'The Goldbergs': No Love From the Emmys But You'll Love This Refreshing Family Fare

Approaching the 1980s with a healthy dose of nostalgia tainted by a Gen-X/millennial sense of humor, The Goldbergs is a refreshing parody of classic 1980’ family sitcoms. Based on the memories of Adam F. Goldberg, the show’s creator and producer, The Goldbergs follows the lives of a suburban Philadelphia family. These coming-of-age tales mashed with pop culture references are a fun flashback with timeless relevance.

My personal favorite episodes include homages to The Goonies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This year’s season premiere, airing Wednesday, September 23, promises to feature older brother Barry, a.k.a. amateur rapper “Big Tasty,” taking on Risky Business. I’m also a huge fan of the World’s #1 sMother, Beverly Goldberg, portrayed to perfection by Wendi McLendon-Covey, who chases after the school bus shouting, “I love you!” to her kids.

For those of us diving into the parenting pool, reminders of the era of Family Ties and Growing Pains peppered with heartfelt family moments make for a humorous half hour of comedy television with a serious cathartic edge. Want to share some life lessons with your kids and show them what your end of the 20th century looked like? If they’re old enough to stay up for the 8:30 p.m. EST showtime, they’re old enough for The Goldbergs.

Wednesdays at 8:30 pm EST on ABC



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