Celebrating American Holidays the Huang Way on Fresh Off the Boat

Ingela Ratledge
Fresh Off the Boat
Jim Wright for TV Guide Magazine

Fall TV Preview 2015It may be Season 2, but the Huang family, a lively brood of Chinese-Americans adjusting to their new lives in suburban ’90s-era Orlando, is still fresh off the boat when it comes to exploring uncharted territory. “We only did 13 episodes last season, so we still haven’t seen them experience so many things,” creator Nahnatchka Kahn says.

Now that ABC has granted the sitcom a full 22-episode order, Kahn says, “We’re excited to play it in real time and show how the Huangs do Halloween, Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year, when everyone else around them is celebrating Valentine’s Day.”

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But first they’ll have to survive another rite of passage—a vacation to a Florida theme park—as cynical mama bear Jessica (Constance Wu) and ever-buoyant patriarch Louis (Randall Park) take their three sons to the fictional Gator World in the premiere episode. “Eddie [Hudson Yang] is obsessed with getting a T-shirt there that will help him establish seventh-grade street cred,” Kahn says, “while Jessica’s whole thing is that people think tourists are suckers—and they’re not going to be suckers.”

Nor are the fans who discovered the critically acclaimed series online and in repeats over the summer. “People are finding the show. It’s pretty crazy how the momentum is building,” Kahn says. “Truly, I feel like we’re just getting started.”

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Fresh Off the Boat, returns Tuesday, Sept. 22, 8:30/7:30c, ABC