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Fall Television Preview: The Goldbergs


Every season there are a few shows that I start watching just to see what happens. The Goldbergs was one of these shows. I figured that there was no way that this show could survive more than one season, with so many other family centered comedies and dramas on TV. I was wrong. Get ready for Season Two.

Based on footage shot by Adam Goldberg as a child, this show is an adaptation of events of his life. I enjoy this show because it is a funny look at a time that was very different, but a time that I grew up in and remember well. The events that happen are all about a child coming of age, but also about a family learning to be closer and deal with each other’s problems.

Narrated by Patton Oswalt and starring Wendy McLendon-Covey  and Jeff Garlin as the mom and dad, George Segal as grandpa, and Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia, and Troy Gentile as the kids, this show is a very funny comedy with just enough self-deprecating humor to make it a hit. The family is a perfect combination of dysfunctionality. There is the father who, first thing upon getting home from work, drops his pants at the door and spends the rest of the evening in his underwear, the controlling smother-mother, the daughter who they think is perfect but is really perfectly naughty, the older son who thinks he is cool but is really just a big dweeb, and then there is Adam. He is just a geeky little kid, not quite a teenager but not quite a little kid anymore, and he loves to record everything with his video camera. I think that is really the draw of this show, all of the video and the fact that it is based on his real childhood.

Great stuff, so check it out tonight.

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