- Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Oh boy, white Americans, but mostly WASP-y ones. Blacks too.
- The show runs on this regarding Asian Americans, to the point that it's nearly the premise of the show. Many people around the Huangs are Innocent Bigots and the double standards are lampshaded. Entire episodes are based on this - why can't Santa be Chinese, and why is Chinese New Year a theme park ride for white guys? Even the name of the show is a somewhat cheeky play at this.
- Broken Base: There are those who side with Eddie Huang (whose memoir serves as the inspiration for this show) and criticize the writers for moving away from the source material and the darker aspects of the real Eddie's childhood (racism, domestic abuse, drugs, etc.) in favor of more traditional sitcom plots that focus more on the idealized fictional versions of Louis and Jessica. The other side prefers the Lighter and Softer approach, saying that the show can still address the darker issues while providing the audience with an entertaining show that features a ethnic group that is greatly underrepresented in American pop culture.
- Crazy Awesome: Jessica. She deals with dine-and-dashers by hitting them with her van, and then taking the one that escaped out by hitting him with a thrown onion.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The real Eddie Huang lobbied for the show to preserve its original title rather than being changed because it better represented his experiences. Subsequent changes to the show's narrative in relation to his life ultimately led him to quit since it wasn't about his childhood anymore.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Stan Lee cameoed in a season 3 episode. A few months after it aired, Randall Park joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Agent Jimmy Woo (who makes his big-screen debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp).
- Jerkass Woobie: Jessica. All of her Jerkass behavior are born from worries for her family, cultural differences or because she tried too hard to please someone (especially her mother).
- Memetic Mutation: It's become popular to recreate the "Neutral Face of Displeasure" scene with characters from other fandoms.
- "Garbage man is right. Promote him to garbage boss."explanation
YMMV / Fresh Off the Boat