The Goldbergs (TV series)

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The Goldbergs
The Goldbergs 2013 logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byAdam F. Goldberg
Starring
Narrated byPatton Oswalt
Theme music composerI Fight Dragons[1]
Opening themeRewind
Composer(s)Michael Wandmacher
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s)Jonathan Corn
CinematographyJoseph E. Gallagher
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original runSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) – present
External links
Official website
 
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This article is about the 2013 sitcom. For the radio and television series, see The Goldbergs (broadcast series).
The Goldbergs
The Goldbergs 2013 logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byAdam F. Goldberg
Starring
Narrated byPatton Oswalt
Theme music composerI Fight Dragons[1]
Opening themeRewind
Composer(s)Michael Wandmacher
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s)Jonathan Corn
CinematographyJoseph E. Gallagher
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original runSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) – present
External links
Official website

The Goldbergs is an American television sitcom broadcast on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin.[2] The show is produced by Goldberg, Seth Gordon, and Doug Robinson.[3] The pilot was made available on Hulu and ABC.com before it premiered on television.[4]

Premise[edit]

The Goldbergs is set in the late 1980s in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and is loosely based on the showrunner's own childhood, during which he videotaped events, many of which are re-enacted throughout the program.[5] The series stars Jeff Garlin as patriarch Murray and Wendi McLendon-Covey as his wife, Beverly. Their two older children are Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile). The youngest child, Adam (Sean Giambrone), documents his family life with his video camera, while the present-day "Adult Adam" (voice of Patton Oswalt) narrates. Beverly's father, Albert "Pops" Solomon (George Segal), is frequently around to provide advice or to help out his grandchildren (often behind his daughter's back).

Cast and characters[edit]

Development and production[edit]

The project originally received a script commitment from Fox in August 2011. After Adam Goldberg's previous show, Breaking In, was canceled, he did not want to wait for another pilot season to arrive and moved it to ABC, who agreed to immediately produce it.[7][8] On January 11, 2013, Wendi McLendon-Covey was cast as the pilot's lead;[9] later, Jeff Garlin and George Segal joined the cast.[10][11]

The pilot episode was directed by Seth Gordon. On May 10, 2013, ABC picked up the show to series to air in the 2013–14 American television season.[12]

The show's theme song, "Rewind," was written at Goldberg's request by I Fight Dragons, his favorite band, specifically for the show.[13]

On November 1, 2013, ABC picked up the show for a full season order.[14]

On May 8, 2014, ABC announced the second season renewal of The Goldbergs.[15][16] It was also announced that the show would move to Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, following The Middle beginning September 24, 2014.[17]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
123September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)September 9, 2014[18]TBATBA
2TBASeptember 24, 2014 (2014-09-24)[17]TBATBATBATBA

Reception[edit]

The Goldbergs pilot received mixed reviews, averaging a score of 52% on Metacritic based on reviews from 26 critics.[19]

Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called it "one of the rare freshman comedies to deliver," giving credit to the show's "outstanding writing” and “strong cast."[20] David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said, "you'll immediately like everyone in the family and the jokes derive from credible situations."[21]

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show was "obnoxiously loud."[22] David Hinckley of The New York Daily News said the show is "just awful."[23] Tierney Bricker of E! News gave a more positive review, saying that the show is "like Modern Family mixed with A Christmas Story."[24]

The Goldbergs was included in TV Guide's 2013 Top Twenty "Best Shows of the Year",[25] along with, The Hollywood Reporter,[26] and Today.[27] In addition, SpoilerTV awarded The Goldbergs with the honor of Best Comedy of 2013-2014. [28]

Nielsen Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale Viewers
(in millions)
1Tuesday 9:00 pm23
September 24, 2013
8.94[29]
May 13, 2014
4.26[30]2013–2014#76[31]6.20[31]
2Wednesday 8:30 pmTBA
September 24, 2014[17]
May 2015
2014–2015TBATBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Announcementsauce: We did the theme song for The Goldbergs on ABC! | I Fight Dragons Blog of Destiny". Ifightdragons.com. September 30, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lynette Rice (May 10, 2013). "ABC renews 'Nashville,' 'Scandal, 'Grey's Anatomy' and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Goldbergs, The (ABC)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Watch ABC Shows Free Online Fall Comedies". Variety. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (September 6, 2013). "Meet ‘The Goldbergs’: Adam Goldberg mines his family’s mishegoss for new sitcom". Jewish Journal. TRIBE Media Corp. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (September 17, 2013). "TV Review: The Goldbergs". Variety. 
  7. ^ Nellie Andreeva (August 24, 2011). "Fox To Bring Back 'Breaking In' With 13-Ep. Order, Buy New Adam Goldberg Comedy". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (September 7, 2012). "Adam F. Goldberg '80s Comedy Moves From Fox To ABC With Production Commitment". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva (January 11, 2013). "Wendi McLendon-Covey To Star In Adam Goldberg's 1980s Comedy Pilot At ABC". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (January 28, 2013). "Jeff Garlin To Star In Adam Goldberg's 1980s Family Comedy Pilot At ABC". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 19, 2013). "Maya Kazan Cast In CW Pilot 'Company Town', George Segal In ABC's 'How The Hell'". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Cynthia Littleton. "ABC Orders 7 Dramas and 5 Comedies, Axes 'Happy Endings'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Michael Schneider (November 1, 2013). "How The Goldbergs and Other New Shows Kept Their Theme Songs". tvguide.com. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "ABC Orders Full Seasons of 'The Goldbergs,' 'Trophy Wife'; 'Super Fun Night' Gets 4 More Episodes". The Hollywood Reporter. November 1, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8, 2014). "'The Goldbergs', 'Once Upon a Time', 'Castle', 'Scandal', Grey's Anatomy', 'Revenge', 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' & 'Resurrection' Renewed by ABC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ Michael O'Connell; Lesley Goldberg (May 8, 2014). "ABC Renews 'The Goldbergs'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (July 15, 2014). "ABC Annouces Fall Premiere Dates". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ Lambert, David (August 4, 2014). "The Goldbergs - Press Release Post for Sony's 'Complete 1st Season' on DVD September 9th release for the sitcom's 3-disc set". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Goldbergs - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ Goodman, Tim (September 24, 2013). "The Goldbergs: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. ^ Wiegand, David (September 22, 2013). "Snarky 'Mom' seems hip, but 'Goldbergs' funnier". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  22. ^ "‘The Goldbergs’: Back to the ’80s and totally gagging on ABC". The Washington Post. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  23. ^ "'The Goldbergs' and 'Trophy Wife': TV reviews". The New York Daily News. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "The Goldbergs Review: We Totally Want to Be a Part of ABC's Retro Family". E! News. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "The Goldbergs Pictures - Photo Gallery: The Best TV Shows of 2013". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  26. ^ 5 MOS (2013-12-11). "Tim Goodman's Best Comedies of 2013". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  27. ^ Maggie Furlong (2013-12-21). "11 breakout hits of the fall TV season - Entertainment". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  28. ^ http://www.spoilertv.com/2014/05/last-week-in-tv-week-of-may-18-season.html
  29. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'The Voice' & 'NCIS' Adjusted Up; 'The Goldbergs' & 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. 
  30. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 14, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'The Goldbergs' Adjusted Up; 'The Originals', 'Supernatural', & 'About a Boy' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  31. ^ a b "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. 

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