Monday, March 9, 2015

The Goldbergs: 80s do-over (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Adam Goldberg)

Nostalgic TV isn't new. There's MacHale's Navy, Mayberry RFD, Happy Days.

Now there's The Goldbergs, reviving the 80s.

Narrated by the now grown-up Adam Goldberg, he recalls his family tales via his own videotaped history.

Adam and his older brother Barry and oldest sister Erica live in their ranch-style home with their furniture-salesman father, Murray, and s-mother, Beverly.

Into its second season, there are some great scene stealers by Barry (played by Troy Gentile) and the family s-mother (played by Wendy McLendon-Covey).

Possibly one of my favorite episodes was Kara-te. Barry, convinced, he is a karate expert because he endlessly watches Karate Kid and KickBoxer, decides to wow the High School Talent Show with his self-taught moves. Troy Gentile, as Barry, is so over-the-top self-involved that instead of cringing in empathetic embarrassment, I just sit back and laugh at his delusions of grandeure and then hope he wins the school show.

Rugby shirts, warm-ups, leg warmers and VHS all make their appropriate appearance.

Stream the first season of The Goldbergs.

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