The Goldbergs (2013 TV series)

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The Goldbergs
A family group photograph, all wearing jumpers with matching geometrical patterns.
First promotional poster
Genre Sitcom
Created by Adam F. Goldberg
Starring
Narrated by Patton Oswalt
Theme music composer I Fight Dragons[1]
Composer(s) Michael Wandmacher
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 71 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Dan Levy
Editor(s) Jonathan Corn
Ivan Victor
Peter B. Ellis
Kevin Leffler
Location(s) Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
Cinematography Joseph E. Gallagher
Jason Blount
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) – present
External links
Official website

The Goldbergs is an American sitcom that premiered on Tuesday, 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.[2] The show is produced by Goldberg, Seth Gordon, and Doug Robinson.[3] It is loosely based on Goldberg's childhood and family in the 1980s, complete with a childhood version of himself. On May 8, 2014, ABC announced the second season renewal of The Goldbergs.[4][5] It was also announced that the show would move to Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, following The Middle beginning September 24, 2014.[6] On May 7, 2015, the show was renewed for a third season, which premiered on September 23, 2015.[7] The series was renewed for a fourth season, on March 3, 2016.[8]

Premise[edit]

The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. The show is loosely based on the showrunner's own childhood, during which he videotaped events, many of which are re-enacted throughout the program. It shows the reality of the '80s from a young boy's eyes and gives an inspiring look into four aspiring writers.[9]

The series stars Jeff Garlin as patriarch Murray and Wendi McLendon-Covey as matriarch, 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 series takes creative liberties with the time frame. For example, the second season episode "Just Say No" has references to both the Walter Mondale/Geraldine Ferraro presidential campaign (which took place in 1984) and the TV shows American Gladiators and America's Funniest Home Videos (both of which debuted in 1989).

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg (née Solomon),[3] the overprotective matriarch of the Goldbergs. She frequently injects herself into her children's lives, often to their embarrassment, and is supremely confident in their abilities.
  • Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg,[3] the pop-culture obsessed youngest child of the Goldbergs. Smart and geeky, he often films his family's activities on a VHS camcorder.
    • Patton Oswalt voices the adult Adam Goldberg,[10] who narrates the show from the present day.
  • Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg,[3] the overconfident, slightly dim-witted middle child of the Goldbergs. Though seemingly untalented in every way (except in ice hockey and wrestling, at which he excels), he remains highly self-assured while trying to become popular in high school.
  • Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg,[3] the nonchalant oldest child of the Goldbergs. Smart and musically gifted but rebellious, she is popular in school and dominant over her younger brothers.
  • AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis (Season 3–present; recurring 1–2), Erica's best friend, whom Barry has had a lifelong crush on. To the surprise of many, Lainey kisses Barry at a party in the first season finale, and later becomes his girlfriend.
  • George Segal as Albert "Pops" Solomon,[3] Beverly's laid back father. Though an elderly man with a number of goofy characteristics, he acts much younger than his age and often gives sage advice to his grandchildren. Adam considers him as his best friend. He once owned a successful furniture store called Ottoman Empire that made him wealthy, and he now lets his son-in-law Murray run the business.
  • Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg,[3] the gruff, somewhat asocial patriarch of the Goldbergs. Unlike Beverly, he is realistic about his children's abilities and believes she smothers them too much. He's worked full-time since his teenage years, and wants his children to learn how to fend for themselves. He runs his father-in-law's furniture business, loves sports, and is often seen lounging in front of his TV without wearing pants.

Recurring[edit]

  • Troy Winbush as Puchinski, a police officer who sometimes runs afoul of the Goldbergs' craziness, and often sympathises with Beverly.
  • Cedric Yarbrough as Vic, Murray's friend and co-worker. Was born in Canada.
  • Ben Zelevansky as Dale, the manager of the arcade frequented by Adam, Barry and Pops. (season 1)
  • Natalie Alyn Lind as Dana Caldwell, Adam's classmate who later becomes his girlfriend. In the Season 2 finale, it is revealed Dana may be moving because her dad has a job offer in 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 realise how different they have become. (season 1-3)
  • Jackson Odell as Ari Caldwell, a popular student and friend of Erica and Lexi. He is also Dana's older brother. (season 1-2)
  • Virginia Gardner as Lexi Bloom, Barry's crush. (season 1)
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott as Miriam Ferguson, one of Pops' lovers. (season 1)
  • Jennifer Irwin as Virginia Kremp, Chad's mother, neighbor to the Goldbergs.
  • Jacob Hopkins as Chad Kremp, Virginia's youngest son and a close friend of Adam.
  • Tyler Stokes as Drew Kremp, Chad's older brother and Erica's ex-boyfriend. (season 1 and 3)
  • Dan Fogler as Marvin Goldberg, Murray's carefree, unreliable younger brother.
  • Tim Meadows as Andre Glascott, a disenchanted teacher who also delivers pizza and gives guitar lessons for extra money. He also serves as the school's hapless guidance counselor.
  • Barbara Alyn Woods as Mrs. Caldwell, Dana and Ari's mother. Woods is in fact the mother of Natalie Alyn Lind, who portrays Dana. (season 1)
  • Stephanie Katherine Grant as Emmy Mirsky, a girl in the neighborhood with whom Adam likes to spend time. They have been best friends for several years.
  • Kenny Ridwan as Dave Kim, an awkward classmate and friend of Adam's, who is always addressed by both his first and last names (even by his own mother).
  • Cooper Roth (season 1) and Zayne Emory (season 2-3) as J. C. Spink, a bully who torments Adam. J. C. Spink is a film producer in the present day, and also portrays the school bus driver.
  • Mason Cook as Tyler Stansfield, a puny but fierce classmate of Adam.
  • 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 and 3)
  • Bryan Callen as Rick Mellor, the high school's no-nonsense gym teacher and coach.
  • Joey Luthman as Roger McFadden, a nerdy classmate of Barry. (season 1)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Principal Earl Ball, the principal of the Goldberg children's high school. Beverly frequently confronts him when she knows something has gone wrong in her children's classes or school activities. (season 2-3)
  • Ana Gasteyer as Susan Cinoman, a music teacher at the Goldberg children's high school and love interest of Rick Meller. (season 2-3)
  • Sam Lerner as 'Madman' Geoff Schwartz, one of Barry's best friends and a member of the Jenkintown Posse. He is infatuated with Erica and makes many futile attempts to win her affections, but later begins dating Evelyn Silver, just as Erica realises she reciprocates Geoff's feelings. (season 2-3)
  • Noah Munck as 'Naked' Rob Smith, one of Barry's best friends and a member of the Jenkintown Posse, who goes shirtless at any opportunity. (season 2-3)
  • Matt Bush as 'Ladies' Man' Andy Cogan, one of Barry's best friends and a member of the Jenkintown Posse. (season 2-3)
  • Nathan Gamble as Garry Ball, the Principal's rebellious son and Adam's only cool friend. (season 2-3)
  • Dan Bakkedahl as Mr. Woodburn, Adam's lonely and depressed science teacher. (season 2)
  • Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Kim, Dave Kim's mother and the owner of a Chinese restaurant frequented by the Goldbergs. (season 2)
  • Rob Huebel as John Calabasas, an opportunistic businessman with several careers. (season 2-3)
  • Paul Sorvino (season 2) and Judd Hirsch (season 3) as Ben "Pop Pop" Goldberg, Murray's cantankerous, opinionated father. He views Pops as a rival.
  • Allie Grant as Evelyn Silver, a girl Beverly tries to set Barry up with. Erica is deeply disturbed by this, because Evelyn is very similar to Beverly. She later becomes Geoff's girlfriend. (season 2-3)
  • 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 2-3)
  • Nate Hartley as Dan, a nerdy punching bag, who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. (season 2-3)
  • Charlie DePew as Anthony Balsamo, a popular, good-looking student and Lainey's ex-boyfriend. (season 2-3)
  • Sam Kindseth as David Sirota, Adam's goofy friend and classmate. In the present he is an American political commentator and radio host. (season 2-3)
  • Michaela Watkins as Ms. Taraborelli, a socially awkward Spanish and sex education teacher. (season 2)
  • Christopher Avila as Raji Mitra, an intelligent student Beverly hires to tutor Lainey. (season 3)
  • Sean Marquette as Johnny Atkins, a ponytailed, saxophone-playing band geek who, much like Barry Goldberg, has a high opinion of himself. He also plays the drums in a Rush cover band called Speed Up. Erica dated him briefly and joined his cover band in the episode "Rush", but she soon dumped him and started her own band. (season 3)
  • Alex Jennings as Carla Natali Mann, a vaguely popular student and friend of Erica and Lainey who is a bit of a troublemaker. She is also an on-off girlfriend of Johnny Atkins. (season 3)
  • Froy Gutierrez as Benjamin "Handsome Ben" Bauman, a highly popular student whom Adam sees as his rival, though Ben is always friendly to him. The real Ben Bauman portrays a producer for Double Dare.
  • Quincy Fouse as Taz Money, a popular friend of Adam. (season 3)
  • Lucky (Real name unknown) A dog that belongs to the Goldbergs. (season 3)

Notable guest stars[edit]

  • Brec Bassinger as Zoe McIntosh, a girl Adam had a crush on. (season 1)
  • Tom Cavanagh as Charles Kremp, Chad's father, who appears in season 1 episode 8, "The Kremps". (season 1)
  • Martin Starr as Andre, the local video store clerk who bans Murray after an excessively late rental. (season 1)
  • David Spade as Gus, a sketchy manufacturer of fake IDs. (season 2)
  • Charlie Sheen as the man in police station, reprising his iconic role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (season 2)
  • Nick Swardson as Rick, a sketchy black market toy dealer. (season 2)[11]
  • 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)
  • Niko Guardado as Rubén Amaro, Jr., a highly popular student and champion athlete. Later became a major league baseball player and General Manager of Philadelphia Phillies. (season 3)

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 23 September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13) 76 6.20[12]
2 24 September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13) 57 8.37[13]
3 24 September 23, 2015 (2015-09-23) May 18, 2016 (2016-05-18) 57 7.62[14]

Production[edit]

From left to right: Segal, Gentile, McLendon-Covey, Orrantia, and Garlin

Casting[edit]

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 immediately produce it.[15][16] On January 11, 2013, Wendi McLendon-Covey was cast as the pilot's lead;[17] later, Jeff Garlin and George Segal joined the cast.[18][19]

Filming[edit]

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.[20] The show's theme song, "Rewind," was written at Goldberg's request by I Fight Dragons, his favorite band, specifically for the show.[21] On November 1, 2013, ABC picked up the show for a full season order.[22]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The Goldbergs pilot received mixed reviews, averaging a score of 52% on Metacritic based on reviews from 26 critics.[23]

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."[24] David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said, "you'll immediately like everyone in the family and the jokes derive from credible situations."[25]

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show was "obnoxiously loud."[26] David Hinckley of The New York Daily News said the show is "just awful."[27] Tierney Bricker of E! News gave a more positive review, saying that the show is "like Modern Family mixed with A Christmas Story."[28]

The Goldbergs was included in TV Guide's 2013 Top Twenty "Best Shows of the Year",[29] along with The Hollywood Reporter[30] and Today.[31] In addition, SpoilerTV awarded The Goldbergs with the honor of Best Comedy of 2013-2014.[32]

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.[33] The show continues to be well received. "Entertainment Weekly" called 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."[34]

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”.[35]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Premiere 18-49
rating/share
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
Finale 18-49
rating/share
1 Tuesday 9:00 pm 23
September 24, 2013
8.94[36] 3.1/8[36]
May 13, 2014
4.26[37] 1.5/5[37] 2013–2014 #76[38] 6.20[38]
2 Wednesday 8:30 pm 24
September 24, 2014
7.31[39] 2.4/6[39]
May 13, 2015
6.70[40] 2.0/7[40] 2014–2015 #57[41] 8.34[41]
3 24
September 23, 2015
7.62[42] 2.4/8[42]
May 18, 2016
6.39[43] 1.9/7[43] 2015–2016 #57[14] 7.62[14]
4 Wednesday 8:00 pm TBA
September 21, 2016
TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 2016–2017 TBA TBA

Broadcast[edit]

The Goldbergs originally premiered on ABC on 24 September 2013.[6] The pilot was made available on Hulu and ABC.com before it premiered on television.[44]

It has been broadcast in the United Kingdom on E4 since 20 April 2015, in Ireland on RTÉ2 since 19 October 2015 and in Turkey on DiziSmart since 2015. In France, the series began broadcasting since 17 October 2015 on Comedie+.

The show has been broadcasting on Neox TV channel in Spain since May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08).

In Germany, the series is aired on the Disney Channel since February 16, 2016.[45]

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