The Goldbergs Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 8:00 PM ET on ABC

30 minutes

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, or peanut allergies, there was a simpler, awesome time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Darien Provost) these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy.
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Nov 20, 2015 8:45PM EST
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Very funny. I love re-living my high school years. Nothing like a smother like Beverly.

Very funny. I love re-living my high school years. Nothing like a smother like Beverly.

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Apr 2, 2015 4:12AM EDT
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A Funny throwback show with plenty of 80's humor

A Funny throwback show with plenty of 80's humor

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by zparpa
Nov 19, 2014 8:27AM EST
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Great to see a show that isn't ran around phones and internet and all of that stuff.

Great to see a show that isn't ran around phones and internet and all of that stuff.

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by 123maxz
Sep 13, 2014 1:31PM EDT
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love this show am a 90's kid but its nice to see what teens did in the 80's

love this show am a 90's kid but its nice to see what teens did in the 80's

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Apr 24, 2015 12:12PM EDT
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Some of the best stories ever told are based on true events. Some of the most successful comedians base their comedy off of their families. Mindy Kaling, Kathy Griffin, and Chelsea Handler’s autobiographical books are all New York Times bestsellers based on their real life family and friends.

I could now talk about my insane family and the time my uncle “pimp-slapped” me, the time my aunt spontaneously sang the “Star Spangled Banner” to my best friend because she is a history major, or the time my mom and I got into a lengthy argument about Britney Spears and her influence – I won that one. I could collect all of the oddities that have become moments in my family’s history and try to form them into something like a narrative or a short story, but Adam Goldberg took it one step further. He took his family and turned them into the main characters of an ABC sitcom: The Goldbergs.

The Goldbergs are a typical family in “nineteen-eighty-something” living in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Murray and Beverly Goldberg are the parents of Erika, Barry, and Adam who are young teens/pre-teens with their own sets of social ineptitudes and quirks.

The show, set in the vague 1980s, covers a lot of social and historical elements like the release of E.T., the fall of the Berlin wall, Jazzercise, bedazzling, Transformers, and the rise of video games. The show is similar to That 70’s Show in a sense but with a more “family-friendly” take, by which I mean less drugs, sharper jokes, and an insane family dynamic.

The genius behind the creative nonfiction story of the Goldberg family is that the creator, Adam, filmed his family and plays footage from his personal archive side-by-side with the show to demonstrate how sincere the show is in its adaptation. True things are likely changed for television, comedic elements are probably heightened, dialogue is probably formulated, and his brother Eric is turned into a sister named Erika for the network.

The show focuses on the changes that have happened in the last thirty years, from technological advances like cell phones to changes in popular culture icons like New Kids On the Block, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the dedication that went behind making a mixtape for a special someone.

Gender swaps aside, The Goldbergs proves that some of the best stories are the ones that actually happened, as well as that family is the best fodder for stories. And after watching this show, I’ve learned that my family better watch out. Because now I’m taking notes.

Some of the best stories ever told are based on true events. Some of the most successful comedians base their comedy off of their families. Mindy Kaling, Kathy Griffin, and Chelsea Handler’s autobiographical books are all New York Times bestsellers based on their real life family and friends.

I could now talk about my insane family and the time my uncle “pimp-slapped” me, the time my aunt spontaneously sang the “Star Spangled Banner” to my best friend because she is a history major, or the time my mom and I got into a lengthy argument about Britney Spears and her influence – I won that one. I could collect all of the oddities that have become moments in my family’s history and try to form them into something like a narrative or a short story, but Adam Goldberg took it one step further. He took his family and turned them into the main characters of an ABC sitcom: The Goldbergs.

The Goldbergs are a typical family in “nineteen-eighty-something” living in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Murray and Beverly Goldberg are the parents of Erika, Barry, and Adam who are young teens/pre-teens with their own sets of social ineptitudes and quirks.

The show, set in the vague 1980s, covers a lot of social and historical elements like the release of E.T., the fall of the Berlin wall, Jazzercise, bedazzling, Transformers, and the rise of video games. The show is similar to That 70’s Show in a sense but with a more “family-friendly” take, by which I mean less drugs, sharper jokes, and an insane family dynamic.

The genius behind the creative nonfiction story of the Goldberg family is that the creator, Adam, filmed his family and plays footage from his personal archive side-by-side with the show to demonstrate how sincere the show is in its adaptation. True things are likely changed for television, comedic elements are probably heightened, dialogue is probably formulated, and his brother Eric is turned into a sister named Erika for the network.

The show focuses on the changes that have happened in the last thirty years, from technological advances like cell phones to changes in popular culture icons like New Kids On the Block, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the dedication that went behind making a mixtape for a special someone.

Gender swaps aside, The Goldbergs proves that some of the best stories are the ones that actually happened, as well as that family is the best fodder for stories. And after watching this show, I’ve learned that my family better watch out. Because now I’m taking notes.

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Mar 1, 2015 2:59PM EST
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Makes me laugh out loud. A wonderful way to spend 30 mins! It certainly captures the feel and the spirit of the '80's!

Makes me laugh out loud. A wonderful way to spend 30 mins! It certainly captures the feel and the spirit of the '80's!

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Feb 23, 2015 9:15AM EST
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Very funny show. I love how they took old family memories and put them together with an awesome cast to make this sitcom. If you grew up in or just love the 80's, this is for you.

Very funny show. I love how they took old family memories and put them together with an awesome cast to make this sitcom. If you grew up in or just love the 80's, this is for you.

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Oct 24, 2014 4:11AM EDT
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I wasn't alive in the eighties, but this is exactly what I imagine the eighties were like. I really enjoy how it is based on a true story and the tidbits in the end that show some footage of the real life events. It is a funny show but it can be over the top sometimes, which is a bit tiresome.

I wasn't alive in the eighties, but this is exactly what I imagine the eighties were like. I really enjoy how it is based on a true story and the tidbits in the end that show some footage of the real life events. It is a funny show but it can be over the top sometimes, which is a bit tiresome.

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May 16, 2016 1:58PM EDT
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I grew up in the 80's, so I really enjoy this show. It is very funny.

I grew up in the 80's, so I really enjoy this show. It is very funny.

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by njal
Feb 12, 2016 2:46PM EST
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This show is very average. It's funny, yes. The outline is interesting, with the narrative and the occasional actual footage in the end. But except that, this is honestly nothing I would recommend unless you need something easy to watch or if you remember the '80s.

This show is very average. It's funny, yes. The outline is interesting, with the narrative and the occasional actual footage in the end. But except that, this is honestly nothing I would recommend unless you need something easy to watch or if you remember the '80s.