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.
When Louis is forced to bring his family on a business trip to Gator World, Jessica learns the art of relaxation and Eddie takes on the "Death Roll." Meanwhile, Evan loses his last baby tooth but isn't ready to join the big kid club.
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.
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.
As Eddie's first school dance approaches, Louis is determined to make the night as perfect as a John Hughes film. Meanwhile, Jessica spends the day with Grandma Huang in hopes of getting on her good side so she will invest in her new business venture.
It's the Huangs' first Halloween in the suburbs and Louis is determined to turn their "dead" street into a prime destination for trick-or-treaters. And as Louis, Eddie, Emery, Evan and even Grandma Huang show off their elaborate costumes, Jessica has bigger plans - to protect her investment property from teenage pranksters.
Louis goes on a local morning talk show to promote Cattleman's Ranch and fears he humiliated himself and poorly represented his culture. Meanwhile, Eddie and his friends are confused about who their girlfriends are and attempt to sort it out during a group date at the skating rink.
It's Eddie's 12th birthday and instead of celebrating with his family, he plans his own birthday party with his friends at the mall. When confronted about his secret party, Eddie confesses that the Huang family rules are stifling his true persona.
The Huangs are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and Jessica is determined to out-do her sister who has hosted in years past.
Jessica and Honey's friendship hits a rough patch after an argument about the investment property. Louis's old friend Barry overstays his welcome. And Eddie starts a part-time job working for DMX.
Jessica and Louis convince Evan that Santa is a scientist with multiple post-graduate degrees who's also a good friend of his mother's and Eddie and Emery search for the perfect Christmas gift for their mother.
A plane ticket snafu causes the Huangs to spend the Chinese New Year in Orlando, rather than in Washington with the rest of the family.
Honey and Marvin look after the boys so Jessica and Louis can enjoy Valentine's Day together. Eddie wants to take Alison to a Janet Jackson concert.
The Cattleman's Ranch receives a bad review, which doesn't sit well with Louis and Jessica and Eddie makes a romantic mix tape for Alison, but it falls into the wrong hands.
Louis and Jessica decide to pay tennis legend Billie Jean King to train Emery after finding out that he has great potential. Eddie helps Evan deal with a gambling debt.
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.
Louis discovers the demands of being a stay-at-home parent after an accident sidelines him from work. Jessica, meanwhile, struggles with managing the Cattleman's Ranch.
After Jessica clashes with another mother, she is concerned that she is the cause of Evan being uninvited to a birthday party.
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.
Jessica and Honey find out a juicy secret about Deidre. Louis and Eddie come up with a way to deal with some negative emotions.
Evan is excited to open his first bank account, but is unsure if he should use his American name or his Chinese name on the account. As a result, Louis and Jessica reveal how they acquired their American names and recall the first time they met.
Jessica is able to convince Honey and grandma to rent out the renovated house but not everything goes to plan.
Louis attempts to help Emery be cool at school. Jessica proves she can be a fun mother by chaperoning Eddie's field trip to Colonial Floridatowne.
Eddie's girlfriend is determined to try and impress Jessica. Emery asks Louis for help with his graduation speech.