The Goldbergs (2013 TV series)
The Goldbergs is an American period sitcom television series that premiered on September 24, 2013, on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and George Segal. The show is produced by Adam F. Goldberg, Seth Gordon, and Doug Robinson. It is based on Goldberg's childhood and family in the 1980s, complete with a childhood version of himself. In May 2020, ABC renewed the series for an eighth season, which premiered on October 21, 2020. In May 2021, the series was renewed for a ninth season, which premiered on September 22, 2021.
|Created by||Adam F. Goldberg|
|Narrated by||Patton Oswalt|
|Theme music composer||I Fight Dragons|
|Opening theme||"Rewind" by I Fight Dragons|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||189 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California|
|Cinematography||Joseph E. Gallagher|
Peter B. Ellis
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||720p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound with Descriptive Video Service on SAP|
|Original release||September 24, 2013 –|
The Goldbergs is set in an alternate version of the 1980s in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and shows the reality of the 1980s through a preadolescent's, and later in the series, teenager's, eyes. The show is loosely based on the showrunner's childhood, during which he regularly videotaped events. Many of these videos are reenacted for series episodes, with the original version then shown before the end credits.
The series stars Jeff Garlin as the father, Murray, and Wendi McLendon-Covey as the mother, 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. 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).
The present-day "Adult Adam" (Patton Oswalt) narrates every episode as taking place in "1980-something". The show's episodes are frequently built around the era's pop culture in a non-chronological order, and each season contains references from throughout the decade.
Many references to real-life Philadelphia-area businesses are made, including the Wawa convenience store chain, Gimbel's department store, Willow Grove Park Mall, and Kremp's Florist of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Additionally, several 1980s cultural icons guest star as themselves on the show and a number of figures from Goldberg's actual life guest star as fictional characters or their own parents.
Cast and charactersEdit
|Beverly Goldberg (née Solomon)||Wendi McLendon-Covey||Main|
|Adam Frederick Goldberg||Sean Giambrone||Main|
|Barry Norman Goldberg||Troy Gentile||Main|
|Erica Dorothy Goldberg||Hayley Orrantia||Main|
|Albert "Pops" Solomon||George Segal||Main[a]||Does not appear|
|Murray Christian Goldberg||Jeff Garlin||Main|
|Lainey Lewis||AJ Michalka||Recurring||Main||Recurring||Guest|
|Geoff "Madman" Schwartz||Sam Lerner||Recurring||Main|
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg (née Solomon), the overprotective matriarch of the Goldbergs. She is often called their "smother" by the children. As such, Beverly frequently injects herself into their lives, often to their embarrassment. At the same time, however, she is extremely supportive and encouraging of the children's endeavors, being supremely confident in their abilities.
- Sean Giambrone as Adam Frederick Goldberg, the jovial, good-natured youngest child of the Goldbergs. An aspiring filmmaker, he frequently films his family's activities on a VHS camcorder. Adam often ends up having to use his middle initial to distinguish himself from another Adam Goldberg who attends the same school. Unlike Barry and Erica, he is depicted as being a stereotypical nerd, having an array of hobbies and passions.
- Troy Gentile as Barry Norman Goldberg, the short-tempered, somewhat unintelligent middle child of the Goldbergs. Though untalented in many ways, he remains highly self-assured while attempting to make himself popular in school. Barry has a competitive streak, insisting on "dominating" everything he does, especially sports. In particular, he is an avid fan and player of basketball, ice hockey, and wrestling. He also listens to rap music (giving himself the rap name "Big Tasty"), and is the leader of a crew called the Jenkintown Posse (abbreviated "JTP", which fellow members repeat whenever the initials are spoken). In the fifth-season finale, Barry proposes to Lainey and she accepts, but they don't go through with a wedding. By this point, he decided to become a doctor. He graduates from high school in the sixth-season finale, and heads to college in season 7 along with his sister Erica. Barry is based on Adam's real-life brother of the same name.
- Hayley Orrantia as Erica Dorothy Goldberg, the rebellious, somewhat sour oldest child of the Goldbergs. Intelligent and musically gifted but just as selfish and conceited as Barry, she is popular in school and dominant over her younger brothers. The early seasons of the series have Erica as the love interest of Geoff Schwartz, and although she rejects his initial attempts to make her fall in love with him, they become a couple midway through season 4 and get engaged in the season 8 finale. In the fifth season, Erica left for college at D.C. School of the Arts, only to drop out at the end of the season to start a band with Lainey and Valley Erica. After her music aspirations end up going nowhere, she decides to head back to college to get her life back on track. "Erica" is based on Adam's real-life brother, Eric Goldberg.
- George Segal as Albert "Pops" Solomon (seasons 1–8), Beverly's laid-back widower father and a World War II Veteran. Though an elderly man with a number of comic eccentricities, he acts much younger than his age and often gives sage advice to his grandchildren. Adam considers him his best friend and they often go on side adventures together. He once owned a successful furniture store called Ottoman Empire that allowed him to retire comfortably, and he now lets his son-in-law Murray run the business. Following Segal's death in March 2021, the final episode featuring his character was "Couple Off" (original air date April 7, 2021).
- Jeff Garlin as Murray Christian Goldberg, the sour, somewhat asocial patriarch of the Goldbergs. Unlike Beverly, he is realistic about his children's abilities and believes she smothers them too much. Despite his apathetic tendencies at home, Murray values hard work and has held various full-time positions since his teenage years. He does not always show affection for his children, frequently calling them "morons" when they make mistakes or behave in immature ways, yet he truly cares about them and wants them to learn how to fend for themselves. Murray runs Pops's furniture business, loves sports, and is often seen lounging in front of the family TV in his white briefs.
- AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis (seasons 3–4; recurring seasons 1–2 & 5–6, guest seasons 7–8), Erica's best friend and one of the most popular girls at school, whom Barry has had a lifelong crush on. Lainey is being raised by a single father, Bill, given that her alcoholic mother left them a few years prior to the series. To the surprise of many, Lainey kisses Barry at a party in the first-season finale, the two slowly grow closer together in season two, and eventually become an unlikely couple. Following the fourth season, she has gone to attend fashion school in Savannah, Georgia and ended her relationship with Barry. In season 5, she returns to Jenkintown after dropping out along with Erica to start a band. In the final seconds of the season finale she and Barry agree to wed. In the sixth season, Lainey not only ends the engagement but leaves for L.A. to pursue her dreams alone, but not before promising Barry that when they were ready, they'd be together. Lainey appeared as a main character in the spin-off series, Schooled, which revealed she returned to Jenkintown in the 1990s and became the music teacher at William Penn Academy.
- Sam Lerner as Geoff "Madman" Schwartz (season 5–present; recurring seasons 2–4), one of Barry's best friends, and a member of the "JTP". His nickname "Madman" is a form of ironic humor, given how good-natured and well-behaved he is, especially compared to Barry. Geoff is known for being infatuated with Erica and makes many futile attempts to win her affections. At the end of the third season, he begins dating Evelyn Silver just as Erica realizes she reciprocates Geoff's feelings. He later breaks up with Evey to be with Erica. As Erica prepares to return to college at the start of season 7, Geoff confides that he wants to stay home for a gap year. After months of following the Grateful Dead and starting a failed business venture, however, he decides to enroll in college full-time and moves into Erica's dorm room. He and Erica break up in season 8 when she realizes how lopsided their relationship has become and urges Geoff to find out who he is without her, but the break-up only lasts for a short time as they get back together towards near the end of the season, and ultimately get engaged in the season 8 finale. Geoff wears tight white briefs.
- Judd Hirsch as Ben "Pop Pop" Goldberg, Murray's cantankerous, opinionated father. He frequently fights with Murray, with whom he has trouble communicating, and he views Pops as a rival. (seasons 3, 7-present, guest season 4) (Pop Pop first appeared in one season 2 episode, and was portrayed by Paul Sorvino)
- Dan Fogler as Marvin Goldberg, Murray's carefree, unreliable younger brother who is frequently involved in bizarre get-rich-quick schemes that always end up failing. (Season 1-7)
- Lucky: The Goldbergs' pet dog introduced in season 3. While the family originally got the dog based on Barry's insistence for one, Lucky develops a bond with Murray.
Friends and classmatesEdit
- Natalie Alyn Lind as Dana Caldwell, Adam's classmate who becomes his girlfriend. In the season 2 finale, it is revealed Dana may be moving to Seattle. The season 3 premiere confirms she is now living in Seattle. Adam and Dana continue a long-distance relationship, but it ends when the two realize how different they have become. Dana returns to Jenkintown in season 7 after her grandmother in Seattle passes away, but makes it clear to Adam that she just wants to be friends. The real-life counterpart for "Dana" is named Amanda Caldwell; the first name was changed due to early legal concerns about the show's autobiographical nature. (season 1–3, 7; guest season 4)
- Kenny Ridwan as Dave Kim, an awkward classmate and friend of Adam's, who is always addressed by his full name in a manner of Charlie Brown, even by his own mother. He shockingly begins dating troublemaker Carla Mann in season 6.
- Stephanie Katherine Grant as Emmy "Muscles" Mirsky, a girl in the neighborhood with whom Adam likes to spend time. Because they grew up together, she and Adam treat each other like siblings, and she behaves like "one of the guys" in the company of Adam and friends. In her sophomore year of high school, she wants Adam's help with meeting a guy she's interested in dating, and Adam initially has trouble seeing her that way.
- Rowan Blanchard (seasons 4–5), Alexis G. Zall (season 6) as Jackie Geary, Adam's girlfriend who shares his love of science fiction. Jackie graduates from high school in Season 6, and neither makes an appearance nor gets mentioned throughout Season 7.
- Sam Kindseth as David Sirota, Adam's goofy friend and classmate. In the present he is an American political commentator and radio host. (season 2, guest 5-6)
- Nate Hartley as Dan, a nerdy punching bag, who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. (season 2-7)
- Jacob Hopkins as Chad Kremp, Virginia's youngest son and Adam's closest friend. In real life, Chad becomes the owner of his family's flower shop, Kremp's Florist. (Season 1-3, 6-7 guest season 4-5, 8)
- Tyler Stokes as Drew Kremp, Chad's older brother and Erica's ex-boyfriend. (season 1, guest 3, 8)
- Jackson Odell as Ari Caldwell, a popular student, a friend of Lexie Bloom and Erica, and Dana's older brother. (season 1–2)
- Cooper Roth (season 1) and Zayne Emory (season 2- present) as J. C. Spink, a bully who torments Adam, but becomes his friend in later seasons. The original film producer who inspired the character portrays a school bus driver.
- Virginia Gardner as Lexie Bloom, a popular classmate of Barry's who he has a crush on for the first season. After Barry's relationship with Lainey begins to blossom, she never makes another appearance in the show's subsequent seasons and is only mentioned once in season 4. (season 1, mentioned season 4)
- Joey Luthman as Roger McFadden, a nerdy classmate of Barry's. (season 1)
- Mason Cook as Tyler Stansfield, a puny but fierce classmate of Adam. (Seasons 1 guest 2-3)
- Allie Grant as Evelyn "Evey" Silver, a girl Beverly tries to set up Barry with. Erica is deeply disturbed by this, because Evey is eerily similar to Beverly. She later becomes Geoff Schwartz's girlfriend, albeit briefly. (season 2–4 guest season 5)
- Niko Guardado as Rubén Amaro, Jr., a highly popular student and champion athlete. Like Dave Kim, he is always addressed by his full name. In adulthood, he will become a major league baseball player and the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. (season 3-6)
- Charlie DePew as Anthony Balsamo, a popular, good-looking student and Lainey's ex-boyfriend. (season 2 guest season 3)
- Sean Marquette as Johnny Atkins, a ponytailed, saxophone-playing troublemaker who, much like Barry Goldberg, has a high opinion of himself. He is always seen wearing a Rush tour t-shirt. In addition to saxophone, he also plays the drums. Erica dated him briefly. In season 7, Adam mentions that Johnny is starting his "third senior year". He is out of high school in season 8 and working at a roller rink. In the spin-off series Schooled, Johnny is shown to be working at William Penn as a custodian. (season 3-present)
- Noah Munck as 'Naked' Rob Smith, one of Barry's best friends and member of the "JTP" who goes shirtless at any opportunity. (season 2-present)
- Matt Bush as 'Ladies' Man' Andy Cogan, one of Barry's best friends and a member of the "JTP" who is frequently teased for his short stature. (season 2-present)
- Alex Jennings as Carla Mann, a popular student and friend of Erica and Lainey who is a bit of a troublemaker. She was an on-off girlfriend of Johnny Atkins, and started dating Dave Kim late in season 6. She is out of high school in season 8 and working at a roller rink. She is shown working as a pharmaceutical sales representative in the spinoff series. (season 3-present)
- Froy Gutierrez as Benjamin "Handsome Ben" Bauman, a highly popular student whom Adam sees as his rival, though Ben is always friendly to him. (season 3)
- Quincy Fouse as Taz Money, a popular friend of Adam. (seasons 3–5)
- Nathan Gamble as Garry Ball, the Principal's rebellious son and Adam's only cool friend. (season 2–3)
- Shayne Topp as Matt Bradley; a punk rocker-turned-Deadhead who becomes the newest member of the "JTP", over Barry's initial objections. Adult Adam's voice-over later confides that Matt would become Barry's closest friend after high school. (season 4-present)
- Alison Rich as Erica "Valley Erica" Coolidge, Erica's Valley girl roommate at college; the two have the same first name, but decidedly different personalities. She dropped out of college with Erica and Lainey to play drums in their band, and lived with the Goldbergs in season 6. (season 5–6 guest season 7)
- Kelli Berglund (season 7), Carrie Wampler (season 8) as Lauren ("Ren"), Erica's college friend who later dates Barry. (season 7–8; Wampler took over as Ren in season 8 due to project commitments that prevented Berglund from continuing in the role.) Early in season 8, Ren breaks up with Barry after realizing she still has feelings for her previous boyfriend.
- Sadie Stanley as Brea Bee (season 7–present), the most popular girl in school who later becomes Adam's girlfriend after the two are partnered for a lab assignment and discover they have a lot of mutual interests. It's revealed in season 8 that Brea lives with her divorced mother and her family struggles financially.
William Penn facultyEdit
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Principal Earl Ball, the principal of the Goldberg children's high school. Beverly frequently confronts him when she believes one of her children has been wronged during classes or school activities. In the spin-off series, Ball eventually receives a promotion to superintendent of the school district, and is succeeded as principal of William Penn Academy by Mr. Glascott. (season 2-present)
- Tim Meadows as Jonathan "Andre" Glascott, a disenchanted teacher who also delivers pizza and gives guitar lessons for extra money. He serves as the school's hapless guidance counselor. Glascott appears as the main protagonist of the spin-off series, which reveals he succeeded Earl Ball as principal. In that series, he reveals that he went by the name "Andre" early in his career because his master's diploma mistakenly has the first name of his college program's only other black graduate student, Andre Jones. (Season 1–6, 8-present)
- Bryan Callen as Rick Mellor, the high school's no-nonsense gym teacher and coach. He has a habit of giving nicknames to the Goldberg kids as he constantly addresses Erica as "Girl Goldberg" and Adam as "Goldfarb". In the sixth season, Mellor left William Penn to train wrestlers, but not before making peace with Adam and leaving his position to his brother Nick. This was done so Bryan Callen could reprise his role in the spin-off series, which reveals he returned to his old job. (Season 1–6 guest season 7)
- Michaela Watkins as Ms. Taraborelli, a socially awkward Spanish and sex education teacher. (season 2)
- Dan Bakkedahl as Dale Woodburn, Adam's depressed science and history teacher. (There is a long gap between the character's appearances, due to Bakkedahl's commitments to the series Life in Pieces.) In his later appearances, Mr. Woodburn has taken a role as sidekick to Principal Ball. (season 2, seasons 7–present)
- Ana Gasteyer as Susan Cinoman, a music and drama teacher at the Goldberg children's high school and brief love interest of Rick Mellor. She is shown to still be teaching at William Penn in the spinoff series. (season 2-present)
- Bill Goldberg as Nick Mellor, Coach Mellor's brutish brother. Although he initially appears as the defensive coordinator of the Villanova University football team, he later takes over his brother's role as the William Penn gym teacher when Rick leaves to train wrestlers. (Season 5-present)
- Clancy Brown as Mr. Crosby, Adam's unenthusiastic shop teacher. (Season 5-6)
- Steve Guttenberg as Dr. Katman, a science teacher. (Season 6-7 guest season 8)
- Anthony Michael Hall as Mr. Perott, Adam's new guidance counselor who's seen as one of the coolest teachers in school.(season 7-present.)
- Hall also appeared in the season 7 premiere as a Disneyland security guard who greets the Goldbergs when they arrive before the park opens. (While a nod to Hall's character name in the film National Lampoon's Vacation, it is not a reprisal of Rusty, but rather the security guard that was played by John Candy.)
- Louis Gregory as Uncle Louie, Valley Erica's Uncle. (guest 5-6)
- Cedric Yarbrough as Vic, Murray's friend and co-worker from Canada. (Season 1-2, 7-present guest season 3)
- Troy Winbush as Puchinski, a police officer who sometimes runs afoul of the Goldbergs' craziness, and often sympathises with Beverly. (Season 1 guest season 2-3, 5-8)
- Ben Zelevansky as Dale, the manager of the arcade frequented by Adam, Barry, and Pops. (Season 1 guest season 5-6)
- Kathryn Leigh Scott as Miriam Ferguson, one of Pops' lovers. (Season 1)
- Win Tampa as Din Keen, Adam's friend, who grew up with him. They drifted apart after Adam broke up with Dana Caldwell. (Season 1-3)
- Jennifer Irwin as Virginia "Ginzy" Kremp, Chad's mother, neighbor to the Goldbergs. (Season 1-present)
- Barbara Alyn Woods as Mrs. Caldwell, Dana and Ari's mother. Woods is the real-life mother of Natalie Alyn Lind, who portrays Dana. (Season 1)
- Dustin Ybarra as Nitrous, a university student who occasionally interacts with Beverly. Usually Beverly has to make a demand of Nitrous, which he will agree to, but only after trying to coerce her into showing him her breasts or giving him $1 million. (Season 1 guest season 3)
- Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Kim, Dave Kim's mother and the owner of a Chinese restaurant frequented by the Goldbergs. (Season 2 guest season 6)
- Rob Huebel as John Calabasas, an opportunistic businessman with several careers. (season 6-7, guest season 2-5, 8)
- David Koechner as Bill Lewis, Lainey's father who is raising her as a single parent. To Murray's dismay, Bill is a major fan of the Dallas Cowboys, starting a rivalry between the two. Bill and Murray eventually become good friends as they discover that outside of football, they have a lot in common. (Season 2-present)
- Christopher Avila as Raji Mitra, an intelligent student Beverly hires to tutor Lainey. (Season 3)
- J. C. Spink as Joe the Bus Driver (guest season 1-2)
- Ken Lerner as Lou Schwartz, Geoff's father. Lerner is the real-life father of Sam Lerner, who portrays Geoff. (Season 5-present)
- Mindy Sterling as Linda Schwartz, Geoff's mother. (Season 5-present)
- Stephanie Courtney as Essie Karp, a friend of Beverly's who is also good friends with Linda Schwartz and Ginzy Kremp. (Season 5-present)
- Brec Bassinger as Zoe McIntosh, a diner waitress whom Adam has a brief crush on. (guest season 1, 4)
- Richard Kind as Michael "Formica Mike" Mikowitz, Murray's rival in the furniture business. Towards the end of Season 7, Mike offers to buy the Ottoman Empire from Murray, but the two instead agree to a merger and become business partners. (season 8-present guest 5-7)
- Tom Cavanagh as Charles Kremp, Chad's father. (season 1, episode 8)
- Martin Starr as Andre, the local video store clerk who bans Murray after an excessively late rental. (season 1)
- Thomas Lennon as Taun-Taun Todd, a Star Wars fan that Erica and Adam meet while waiting in line to see Return of the Jedi. (season 1, episode 22)
- David Spade as Gus, a sketchy manufacturer of fake IDs. (season 2, episode 1)
- Charlie Sheen as the man in the police station, reprising his role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (season 2, episode 14)
- Nick Swardson as Rick, a sketchy black market toy dealer. (season 2, episode 15)
- Chuck Norris as himself (voice only), who is heard from offscreen reading a letter to Barry. (season 3)
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as himself. (season 3, episode 15)
- Chad Coleman as Leon, a manager of Spencer's Gifts store. (season 4)
- Martin Kove as Master John, portraying the opposite of his role as Cobra Kai dojo sensei. (season 4)
- Ilan Mitchell-Smith as Mr. Connelly, the science teacher in the fifth-season premiere episode "Weird Science". Mitchell-Smith portrayed Wyatt Donnelly in the film Weird Science.
- Mike Quick as Coach Fast, an assistant football coach at William Penn. (season 5)
- Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet (voice only), reprising his role from Spaceballs. (season 5)
- Rick Springfield as Gary, the owner of Gary-oke's Karaoke Bar where Erica works (season 6, episode 3)
- Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, reprising his iconic role from A Nightmare on Elm Street. (season 6)
- Jon Lovitz as Jimmie Moore, reprising his role from The Wedding Singer. (season 6)
- Christie Brinkley reprising her role as the flirty woman in the car from National Lampoon's Vacation (season 7, episode 1)
- Kirstie Alley as Janice Bartlett
- Rhea Perlman as Margot Letien
- John Ratzenberger as Digby Yates
- George Wendt as Ned Frank
- Tim Matheson and James Widdoes as Eric Stratton and Robert Hoover (season 7), reprising their Animal House characters who are now Delta House recruiters on the campus where Barry and Erica attend college.
- Hulk Hogan as himself (season 7, episode 7)
- Tommy Lee as Professor Lee (season 7, episode 14)
- Miranda Cosgrove as Elana Reed (season 7 episode 14)
- Lea Thompson as Fran Mikowitz, Formica Mike's wife. (season 7, episode 20)
- John Oates as John, a janitor who cleans up the TV studio right after Barry and Adam made a futile attempt at impersonating Hall & Oates for a telethon. (season 7, episode 21)
- David Leisure as Captain Roger (season 8, episode 1)
Cameos from real-life counterpartsEdit
- Chad Kremp as a deli worker (season 1, episode 8), and as Charles Kremp (season 4-present)
- J.C. Spink as Joe the Bus Driver (season 1, episode 18)
- "Handsome" Ben Bauman and "Regular" Amy Gross as Double Dare producers (season 3, episode 13)
- Michael C. Levy and Michael Z. Levy as computer technicians (season 4, episode 4)
- Brea Bee as Mrs. Vanica (season 4, episode 14) and as Brea's mother Vicki Bee (season 8, episode 5)
- R. D. Robb as Paul Sirochman, a photographer (season 4, episode 15; season 6, episode 22; season 7, episode 10)
- Jackie Geary as Lynn Geary (season 4, episode 19; season 5, episode 21; season 6, episode 5)
- Beverly Goldberg, Essie Karp, Virginia Kremp, and Linda Schwartz as a group of elderly friends that Beverly longs to be like (season 5, episode 11)
- Rubén Amaro Jr. as Rubén Amaro Sr. (season 5, episode 11; season 6, episode 6)
- The real-life members of JTP (Barry Goldberg, Matt Bradley, Andy Cogan, Geoff Schwartz, and Rob Smith) all appear at the end of the episodes "Hail Barry" (season 5, episode 14) and "Colors" (season 5, episode 17).
- Eric Goldberg (credited as "My Brother") at the end of "MTV Spring Break" (season 5, episode 18) and (credited as "The Real Eric Goldberg") in "Eight-Bit Goldbergs" (season 6, episode 19)
- Emmy Mirsky (credited under her married name Emily McCoy) as Serry Mirsky, Emmy's mother in "Flashy Little Flashdancer" (season 5, episode 19) and "Hersheypark" (season 6, episode 4)
- Dave Kim appears as himself at the end of "Dave Kim's Party" (season 7, episode 15)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||23||September 24, 2013||May 13, 2014||76||6.20|
|2||24||September 24, 2014||May 13, 2015||57||8.37|
|3||24||September 23, 2015||May 18, 2016||57||7.62|
|4||24||September 21, 2016||May 17, 2017||54||6.97|
|5||22||September 27, 2017||May 16, 2018||66||6.26|
|6||23||September 26, 2018||May 8, 2019||74||5.74|
|7||23||September 25, 2019||May 13, 2020||67||5.31|
|8||22||October 21, 2020||May 19, 2021||69||4.37|
|9||TBA||September 22, 2021||TBA||TBA||TBA|
All episodes are available to stream on Hulu.
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 produce it immediately. On January 11, 2013, Wendi McLendon-Covey was cast as the pilot's lead; later, Jeff Garlin and George Segal joined the cast.
George Segal died during the airing of season 8. The April 7, 2021 episode, "Couple Off", which was Segal's last, ended with a 48-second video tribute to the actor, who had died fifteen days earlier due to complications from bypass surgery.
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. It was later picked up for a full season order on November 1, 2013. The program is filmed on a series of stages at Sony Pictures Studios. In March 2020, Sony stopped production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show's theme song, "Rewind," was written at Goldberg's request by I Fight Dragons, his favorite band, specifically for the show. A soundtrack, featuring songs performed on the show by the cast members, was released on December 6, 2017.
However the subsequent seasons have received substantial critical acclaim and high audience scores.
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". David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "you'll immediately like everyone in the family and the jokes derive from credible situations".
Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show was "obnoxiously loud". David Hinckley of The New York Daily News said the show is "just awful". Tierney Bricker of E! News gave a more positive review, saying that the show is "like Modern Family mixed with A Christmas Story".
The Goldbergs was included in TV Guide's 2013 Top Twenty "Best Shows of the Year", along with The Hollywood Reporter and Today. In addition, SpoilerTV awarded The Goldbergs with the honor of Best Comedy of 2013–2014.
The second season had a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100% fresh with five reviews, and there were many calls from both critics and the public to renew the show for a third season. The show continued to be well received, with Entertainment Weekly calling the season two premiere "the best of any family comedy on TV in the way it eschews dysfunction for its more appropriate, real-world term: love".
After the series was renewed for season 3, ABC network chief Paul Lee stated that both he and ABC believed that the show will be around for "a long time".
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|Nielsen Rating (18–49)|
|1||Tuesday 9:00 pm||23||8.94||3.1/8||4.26||1.5/5||2013–2014||#76||6.20||N/A|
|2||Wednesday 8:30 pm||24||7.31||2.4/6||6.70||2.0/7||2014–2015||#57||8.34||2.8|
|4||Wednesday 8:00 pm||24||6.90||2.0/8||5.27||1.4/6||2016–2017||#54||6.97||2.1|
In Australia, the show airs on the Seven Network. It has been broadcast in the United Kingdom on E4 since April 20, 2015, in Ireland on RTÉ2 since October 19, 2015 and in Turkey on DiziSmart since 2015. In France, the series has been broadcast on Comedie+ since October 17, 2015+.
The show has been broadcast on Neox TV channel in Spain since May 8, 2016 . In India, the series is aired on Star World. In Germany, the series is aired on the Disney Channel since February 16, 2016. In Portugal, the series is aired on Fox Comedy, while in Italy on Italia 1.
The show went into syndication in September 2017 and began airing on local stations on September 11, Nick at Nite on September 18, and Pop on September 24. The show premiered on TV Land on September 23, 2018.
In November 2016, it was first reported that ABC was developing a spin-off that would centre around recurring character Rick Mellor, played by Bryan Callen. On January 10, 2017, Wendi McClendon-Covey's character was reported as appearing in the script in a guest appearance. The script was ordered to pilot on February 2, 2017.
On March 16, 2017, it was confirmed that Nia Long had been cast as the female lead in the role of Lucy Winston. At the same time it was confirmed that Tim Meadows would reprise his recurring role from The Goldbergs as Andre Glascott. Jay Chandrasekhar was also confirmed to direct.
On May 17, 2017, ABC passed on the spin-off, despite it reportedly testing very well – going as far to test better than the pilot of the original series. At the same time, Adam F. Goldberg revealed the title of the failed spin-off Schooled.
On January 8, 2018, it was announced that the pilot would air as a special episode of The Goldbergs on January 24, 2018, under the episode title The Goldbergs: 1990-Something. Along with Nia Long as Lucy Winston and Tim Meadows as teacher-turned-principal Andre Glascott (who is also revealed to be Lucy's brother), the pilot also starred Rachel Crow as Lucy's rebellious teenage daughter Felicia, and Summer Parker as Felicia's bubbly younger sister Gigi, with Octavia Spencer narrating as the present-day Felicia.
After the pilot aired, Goldberg had expressed hope that the airing would prompt discussions with ABC that could lead to the series being picked up for the 2018–19 TV season. Three months later, on April 16, 2018, it was announced that ABC had officially picked up the spin-off, Schooled, for a 13-episode season slated to air in 2019. It was also announced that AJ Michalka would reprise her role as Lainey Lewis from The Goldbergs in the new show, but Nia Long will not return to the spin-off due to being a regular cast member on the CBS drama series NCIS: Los Angeles. In May 2020, the series was canceled after two seasons.
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