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The Goldbergs is a story of a hilarious family in the 1980s. The parents, Murray and Beverly Goldberg, have a hard time connecting with their children, as Beverly is an over-controlling mother and Murray feels distant and unable to break through to his children. There are three kids, Barry, the oldest, Erica, the teenage girl, and Adam, the nerdy 11 year old, through whose eyes the story is told. Lastly, there is "Pops," the lovable, ridiculous grandpa. In this show, Adam videotapes his family's everyday lives, and as an adult comes back and gives commentary (adult Adam is voiced by Patton Oswalt). Through Adam's videotapes comes the comedic story of a Northeastern family struggling through the 1980's one pop culture reference at a time.

Wednesday 8:00 PM et/p on ABC
5 Seasons, 119 Episodes
September 24, 2013
Comedy
8.2/10
Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia
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The Goldbergs Full Episode Guide

  • When Lainey moves back to town, Barry asks her to the prom; but when she says no, he plans a senior prank with Principal Ball's car to get out of going. Meanwhile, Erica tells Murray she has made a final decision about her future in college, and he is furious and insists she pay her own way for rent and food.

  • Adam tries to start a Mel Brooks club after he sees the movie "Spaceballs," and Jackie mistakes his club advertisement for political satire and puts it in the school paper. Meanwhile, when Beverly and Pops come up for parents weekend at school, Erica plans on telling them an important decision she has made, but Murray surprises them and tags along.

  • Barry gets the chance to throw the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game and believes this is his chance to play professionally, but it's anything but. Meanwhile, Erica makes an important decision about her future in college.

  • After seeing "Flashdance," Beverly decides to take up dance with the Frentas and is dejected when the family doesn't support her after telling them she is going to be in a recital. Meanwhile, when Emmy starts dating a cool guy, Adam thinks their friendship is in jeopardy, so he sets out to be cooler which backfires.

  • Barry enlists the JTP to help him break up Beverly's group of friends so Barry can have all the attention but soon realizes he made a major mistake when Beverly gets into a fight with her friends. Meanwhile, Adam's attempts to trick Murray into loving theater backfire.

  • When Beverly gets a glimpse into a soon-to-be empty nest, she replaces her kids with the Mellor brothers, nursing Coach Mellor back to health after falling off the rope climb. Meanwhile, Erica and her college roommate get on each other's nerves in their dorm room, especially when Valley Erica puts a scrunchie on the door and kicks Erica out.

  • Barry joins the football team but is quickly benched by Coach Mellor due to his lack of playing ability. He convinces himself the coach is testing him; but when Barry realizes the truth of his playing ability, Adam helps his brother understand there are other ways he can contribute to the team and comes up with their own version of the Super Bowl Shuffle. Meanwhile, Beverly designs jackets that she tries to get Murray and Erica to sell when a national TV channel won't.

  • This Goldbergs-inspired special event picks up where the Goldberg family leaves off at William Penn Academy in the 1990s as former teacher and now Head of School John Glascott leads a faculty of teachers with wildly different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters Felicia and Gigi as new students. Lucy is desperate to ensure they avoid the social pitfalls of high school and finds herself torn between Glascott's nurturing and communicative approach to parenting and Coach Mellor's tough-guy belief that physical competition brings out the best in students. Even Beverly Goldberg comes to visit the school's staff despite all her kids having already graduated and can't help but meddle one last time.

  • Adam tries to be funny in class but ends up distracting his woodshop teacher, who nearly injures himself when his tie is cut off so Murray grounds him. Meanwhile, Geoff and Beverly try to become more cultured so Erica will remain close when she decides she wants to attend a Philip Glass concert but, in the end, they learn something surprising about Erica's taste in music. 80s band Hooters makes a special appearance.

  • Erica warns Geoff about going to dinner with her family to celebrate her birthday, but he insists. Upon arrival, it's apparent this will be no ordinary dinner out: The family changes tables multiple times, Beverly sends her food back, Murray insists Adam order off the children's menu and Barry wants to change his order, but it's too late. By evening's end, Geoff hits his breaking point.

  • Afraid she'll be all alone in her old age, Beverly attempts to bond with other moms to form their own group like the TV show "The Golden Girls," while Erica gets annoyed at Geoff's romantic gestures, almost causing them to break up.

  • When Erica tells Beverly she is going to spend the first night of Hanukkah with Geoff and his family, Beverly worries and starts a competition for who hosts the best Hanukkah party. Meanwhile, Barry seeks advice from Pops on how to be cool and suggests entering into the school's talent show. However, when Pops hears Barry sing, he tries to stop him from performing, but will it be too late?

  • Adam and Barry decide to write a song like the iconic "Parents Just Don't Understand" and call it "Dads Just Don't Care." When they don't get the reaction they expect from Murray, the boys take appropriate steps to make amends. Meanwhile, Beverly keeps calling Erica in college but she wants space from her mom. Beverly is forced to take drastic measures to change that.

  • It's a complete disaster when Murray takes Adam out for a driving lesson and they learn something new about Pops in the process. Meanwhile, Erica has a hard time making friends at her school and turns down a toga party invitation. When Barry arrives for a weekend visit, he quickly thrives on the social scene, easily making friends, unlike his sister. But a little pep talk by Barry helps Erica finally enjoy college.

  • During the holiday, Uncle Marvin reveals he has become a stockbroker and convinces Barry and the JTP to invest their money with him. Murray intervenes which has repercussions for Barry. Meanwhile, Erica tells Geoff she is in debt and gets swept up in the family investment. Later, Beverly invites 50 people over for a Thanksgiving potluck instead of stressing out cooking for the family, but the plan backfires and Beverly realizes some traditions shouldn't change.

  • When The Ottoman Empire's business declines due to a new furniture competitor, Adam offers to make Murray a commercial starring Marvin, but things go awry when Marvin's actions mess up the original plan. Meanwhile, Beverly offers to help Barry as he keeps striking out as he attempts to get a girl at school.

  • After Adam and Jackie disagree over their Halloween costumes, Murray teaches Adam to be a shell of a man to keep Jackie happy; however, it backfires quickly also causing an issue for Murray and Beverly. But they soon all learn to compromise in their own special way, in the Halloween and 100th Episode.

  • Beverly reinvents herself by going to night school so she can eventually own her own business, but Murray convinces her to get a perm instead. Meanwhile, Erica struggles to balance academics with her social life in college, so she turns to Adam for help.

  • Beverly confronts Coach Mellor who reveals his strained relationship with his own brother Coach Nick, so she intervenes prompting Nick to face off with Rick. Adam and Barry join in, each one siding with one of the coaches. After a fight breaks out, Beverly points out to Adam and Barry this could be them as adults. Meanwhile, Geoff and Erica struggle with their relationship long distance.

  • Adam is assigned a term paper on a great person in history, and he decides to make a movie about his grandfather but finds all of Pop's war stories mundane. Pops takes matters into his own hands and decides to tell more exciting stories based on an old television series. Meanwhile, Erica returns home to confront Beverly for over-mothering her. Murray insists Beverly teach Erica and Barry basic life skills, but she worries Erica and Barry will be too independent.

  • Beverly and Murray move Erica into college where her roommate is also named Erica. Later, Beverly has a hard time letting go and ends up sleeping over in the dorm, much to Erica's dismay. Meanwhile, Adam tries to give Barry the perfect girlfriend, even trying to build one like in the movie "Weird Science," as he embarks into his senior year.

  • As graduation quickly approaches, Erica can't wait to leave home, until she realizes how much Beverly's love means to her; Barry's plans for him and Lainey fail; Dana makes an unexpected visit just as Adam and Jackie make their relationship official.

  • Barry and Erica are curious to know if they will be voted for in the year book, and since Adam works on the staff, they pressure him for the rough layout; Murray is irritated when Marvin visits for money, but Beverly convinces Murray to help him out.

  • After a TV movie airs, Barry takes it upon himself to try to convince Murray to build an underground bunker; Erica and Adam give excessive gifts for Mother's Day before they make important requests to Beverly, but their plan backfires.

  • Murray is honored as one of the top businessmen in Jenkintown, PA; Beverly is horrified when she finds out Murray doesn't really have any hobbies.

  • Feeling excluded, Barry tries to create a divide between Adam and Pops, while they debate the merits of a movie; Erica intentionally botches her college interview so she can go to her first choice.

  • Barry has romantic plans for Lainey; Erica and Geoff make plans to go to prom together but it doesn't go as planned; Adam is flattered when a nerdy but cute junior asks him out, until Beverly gets involved.

  • While Erica receives her college acceptance letters, Barry decides he wants to be a doctor...until Lainey announces she is going to a school without a medical program.

  • Barry feels threatened when school deadhead Matt starts hanging out with the JTP and soon finds himself kicked out of the group when he becomes too controlling.

  • Adam and the other Adam Goldberg decide to settle their ongoing feud with a karate match inspired by "The Karate Kid."

  • Adam is green with envy when his friend is on television, so he asks Beverly to help him become an actor.

  • When both Barry and Erica gets jobs working at Spencer’s Gifts, Erica gets jealous at how good of an employee Barry is. Meanwhile, Muray is thrilled that two of his children have jobs, so he insists that Adam gets one, despite Beverly’s adamancy that he should focus on filmmaking,

  • Adam feels like he's losing his best friend, Chad, so he attempts to join the tennis team. When Chad picks Dave Kim as his partner, Adam vows to take him down with Barry in a tennis match, changeling Andre Agassi. Meanwhile, with the help of Beverly, Erica deals with her post-break up depression just in time for Valentine's Day.

  • Adam and Barry learn something new about about Murray when school is cancelled because of snow. Beverly find's Erica's college application.

  • Barry is mortified when Beverly channels her inner Mr. Keating from "Dead Poets Society" in an effort to inspire his classmates as the substitute chemistry teacher.

  • Beverly hatches a plan to create the perfect song after she discovers there is only going to be one Hanukkah song in the Holiday Pageant.

  • Adam becomes fascinated by the Globetrotters game and focuses his attention on creating his own tricks on the court; Adam cuts a video that looks like he beat Barry; Beverly throws a surprise party for Murray's 50th birthday despite his disapproval.

  • Barry starts to make fun of Adam for wanting to join theater until he finds out that Adam and Lainey have been cast in roles that require them to kiss; Barry decides to sabotage the production by joining the stage crew.

  • Murray and Uncle Marvin bond over their shared love of "Knight Rider" until Adam shatters it; Beverly invites Lainey and Bill to Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Adam asks Murray for funds to film his own action film, but the production is in jeopardy when Barry goes missing while playing lead and an unlikely replacement actor is brought in.

  • Murray and Pop-Pop compete in a message war after they both get answering machines. Frustrated, Erica, Barry and Pops try to stop the fighting by offering a trip to a hockey game as an olive branch.

  • Erica and Adam follow the lead of Jan from "The Brady Bunch" when dealing with relationship problems; and Beverly reaches her limit when it comes to dealing with Murray's stubbornness after he causes her to miss the Beach Boys at Live Aid.

  • Erica and Lainey try to find Bill a love match using some new dating technology and Adam's filmmaking skills. But they face some competition from Beverly, who insists on taking an old-fashioned approach to matchmaking. Meanwhile, a failed aptitude test leads Barry to decide to pursue being a gym teacher as Coach Mellor's apprentice.

  • The Goldbergs pay homage to the classic 1980s John Hughes' film "The Breakfast Club" when the kids start off a new school year (and Season 4) by earning themselves Saturday detention courtesy of a new substitute teacher, who just happens to be their mom.

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