’t your average TV broadcastings. Ethnic diversity and wit has finally made its way into American television in a hilariously,uncompromising way. These comedies have managed to balance stereotypes without being stereotypical, while focusing on minority, family-life without being controversial. How many times can you say that’s been accomplished?
“Fresh Off the Boat” and “Black-ish” deal with every day-life instead of a family’s depressing story filled with drug addiction and church redemption (not saying any names) usually seen when minorities surf through channels for a face that looks like their own. It’s about time we see programs like these – ABC has entered a new realm: The REAL American Family.
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[dropcap size=small]Fresh Off the Boat[/dropcap] It’s the ’90s and 12 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.
[dropcap size=small]Black-ish[/dropcap]Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.
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