The Goldbergs (2013 TV series)
|Created by||Adam F. Goldberg|
|Narrated by||Patton Oswalt|
|Theme music composer||I Fight Dragons|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||144 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California|
|Cinematography||Joseph E. Gallagher|
Peter B. Ellis
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||720p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound with Descriptive Video Service on SAP|
|Original release||September 24, 2013 –|
The Goldbergs is an American television period sitcom that premiered on September 24, 2013, on ABC. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, and Jeff Garlin. The show is produced by Adam F Goldberg, Seth Gordon, and Doug Robinson. It is based on Goldberg's childhood and family in the 1980s, complete with a childhood version of himself. On May 11, 2019, ABC renewed the series for a seventh season.
The Goldbergs is set in the 1980s in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. The show is loosely based on the showrunner's childhood, during which he videotaped events, many of which are reenacted throughout the program. It shows the reality of the 1980s through a preadolescent's, and later in the series, teenager's, eyes.
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".
Many references to real-life Philadelphia-area businesses are made, including the Wawa convenience store chain, Gimbel's department store, Willow Grove Park Mall, and Kremp's Florist of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
Cast and characters
|Beverly Goldberg (née Solomon)||Wendi McLendon-Covey||Main|
|Adam Frederick Goldberg||Sean Giambrone||Main|
|Barry Norman Goldberg||Troy Gentile||Main|
|Erica Dorothy Goldberg||Hayley Orrantia||Main|
|Albert "Pops" Solomon||George Segal||Main|
|Murray Christian Goldberg||Jeff Garlin||Main|
|Lainey Lewis||AJ Michalka||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Geoff "Madman" Schwartz||Sam Lerner||Recurring||Main|
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg (née Solomon), the overprotective matriarch of the Goldbergs. She is often called their "smother" by the kids. She frequently injects herself into her children's lives, often to their embarrassment, and is supremely confident in their abilities.
- Sean Giambrone as Adam Frederick Goldberg, the pop-culture obsessed youngest child of the Goldbergs. Smart and geeky, he often films his family's activities on a VHS camcorder. He often ends up having to use his middle initial to distinguish himself from another Adam Goldberg who attends the same school and is also an aspiring filmmaker.
- Patton Oswalt voices the adult Adam Goldberg, who narrates the show from the present day.
- Troy Gentile as Barry Norman Goldberg, 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. He is determined to dominate everything he does, especially sports; loves rap music (giving himself the pseudonym "Big Tasty"); and is the leader of a crew called the Jenkintown Posse (abbreviated "JTP", which fellow members repeat whenever the initials are spoken). In the fifth season finale, he proposes to Lainey and she accepts, but they don't go through with a wedding. By this point, he decided to become a doctor. Barry graduates from high school in the sixth season finale, and heads to college in season 7 along with his sister Erica.
- Hayley Orrantia as Erica Dorothy Goldberg, the somewhat bad-tempered oldest child of the Goldbergs. Smart and musically gifted but rebellious, she is popular in school and dominant over her younger brothers. In the fifth season, Erica left for college at D.C. School of the Arts, only to drop out at the end of the season to start a band with Lainey and Valley Erica. After her music aspirations end up going nowhere, Erica decides to head back to college to get her life back on track. "Erica" is based on Adam's real-life brother, Eric Goldberg.
- George Segal as Albert "Pops" Solomon, Beverly's laid-back widower father. Though an elderly man with a number of comic eccentricities, he acts much younger than his age and often gives sage advice to his grandchildren. Adam considers him his best friend. He once owned a successful furniture store called Ottoman Empire that allowed him to retire comfortably, and he now lets his son-in-law Murray run the business.
- Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg, 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. Despite his apathetic tendencies at home, he values hard work and has held various full time positions since his teenage years. Though he does not always show affection for his children, calling them "morons" when they make mistakes or behave in silly ways, he truly cares about them and wants them 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 in his white briefs.
- AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis (Season 3–4; recurring 1–2, 5–present), Erica's best friend and one of the most popular girls at school, whom Barry has had a lifelong crush on. To the surprise of many, Lainey kisses Barry at a party in the first-season finale, the two slowly grow closer together in season two, and eventually become an unlikely couple. Following the fourth season, she has gone to attend fashion school in Savannah, Georgia and ended her relationship with Barry. In season 5, she returns to Jenkintown after dropping out along with Erica to start a band. In the final seconds of the season finale she and Barry agree to wed. In the sixth season, Lainey not only ends the engagement but leaves for L.A. to pursue her dreams alone, but not before promising Barry that when they were ready, they'd be together. Lainey appears as a main character in the spin-off series, Schooled.
- Sam Lerner as "Madman" Geoff Schwartz (Season 5–present; recurring 2–4), one of Barry's best friends. He is a member of the "JTP". His nickname "Madman" is a form of ironic humor, given how well-behaved the character is, especially compared to Barry. He is infatuated with Erica and makes many futile attempts to win her affections. At the end of the third season, he begins dating Evelyn Silver just as Erica realizes she reciprocates Geoff's feelings. He later breaks up with Evey to be with Erica. As Erica prepares to return to college at the start of season 7, Geoff confides that he wants to stay home for a gap year.
- Judd Hirsch as Ben "Pop Pop" Goldberg, Murray's cantankerous, opinionated father. He frequently fights with Murray, with whom he has trouble communicating, and he views Pops as a rival. (seasons 3-present; Pop Pop first appeared in one season 2 episode, and was portrayed by Paul Sorvino)
- Dan Fogler as Marvin Goldberg, Murray's carefree, unreliable younger brother who is frequently involved in bizarre schemes that always end up failing. (Season 1-present)
- Lucky: The Goldbergs' pet dog introduced in season 3. While the family originally got the dog based on Barry's insistence for one, Lucky develops a bond with Murray.
Friends and Classmates
- Natalie Alyn Lind as Dana Caldwell, Adam's classmate who becomes his girlfriend. In the season 2 finale, it is revealed Dana may be moving to 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 realize how different they have become. Dana returns to Jenkintown in season 7 after her grandmother in Seattle passes away, but makes it clear to Adam that she just wants to be friends. "Dana"'s real-life name is Amanda Caldwell; it was changed due to early legal concerns about the show's autobiographical nature. (season 1-3; guest seasons 4 and 7)
- 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.
- Stephanie Katherine Grant as Emmy "Muscles" Mirsky, a girl in the neighborhood with whom Adam likes to spend time. Because they grew up together, she and Adam treat each other like siblings, and she behaves like "one of the guys" in the company of Adam and friends. (Season 1-present)
- Rowan Blanchard (seasons 4-5), Alexis G. Zall (season 6-present) as Jackie Geary, Adam's girlfriend who shares his love of science fiction.
- 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-present)
- Nate Hartley as Dan, a nerdy punching bag, who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. (season 2-present)
- Jacob Hopkins as Chad Kremp, Virginia's youngest son and a close friend of Adam. (Season 1-present)
- Tyler Stokes as Drew Kremp, Chad's older brother and Erica's ex-boyfriend. (season 1 and 3)
- Jackson Odell as Ari Caldwell, a popular student, a friend of Erica and Lexi, and Dana's older brother. (season 1-2)
- Cooper Roth (season 1) and Zayne Emory (season 2-5) as J. C. Spink, a bully who torments Adam. The original film producer who inspired the character portrays a school bus driver.
- Virginia Gardner as Lexie Bloom, a classmate of Barry's who he has a crush on for the first season. (season 1, mentioned season 4)
- Joey Luthman as Roger McFadden, a nerdy classmate of Barry's. (season 1)
- Mason Cook as Tyler Stansfield, a puny but fierce classmate of Adam. (Seasons 1-3)
- Allie Grant as Evelyn "Evey" Silver, a girl Beverly tries to set up Barry with. Erica is deeply disturbed by this, because Evey is eerily similar to Beverly. She later becomes Geoff Schwartz's girlfriend, albeit briefly. (season 2-5)
- Niko Guardado as Rubén Amaro, Jr., a highly popular student and champion athlete. Like Dave Kim, he is always addressed by his full name. In adulthood, he will become a major league baseball player and General Manager of Philadelphia Phillies. (season 3-present)
- Charlie DePew as Anthony Balsamo, a popular, good-looking student and Lainey's ex-boyfriend. (season 2-3)
- Sean Marquette as Johnny Atkins, a ponytailed, saxophone-playing troublemaker who, much like Barry Goldberg, has a high opinion of himself. He is always seen wearing a Rush tour t-shirt. In addition to saxophone, he also plays the drums. Erica dated him briefly. In season 7, Adam mentions that Johnny is starting his "third senior year". In the spin-off series Schooled, Johnny is shown to be working at William Penn as a custodian. (season 3-present)
- Shayne Topp as Matt Bradley; a punk rocker-turned-Deadhead who becomes the newest member of the "JTP", over Barry's initial objections. Adult Adam's voice-over later confides that Matt would become Barry's closest friend after high school. (season 4-present)
- Noah Munck as 'Naked' Rob Smith, one of Barry's best friends and member of the "JTP" who goes shirtless at any opportunity. (season 2-present)
- Matt Bush as 'Ladies' Man' Andy Cogan, one of Barry's best friends and a member of the "JTP" who is frequently teased for his short stature. (season 2-present)
- Alex Jennings as Carla Mann, a popular student and friend of Erica and Lainey who is a bit of a troublemaker. She was an on-off girlfriend of Johnny Atkins, and started dating Dave Kim late in season 6. (season 3-present)
- Froy Gutierrez as Benjamin "Handsome Ben" Bauman, a highly popular student whom Adam sees as his rival, though Ben is always friendly to him. (season 3)
- Quincy Fouse as Taz Money, a popular friend of Adam. (season 3-5)
- Nathan Gamble as Garry Ball, the Principal's rebellious son and Adam's only cool friend. (season 2-3)
- Alison Rich as Erica "Valley Erica" Coolidge, Erica's Valley girl roommate at college; the two have the same first name, but decidedly different personalities. She dropped out of college with Erica and Lainey, and currently lives with the Goldbergs. (season 5-present)
William Penn Faculty
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Principal Earl Ball, the principal of the Goldberg children's high school. Beverly frequently confronts him when she believes one of her children has been wronged during classes or school activities. (season 2-present)
- Tim Meadows as Jonathan "Andre" Glascott, a disenchanted teacher who also delivers pizza and gives guitar lessons for extra money. He serves as the school's hapless guidance counselor. Glascott appears as the main protagonist of the spin-off series. (Season 1-6)
- Bryan Callen as Rick Mellor, the high school's no-nonsense gym teacher and coach. He has a habit of giving nicknames to the Goldberg kids as he constantly adresses Erica as "Girl Goldberg" and Adam as "Goldfarb". In the sixth season, Mellor left William Penn to train wrestlers, but not before making peace with Adam and leaving his position to his brother Nick. This was done so Bryan Callen could reprise his role in the spin-off series, which reveals he returned to his old job. (Season 1-6)
- Michaela Watkins as Ms. Taraborelli, a socially awkward Spanish and sex education teacher. (season 2)
- Dan Bakkedahl as Mr. Woodburn, Adam's lonely and depressed science and history teacher. (season 2, season 7)
- Ana Gasteyer as Susan Cinoman, a music and drama teacher at the Goldberg children's high school and love interest of Rick Mellor. (season 2-present)
- Bill Goldberg as Nick Mellor, Coach Mellor's brutish brother. (Season 5-present)
- Clancy Brown as Mr. Crosby, Adam's unenthusiastic shop teacher. (Season 5-present)
- Cedric Yarbrough as Vic, Murray's friend and co-worker from Canada. (season 1-3, 7)
- Troy Winbush as Puchinski, a police officer who sometimes runs afoul of the Goldbergs' craziness, and often sympathises with Beverly. (Season 1-present)
- Ben Zelevansky as Dale, the manager of the arcade frequented by Adam, Barry, and Pops. (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. (Season 1-present)
- Barbara Alyn Woods as Mrs. Caldwell, Dana and Ari's mother. Woods is the real-life mother of Natalie Alyn Lind, who portrays Dana. (season 1)
- 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)
- Suzy Nakamura as Mrs. Kim, Dave Kim's mother and the owner of a Chinese restaurant frequented by the Goldbergs. (season 2 and 6)
- Rob Huebel as John Calabasas, an opportunistic businessman with several careers. (season 2-3, season 5-6)
- 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-present)
- Christopher Avila as Raji Mitra, an intelligent student Beverly hires to tutor Lainey. (season 3)
- J. C. Spink as Joe the Bus Driver (seasons 1-2)
- Ken Lerner as Lou Schwartz, Geoff's father. Lerner is the real-life father of Sam Lerner, who portrays Geoff. (season 5-present)
- Mindy Sterling as Linda Schwartz, Geoff's mother. (season 5-present)
- Brec Bassinger as Zoe McIntosh, a girl Adam had a crush on. (season 1, episode 1 and season 4, episode 3)
- Uncle Louie as Uncle Louie, Valley Erica's Uncle Louie. (Season 5-present)
- Tom Cavanagh as Charles Kremp, Chad's father. (season 1, episode 8)
- Martin Starr as Andre, the local video store clerk who bans Murray after an excessively late rental. (season 1)
- Thomas Lennon as Taun-Taun Todd, a Star Wars fan that Erica and Adam meet while waiting in line to see Return of the Jedi. (season 1, episode 22)
- David Spade as Gus, a sketchy manufacturer of fake IDs. (season 2, episode 1)
- Charlie Sheen as the man in the police station, reprising his role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (season 2, episode 14)
- Nick Swardson as Rick, a sketchy black market toy dealer. (season 2, episode 15)
- 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, episode 15)
- Chad Coleman as Leon, a manager of Spencer's Gifts store. (season 4)
- Martin Kove as Master John, portraying the opposite of his role as Cobra Kai dojo sensei. (season 4)
- Ilan Mitchell-Smith as Mr. Connelly, the science teacher in the fifth-season premiere episode "Weird Science". Mitchell-Smith portrayed Wyatt Donnelly in the film Weird Science.
- Mike Quick as Coach Fast, an assistant football coach at William Penn. (Season 5)
- Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet (voice only), reprising his role from Spaceballs. (Season 5)
- Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, reprising his iconic role from A Nightmare on Elm Street. (Season 6)
- Jon Lovitz as Jimmie Moore, reprising his role from The Wedding Singer. (Season 6)
- Christie Brinkley reprising her role as the flirty woman in the car from National Lampoon's Vacation (season 7)
- Anthony Michael Hall as Rusty, a Disneyland security guard who greets the Goldbergs when they arrive before the park opens (season 7). (While a nod to Hall's character name in the film National Lampoon's Vacation, it is not a reprisal of Rusty, but rather the security guard that was played by John Candy.)
- Tim Matheson and James Widdoes as Eric Stratton and Robert Hoover, reprising their Animal House characters who are now Delta House recruiters on the campus where Barry and Erica attend college.
Cameos from real-life counterparts
- "Handsome" Ben Bauman and "Regular" Amy Gross as Double Dare Producers
- Chad Kremp as a deli worker (season 1), and as his father (season 4)
- R. D. Robb as a photographer
- Michael C. Levy and Michael Z. Levy as Computer Technicians
- Rubén Amaro Jr. as Rubén Amaro Sr.
- Jackie Geary as Jackie's mother
- Beverly Goldberg, Essie Karp, Virginia Kremp, and Linda Schwartz as a group of elderly friends that Beverly longs to be like
- The real-life members of JTP (Barry Goldberg, Matt Bradley, Andy Cogan, Geoff Schwartz, and Rob Smith) all appear at the end of the episodes "Hail Barry" and "Colors"
- Eric Goldberg (credited as "My Brother") at the end of "MTV Spring Break" and (credited as "The Real Eric Goldberg") "Eight-Bit Goldbergs"
- Emmy Mirsky (credited under her married name Emily McCoy) as Serry Mirsky, Emmy's mother in "Flashy Little Flashdancer" and "Hersheypark"
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||23||September 24, 2013||May 13, 2014||76||6.20|
|2||24||September 24, 2014||May 13, 2015||57||8.37|
|3||24||September 23, 2015||May 18, 2016||57||7.62|
|4||24||September 21, 2016||May 17, 2017||54||6.97|
|5||22||September 27, 2017||May 16, 2018||66||6.26|
|6||23||September 26, 2018||May 8, 2019||TBA||TBA|
|7||TBA||September 25, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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 produce it immediately. On January 11, 2013, Wendi McLendon-Covey was cast as the pilot's lead; later, Jeff Garlin and George Segal joined the cast.
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. It was later picked up for a full season order on November 1, 2013. The program is filmed on a series of stages at Sony Pictures Studios.
The show's theme song, "Rewind," was written at Goldberg's request by I Fight Dragons, his favorite band, specifically for the show. A soundtrack, featuring songs performed on the show by the cast members, was released on December 6, 2017.
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". David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "you'll immediately like everyone in the family and the jokes derive from credible situations".
Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show was "obnoxiously loud". David Hinckley of The New York Daily News said the show is "just awful". Tierney Bricker of E! News gave a more positive review, saying that the show is "like Modern Family mixed with A Christmas Story".
The Goldbergs was included in TV Guide's 2013 Top Twenty "Best Shows of the Year", along with The Hollywood Reporter and Today. In addition, SpoilerTV awarded The Goldbergs with the honor of Best Comedy of 2013–2014.
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. The show continued to be well received, with Entertainment Weekly calling 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".
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".
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|Nielsen Rating (18-49)|
|1||Tuesday 9:00 pm||23||8.94||3.1/8||4.26||1.5/5||2013–2014||#76||6.20||N/A|
|2||Wednesday 8:30 pm||24||7.31||2.4/6||6.70||2.0/7||2014–2015||#57||8.34||2.8|
|4||Wednesday 8:00 pm||24||6.90||2.0/8||5.27||1.4/6||2016–2017||#54||6.97||2.1|
In Australia, the show airs on the Seven Network. 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 . In India, the series is aired on Star World. In Germany, the series is aired on the Disney Channel since February 16, 2016. In Portugal, the series is aired on Fox Comedy, while in Italy on Italia Uno, Mediaset.
The show went into syndication in September 2017 and began airing on local stations on September 11, Nick at Nite on September 18, and Pop on September 24. The show premiered on TV Land on September 23, 2018.
In November 2016, it was first reported that ABC was developing a spin-off that would centre around recurring character Rick Mellor, played by Bryan Callen. On January 10, 2017, Wendi McClendon-Covey's character was reported as appearing in the script in a guest appearance. The script was ordered to pilot on February 2, 2017.
On March 16, 2017, it was confirmed that Nia Long had been cast as the female lead in the role of Lucy Winston. At the same time it was confirmed that Tim Meadows would reprise his recurring role from The Goldbergs as Andre Glascott. Jay Chandrasekhar was also confirmed to direct.
On May 17, 2017, ABC passed on the spin-off, despite it reportedly testing very well – going as far to test better than the pilot of the original series. At the same time, Adam F. Goldberg revealed the title of the failed spin-off Schooled.
On January 8, 2018, it was announced that the pilot would air as a special episode of The Goldbergs on January 24, 2018, under the episode title The Goldbergs: 1990-Something. Along with Nia Long as Lucy Winston and Tim Meadows as teacher-turned-principal Andre Glascott (who is also revealed to be Lucy's brother), the pilot also starred Rachel Crow as Lucy's rebellious teenage daughter Felicia, and Summer Parker as Felicia's bubbly younger sister Gigi, with Octavia Spencer narrating as the present-day Felicia.
After the pilot aired, Goldberg had expressed hope that the airing would prompt discussions with ABC that could lead to the series being picked up for the 2018–19 TV season. Three months later, on April 16, 2018, it was announced that ABC had officially picked up the spin-off, Schooled, for a 13-episode season slated to air in 2019. It was also announced that AJ Michalka would reprise her role as Lainey Lewis from The Goldbergs in the new show, but Nia Long will not return to the spin-off due to being a regular cast member on the CBS drama series NCIS: Los Angeles.
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