The Goldbergs (TV series)

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The Goldbergs
The Goldbergs 2013 logo.jpg
First promotional poster
Genre Sitcom
Created by Adam F. Goldberg
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 49 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)

Jonathan Corn

Ivan Victor
Cinematography Joseph E. Gallagher
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel 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 television programme 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.


The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, but is filmed in Southern California. 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 for aspiring writers.[4]

The series stars Jeff Garlin as patriarch Murray and Wendi McLendon-Covey as his wife, 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]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3
Wendi McLendon-Covey Beverly Goldberg Main
Jeff Garlin Murray Goldberg Main
Hayley Orrantia Erica Goldberg Main
Troy Gentile Barry Goldberg Main
Sean Giambrone Adam Goldberg Main
George Segal Albert "Pops" Solomon Main
AJ Michalka Lainey Lewis Recurring Main
Patton Oswalt Adult Adam Goldberg (voice) Main

Main cast[edit]

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg,[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.
  • Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg,[3] the gruff, somewhat antisocial 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 a furniture business and loves sports.
  • 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.
  • 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 but rebellious, she is popular in school and dominant over her younger brothers.
  • 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 the furniture store that Murray now runs.
  • 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 later becomes Barry's girlfriend.
  • Patton Oswalt as adult Adam Goldberg (voice only),[5] who narrates the show from the present day.


  • Tim Meadows as Mr. 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.
  • Cedric Yarbrough as Vic, Murray's friend and co-worker.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Principal Ball, the principal of the high school that the Goldberg children attend.
  • Bryan Callen as Mr. Meller, the high school's no-nonsense gym teacher and coach.
  • Natalie Alyn Lind as Dana Caldwell, Adam's classmate who later becomes his girlfriend. In the Season 2 finale "Goldbergs Feel Hard", 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.
  • Stephanie Katherine Grant as Emmy Mirsky, a girl in the neighborhood whom Adam hangs with. They are happily "just friends".
  • Kenny Ridwan as Dave Kim, an awkward classmate and friend of Adam's.
  • Noah Munck as 'Naked' Rob Smith, member of The Jenkintown Posse.
  • Sam Lerner as 'Madman' Geoff Schwartz, member of The Jenkintown Posse who is infatuated with Erica.
  • Matt Bush as 'Ladies' man' Andy Cogan, member of The Jenkintown Posse.
  • Dan Bakkedahl as Mr. Woodburn, Adam's lonely and depressed science teacher.
  • Ana Gasteyer as Miss Cinoman, a music teacher at the high school that the Goldberg children attend.
  • Dan Fogler as Marvin Goldberg, Murray's carefree, unreliable younger brother.
  • Virginia Gardner as Lexi Bloom, featured in Season 1 as Barry's crush.
  • Jacob Hopkins as Chad Kremp, A close friend of Adam.

Notable guest stars[edit]

  • David Spade as Gus, a sketchy manufacturer of fake IDs.
  • Paul Sorvino as Pop Pop, Murray's stern father of few words.
  • Martin Starr as Andre, the local video store clerk who bans Murray after an excessively late rental.
  • David Koechner as Bill Lewis, Lainey's father who, to Murray's dismay, is a major fan of the Dallas Cowboys, starting a rivalry between Bill and Murray. In "Bill/Murray", Bill becomes friends with Murray due to them discovering they have a lot in common, but they are temporarily enemies again until they reconcile, to Barry and Lainey's delight.
  • Charlie Sheen as the man in police station, reprising his iconic role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Nick Swardson as Rick, a sketchy black market toy dealer.[6]
  • Michaela Watkins as Miss Taraborelli, a socially awkward Spanish and Sex-ed teacher.
  • Brec Bassinger as Zoe McIntosh, a girl Adam has a crush on.

Guest cast[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[7]
2 24 September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13) 57 8.37[8]
3 TBA September 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)[9] TBA TBA TBA


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


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.[10][11] On January 11, 2013, Wendi McLendon-Covey was cast as the pilot's lead;[12] later, Jeff Garlin and George Segal joined the cast.[13][14]


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.[15]

The show's theme song, "Rewind," was written at Goldberg's request by I Fight Dragons, his favorite band, specifically for the show.[16]

On November 1, 2013, ABC picked up the show for a full season order.[17]

On May 8, 2014, ABC announced the second season renewal of The Goldbergs.[18][19] It was also announced that the show would move to Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET, following The Middle beginning September 24, 2014.[20]

On May 7, 2015, the show was renewed for a third season.[21]


Critical reception[edit]

The Goldbergs pilot received mixed reviews, averaging a score of 52% on Metacritic based on reviews from 26 critics.[22]

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

Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show was "obnoxiously loud."[25] David Hinckley of The New York Daily News said the show is "just awful."[26] Tierney Bricker of E! News gave a more positive review, saying that the show is "like Modern Family mixed with A Christmas Story."[27]

The Goldbergs was included in TV Guide‍ '​s 2013 Top Twenty "Best Shows of the Year",[28] along with The Hollywood Reporter[29] and Today.[30] In addition, SpoilerTV awarded The Goldbergs with the honor of Best Comedy of 2013-2014.[31]

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.[32] 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."[33]

After The Goldbergs 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”.[34]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Premiere 18-49
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
Finale 18-49
1 Tuesday 9:00 pm 23
September 24, 2013
8.94[35] 3.1/8[35]
May 13, 2014
4.26[36] 1.5/5[36] 2013–2014 #76[37] 6.20[37]
2 Wednesday 8:30 pm 24
September 24, 2014
7.31[38] 2.4/6[38]
May 13, 2015
6.70[39] 2.0/7[39] 2014–2015 #57[40] 8.34[40]
September 23, 2015
7.62[41] 2.4/8[41]
May 2016
2015–2016 TBA TBA


The Goldbergs originally premiered on ABC on September 24, 2013.[20] The pilot was made available on Hulu and before it premiered on television.[42]

The Goldbergs began broadcasting in the UK on E4, on 20 April 2015.

The Goldbergs has been broadcast in Turkey on DiziSmart, since 2015.

The Goldbergs will be broadcast in the spring 2016 in Germany on the Disney Channel.[43]


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