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THE GOLDBERGS: What You Need to Know About the New ABC Series

September 24, 2013 by  

There are approximately one million new shows debuting this season*, and it’s going to get difficult to keep track of them all.

To help you out, for every new show, I’m going to basically create a hub of info on the day of the premiere — pilot photos, my quick take on the pilot (or what I’ve seen so far), what’s been written about it so far, and when you can watch it.



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THE GOLDBERGS - "The Goldbergs" stars Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") as Beverly, Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") as Murray, George Segal ("Don't Shoot Me") as Pops, Hayley Orrantia ("The X Factor") as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam and Troy Gentile ("Good Luck Chuck") as Barry. "The Goldbergs" was written and executive-produced by Adam F. Goldberg ("Breaking In," "Fanboys") and also executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses"). "The Goldbergs" is from Adam Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)STANDING: GEORGE SEGAL, JEFF GARLIN, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY; SEATED: SEAN GIAMBRONE, HAYLEY ORRANTIA, TROY GENTILE

*Maybe not scientifically correct. But close enough.

ABC’s description: “Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ’80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone), these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other — just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, an overly emotional teen with severe middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love.”

My take: Shockingly sweet and full of heart. Yes, there’s yelling, but for me, that doesn’t detract from the genuine emotion the show displays. (It helps the show is also funny.) And make sure to watch the full episode so you get a taste of how the real Goldbergs were in the ’80s.

And the links to catch up on:

THE GOLDBERGS premieres tonight at 9 PM on ABC.

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