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The Goldbergs: Season 1 (2013-2014)




Critic Consensus: The Goldbergs is at times too reliant on gimmicky references to 1980s pop culture, but it's also sweet, sincere, and occasionally very funny.


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A nostalgic slice-of-life comedy series about kids growing up in a dysfunctional family in the 1980s. Series 1 provides an introduction to the zany Goldbergs: patriarch Murray (Jeff Garlin), a gruff but lovable business owner with a hot temper; mum Beverly (Wendi-McLevon-Covey), who's trying desperately to keep her kids from growing up; teenagers Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile); and youngest child and aspiring filmmaker Adam (Sean Giambrone), who regularly documents his family's crazy antics on his video camera and tries to direct the action. Rounding out the clan is Murray's father, Albert "Pops" Soloman, who provides a sympathetic ear to the kids as they endure growing pains. The sitcom is loosely based on series creator Adam F. Goldberg's real childhood.


Patton Oswalt
as Adam (adult)
Darien Provost
as Adam (adult)
Virginia Gardner
as Lexy Bloom
Amanda Michalka
as Lainey Lewis
Tanner Buchanan
as Evan Turner
Jacob Hopkins
as Chad Kremp
Cooper Roth
as JC Spink
Jackson Odell
as Dana's Brother
Jennifer Irwin
as Virginia Kremp
Kate Hess
as SAT Proctor
Tyler Stokes
as Drew Kremp
Kenny Ridwan
as Dave Kim
J.C. Spink
as Joe the Bus Driver
Joey Luthman
as Roger McFadden
Annie Mumolo
as Betsy Rubenstone
Troy Winbush
as Officer Pochinski
Karen Gonzales
as Saleswoman
Tim Meadows
as Mr. Glascott
Bryan Callen
as Coach Miller
Dan Fogler
as Marvin
Brian Huskey
as Andy Secunda
Daniel Nguyen
as Theater Manager
Tom Cavanagh
as Charles Kremp
Billy Malone
as Security Guard
Jackson O'Dell
as Ari Caldwell
Casey Simpson
as Dougie Caldwell
David L. King
as Announcer
Austin Lyon
as Frat Guy
Barbara Alyn Woods
as Mrs. Caldwell
Shannon McClung
as College Recruiter
Keith Pillow
as Principal Dover
Stephen Jared
as Dana's Dad
Mike Grief
as Pastry Baker
Kim Kunze
as Dana's Mom
Parker Harris
as Michael Rubenstone
Rhoda Baldwin
as Lorraine
Justene Alpert
as Sorority Girl
Terrell Lee
as Pawn Shop Guy
Paul McKinney
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Goldbergs: Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (19)

Adam Goldberg isn't the first sitcom creator to try to capture something real but find his vision diluted by the great homogenizer that is the pilot process.

September 9, 2013 | Full Review…

Hey, it was bad enough to live through this. Now we have to watch someone else's home movies of suburban hell?

September 24, 2013 | Full Review…

It's not just that they're caricatures, or that even the most prominent piece of '80s music used in the pilot makes you wince. It's the way every move and sentence feels like the easiest path to predictable gags.

September 24, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

If it's remembered at all after its quick disappearance - which, no matter how abrupt, will not have come soon enough - The Goldbergs will likely be known as the show in which George Segal's career was officially pronounced dead.

September 23, 2013 | Full Review…

The Goldbergs' humor feels contemporary even if its fashions decidedly do not.

September 23, 2013 | Full Review…

The Goldbergs is amusing in fits and spurts before ending on several sweet notes -- including REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling."

September 23, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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