Did you know there was another Adam Goldberg?  Well, if you watch the Goldbergs, you do.

Adam F. Goldberg is the creator of the hit ABC sitcom, but there is another Adam Goldberg.  An actor who is probably most known for his role of “Lou” in the film Going Under.

The “other” Adam Goldberg had a problem with Adam F. Goldberg using his real name for the show because the actor would sometimes get tweets meant for the show-creator.

So Goldberg the actor tweeted out that The Goldbergs was being moved to a new network and time, which just so happened to be when the actor’s new television show was on.

Not to be outdone, Adam F. Goldberg wrote in a running joke about another Adam Goldberg who was a junior in his high school and didn’t like that they shared the same name.  It all came to a head in an episode where the two Adams met and finally buried their feud.

That’s a bit of the meta-humor that The Goldbergs has to offer, but that’s not all.


Watching the show is a lot like being with your own family.  You might laugh one minute, cringe the next, get emotional, and hear some salty language. Always tastefully censored, of course.

The Goldbergs is a semi-autobiographical television show, and at the end of many episodes, we see some of the real Adam F. Goldberg’s home movies which inspired the story.   That connects the show to reality in a way that no other program does.  Anyone who grew up in the 80s can relate to the trials of the Goldbergs.  It’s like a time capsule of how things once were.

But unlike a lot of shows that bank on nostalgia, the show doesn’t make the 80s the story.  The family is the story, and they could have existed in any age.


The show is flat out funny.  Critiquing comedy is difficult.  There are only so many ways to say that something isn’t funny, and there are only so many ways to say it is.

This show is hilarious.  There are several moments during an episode where I laugh out loud, which is a rarity for me.


The biggest reason why this show works is the writing and the characterization.  The writing is sharp, witty, and brilliant.  The acting phenomenal.  Adam Goldberg has made us care about his family.  He’s made us fall in love with them.  And it’s because he loves them so much.  That love shines through the screen and becomes undeniable.

Give this show a chance.  You won’t regret it.


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Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is the author of several thriller and literary novels. His Bentley Books series introduced the world to sadistic serial killer Bentley Grimes, a villain of unbelievable cruelty and unimaginable coldness. His literary novels are populated with richly drawn characters struggling with issues that affect our society today, such as: homosexuality, alcoholism, family struggles, poverty, greed, and bigotry.

He is an avid sports fan as well as a lover of movies and television.

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