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]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
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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The Goldbergs
The Goldbergs 2013 logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byAdam F. Goldberg
Starring
Narrated byPatton Oswalt
Theme music composerI Fight Dragons[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
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 comedy television series 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]

On November 1, 2013, ABC picked up the show for a full season order. The show's theme song was performed by the show's creator, Adam Goldberg.[5]

Premise[edit]

The Goldbergs is set in the late 1980s and follows the Goldberg family. The series stars Jeff Garlin as husband Murray, Wendi McLendon-Covey as wife Beverly, and three children. Adam documents their lives with his video camera. The series is based on creator Adam F. Goldberg's childhood in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, during which he actually videotaped events, which are re-enacted throughout the program.

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.[5]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
122[14]September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)May 20, 2014TBATBATBA

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"The Circle Of Driving"Seth GordonAdam F. GoldbergSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)8.94[15]
As Adam captures family life on videotape, brother Barry is looking forward to getting a car, and on his 16th birthday he got a present he does not expect. 
2"Daddy Daughter Day"Seth GordonAdam F. GoldbergOctober 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)6.06[16]
Murray and Erica's long tradition of roller-skating is in jeopardy, while clothes shopping with Beverly and Adam goes awry. 
3"Mini Murray"Troy MillerAlex Barnow & Marc FirekOctober 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)5.76[17]
Barry gets an important life lesson from Murray, while Adam and Pops secretly go to a scary movie. 
4"Why're You Hitting Yourself?"Jason EnslerSally BradfordOctober 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)5.05[18]
Adam and Barry bond over a discovery they find on television. Beverly involves herself in her father's dating life. 
5"The Ring"Seth GordonMatt TarsesOctober 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)5.20[19]
While cleaning out the garage, Adam, Erica, and Barry come across a box of letters written by Murray to a woman named Anita. 
6"Who Are You Going to Telephone?"Victor NelliChris BishopOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)5.43[20]
Beverly loves Halloween, but is disappointed when all of the kids choose to not celebrate the holiday with her. Meanwhile, Adam goes trick or treating with a bunch of teenagers who vandalized every house on this night, including his. Murray eventually found out that Adam vandalized his own home and grounded him and took away egg privileges and omlettes. 
7"Call Me When You Get There"Michael Patrick JannMichael WeithornNovember 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)4.89[21]
When Barry receives his first driver's license, Beverly lays out the rules about using the car, including the most important..."Call me when you get there!" 
8"The Kremps"Victor NelliDarlene HuntNovember 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)5.12[22]
The Goldbergs meet their new neighbors, the Kremps, an all-American family, very well put together and seemingly perfect. Beverly invites them over for a BBQ as a result of her insistent urging. The afternoon turns into a frenzy, resulting in an outcome no one saw coming. 
9"Stop Arguing and Start Thanking"Matt SohnLew SchneiderNovember 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)5.03[23]
The family get a Thanksgiving visit from Murray's brother Marvin (Dan Fogler), who has a tendency on bringing a lot of stress for the holiday. 
10"Shopping"David KatzenbergNiki Schwartz-WrightDecember 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)4.56[24]
Beverly can't resist a good sale, even if it is something the family doesn't really need. Murray tells Beverly to stop her bargain hunting despite her protests that she is saving the family money in the long run. Meanwhile, Pops takes Adam and Barry to a race track. 
11"Kara-te"Seth GordonAndrew SecundaDecember 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)4.77[25]
Barry decides to sign up for the school’s holiday talent show but is bummed when the school doesn’t approve karate as a talent. Beverly is livid and brow beats the teacher (Tim Meadows) in charge to change his mind. 
12"You're Under Foot"Seth GordonMichael J. WeithornJanuary 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)5.28[26]
Murray invites a bored Pops into his store, but in doing so he leaves himself open to plenty of criticism. Meanwhile, Dana comes over to study with Adam, who receives questionable advice from Erica and Barry. 
13"The Other Smother"Michael Patrick JannStacey HarmonJanuary 14, 2014 (2014-01-14)4.89[27]
Beverly runs into her arch-nemesis, Betsy Rubenstone, while attending a college fair for Barry and Erica. Elsewhere, Murray and Adam encounter problems at a video store while renting a video and are forced to pay a late fee by the video manager Andrè, much to Adam's dismay, which causes problems. 
14"You Opened the Door"David KatzenbergAlex Barnow & Marc FirekJanuary 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)4.71[28]
Adam and Dana attend their first school dance together, and Adam have to deal with the potentially embarrassing situation of having his mom at the event. Meanwhile, Murray tries to the "birds and the bees" talk with Barry when he was supposed to have it with Adam. Adam has Erica keep Beverly distracted with a scrapbook so she doesn't go, but her plan backfires and Beverly attends anyway. Adam chastises her to leave, but when he finds Dana's mom is there as well dancing, he catches up to her to apologize and for her to return to bring life to the party. 
15"Muscles Mirsky"Claire ScanlonMatt TarsesFebruary 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)4.93[29]
Beverly doesn't trust Erica to doing things independently, like go shopping with a friend so, Beverly gave her a chance to be independent. Erica lies that she was going to the movies with a friend, when she actually went to a party wearing her bed sheet. Murray and Beverly soon find out and go save an embaressed Erica. Meanwhile, Adam thinks he has a crush on Emmie after Dana because Barry told him that men and women can't be friends. 

Reception[edit]

The Goldbergs received mixed reviews, averaging a score of 52% on Metacritic based on reviews from 26 critics.[30]

Michael Toner thought the show was great and gave the first few episodes 4.5 stars. He says " The show delivers a pure 80s feel."

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."[31] David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said, "you'll immediately like everyone in the family and the jokes derive from credible situations."[32]

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show was "obnoxiously loud."[33] David Hinckley of The New York Daily News said the show is "just awful."[34] Tierney Bricker of E! News gave a more positive review, saying that the show is "like Modern Family mixed with A Christmas Story."[35]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Lynette Rice (May 10, 2013). "ABC renews 'Nashville,' 'Scandal, 'Grey's Anatomy' and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
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  4. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Watch ABC Shows Free Online Fall Comedies". Variety. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "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. 
  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. 
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  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. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 1, 2013). "ABC Gives Full Season Orders To ‘Trophy Wife’ & ‘Goldbergs’, Partial Order To ‘Super Fun Night’, Cancels ‘Back In The Game’". Deadline Hollywood. 
  15. ^ 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. 
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  19. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 23, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up; 'NCIS: Los Angeles' & 'The Mindy Project' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
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  21. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 6, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'Trophy Wife' Adjusted Down + No Adjustment for 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
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  27. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 15, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Mindy Project' Adjusted Down; No Adjustment for 'Chicago Fire' or 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  28. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 23, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'The Originals' & 'New Girl' Adjusted Up; 'Trophy Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  29. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 5, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'NCIS', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'The Originals' Adjusted Up; 'NCIS: Los Angeles', ' The Goldbergs'. 'Supernatural' & 'Trophy Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
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  31. ^ Goodman, Tim (September 24, 2013). "The Goldbergs: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  32. ^ Wiegand, David (September 22, 2013). "Snarky 'Mom' seems hip, but 'Goldbergs' funnier". San Francisco Chronicle. 
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  34. ^ "'The Goldbergs' and 'Trophy Wife': TV reviews". The New York Daily News. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  35. ^ "The Goldbergs Review: We Totally Want to Be a Part of ABC's Retro Family". E! News. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 

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