Greetings and welcome to my TV review post, this week I am reviewing a new show on E4 called ‘The Goldbergs‘. Writing these TV reviews has been very useful for me in helping me develop my writing style and practice producing content for different mediums, as well as providing an example of my own content generation and management skills, not to mention allowing me to vent on the low quality shows that fill our airwaves. So without further ado lets get to today’s offering.
The Goldbergs is an sitcom based around the life of Adam F Goldberg starring Jeff Garlin of ‘Curb your Enthusiasm‘ fame as the dad of the family and some relative unknowns here in the UK as the rest of the family made up of Mum, older brother and sister plus of course the young Adam. Set in the 1980’s this show is like a funny cross between ‘The wonder years‘ and ‘Arrested Development‘ it even has the same style voice narration over each episode as the wonder years did, I don’t know if this was a conscious decision but the resemblance to ‘the wonder years‘ is striking from casting to narration and even at the conceptual level it’s as though the Arnold’s have moved through time from the 1960’s to become the Goldbergs of the 1980’s. The production values are as you would expect from Hollywood very high no dodgy visuals or drone shot cutaway’s here! backed up with excellent writing and a stellar cast, makes for most enjoyable sitcom especially if like myself you were a child of Adam’s age in the 1980’s.
As I said being a child of the 1980’s myself this show brings back many fond memories from the ridiculous fashions and hair styles to the little things like having to share the house phone and television. The characters are instantly likable from the over protective mum played brilliantly by Wendi McLendon-Covey to the dim witted older brother ‘Barry’ also well acted by Troy Gentile, the loud brash nature of the show is indicative of the era in which it is set, an era in which shell suits were big and the trainers were even bigger(fond memories of pestering my parents for some Reebok pumps) which has put some people off the show but to my mind totally enhances the shows believe-ability. The situational comedy is all credible if you come from a large family it is likely that some of these things happened to you.
Having already made two series of this show which have aired in the US but has only now reached the UK, I am looking forward to seeing more of the Goldbergs and the laugh out loud moments it produces. It takes a new twist on the dysfunctional family sure they bicker, squabble, fight but they do love each other. The secondary cast members Albert “pops” Solomon the maternal grandfather makes regular appearances and has many of the best visual jokes for example the apron with “eat my meat” on as they prepare to have the neighbors over for a barbecue had me chortling, with cameos from Tim Meadows and Charlie Sheen this looks set to be one of the Hit comedies of the year. My only gripe with the show is the classic US cheese that creeps it’s way in, either through the voice narration or in plot resolution itself. In conclusion this is a brilliant show that you should definitely be watching especially if you were a fan of the wonder years or lived in the 1980’s.