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'Fresh Off the Boat' fell short of its promise, but the ABC sitcom still left a mark

(CNN)For a standard sitcom in most respects, "Fresh Off the Boat" weathered a fair amount of off-screen drama. Despite the occasional tumult, the ABC series about an Asian-American family -- which concludes its six-year run Friday -- still left a mark.When the show premiered in 2015, it became the first broadcast series built around an Asian-American family since "All-American Girl," another ABC comedy, which starred comic Margaret Cho. That program premiered in 1994 and ran a single season.Inspired by chef Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, "Fresh Off the Boat" explored his upbringing as a Taiwanese-American raised by immigrant parents. At the beginning of the series, they have moved the family from the Chinatown of Washington, DC, to ...