Although the show is largely based on Series Creator Adam F. Goldberg's family, they had three sons: Adam, Barry, and Eric. ABC executives told the creators to make one of the siblings a girl, because the show would be funnier. So Goldberg made the siblings Adam, Barry, and Erica.
In episode 1.18, "For Your Own Good," when J.C. Spink bullies Adam on the school bus, the real-life Spink plays the bus driver.
Most, if not all of the posters in Adam's room, were posters that the real Adam F. Goldberg had in his childhood bedroom.
Shares its name with an early sitcom The Goldbergs (1949). The pilot is the only episode that listed a specific year. After that one, the narrator would always state "it was 1980-something..." This was done so the writers could use any '80s references without worrying about what year they were representing.
In Adam's bedroom, there is a poster, "Revenge of the Jedi". For a brief time, the movie was to be released with this title, and thousands of pre-release teaser posters had been distributed. Before the release, though, George Lucas felt that Jedi Knights wouldn't seek revenge, and the title was changed to Return of the Jedi. Original Revenge teaser posters are now worth a lot of money.
In nearly every episode, somebody's language is censored. Each Goldberg has been censored so far, except Erica.
A running joke throughout the series, is that Adam goes by the name "Adam F. Goldberg", because there is another Adam Goldberg at the school. This is a reference to the fact that Adam F. Goldberg shares the name of another Adam Goldberg in the Screen Actors Guild, known for such movies as Saving Private Ryan (1998) and A Beautiful Mind (2001).
Some ideas that were pitched for 80s themed episodes were passed on, due to the cost of obtaining the rights (for example: Michael Jackson).
One of Adam F. Goldberg's friends saw some of his videos and convinced Adam in 2006 to make a show about his family but said his family was too crazy. After his first show got canceled, "Breaking In" he tried to think of a show to make. Then, he remembered what his friend said and made "The Goldbergs" on ABC
Even though Hayley Orrantia plays the older sister she is actually four months younger than Troy Gentile, who plays her younger brother.
Set in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Barry can be seen wearing a Philadephia Flyers jersey in most of the episodes.
Every episode starts out by saying that it is 1980-something. There are 2 episodes that hint what year it is. In the episode "Wingmom" , Erica says that Pops is born in 1903 and that he is 80 years old which means that it is 1983. The other episode, "Just Say No", one of the main storylines is the election between Reagan and Mondale. The election took place in 1984, which hints that it took place in 1984.
Many non-Jewish viewers are confused about what they see as conflicting signs about the family's religion. On the one hand, there are many implications and statements on the show that the Goldbergs are a Jewish family (for example, Beverly's insistence that her family should enthusiastically participate in "Super Hanukkah"), while on the other hand, they have been shown eating pork and shrimp. However, the viewers who consider their consumption of non-Kosher foods to be a sign that the Goldbergs are not Jewish are probably unaware that (according to a 2013 Pew research poll) only about twenty-two percent of Jews in the U.S. report keeping Kosher in any way.
A 3rd episode gives away a year. 1987. When Barry misses a Flyers game and the goalie scores a goal. The Flyers' goalie, Ron Hextall, was the 1st goalie in NHL history to shoot and score.
In the movie Good Luck Chuck (2007), Troy Gentile (Barry Goldberg), plays a younger version of Dan Fogler, who plays his Uncle Marvin on this show.
It has been confirmed that when the show's run is close to being over, or is over, a spin-off series taking place in the 1990s will be made, focusing around Coach Meller (Bryan Callen), who is the Jenkintown High School P.E. and health teacher.
Clips from the show are used on the 80s on 8 SiriusXM channel's segments called "Growing Up 80s".
In almost every episode, Barry Goldberg can be seen wearing an orange long-sleeved hockey shirt of his favorite team.
While a guest at Conan (2010), Jeff Garlin promoted Longmire (2012) by showing a clip from the show, instead of plugging his own show The Goldbergs, he explained ''Goldberg is a huge hit, No. 3 comedy on TV, Longmire needs help. I love Longmire and I want that show to keep going.''
In the episode "Call Me When You Get There" Beverly states Barry is lactose intolerant. However, Barry is seen drinking milk in the episodes "You're Not Invited" (where Barry drinks a half gallon glass bottle of milk in order to play "spin the bottle") and "Rush" (where Beverly makes Barry her new favorite child, and makes him eat special power chili, and drink buttermilk before hockey practice.)
There are many similarities to The Wonder Years (1988) on this show. The narrator talks about his childhood life. Barry bullies Adam, just like Wayne bullied Kevin. Adam and Dana's relationship is similar to the relationship between Kevin and Winnie Cooper.
In season one, episode fifteen, "Muscles Mirsky", Pops suggests Adam watches When Harry Met Sally... (1989) for tips on how best friends can be of the opposite sex. This movie didn't release until 1989, which sets a late 1989 date for the show.
Ironically, Troy Gentile plays a Jewish character. Non-Jewish folks are referred to as gentiles.
George Segal's name on the show is Albert, a.k.a. "Pops." George Segal played a character named "Albert" in Look Who's Talking (1989) and Look Who's Talking Now (1993).
At times George Segal was unable to make it to set. His scenes were later added in. This can be spotted in certain episodes where he doesn't have direct interaction with the main characters.
Season four, episode ten, "Han Ukkah Solo", is set in the mid-80s, and contains several references to early and mid-80s films, but on television, they watch Ghostbusters II (1989).
When Erika packs up for college she takes down her Christian Slater poster to take with her to college, and we the. see it when she's in her dorm room but when Barry and the JTP go to Erika's room and invades Erika's Privacy we see the Christian Slater poster back on the wall, but then a few episodes later see it back in Erika's dorm room.
Barry wears a faded blue, purple, white and green long sleeve polo in every episode.