20 February 2018 | Ed-Shullivan
Warm Hearted - Great stories - Reminiscent of the 1980's - and with a great eclectic cast!
Oy vey this show is just not okay, each episode stands on its own merit, and with the young quirky Adam Goldberg's (Sean Giambrone) nasal voice narrating for the audience what he is going through (besides puberty) inside and outside the Goldberg family home in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, is sheer entertainment each and every week.
Let me clarify, I am not Jewish but I am a practising Catholic, and based on the entire Goldberg family experiences I don't think they even know if they are Jewish either. As the Goldberg family story recants life in the 1980's for the three Goldberg children, Adam (Sean Giambrone), older brother Barry (Troy Gentile) who is the biggest Philadelphia Flyer fan ever and leader of his own pack of bro's, and last but not least his oldest sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) who in season 5, is just entering university and living in a school dorm to get as far away from her smothering mother Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) as she can. Between mom Beverly with her over the top fashion faux pas colorful sweaters emblazoned with her embroidered initials (remember Laverne and Shirley's 1970's sweaters?) and son Barry who is oh so loud and proud. Let's just say the Goldbergs are all extroverts and leave it at that. Rounding out the eclectic Goldberg family is dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) who owns and manages a furniture store, and all he wants to do when he comes home from work is to be left alone, sit in his favorite reclining chair in his boxer shorts and watch TV. Last but not least is the wise old grandfather who Adam continually runs to for the best (?) advice is his grandpa Albert 'Pops' Solomon (George Segal).
The great cast does not end there either. There are far too many supporting characters that come in and out of the Goldberg family lives to mention here who are integral to the shows continuing success. Suffice to say that each of the six (6) Goldberg family members interact with a great ensemble cast and their stories bring back memories of some great 80's songs and vintage television shows, classic 80's films (since young Adam Goldberg fancies himself as a young Steven Spielberg) and of course some key 1980's events and recently introduced technologies such as the Video Cassette Recorder (VCR's) and the first compact (yeah right) mobile 8 pound cell phones.
I especially like the closing scenes in many of the weekly episodes when one of the Goldberg family members explains that even though this episode may have ruffled some feathers, and could have been handled more eloquently, the Goldberg family always sticks close to one another and everything will always come out peachy keen and leave their audience wanting more of the Goldbergs and their unique story telling of life with the Goldbergs in the 1980's.
It is a great show and that is why it is entering into its fifth season now. I give this television sitcom a strong 8 out of 10 rating and I want more of The Goldbergs. It is great family entertainment.