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TV Shows - Goldbergs, The

Stuck in 1980 something, The Goldbergs offer up sitcom standards: 3 kids, a long suffering dad, a party animal grandpa and an insane smother (super clingy mom). Two gimmicks add to the fun: loads of 1980s references (movies, VCRs, video games, MTV, etc.) and the way the youngest kid, Adam, maniacally videotapes his family's most embarrassing moments. The show runner, the real Adam Goldberg, based the series on his own family and uses video clips from his own home movies.

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1 Adam wears a Hypercolor shirt The show is set in 1980something, not 1991
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 NKOTB Merchandise Featured Bed Sheets, Lunchboxes and Posters from 1990
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4 The Fans Are Sheep They accept mediocrity.
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5 Never Boned Still rocks.
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6 Expecting Too Much Viewers Obsess Over Dates
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7 They Took On Milli Vanilli Rob and Fab gave their grammy back in 1990
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8 TMNT Action Figure Shown The Turtles were not super popular until 1990
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9 Too Much Focus on 90s Culture What happened to the Atari, Scooby Doo, and Donna?
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10 Gramps Wears Zubaz There are way too many anachronisms on this show
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11 The Predator Costume No one dressed as Predator for Halloween then
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12 The Risky-Business Party Ep. No such thing happened in the 1980s.
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13 Not Accurate Enough The show is too fictional to be taken seriously
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14 Fake Home Videos Videos made after the 80s appear
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15 Barry wears a 90s Starter Puff This is supposed to be set in the 80s, not 1993
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16 Animated TMNT garbage bin Sold at the start of 1990, not 1989
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17 Erica falls for Geoff Completely out of character for her
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18 Dancing Coke Can appears It was first released in 1990 in North America
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19 Puberty Adam
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20 Reenacting 80s Movie Scenes Adam is running out of true stories to tell
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21 Urkel is mentioned Urkel did not become a pop culture icon until 1991
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22 Beverly works at their school The show becomes too unrealistic
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1 Day one. This show was always stupid. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on March 15, 2017, 7:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Adam focuses way too much on the 1990s culture that started in the 1980s. I guess we can expect a Full House reference next on show since it on TV from 1987 to 1989. It is rather ridiculous how many 90s references he sticks in there, if you ask me. How can you have a show set in the 80s and not mention Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Fonz, Jim Henson, The Brady Bunch, Jaws, Archie Bunkers Place, Scooby Doo, Superfriends, The Jeffersons, and Donna Summer? You know, REAL 1980s culture. I do not think Adam has a good understanding of what the 1980s were, he only grew up in them. Oh yeah, Hypercolor came out in 1991, so it is not 80s at all. With that said, I like the characters on this show, but that is it. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on February 23, 2016, 6:09 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Its cruel of me to say this but I love watching this show to see how much Adam Goldberg gets wrong. Its a guilty pleasure for me. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on February 17, 2016, 7:30 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Goldbergs Schmoldbergs. I'm not watching it, and nobody can make me :-P -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on April 13, 2015, 6:24 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 This show has really taken off and now regularly beats it's lead-in, The Middle (source: TV By the Numbers). One thing that has helped is less of a reliance on story lines revolving around the 11-year old Adam and more of a focus on the older teen siblings and the parents. I think it was something of a stretch to expect adults to get into the head of a kid as young as Adam but much easier to identity with high schoolers getting ready for college and getting into drinking, smoking pot, and sex. As for the mangled 80's references, it seems they have cut back on that gimmick as well as the obnoxious video taping by Adam. -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on April 3, 2015, 8:42 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 After reading DolFan's comments I can only shake my head. The discussion of this show has devolved to the point where people who have never seen the show are bashing it because of something they heard about it. With all due respect, my friend, at least watch an episode before you trash talk about it. Go Goldbergs! -- Submitted By: (spacer) on March 8, 2015, 7:50 am - (-5 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I never heard of this show, but I agree with the posters who are criticizing the apparent "everything that happened in the 80s being one big blur" premise. Even by modern TV standards that's too much. For example, in '82 I was 9. In '88 I was 15. Now, my memory of every single event that ever occurred in my life might not be 100% perfect but I (and almost everyone else) am at least able to differentiate between something that happened to me at age 9 and something that happened when I was a teen. That's not exactly asking the impossible. Unless the main character has some sort of brain damage, there's really no excuse for this sort of thing. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on March 2, 2015, 6:47 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Art is art, dude. That means a good piece of art, whether a painting, a photograph, or a TV show will mean different things to different people. Some will love it, some will hate it, and some will not care one way or the other. I personally like the show but if you don't, well that's OK. That's what I love about this site, there are some really smart people posting comments and they often disagree but they always make good points. I never even noticed the mixed up chronological references but apparently it's a big deal to some people, and that's cool. I thank them for pointing that out. I guess my heart wins out over my brain on this one. Beverly and Murray Goldberg remind so much of my parents it's frightening and make me realize how good I had it growing up. -- Submitted By: (martymarty) on March 1, 2015, 7:28 am - (-3 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Patton Oswalt, speaking to the critics of the show that demand 100% historical accuracy said it's not supposed to be an exact snapshot in time. If you listen to the way he delivers the line "it was September 8th (or whatever) 1980-something" you will hear him hesitate and almost mumble the last part because the character of adult Adam is embarrassed by his faulty memory. A running gag with the writers is to put two things together that don't belong, like a "new"game from 1984 with a "new" movie from 1982. People remember their childhood through a haze and often remember events wrong. Technically, this show is not a period piece but a show about an adult remembering the best parts of his childhood. -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on February 28, 2015, 8:09 am - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
10 You guys act too childish to me. Not everyone is going to like the Goldbergs. To me, it went downhill when items from the early 1990s such as Hypercolor, New Kids junk, 8 Ball Jackets (I pretty sure I saw one) and that Bo Knows shirt turned up in '1980 Something'. I have no problem with the 80s pop culture references being scrambled around because the show is set in '1980 Something'(not an actual year of the 80s). Early 90s toys and shirts do not belong in '1980 Something'. The show un-boned after the Ferris Bueller special. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on February 26, 2015, 7:42 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I love how "expecting too much" is a reason for a TV show boning the fish. You guys said it yourself, "I shouldn't expect too much for this nonsense". If you shouldn't expect too much from something, what does that tell you about it? We live in the Google era, there should not be any shows with unreliable narrators in them. You can find anything with the tap of a finger nowadays. It's not like we're actually living in the 1980s and before. It's not like the creator of this show understands what the 80s were all about, anyway. Also, I hate how the creator doesn't realize Americans were still using tools like the Power Glove after 1989. The Power Glove was everywhere in all years of the Bush 1 era, not just '89. Don't believe me? Freddy Krueger uses a power glove to kill Spencer in Freddy's Dead from 1991. 1981-1987 were the core years of the 1980s. The creator should focus on the pop culture of those years and leave the late 80s (they pave the way for the early 90s) alone. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on February 26, 2015, 7:27 pm - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
12 I really like The Goldbergs and don't care if some of the dates are wrong. Since it's a work of fiction representing an adult's memory of things that happened 30 - 35 years ago when he was 11, how can anyone say what is wrong? Human memory is faulty. Maybe the guy honestly got some times and dates mixed up, maybe that's a part of the humor. The show is still very funny and it's a hit so a lot of people obviously like it. A renewal for season 3 is in the bag and I hope they go on for many more. Oh, I had a smother mother, too, so I feel Adam's pain. -- Submitted By: (bradrad) on February 23, 2015, 1:52 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 @spacer: I don't understand why some people don't get hung up over what you call "minor inconsistencies in the time". People's mindsets vary: there are going to be people who disregard what you prioritize and vice versa. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on February 23, 2015, 1:09 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 @spacer: I'm not an anti-Semite. I just can't get past all of the glaring anachronisms made during this show. They think they know what they're doing, but they don't. I hate a cocky person who tells me something that's not true. They just cobble anything together. I know this insipid show is set in a haze, but who sets a show in a haze?! You have no business putting out a comedic period piece if you don't remember the dates of everything you mention in the show. @martymarty: I refuse to shut my brain off to enjoy a TV show. After looking at this, it's no wonder television sets everywhere are called idiot boxes. Why do I talk, I see the stupid down votes already. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on February 23, 2015, 1:04 am - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Really, it's a well done show. Jeff Garlin has been one of my favorite actors for a long time. He's been in some great indie films and also had recurring roles in Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He's perfect as the slovenly, always put upon Murray Goldberg. George Segal is Hollywood royalty, or at least he should be, he's damn funny and has the perfect edge for his role as the family patriarch. I don't get why some people get so hung up on minor inconsistencies in the timeline. It's a great, touching and funny show, not a documentary on life in 1980-something! -- Submitted By: (spacer) on February 21, 2015, 12:01 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 This is a great, wonderful, funny and awesome show! Could it be that those who are so offended by alleged minor errors in the 80's timeline are offended by something else? I notice none of the haters of this show ever mention the fact the family is Jewish, just pretend to hate it because the Goonies came out in 1985 and the kid watching it is wearing a t-shirt design from 1986! Oh my, the horror! It's like criticizing Leonardo da Vinci because his Mona Lisa was wearing a hairstyle that was not popular at the time of the painting. If you want to knock the show because you dislike the stories or cast, fine. If you don't like it because the family is Jewish, fine, say so and be done with it. -- Submitted By: (spacer) on February 17, 2015, 7:01 am - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
17 Who gave me a down vote? This show is for the easily entertained by people who don't research a darn thing. They get so much wrong on this show that it's amazing it's still on the air. I hope people born in the 90s and 00s really don't think the 80s were like this. If you want to watch a real show set in the 80s, you should check out Growing Pains, The Cosby Show or Who's The Boss. Don't get me started with the stupid '1980 Something' concept. There can't be a '1980 Something' because the pop culture references date each episode as soon as they're made. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on January 23, 2015, 9:45 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
18 tvwatcher: So in all of your lengthy critique, you found no fault with the actual show (acting, directing, characters), just some vague references to pop culture that may be off by one or two years. Do you really think anyone watching in 2015 cares about a hyper-critical analysis of a sneaker that came out in 1989 and the probability statistics of whether or not the character would or would not buy a pair in the first year of production? I lived through the 1980's and I don't give a flip if some movie or song came out in 1981 or 1985, or 1989 or 1991! The spirit of the 80's is what is important as far as the time period is concerned. The period in which the show is set is not the most important thing at all. This is a wonderful production about family and the timelessness of familial relationships. The writing, directing and acting are all top notch and if you would look past the minor time inconsistencies you might actually enjoy the show along with the rest of us. Peace. -- Submitted By: (martymarty) on January 23, 2015, 9:09 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 I'm not a fan of this show at all. Adam Goldberg basically throws out anything he associates with the 80s as a reference on the show. So many items used as props were from the very early 1990s, not "1980something". The Bo Knows shirt, New Kids memorabilia and Hypercolor were all sold in the very early 90s. Who owned a pair of Reebok Pumps in November of 1989 when they first came out? I didn't get mine until sometime in the spring of 1990. This show should just focus on being a sitcom. I hate that he is confusing future generations with some of his references. No Mother was teaching their son how to do the Kid N Play kickstep in the late 1980s. Most people did not even know who Kid N Play were unless they watched Yo!MTV Raps. Their claim to fame was when they starred in the first teen flick of the very early 90s (House Party). Kid N Play even had a cartoon in the fall of 1990. I know the 80s were one great big transition from the groovy 70s into the hype early 90s, but the mid 80s were still purely 80s.He should set the show in 1985 like he originally set out to do with the pilot. The late 80s set up the early 90s moreso than the mid 80s did. -- Submitted By: (tvwatcher7) on January 18, 2015, 12:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 It was kinda lame at first but the writing has gotten much better this season. Patton Oswalt lends a lot of class and snark as the narrator. I laughed myself sick when the two brothers almost electrocuted themselves trying to de-scramble a porn channel on cable, brings back a LOT of memories, now all the porn you want is right there on your smart phone, too bad, it was a great challenge trying to make out the naughty bits through a scrambled picture! It's a good show and demonstrates that kids and families never change no matter how much the technology has advanced. -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on December 23, 2014, 1:10 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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