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Christopher Monigle Christopher Monigle
9/1/2013 10:00am EDT


Created by Adam F. Goldberg

Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 24 at 9PM

Premise: (from ABC's press release, May 2013) Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky 11-year-old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling.

Thoughts: Former Community writer Adam F. Goldberg created this autobiographical sitcom, but do not mistake him with the other Adam Goldberg, the villian of Harmontown. I confused the two for twenty seconds one day. The production team has fun with the 80s setting. The mother's entire look is outrageously 80s, from the big hair to the multi-colored wardrobe. The trailer scenes consistently pokes fun at REO Speedwagon. Jeff Garlin stands out in the role of the father. He's lively and energetic. He's great at physical comedy and one-liners--a comedy tour de force. ABC chose to highlight the family as a whole. I felt bummed out while watching the trailer, though. I didn't feel bummed because I didn't respond to the humor. I felt bummed by the network's idea of the American family. I don't know. I'll give the "Pilot" a look.

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