The Goldbergs was created by Adam F. Goldberg and features comedic stars Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Daddy Day Care), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, Reno 911) and George Segal (Just Shoot Me). The show also features fresh-faced actors Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia.
This series brings back a time before there were parenting blogs and articles about how you can tell if your child is allergic to gluten, when not every child got a medal after participating in competitions, when you had to call your mom from a payphone to let her know you arrived to the movies safely, and when, of course, every teenage boy had a cardboard dance floor under his bed so that he could practice his B-Boys moves.
Premise of The Goldbergs
The Goldbergs are a family living in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, during the 1980s. The series is about Adam, played by Sean Giambrone, who videotapes and documents his family’s crazy life while his older self — voiced by the hilarious Patton Oswalt — narrates. Adam is the youngest of the three children and is constantly trying to get his family’s love and attention. Adam’s character, and the show, is loosely based off the creator himself. Young Adam Goldberg would often document his family’s life, and most of the scenes are often re-created in the show, even showing actual video footage at the end of the episodes.
If you grew up in the 1980s, then this is the show for you. Each episode is a trip down memory lane. Whether it was the first time you and your friends re-enacted The Goonies from beginning to end, the time you had to take the treacherous presidential fitness test or the time your mom insisted that she be one of the chaperons at your first school dance, you will laugh at Adam’s memories and remember your own.
Beverly is played by the insanely funny Wendi McLendon-Covey. Beverly is either exactly like your own mother or shares many of the personality traits your friend’s mom had. She is an overbearing, emotional loud-mouth who would do everything under the sun for her children, and they can’t help but love her. Beverly is easily the one who runs the household and is constantly trying to stick her nose in her children’s lives. She begins to realize that they need her less and less, which only makes her work three times as hard to be a part of their lives. In retrospect, you might realize that even though your mother was like Beverly and it drove you crazy, she was actually a pretty cool mom. This makes Beverly even more likeable throughout the series.
The constantly hilarious Jeff Garlin portrays the grumpy but very loveable dad, Murray Goldberg. In current times, his parenting skills would probably be questioned. Watching Murray call his kids idiots and constantly try to stay calm, the audience can’t help but laugh, especially when he comes home and immediately takes off his slacks and lounges in his underwear. Even with Murray’s temper, you can tell that it comes from a place of love; he couldn’t survive without his family, especially his wife Beverly, whom he is completely dependent on.
Troy Gentile plays the stereotypical middle child, complete with the “Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?” game. Barry is essentially his father. He is very hot-headed but actually quite sensitive and is constantly having some kind of emotional meltdown. Feeling that his family is always ganging up on him, and in most cases they are, Barry relieves his stress by rapping under the name “Big Tasty.” Watching his antics might make you want to call up your big brother and reminisce about the times when he practiced his Karate Kid moves on you.
Hayley Orrantia depicts the eldest Goldberg child, Erica. Chances are that you had a friend who had a sister like Erica, and she was probably the coolest girl your little eyes had ever seen. From the classic geek to chic, Erica is your typical ’80s party child but has learned the ways of manipulation so that no one is the wiser about what she is really up to. Constantly picking on Barry, she’s actually quite protective of Adam, her youngest brother. When push comes to shove, she even protects Barry. Despite her tough girl attitude, she has a very matriarch-like presence over her two younger brothers.
Newcomer Sean Giambrone plays Adam, the youngest of the three children and essentially who the show revolves around. Adorably geeky, Adam wants to be a director and loves to re-create scenes from his favorite movies such as Transformers, Tron and The Goonies. This can be somewhat problematic for him because he just started junior high, and it seems like the few friends he has are focused on the opposite sex instead.
Albert “Pops” Solomon
George Segal plays Beverly’s father, who is living the dream of retirement and dating woman after woman. The grandchildren typically go to Pops when they can’t deal with their mother or Murray, who is almost always on the verge of having a heart attack from yelling at them. Despite his playboy lifestyle and forgetfulness, Pops always gives the children solid advice, even though he’s terrible at taking it, and he also provides great comedic relief.
To find out what kind of crazy situations this family will get into next, you’ll have to watch The Goldbergs online.