The Goldbergs: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
The Goldbergs

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 259

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Air date: Sep 24, 2013
Air date: Oct 1, 2013
Air date: Oct 8, 2013
Air date: Oct 15, 2013
Air date: Oct 15, 2013
Air date: Oct 29, 2013
Air date: Nov 5, 2013
Air date: Nov 12, 2013
Air date: Nov 19, 2013
Air date: Dec 3, 2013
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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)
Jeff Garlin
as Murray
Darien Provost
as Adam (adult)
Amanda Michalka
as Lainey Lewis
Tanner Buchanan
as Evan Turner
Jackson Odell
as Dana's Brother
Jacob Hopkins
as Chad Kremp
Cooper Roth
as JC Spink
Jennifer Irwin
as Virginia Kremp
Kate Hess
as SAT Proctor
Tyler Stokes
as Drew Kremp
J.C. Spink
as Joe the Bus Driver
Joey Luthman
as Roger McFadden
Bryan Callen
as Coach Miller
Troy Winbush
as Officer Pochinski
Karen Gonzales
as Saleswoman
Tim Meadows
as Mr. Glascott
Annie Mumolo
as Betsy Rubenstone
Brian Huskey
as Andy Secunda
Daniel Nguyen
as Theater Manager
Tom Cavanagh
as Charles Kremp
Billy Malone
as Security Guard
Casey Simpson
as Dougie Caldwell
David L. King
as Announcer
Barbara Alyn Woods
as Mrs. Caldwell
Shannon McClung
as College Recruiter
Keith Pillow
as Principal Dover
Stephen Jared
as Dana's Dad
Austin Lyon
as Frat Guy
Mike Grief
as Pastry Baker
Kim Kunze
as Dana's Mom
Parker Harris
as Michael Rubenstone
Justene Alpert
as Sorority Girl
Rhoda Baldwin
as Lorraine
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.

Sep 9, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

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…

Audience Reviews for The Goldbergs: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Oct 30, 2016
    The Goldbergs is a simple and likeable TV series, which is based on true events (mostly!) that happened to Adam Goldberg, who is also the creator of the series. It's a story about a middle - class family set in the 1980s. The story is almost always "sitcomy" which is fine for a B - class sitcom on ABC. The story itself is fun enough to keep me interested. Rather then interested, I will say entertained. Character on the other hand can be a problem. At least in the beginning. Except for Beverly, who is one of the best characters in the whole land of TV, other characters have flaws. Either they are too bland (Erica, Murray) or too loud and forced (Barry, Adam). But that is just a first opinion. You just have to get used to them. And when you do - you will love them.
  • Apr 02, 2016
    Excellent and funny , especially if you are a child of the 80's!
  • Nov 13, 2015
    I have viewed every episode so far and I must say I am extremely impressed. I recently watched the very first episode again and I know very clearly why I believe this to be a brilliantly funny comedy. Of course with every half hour comedy programme there are going occasional episodes that are a miss, just like another ABC comedy gem Modern Family. However they are far outweighed by the episodes that will make you literally laugh out loud. The deliberate bleeping of the customary swear word brings an added spice to the comedy, taking a leaf from South Park there. Overall I would say that if you have a free half-hour this is as good as you can get at the moment to get some fresh laughs. It boasts a exemplary cast, particularly Jeff Garlin as Murray, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly and Sean Giambrone as Adam. An excellent comedy that passes far too quickly for me, most likely meaning it provides a good fun time.

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