The Goldbergs: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)

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The Goldbergs

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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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Critic Ratings: 42

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User Ratings: 272

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 24, 2013

Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry. -- (C) ABC

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Air date: Oct 1, 2013

Murray and Erica spend a day together at the skating rink, but Erica's teenage moodiness threatens to ruin the day. Elsewhere, Beverly plans to take Adam shopping for new school clothes.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2013

Barry gets a job at his dad's furniture store to earn money for an expensive item; Adam and Pops sneak out to see an R-rated film.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2013

Barry and Adam accidentally discover a hidden channel on their TV. Meanwhile, Beverly interferes with her father's dating life.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2013

Adam, Erica and Barry stumble upon an old box of letters written by Murray to another woman, and they learn how their dad's past love life connects to his marriage with Beverly. In other events, Adam gets dating advice from Pops.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2013

Beverly is disappointed when the kids all make alternate plans for Halloween. Meanwhile, Adam hangs out with a group of older kids and is unsure of what to do when he learns of their plans for the evening.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2013

Barry gets his driver's license, but he finds himself in hot water after disregarding his mother's instructions to call home.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2013

A new family move into the neighborhood, and Beverly throws a barbecue in their honor and insists that they attend.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2013

The family get a Thanksgiving visit from Murray's brother Marvin, who has a tendency to bring a lot of stress to the holiday.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2013

Shopaholic Beverly is over the moon when Erica gets a job at a local department store. Elsewhere, Pops takes Barry and Adam to the racetrack.

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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.

Critic Reviews for The Goldbergs Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (20)

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.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…
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Hey, it was bad enough to live through this. Now we have to watch someone else's home movies of suburban hell?

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 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."

Sep 23, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

What's most disturbing about The Goldbergs is not how unfunny it is or how broad and obvious its 1980's references are, but in just how mean it is.

Feb 19, 2020 | Rating: F | Full Review…

The ensemble is pitch perfect.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There are some enjoyable elements to The Goldbergs, but they are often lost among a pilot that is trying too hard.

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

The Goldbergs, told through the lens of a video camera -toting pre-teen son, has the potential to be a hit -- if it doesn't give viewers headaches.

Aug 15, 2013 | Full Review…

The Goldbergs has found that delicate, sweet spot between slightly cheesy and highly effective.

Oct 11, 2013 | Full Review…

The Goldbergs has its heart in the right place, some laughs and more potential once it lowers the volume.

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Goldbergs: Season 1

  • Jul 17, 2019
    Not without its flaws. The show still suffers from the usual season one sitcom problems, these tend to be fixed by season 3. The Goldbergs is good without being great, but there is a lot of potential. 15/07/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2020
    Good show. Love the characters and humor! Shame to the critic score. This show deserves better than bias.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    If you like to reminiscence the 80's this show is great. I do, and I like it very much.
  • Feb 07, 2019
    Oozing with nostalgia, "The Goldbergs" revisits life in 1980s America with cheesy bits and some very funny moments, but it has to rely too heavily on pop culture references to help drive the show.
  • Nov 12, 2018
    Funny and references to the 1980s makes the show funny cute and what the 1980s was about
  • Nov 07, 2018
    I hate this people, every single character is detestable (the cast is really bad), and can't believe it has been renewed for a new season.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    This is one of my favorite shows of all time. Wendi McLendon-Covey is hilarious.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    I love this show, Barry singing to the pen pal in french, hilarious.
  • Mar 20, 2017
    Very funny show. Characters are great. I love that it says they are a disfuctional family, but you can defiantly tell that they love each other very much, and I'm sorry but the family is very relatable. Lol
  • Feb 04, 2017
    Why is Troy Gentile never nominated for best supporting actor in a comedy? The guy is pure genius.

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