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After All That Backlash, "Fresh Off The Boat" Debuted To A Lot Of Love On Twitter

Despite months of controversy surrounding the new ABC comedy about a Taiwanese-American family, those tweeting their thoughts during the premiere seemed to find it both funny and relatable.

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The new '90s-set comedy Fresh Off the Boat — about a Taiwanese couple and their three American-born sons who pick up and move from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida — premiered on ABC on Wednesday night.

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The show, loosely based on chef and food personality Eddie Huang's life and memoir of the same name, centers on the eldest Huang, Eddie (Hudson Yang), as he and his family struggle to assimilate.

In the nearly nine months since ABC announced it had picked up the series, criticism has been hurled at both Huang and the series.

Nicole Wilder / ABC

Early on, Huang defended the show's title, stating he hoped to reclaim the historically offensive slang term. And just last week, the controversy surrounding the show continued when ABC tweeted — and quickly deleted — an offensive promotional image for the show (captioned "The world is full of different hats") that Huang and many followers quickly denounced.

So, when it came time for the show to premiere, some were nervous about what was in store.

Can't tell if #FreshOffTheBoat will be a commentary on how infiltrative american culture is or insanely racist

cristina yang@itsTiaRieFollow

Can't tell if #FreshOffTheBoat will be a commentary on how infiltrative american culture is or insanely racist

8:59 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sure, there were a few haters.

this show "fresh off the boat" is the most racist, saddest piece of white television trash I have ever seen right next to "blackish"

Nacho Man@ImaYOLOActivistFollow

this show "fresh off the boat" is the most racist, saddest piece of white television trash I have ever seen right next to "blackish"

8:53 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Seriously how do shows like Fresh Off The Boat get created when clearly they come off completely racist. #freshofftheboat

Chuck@chucktasticFollow

Seriously how do shows like Fresh Off The Boat get created when clearly they come off completely racist. #freshofftheboat

9:05 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

OMG this show is soooo racist 5 minutes in... #FreshOffTheBoat

Erica Lee@Lainey4387Follow

OMG this show is soooo racist 5 minutes in... #FreshOffTheBoat

8:33 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

But the reaction was largely positive.

10 minutes in, and Fresh off the boat is my new favorite show

Kristen Gardner@Kristenelise20Follow

10 minutes in, and Fresh off the boat is my new favorite show

8:40 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Fresh off the boat. Love it already

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT IS ACTUALLY SO FUNNY

Fresh Off The Boat is a winner! I'm liking this show already. #FreshOffTheBoat

Dreamer@whit_geoFollow

Fresh Off The Boat is a winner! I'm liking this show already. #FreshOffTheBoat

8:40 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And many found it to be really relatable.

fresh off the boat on abc is my life story.

lauren chou@LCE111Follow

fresh off the boat on abc is my life story.

8:39 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Having an Asian mom of my own has Fresh off the Boat cracking me up.

HoustonHannahVegas@MsHap10Follow

Having an Asian mom of my own has Fresh off the Boat cracking me up.

8:40 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Fresh Off the Boat is how middle school was for me.

Clinton Davis@cryingrnlolFollow

Fresh Off the Boat is how middle school was for me.

8:40 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

fresh off the boat is an accurate depiction of minorities - I LOVE ITTTTTTT

Janvi@ivnaj_Follow

fresh off the boat is an accurate depiction of minorities - I LOVE ITTTTTTT

8:40 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Especially particular scenes...

Bruhh that lunch scene from Fresh off the boat just now.....MY LIFE

Haze TheBasedGoddess@manahan14Follow

Bruhh that lunch scene from Fresh off the boat just now.....MY LIFE

8:39 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Lunchables plot line in Fresh Off Boat is TOO REAL

Upma K.@upmaaaFollow

The Lunchables plot line in Fresh Off Boat is TOO REAL

8:48 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

...and characters.

Eddie from "Fresh off the Boat" is me😂😭😭😭😭

Jessica from Fresh Off the Boat is literally me.

Kennon Stewart@StewartKennonFollow

Jessica from Fresh Off the Boat is literally me.

8:48 PM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite