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->''"When it comes to my childhood, I may not always remember exactly when something happened or exactly who was there. But I do know that it was nineteen eighty-something and it...was...awesome. "''
-->--'''Adam Goldberg'''

''The Goldbergs'' is an American period sitcom on Creator/{{ABC}}. The first episode premiered on September 24, 2013 to a viewing audience of 8.94 million viewers. The show revolves around the life of 12-year-old Adam Goldberg and his family during [[TheEighties the 1980s]]. He regularly has to deal with his older sister Erica, older brother and middle child Barry, as well as his parents Beverly and Murray. His maternal grandfather "Pops" is also a member of the main cast. The show features a mix of traditional camerawork as well as "home footage" taken from Adam's camera.

Not to be confused with the old time radio/sitcom ''[[NamesTheSame The Goldbergs]]'' from the early 50s. [[WildMassGuessing Or maybe not...]]

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!!The show provides the following tropes:
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Adam's gym teacher, Mr. Mellor, keeps calling him Goldfarb, even when his name's written on the gym shirt. It's only until Adam does one pull-up on the fitness test that the gym teacher calls him Goldberg. This becomes a RunningGag as time goes on. Every so often the main conflict of the show is Adam vs. Mellor. Once Adam masters the particular skill Mr. Mellor wants him to, he calls Adam by his real name.
** Mellor, however, consistently refers to Erica and Barry as "Goldberg".
-->'''Mellor''': (To Adam) "Nice one, Goldfarb!" (to Barry, right after) "Walk it off, Goldberg!"
** Happens with Pop-Pop calling Adam "Barry."
* TheAce: Ruben Amaro, Jr, even to the point he plays Ball Ball better than Barry does!
* {{Adorkable}}: Adam and Barry. Flashbacks show that Erica used to be this.
--> '''Adam Goldberg:''' I was so excited for my dad to get home I could ''barely'' enjoy my algebra homework.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents:
** Beverly, of course. Murray also has his moments.
** Pops still can embarrass his daughter, Beverly.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The family is named Goldberg, and a lot of stereotypical Jewish slang is used, but it's never a plot point.
** The family are not troubled by kosher law--Beverley prides herself on shellfish and they practically lived in their local Chinese restaurant where Barry had a dish, containing an excess of ''pork'', named after him. On the other hand, this isn't particularly indicative--a ''lot'' of Jews in the 1980s (as today!) were not only Reform, but more or less completely non-religious, and eat pork regularly.
** In one episode where Adam and Dana have to take care of a Cabbage Patch Kid for health class, Beverly butts in trying to be the best bubbie, or grandmother.
** Erica wants her stage name to be "Riki Gold" because "Goldberg is ... you know."
** "A Christmas Story" confirms that the Goldbergs celebrate Hanukkah. Their neighbours the Kremps are awkwardly unsure about whether inviting a neighbouring family of a clearly different cultural background to ''Christmas'' celebrations is giving offence.
--> Hello...Goldbergs! We've been expecting you! Happy Chris... Winter Fest.... Yule....
** In the episode "Tasty Boys", Barry and Adam mention that the members of the Music/BeastieBoys are fellow "members of the tribe".
** In "The Dirty Dancing Dance", Murray mentions that he stepped on a glass at his wedding.
** In "Big Orange," Barry pays Adam and Erica to investigate who destroyed his favorite shirt with $7000, all of it being his Bar Mitzvah money.
* AnachronismStew[=/=]ComicBookTime: The show refuses to say specific years, as each episode begins with present-day Adam saying the date followed by "1980-something".
** The exact year is deliberately left ambiguous. For instance in one episode Adam and Pops are wearing ''Ghostbusters'' costumes, which would put the time 1985 or later. But in another episode Murray is watching the Phillies in the World Series which would put it in either 1980 or 1983. Yet everyone is the exact same age.
** The pop culture (obsession with ''Film/TheKarateKid'', for example) would place it around 1984-1986, yet Barry wanted "pump" running shoes, which weren't introduced until 1989.
** And then an episode takes place with the theatrical debut of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' as a plot point, which was released in 1983.[[note]] In fact, there's another anachronism in that episode ("A Wrestler Named Goldberg"); Barry joins the wrestling team and thinks it'll be like WWE (referred to by its earlier name of WWF in the episode), coming up with a wrestling name and trying to hit people with chairs, et al. WWE didn't really hit its level of popularity until about 1984, and "WrestleMania" and those stuffed WWE buddies didn't exist in '83 either. [[/note]]
** Staying with movies, one episode involves Adam wanting to see ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' while Beverly suggests ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''; they came out in 1982 and 1986 respectively. To be fair, Adam said ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' was playing in the dollar theater, so it was probably a re-release.
** Another episode takes place on Adam's birthday, showing Murray Goldberg and Pops watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mystery_of_Al_Capone%27s_Vaults Geraldo Rivera "Al Capone's Vault" special]]. The special aired April 21, 1986.
** The Thanksgiving episode features Uncle Marvin buying a [=DeLorean=]. Early on, Adam asks Marvin if it can travel through time, an obvious nod to ''Film/BackToTheFuture,'' but later on Pops hears news reports on the arrest of John [=DeLorean=] for drug trafficking. That happened in October 1982, three years before ''Back to the Future'' premiered.
** One episode involves the Mondale-Reagan presidential election of 1984. This same episode also mentions ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'', the premiere special of which aired in 1989,[[note]]Thus, creating another minor anachronism in that episode ("Just Say No"), as ''AFV'' didn't become a regular series until January 1990, two months after the special aired, and was actually identifiable with 1990s pop culture (although the premiere special did place among the Top 20 most-watched shows on the week it aired in November '89). In fact, the clip of original host Bob Saget that was used in the episode was taken from a 1990 episode.[[/note]] and ''Series/AmericanGladiators'', which also premiered in '89.
** However, the most {{egregious}} example would come from "The Adam Bomb", which has the fall of the Berlin Wall (which occurred, albeit in 1989, in ''November'') take place in '''''April'''''.
*** Likewise, the ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' episode, which has homecoming take place in April. The Homecoming game is the first game a football team plays at their home school, as opposed to away. By April, football season is over.
** The usual "April Nineteen Eighty-Something" date isn't given in Season 3's "A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party." However, Martika's "Toy Soldiers" plays as a running theme throughout the episode, and it was released in January of 1989. The ending shows Adam and Dana watching Halley's Comet, which last appeared Feb. 9, 1986.
** {{Lampshaded}} in an episode that shows the Times Square New Year's Eve ball dropping on TV. Right as the year is being shown, Barry stands in front of the screen, blocking the final digit.
** The closest any character comes to explicitly mentioning the year is in the episode "Wingmom". During a conversation with Adam, Erica tells him that Pops is 80 years old, and that he was born in 1903...you do the math. (WordOfGod is that this exchange was worded very carefully however, so as to leave open the possibility that it was an exaggeration.)
* AngryDance: In "The Dirty Dancing Dance", Barry encourages Erica to do one like on ''Film/{{Footloose}}'', and demonstrates by doing the warehouse dance in the school gym.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling:
** Barry and Erica sometimes see Adam as this.
** And Erica sees Barry as such, too.
** Murray's younger brother is this.
* AprilFoolsPlot: "The Adam Bomb", in which an EscalatingWar against the Goldberg brothers gets out of hand.
* AsHimself: Creator/WeirdAlYankovic appears as himself in the episode "Weird Al."
* BadLiar: Barry couldn't lie his way out of a wet paper bag to save his life.
* BandGeek: Johnny Atkins is this.
* BatmanGambit: Adam gets Murray to buy him a fencing sword by taking up the fencing team. All so he can have a prop for his Princess Bride scenes.
** One episode has Barry and his friends get Adam to try and hack the school computer to change their grades. Adam doesn't know how, so he tricks them into actually studying for the history test.
** Happens again on "In Conclusion, Thanksgiving" when Adam finds out that Murray gets teary-eyed listening to "Cat's in the Cradle," using it to get a new lens for his camera. Beverly finds out and uses it to have Murray invite Pop-Pop over for Thanksgiving.
* BigBrotherBully: Barry has been shown to be this to Adam, but lets him take off his glasses first and never actually hurts him. He goes full throttle in "For Your Own Good" when Adam asks him to be his bodyguard on the school bus and Barry becomes the new bully instead.
* BigBrotherMentor: Barry's advice to Adam is...usually not very good.
* BilingualBackfire: In 'The President's Fitness Test,' Erica has a French exchange student over. Barry has Erica translate pick-up lines for him, only for her to mess around with it. Eventually, Pops can't stand it and tells Barry what he's been saying, much to both his and Erica's surprise.
* BrickJoke:
** In the pilot, Beverly tells the cop who arrests Pops and the boys "Memorize this face. it will haunt your dreams!" The same cop later appears several times throughout the series, always frightened and/or annoyed when Beverly arrives.
** In the episode "Cowboy Country", while Bill and Murray argue about which football team is the best, Barry says, "Can't we all agree the Giants suck?" In the later episode "Bill/Murray," [[spoiler:after Barry and Lainey were kissing in the broom closet, Bill and Murray have to visit principal Ball. Ball reveals he is a fan of the Giants, to which Bill and Murray start laughing, saying that they suck. This starts their friendship.]]
** In "Edward 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards", Adam and Barry get in an argument over the difference in sounds between SarcasticClapping and actual applause after Barry mistakes Adam's sarcastic clapping for applause. Later, in "Have a Summer", they get in another argument over what showers sound like after Barry makes a shower sound when threatening to put Adam in the locker rooms showers for Freshman Fear Week.
** The Heart song "Alone" is heard when Geoff is longing for an uninterested Erica in season 2. Two seasons later, it is used again when the situation is reversed.
* BrutalHonesty: Murray is blunt about the truth, especially when it comes to Barry being a moron.
* ButtMonkey: Barry is shown to be this at times, sometimes at his own doing.
** Adam is just as likely to get his own moments as well.
* CallingMeALogarithm: Adam is confused when Beverly mashes up Nintendo and Atari to make Nintardo.
* CallingYourAttacks: Barry does this when performing his version of "kara-te". Lampshaded by Adam:
--> '''Adam:''' You know, I was thinking, it might be better if you didn't call out your moves first.
* {{Calvinball}}: Ball-Ball, in "Stop Arguing and Start Thanking", "A Christmas Story", and "Edward 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards".
* CasualSportsJersey: Barry mostly wears a sports jersey that he nicknames Big Orange. When his mother and girlfriend [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidentally]] damage it, he has a mental breakdown and claims that he'll never be happy again.
* CelebrityLie: When Beverly becomes regional manager for Hands Across America, she claims that she got Creator/ScottBaio to come to convince Barry and Erica to take part. When she can't, she claims to have gotten a bigger celebrity - a Creator/BenjaminFranklin impersonator.
* CelebrityParadox: Charlie Sheen shows up in the "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" parody episode reprising his role from the film. A funny cameo, but logically confusing considering that the movie exists as fiction in the show and the characters have seen it.
** According to WordOfGod, the show's creators take this trope into consideration whenever they cast a big-name actor to appear as a character.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Murray takes off his pants as soon as he gets home and lounges around in his shirt and briefs.
* ContinuityNod: A brief reference to Erica's fake ID from "Love Is a Mix Tape" occurs in "Lucky."
* CoolOldGuy: Pops, of course.
* CoordinatedClothes: In "Couple Costumes", Adam and Dana dress as the alien and Ripley from ''Film/{{Alien}}'', respectively, for Halloween. It is also revealed that Beverly always dressed to match Adam's costume against his wishes; this year she went as the Film/{{Predator}}, using the ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' comic book as an excuse. (Adam chose Alien thinking it was mom-proof.)
** In "Stefan King," [[spoiler: Barry]] puts on an Audrey II costume, to Erica's Audrey. His original plan was to be [[Film/HarryAndTheHendersons Harry]]
* CurbStompBattle: In-universe and in real life, this was pretty much what the 1984 presidential election was for Erica, with Walter Mondale winning only one state.
* CutHimselfShaving: Or in Adam's case, broke his arm dancing to George Michael on camera.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Pops has his lapses in judgment, but the man is a World War II veteran and gives good advice sometimes.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates:
** Barry is this to Lainey after her father forbids her from dating him after her father, a Dallas Cowboys fan, is insulted by Barry and Murray, who are diehard Philadelphia Eagles fans.
** One episode has Erica dating Johnny Atkins who really irks Murray.
* DawsonCasting: In Season 1, we already have 20-year-old Troy Gentile and 19-year-old Hayley Orrantia as high school-aged Barry and Erica, with Erica ironically being the older sibling in-universe. In Season 2, we now have 21-year-old Gentile and 20-year-old Orrantia. And now it's been renewed for a ''third'' season...
* {{Dedication}}:
** The season 1 episode, "A Wrestler Named Goldberg", was dedicated to The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior.
** The season 3 episode, "Big Orange", was dedicated to Ed Snider, the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers.
* DidIMentionItsChristmas: In the talent show episode Christmas decorations are on display in the school gym, but no mention is ever made of it, and it has no bearing on the plot. Also, there are no decorations at the Goldberg's house. (See AmbiguouslyJewish above.)
%%** Also occurs in "The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet"
* TheDitz: Barry.
* TheDreaded: Beverly's got this reputation at her kids' school.
* DreadfulMusician : Adam gets the lead in the school play, despite his cracking voice. He does, however, have enthusiastic dance moves.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The show originally featured a lot of "found footage" taken from Adam's compulsive camerawork which is something [[TruthInTelevision the real Adam]] did a lot (this is where the footage at the ends of episodes comes from). However this was abandoned towards the end of the first season and the real aspects are usually before the credits.
** The first episode had Pops cause a car crash due to the implied start of Alzheimer's disease. This aspect of the character was severely toned down and he became more of a typical CoolOldGuy.
** In the pilot, Murray has a heart condition that forces him to stop yelling and take deep breaths whenever he gets too mad. After that episode it is never mentioned again.
* EccentricMentor:
%%** Pops.
** Barry anytime he tries to teach Adam about being a man.
* EggSitting: Done with Cabbage Patch Kids dolls in "Happy Mom, Happy Life".
* TheEighties
* EightiesHair: Beverly.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: In "The Adam Bomb," Barry plasters one of these all over Adam's room. The real one is shown in the credits of the episode.
* EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas: To show up the Kremps, Beverly turns Hanukkah into "Super Hanukkah", which basically turns it into Christmas. Pops is not too happy about it.
* ExactWords: In one episode, Beverly promises to Principal Ball she won't show up at the school to talk with him about anything. She later shows up outside his kitchen while he's eating dinner with his family.
* FamilyTitle
* FanDumb: InUniverse, Murray is the Chicken Little version of this trope when it comes to his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He considers the season over on the first play of the first game.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling:
** Erica is the most responsible of the Goldberg children, usually having to help Barry and/or Adam out of trouble.
** Adam can be either foolish or responsible. When dealing with Erica, he's usually the fool; when dealing with Barry he's usually responsible.
** Barry is the least responsible of the children. He's the most likely to get into trouble and need help from the others.
** Also shown in the Thanksgiving episodes is Murray being the responsible to his younger brother Marvin's foolish.
* FrozenInTime: "It was mid-April, 19-eighty-something..." The show purposely plays loose with the timeline in order to cram in as many '80s references as possible and to keep the family in a specific era as long as possible.
* GenderFlip: Erica. The real Adam Goldberg has two older brothers, Eric and Barry.
* TheGenericGuy: Dan, a recurring minor character, exists specifically to fulfill this role. Lampshaded heavily.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Barry claims to have one of these that he met in summer camp. The rest of the family mocks him mercilessly, and Erica notes that she was at camp with him but never saw his supposed girlfriend.
* GirlyRun: Barry. One has to see it; a description does not do it justice.
* GoToYourRoom: Adam apes Andrew Dice Clay and his telling of Old Mother Hubbard to Pops. Pops doesn't like the punchline and tells Adam to go to his room!
* GrumpyOldMan: Pop-Pop (Murray's father) is this.
* GuiltyPleasures: Probably lots, but The New Kids On The Block are referred to as this.
* GymClassHell: [[SadistTeacher Mr Mellor]] is an interesting example. Played straight when putting Adam through torment and deliberately getting his name wrong as "Goldfarb" - but he shows interesting aversions, such as genuinely trying to give pastoral guidance to Adam even when it inconveniences him, and displaying well-intended ineptitude when genuinely listening to his pupils' criticisms of the delivery of PE teaching at their school, and periodically allowing them to try to improve the classes. If only to demonstrate that his way is better.
* HollywoodHacking: Played with. Barry and his friends want Adam to hack the school to get them good grades. Adam has no idea how to do any computer hacking, so he does the next best thing: hack their brains by tricking them into actually studying for their history test!
* HopelessSuitor: Barry was originally this to Lainey in season 2 until they finally got together. Geoff Schwartz is also this to Erica despite his best efforts.
* HumiliationConga: In "The Kremps," Barry finds a recording of a phone conversation between Erica and a friend, in which she talks about wanting to get together with the new neighbors' eldest son[[note]]Barry and Erica had been fighting over the phone for part of the episode, Erica had caught Barry calling a 976 number earlier that episode and threatened to tell their parents.[[/note]]. When Erica tries to grab the answering machine, both siblings fight for it and accidentally send it flying onto the floor, resulting in another part of the call playing in front of Erica's crush. Barry and Erica start fighting, while Beverly tries to break them up, she sees that Murray has fallen asleep, leading to a bleeped PrecisionFStrike that results in an OhCrap expression from Beverly as everyone looks in shock.
--> '''Beverly:''' Murray, wake the f**k up.
* TheILoveYouStigma: The second season finale, "Goldbergs Feel Hard" is all about this. Barry warns Adam about saying it to Dana, but then says it to Lainey and gets upset when she doesn't say it back. Adam, meanwhile, tries to retrieve a love letter she left Dana. All the while, Beverly pressures Murray into telling Erica he loves her, then gets upset when Erica doesn't say it back.
* InAnotherMansShoes: In "Dance Party USA", Erica returns to her former nerdy look after getting Barry's pink eye and accidentally breaking her teeth. This leads her to be treated as a loser, making her realize that is how her brother is treated every day.
* InitiationCeremony: In the Season 3 finale, "Have A Summer," all the 8th graders are thrown by older students into the showers as part of Freshman Week. Adam gets out of it by bodyslamming Barry in an adrenaline fueled frenzy, which humiliates him in front of the school. Barry later reveals that only the cool kids get thrown in the shower, and he never got hazed when it was his time.
* InsultBackfire: In the Season 4 premiere, based off of TheBreakfastClub, Adam tries to play up his bad boy persona, even using the same BarryManilow comment Bender uses in the film for Principal Ball. He replies that he's "quite the fan-ilow".
* ItsAlwaysSpring[=/=]CaliforniaDoubling: Some episodes are explicitly dated to wintertime, but except for the third-season episode "A Christmas Story" there is never any snow on the ground, the leaves are always out on the trees, and the characters never wear heavy coats. This is in suburban Philadelphia.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: A lot of Pops' humor in "The Darryl Dawkins Dance" comes from the fact that he's irritated that his grandson won't hit him with a car. What happened was that in this episode, Adam saw ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', in which [[spoiler:Optimus dies]], prompting him to make a fan movie to right that wrong, in which Pops played Optimus Prime. Before he got to that, Murray gave Adam a brief death talk, saying that Adam shouldn't worry about dying until he's an old man, which caused Adam to begin worrying about Pops dying. So when Adam and Pops got to filming later, Adam changed the script so that Pops wouldn't have to get hit by a car, a script change that made Pops mad. The rest of the episode has jokes based around the absurdity of a man mad that his grandson won't run him over with a car.
* JewishAmericanPrincess: Erica. She can get very demanding and imperious.
* JewishMother: Beverly. Definitely Beverly.
* KavorkaMan: Albert.
* KickingMyOwnButt: Barry when he confronts the Meadowbrook Mafia in "Just Say No".
* LogoJoke: Instead of the normal Adam F. Goldberg Productions logo, "12 Tapes for a Penny" was produced by "Doug Fell Productions", to keep with the episode's gag of using fake names.
* LimitedWardrobe: "Big Orange" is all about Barry's favorite orange Flyers shirt. Even with Lainey and Beverly getting him to buy new clothes...he's right back in it!
* LineOfSightName : Shrimpson.
** "George! George Glass" has Adam wanting to do this to impress Waffle Girl, but Erica beats him to it by saying her new boyfriend is Jordan Wahlberg. Of course her facade falls apart in front of the JTP.
* LoveEpiphany: Erica realizes she likes her HopelessSuitor Geoff Schwartz...[[UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo just as Geoff finally moves on and starts dating someone else]].
* LoveLetterLunacy: Adam in "Goldbergs Feel Hard" tries to retrieve the letter he left Dana in her locker.
* MamaBear: In Couples Costume, Beverly, in a Predator costume, helps Adam look for his Green Lantern ring in a haunted house while not only fending off the monsters (Frat boys in costume), pulling Erica off a makeout session, and carrying Barry in her arms after he sprained his ankle.
* MeddlingParents: Beverly, naturally.
* TheMentor: Pops dispenses wisdom to everyone from time-to-time, but mostly Adam.
* TheMovieBuff: Adam.
* MsFanservice: Erica, full stop, in "Who Are You Going to Telephone?" The odd part is that she was dressed as Jane Goodall for her Halloween costume, though Goodall never bared any midriff. In fact, if her shirt was plaid and the shorts were denim, she would have been more believable as [[TheDukesOfHazzard Daisy Duke]].
* MyBelovedSmother:
** Beverly again. Hell, Narrator!Adam even calls her that.
** Betsy Rubenstone
* [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg My Friends And David Kim]]
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: When Barry is trying to hit on the French exchange student staying with the Goldbergs, Erica "translates" his rap song into French for him. He performs the piece blissfully unaware that he is confessing his lifelong bed-wetting habit which has defeated even the strongest rubber sheet.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Adam wins his fencing match in the episode, "As You Wish" by quoting that line repeatedly.
* MythologyGag: In "Baio and Switch" the Ben Franklin impersonator references something happening in the year "seventeen eighty-something"
** In "Double Dare", Dave Kim remarks that Adam's voice is unfit to ever be on television. This joke contains multiple levels of FridgeBrilliance.
* NamesTheSame: Since entering high school, Adam has had trouble with an older student due to having the same name.
* {{Nerd}}: Adam, full stop.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The early advertisements made it out to be a wacky 80's period piece full of pop culture a la "That 70's Show." The 80's are really just background. It's really a character driven comedy about the family. In fact it could easily be updated to modern times and you could have the exact same show.
** Averted after the second season when the show became much more pop-culture oriented with almost every episode being built around a show, movie or celebrity from the '80s.
* NoIndoorVoice:, as opposed to the Kremps.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Barry makes fun of Adam and his nerd friends for playing Dungeons & Dragons, but he has his own character sheet made up and has memorized the rules... just in case they ever ask him to play.
* NostalgicNarrator: Adam narrates every episode, and the entire premise of the show--and much of its humor--depends on nostalgia and the awkward naïveté of Adam's adolescence.
* TheNotLoveInterest: [[HeterosexualLifePartner Adam's best friend Emmy.]] Her introduction episode had a classic ShesNotMyGirlfriend setup but it ends with the two reaffirming that they just want to be friends. The stinger during the credits confirmed that they did indeed [[JustFriends only remain friends.]]
* OhCrap: Whenever something's that kind of moment, Adam screams out "Oh balls!"
* OnceASeason:
** So far, every season has featured one episode that parodies a classic 1980's movie...Goonies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Risky Business, and The Breakfast Club, respectively.
** Also once a season is an appearance by Uncle Marvin during Thanksgiving.
** Also at the end of the season, Adam is seen taping one of the happy moments at the end of the episode as Narrator!Adam remembers it'll always be 1980-something to him. The camera is zoomed in on as we get a montage of clips from the season which have the show footage mixed in with the original home footage.
* OncePerEpisode: This is about how often characters swearing gets bleeped out.
* OneOfUs: Adam and Dave Kim. Also Erica, though she desperately hopes nobody finds out.
* ParentalFavoritism: Beverly and Murray aren't ashamed to admit that [[MommasBoy Adam]] and [[DaddysGirl Erica]] are their respective favorites. Everyone is also aware that Barry is TheUnfavorite.
* ParentalSubstitute: Beverly is this to Lainey.
* PissTakeRap: Barry "Big Tasty" Goldberg's specialty.
* {{Pixelation}}: Every time a character swears, their mouth is pixelated. It has been PlayedForLaughs in at least three occasions, where pixelating the mouth was completely unnecessary. The first was a school mascot, the second a ventriloquist dummy, the third an [[Theater/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey II]] costume.
* PlanningWithProps: Adam uses his action figures to plan for his TwoTimerDate in "Baio and Switch". He's [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo]], Dana is [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Leia]], Emmy is ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk and David Kim is a Franchise/{{Transformer|s}}.
* PreciousPuppy: Season 3 introduces Lucky, a dog that the actual Goldbergs had in the 80s.
* PrecisionFStrike: Delivered, and bleeped, nearly OnceAnEpisode. Usually it's from Beverly, but nearly everyone has gotten into the act.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) is promoted to series regular in Season 3, after having more or less acting as a FakeGuestStar for most of Season 2.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: In 'A Wrestler Named Goldberg,' Murray has to break it to Barry that it's not real, even when he's coming up with a finisher and backstory.
* RealitySubtext: In season four, Adam repeatedly asks people to refer to him as Adam F Goldberg in order to avoid being confused with another kid at school named Adam Goldberg. While it works as a joke within the context of the show, the real reason for this is to be a light-hearted TakeThat to real-life actor Adam Goldberg, who has angrily complained about being confused with the shows similarly named creator.
* RealPersonCameo: Creator Adam Goldberg based the bus bully in "For Your Own Good" on ''Film/WereTheMillers'' producer JC Spink who used to bully Goldberg when they were kids. Spink cameos in the episode as the school bus driver.
** In "Double Dare", the real "Handsome Ben" Bauman and "Regular Amy" Gross cameoed as the ''Double Dare'' producers.
* {{Retcon}}:
** The first Halloween episode plot deals with Adam breaking his childhood tradition of trick-or-treating with Pops. In season 3's Halloween show, this is ignored and it is instead shown via flashbacks that Adam had always (reluctantly) trick-or-treated with Beverly.
** A line in "I Rode a Hoverboard" reveals that Lainey's father is a crooked lawyer. In later episodes he is shown to be a tile salesman.
* RiskyBusinessDance: Barry tries to do it in "A Kick-ass Risky Business Party", but he keeps slipping and running into things, while Beverly warns him against "[[PersonAsVerb Tom Cruising]]" all over the house. Later [[spoiler:Beverly herself does the dance (fully-clothed) to embarrass the other kids and break up the WildTeenParty.]]
* RousingSpeech: Barry gives one (with a tip of the cap to ''Film/{{Election}}'') in "The Other Smother" [[spoiler:to get elected class treasurer]]. It's basically a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about moms who interfere in their children's lives, and even his opponent gives him a standing ovation.
* RunningGag:
** Whenever Beverly goes to complain to someone, she starts out by saying "thank you for agreeing to meet with me on such short notice," which is followed by the other person pointing out that she just barged in at an inopportune moment against their will.
** Similarly, Barry often injects himself into conversations with the line: "You've come to the right place." when in fact nobody asked for his help.
** The Goldbergs blowing through the stop sign at the end of their street.
** Pops gives advice, which is then either ignored, misinterpreted, or taken way too literally.
** In later seasons, Pops' first appearance in most episodes shows him holding a martini.
* SafetyWorst: Bev is like this towards Adam, her youngest.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Until the ninth grade, Erica had to wear NerdGlasses and braces, and had stringy hair. Now she's among the hottest girls in school.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: When Beverly loses the Cabbage Patch Kids doll for Adam's EggSitting assignment, she buys one from a man selling toys off the back of his car. It ends up being a "Lettuce Crop Kid" with an ugly, badly designed face.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Beverly to Betsy Rubenstone.
** And now we can add Mrs. Kim to that list.
* SkewedPriorities: In "Couples Costume", Adam runs to Beverly and tells her that Barry broke one of his bones in a haunted house and that he can't move, which worries her a bit. But when he says that Erica hooked back up with a frat boy that she dated, she borrows [[Series/FreshOffTheBoat the Huang family's catchphrase]]: "Oh, HELL no!"
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Adam F. Goldberg's real-life brother Eric was changed into a sister named Erica. WordOfGod says this was to show some of the trends and fads that were issues for teenaged girls in the '80s, since they already had one teenage boy and one junior high boy in the cast.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Adam's bully JC Spink was originally played by child actor Cooper Roth in the first season and then replaced by teen actor Zayne Emory for the second season when the writers needed to show that JC had physically matured faster than late-bloomer Adam.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** In "Lainey Loves Lionel", Barry tries to recreate the video for Lionel Ritchie's "Hello", in which a blind woman makes a clay bust of Ritchie. Trouble is, Barry's sculpting skills are lacking, to say the least, and the results are horrifying to look at. The reveal of each bust is made ten times funnier by having Ritchie softly sing "Hello" after each one.
** In "Smother's Day", Barry and Erica try to make it up to Beverly for forgetting Mother's Day by cooking her breakfast. The soundtrack for this is "The Greatest Love Of All" by Music/WhitneyHouston, an apt selection for such a heartwarming moment... except that the scene shows the stove on fire, the dishwasher overflowing, and the kitchen in general disarray, as Erica and Barry scramble to clean up the mess.
* SpiritualSuccessor : Arguably, with ''Series/TheWonderYears''.
* StageMom: In "The Adam Bomb", Beverly wants to be Erica's "momager".
* StunnedSilence: Adam goes into this when watching ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' as many of his childhood icons die.
* StylisticSuck:
** Adam's videos, based on the ones the real Adam Goldberg made as a kid (such as his Space Camp video or Transformers fan film). They look exactly like what a twelve year old kid with a camcorder would make.
** Barry's attempts at making a bust of Lainey in "Lainey Loves Lionel".
* SoundEffectBleep: Usually, at least once an episode, a character will be muted by the classic "bleep" when they swear.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: [[invoked]] A source of some of the show's humour. "I Drank the Mold" features Erica and Barry trying to get their dad to buy them a CD player ($900 plus tax, if anyone remembers the early-runner prices for gadgets), with Barry even claiming that there will never be anything more advanced. At the end, they also have a run-in with a Discman, which was famous for skips. Adam's boxy video camcorder counts as well.
* TerribleArtist: Barry in "Lainey Loves Lionel".
* ThatNostalgiaShow
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Barry in "The Adam Bomb".
-->'''Barry:''' I feel anger!
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: In "12 Tapes For A Penny", after Adam scams Columbia House to get loads of music tapes on the cheap, Beverly blames Erica, even after Adam confesses to it. Erica then decides that if her mom is going to blame her for everything, she's going to show how bad she can be.
* TheUnsmile: In "Weird Al," Barry and Erica try to help Murry with depression, even asking him to smile. When he does so, they're horrified by it!
* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Murray and Bev have a heartwarming moment at the end of "The Ring" when they finally kiss on camera, much to the squick of the kids.
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: Adam dares Barry to stick his tongue on a pole in "A Christmas Story" as a WholePlotReference to ''Film/AChristmasStory''. Barry gets even by pushing Adam's lips to the pole.
* TooDumbToLive: Barry veers into this territory at times: in the pilot episode, when he drives his grandfather's car for the first time (with the rest of the family in it), he accidentally drives into the garage door when he is supposed to ''back out'' of the driveway (to which Murray intones "I raised a moron"). In "The Kremps," Adam "challenges" (tricks) Barry into climbing up the tree in front of the house... twice.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Surprisingly averted, given that the show is somewhat modeled after 80's shows that were often guilty of this. At least six faculty members are well-developed characters, and all teach different subjects. Additional teachers have appeared briefly or been referenced.
* TwoTimerDate: Adam in "Baio and Switch", when he invites both Emmy and Dana to the dance. He watches a bunch of TV episodes with the same premise for ideas, but finds that they all end in failure. He plans the whole night out with Pops, who claims to have actually achieved it for real. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, both girls find out and cancel it before Adam gets a chance to carry it out. They do eventually both go with Adam after he gives them a heartfelt apology.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: In what other universe but the magic world of television would these parents ever happen? (Interestingly, [[http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/the-goldbergs/ Jeff Garlin isn't exactly as attractive as the real Murray, but the real Beverly was about that hot]].)
* UnreliableNarrator: Narrator!Adam can never seem to remember the exact year whatever story he's telling happened (see the page quote). This is probably why he gets certain cultural phenomena crossed up, like thinking the Phillies were playing in the World Series the same year Ghostbusters was out.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Erica and Geoff Schwartz.
* UnusualEuphemism: Murray tries to have "the talk" with Barry using the names of baseball players instead of the actual body parts involved.
-->'''Barry:''' Oh yeah, you're a Mike Schmidt!
-->'''Murray:''' Get your head out of your Orel Hershiser and get back down here!
* VanityLicensePlate: Uncle Marvin's [[Film/BackToTheFuture DeLorean]] has one reading "CHX DIGIT."
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Premise of the show. To preface this fact, most episodes end with real-life home movies filmed during the decade from which the series is set by creator Adam F. Goldberg featuring his family.
** InUniverse, this happens with Adam and Uncle Marvin going to see ''Film/TheWizard'' and Marvin saying it's based on a true story.
* VocalEvolution: Sean Giambrone, Adam's actor, both in character and real life, has gone through puberty between seasons 2 and 3, making his voice deeper and more nasal.
** A plot point in one of the episodes when the school choir teacher wanted an all-boys concert. All of the auditionees' crackling and off-key voices made the teacher panic about sounding terrible in front of their parents, so when the showbiz news reveals that Music/MilliVanilli were caught lip-synching, Beverly decides to make the choir teacher consider making the boys mouth along to recordings.
* WaxingLyrical: In one episode, after watching the Royal Wedding, Beverly wants to renew her vows. Murray doesn't want to come up with new ones, so he steals the lyrics to the Series/FamilyTies theme song and passes them off as his own. Bev eventually finds out and gets back at him by using the lyrics to Series/TheFactsOfLife
* WellDoneSonGuy: Albert to Murray, his son-in-law, in "You're Underfoot."
** [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter!" Guy]]: In "La Biblioteca Es Libros?" Erica is aghast that not only has Murray failed to acknowledge the good job she does at work & not shared a celebratory beer, he shrugs off Barry's incompetent, moronic, & Noid-esque job as a Domino's delivery boy. Murray makes up for this by coming to her room, congratulating her for her hard work, & shares two beers w/ her, although Beverly catches them & Murray sprung into Dad mode by punishing her for the beers in her room (& silently mouthing "I'm sorry.").
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Barry's attempts at karate in "Kara-Te". [[spoiler:He eventually manages to break a board, but Adam secretly used balsa wood.]]
* WholePlotReference:
** "Goldbergs Never Say Die" is one to ''Film/TheGoonies''.
** "Barry Goldberg's Day Off" to ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. Deconstructs the premise by showing how Bueller's antics [[RealityEnsues would play out in real life]].
*** Complete with Creator/CharlieSheen reprising his role as the guy in the police station.
** "A Kick-ass Risky Business Party" to ''Film/RiskyBusiness''.
** "A Christmas Story" to, well, ''Film/AChristmasStory'', with Adam and Barry reenacting the TongueOnTheFlagpole scene and the episode ending with the Goldbergs and the Kremps having a PekingDuckChristmas.
** "The Dirty Dancing Dance" borrows from both ''Film/DirtyDancing'' and ''Film/{{Footloose}}'', with Erica and Barry, respectively, trying to make their favorite film the theme for the school dance.
** The season 4 premiere is to ''TheBreakfastClub''.
** "Stefan King" is a tribute to the writings of Creator/StephenKing, with Adam's plot a parody of ''Literature/{{Misery}}''[[note]]While the movie version is from 1990, the original novel was published in 1987[[/note]]. Also, Adam dressed as Pennywise the Clown from King's novel, ''Literature/{{It}}''.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: In TheStinger for "Weird Al," Adam sends a demo of a Barry themed cover of the song "Wang Chung (Everybody Have Fun Tonight)" to Weird Al. It doesn't work for him since there's really no context to who's being talked about.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Every time Uncle Marvin shows up, he's already got a new job.
* WildTeenParty:
** Barry and Lainey try to have one inspired by ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' in the episode "A Kick-ass Risky Business Party".
** Barry throws one in the first season finale "Livin' On a Prayer".
* XanatosRoulette: Erica in "The Other Smother".
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Junior high aged versions of political commentator David Sirota and film producer J.C. Spink are recurring minor characters on the show. Former MLB player and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is also a character in one episode. Justified in that all of them attended school with Goldberg in real life.
** This trope applies to Adam as well.
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