TV Review: The Goldbergs Season 3 Premiere


I have pretty much binge watched The Goldbergs Season 1 and 2 and in turn have fallen in love with the dysfunctional family that lived during the 80s. The throwbacks to anything concerning the decade are awesome. The humor is also outrageous but also from the heart. For those reasons, I dig the show a ton. It’s also apparent that I am one and the same with Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone), based on the show’s creator Adam F. Goldberg.

The season 3 opener of the program begins with son Barry (Troy Gentile) trying to mimic Tom Cruise’s sock slide from Risky Business. The theme continues on, with Barry, Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) trying to throw a “kick-ass Risky Business” party, until the overbearing mother in Erica Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) puts a stop to it. She also begins to take Lainey under her wing much to the anger of Barry and Erica.

Meanwhile, Adam is dealing with a long distance relationship and his father (Jeff Garlin) trying to limit it due to the phone bill being so high. After two seasons of Adam being showcased as a kid, it is clear to see that the show might have some difficulty with Giambrone’s Adam shifting away from 80’s toys and more into the realm of teenager-dom. We will have to see how that it is handled.

Whatever the case, the beginning of Season 3 keeps The Goldbergs formula strong, knowing how to go over the top with ridiculousness of the family, while at the same time ending the episode with a more moral note of love, trust, and trying. Also, you can’t have a true episode without a home video featuring Adam F. Goldberg. That’s here as well, in addition to a hilarious rap video by “Big Tasty.” Truly hilarious.

Season 3 of the show seems to have a lot of promise and I can’t wait. Seems like you can take away the risky; The Goldbergs look like they are ready to get down to business once again.

Rating: 9/10

The Goldbergs airs at 8:30 pm Wednesdays on ABC

Logan J. Fowler is a senior writer and video game editor on He contributes his thoughts every week for Trailer Tuesday and has his own column called “A Link to the Past.” Logan’s “kid at heart” nature has led to his discussion about pop culture that many geeks love to talk about, including superheroes, Super Mario Bros., Pixar, and Muppets, among other things. In addition, one of his first pieces for the site, “Top Ten Comic Book Movies,” was picked as a “Freshly Pressed” piece by WordPress and remains one of the site’s most well-read articles. Currently, Logan works as a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Roosevelt School in Manville NJ. He graduated from Wagner College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and in 2007 with a Master of Science in Education Degree in Birth-6th Grade Literacy. He also holds a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification from Rutgers. Many of Logan’s friends have said that he moonlights as Spider-Man but this is so not true. Wait, are those police sirens I’m hearing?! Gotta go! -thwipp-

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