The Best Episodes of Fresh Off the Boat

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2018

Loosely based on the life of Eddie Huang during the mid-to-late 1990s, an Asian-American family decides to move to Orlando, Florida from Washington D.C. in order to embrace the "American Dream." However, the family faces many obstacles as they try to assimilate with the new culture that surrounds them.

The Manchurian Dinner Date

#1 - The Manchurian Dinner Date

Season 2 - Episode 23

Eddie's girlfriend is determined to try and impress Jessica. Emery asks Louis for help with his graduation speech.

star 7.71
806 votes
Writers: Rich Blomquist
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 Mo' Chinese Mo' Problems

#2 - Mo' Chinese Mo' Problems

Season 5 - Episode 5

Jessica and Lewis are thrilled beyond belief when they discover that a Chinese family – Elaine, Julius and son, Horace – have moved into the neighborhood. Jessica immediately bonds with Elaine, who helps her solve an issue with the HOA, and Louis decides to introduce Julius to Marvin and hang out together. Meanwhile, when Evan goes door-to-door collecting information for the census bureau, Eddie and Emery come up with a plan to impersonate being census takers in order to find out when the owners of a pool are out of the house so they can sneak over and use it.

star 7.70
207 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Jeff Chiang
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The Gloves Are Off

#3 - The Gloves Are Off

Season 3 - Episode 14

Jessica accidentally befriends Marvin's ex-wife, Sarah, and tries to help her and Honey settle their longstanding rift. Meanwhile, Louis and the boys are on a mission to determine Grandma's true age in hopes of surprising her with a new motorized wheelchair.

star 7.68
821 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Sheng Wang
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Jessica Place

#4 - Jessica Place

Season 2 - Episode 19

Jessica and Honey find out a juicy secret about Deidre. Louis and Eddie come up with a way to deal with some negative emotions.

star 7.67
762 votes
Directors: Sean Kavanagh
Writers:
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How to Be an American

#5 - How to Be an American

Season 3 - Episode 9

During Jessica’s U.S. citizenship interview, she reveals shocking details about her past that even Louis was not aware of. Meanwhile, Eddie, Emery and Evan have a day off from school and attempt to take the family minivan out for a joyride.

star 7.67
847 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Camilla Blackett
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This Isn't Us

#6 - This Isn't Us

Season 3 - Episode 23

When Louis and Jessica make changes to provide their family with a better life, they learn the changes come with their own set of challenges.

star 7.67
708 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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Bring the Pain

#7 - Bring the Pain

Season 2 - Episode 24

Louis' brother pays a visit with some big news. Eddie attempts to find a way to watch Chris Rock's latest comedy special.

star 7.64
805 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Sanjay Shah
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So Chineez

#8 - So Chineez

Season 1 - Episode 13

Jessica fears her family has assimilated so much to life in Orlando that they’ve lost their Chinese identity. So she drives everyone nuts making them reconnect with their culture, from Louis, who she insists decline an invite to join the country club, to Eddie, who she makes do a report on China for his World Day project.

star 7.64
763 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Sanjay Shah
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Coming From America

#9 - Coming From America

Season 3 - Episode 1

Louis takes the entire family to Taiwan to patch things up with Gene; Louis wonders if life in Orlando is as good as it could be in Taiwan; Jessica takes Eddie, Emery and Evan to her childhood locales.

star 7.63
980 votes
Writers: Nahnatchka Khan
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Boy II Man

#10 - Boy II Man

Season 2 - Episode 2

Nicole convinces Eddie to ditch piccolo and become her tutor, then ends up ditching him when she meets a new boy. Crushed, Eddie stops eating and listens to Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" on repeat. Jessica is confused by his behavior and seeks parenting advice from Honey.

star 7.63
854 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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Breaking Chains

#11 - Breaking Chains

Season 3 - Episode 2

While showing Emery the ropes on his first day of middle school, Eddie reveals how he convinced the staff into believing fake Chinese customs that provide special privileges; Louis hires a housekeeper to help lighten Jessica's load at home.

star 7.63
926 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Kourtney Kang
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Neighbors With Attitude

#12 - Neighbors With Attitude

Season 3 - Episode 13

Jessica is disappointed to learn she is excluded from the Neighborhood Watch. But when Ann's son goes missing, Jessica proves that her independent security measures work. Meanwhile, Eddie sets the stage for the perfect first kiss with Alison.

star 7.63
840 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Abbey Caldwell
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Gabby Goose

#13 - Gabby Goose

Season 3 - Episode 16

The Huangs host couples game night, and Louis works up the courage to confront Jessica about being a sore loser. Meanwhile, Emery and Evan help Eddie grieve the unexpected, sudden death of rapper Notorious B.I.G.

star 7.62
834 votes
Directors: Alisa Statman
Writers: Jeff Chiang
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Louisween

#14 - Louisween

Season 3 - Episode 3

Louis tries to get Jessica into the Halloween spirit.

star 7.62
903 votes
Directors: Lynn Shelton
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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The Best of Orlando

#15 - The Best of Orlando

Season 3 - Episode 10

Louis forgets to thank Jessica in his acceptance speech when he's named Small Businessman of the Year; and Eddie, Emery and Grandma start their own clothing line.

star 7.61
707 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Eric Ziobrowski
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Fajita Man

#16 - Fajita Man

Season 1 - Episode 6

Eddie is so desperate for a new video game named after his idol, Shaq, he goes to work at the restaurant. He expects special treatment since he's the boss's son, but is in for a surprise when Louis is determined to make him work hard for the money. Meanwhile, Jessica decides to look for a job of her own.

star 7.61
808 votes
Directors: Matt Sohn
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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Time to Get Ill

#17 - Time to Get Ill

Season 3 - Episode 18

When Jessica tries to sleep off a bad flu, Louis and the boys splurge on a pricey pay-per-view wrestling match that she would never allow. As they watch the match in silence, taking every precaution to ensure Jessica's recovery is not disturbed, they are shocked to learn that she was secretly having some fun of her own.

star 7.60
809 votes
Directors: Chris Addison
Writers: Eric Ziobrowski
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Where are the Giggles?

#18 - Where are the Giggles?

Season 3 - Episode 8

While the Huangs are out at the movies, Evan is accidentally left home alone, and Jessica vows to make it up to him. Meanwhile, Marvin takes a spill and is visited by Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future.

star 7.60
845 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Jeff Chiang
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Week In Review

#19 - Week In Review

Season 2 - Episode 18

After the family become infected with lice, Louis leaves Jessica to deal with it. Eddie attempts to back out of a bet he has made.

star 7.60
767 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Kourtney Kang
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Keep 'Em Separated

#20 - Keep 'Em Separated

Season 2 - Episode 15

Jessica attempts to encourage Louis to make some friends. Louis' new buddy at the pool hall turns out to be an attractive woman and Jessica feels jealous.

star 7.60
709 votes
Directors: Jude Weng
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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Pie vs. Cake

#21 - Pie vs. Cake

Season 3 - Episode 21

Jessica is thrilled to hear Evan is interested in joining the debate team. Yet, when her protégé becomes so good that he beats her at her own game, she second guesses her worth. Meanwhile, Eddie and Emery team up to enter a comic book contest.

star 7.59
772 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Daniel Carter, Jeff Chlebus
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Shaquille O'Neal Motors

#22 - Shaquille O'Neal Motors

Season 2 - Episode 3

It's Louis and Jessica's wedding anniversary and Louis plans a romantic evening out - to the car dealership. Meanwhile, Evan and his "friends" help Eddie buy The Hot Dogger, a hot dog-shaped water slide.

star 7.59
792 votes
Directors: Lynn Shelton
Writers: Keith Heisler
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Living While Eddie

#23 - Living While Eddie

Season 3 - Episode 15

After her precious morning papaya goes missing and the dishwasher was used for its actual purpose rather than just a drying rack, Jessica automatically accuses Eddie as the culprit. Yet when a record store manager accuses him of stealing a CD, she realizes he has other motives for his actions. Meanwhile, Louis and Emery are bursting with excitement when a TV crew comes to shoot an infomercial at Cattleman’s Ranch.

star 7.59
853 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Walker
Writers: Rich Blomquist
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The Shunning

#24 - The Shunning

Season 1 - Episode 3

When the cul-de-sac plans a block party to celebrate NASCAR, Louis urges the family to use the event to make new friends (and promote Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse). But Jessica has problems fitting in, especially after she befriends a beautiful trophy wife the roller blade moms don’t like. Meanwhile, Eddie schemes to win the respect of the neighborhood kids.

star 7.59
841 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Nahnatchka Khan
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King in the North

#25 - King in the North

Season 4 - Episode 19

Honey plans a relaxing vacation before the baby comes, but Jessica turns the trip into a crazy quest to get Stephen King’s endorsement for her novel. When Grandma Huang decides to move out, Louis panics and does everything he can to make sure she knows how welcome she is. Meanwhile, Eddie, Nicole and their friends plan to wear matching suits to the school dance until a dress code demands that the girls must wear dresses, leading Eddie and Nicole to rebel.

star 7.58
324 votes
Writers: Matt Kuhn
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