Kick it Back to the 1980s
BY MERRITT ANDERSON ON OCTOBER 18, 2013
“The Goldbergs” is a new show on ABC about a family from the 1980s and what a normal life would have been like for any family in that time. As the last generation of ‘90s babies to go through high school, most of our parents grew up in the ‘80s. My mom is always ranting about some song or band or hairstyle that she remembers or was “in” when she was my age. “The Goldbergs” gives a good idea of what their life was actually like, and an insight on how much times have really changed. To put things into perspective, Adam is the very first person on their block to get a video camera...now the first kid to get the new iPhone is the “cool kid on the block.”
Watching the intro of the show might as well be the whole the thing in itself. It flashes back to all of the monumental things that were in the ‘80s and really takes you back to simpler times.
The mother of the family, Beverly Goldberg, is an over-protective, smothering mother who cannot bear the idea of her children growing up. The father is Murray Goldberg who is tough and shows his affection through ways that just aren’t too affectionate. Though he loves his children, he’s your typical overbearing dad. The oldest child is Erica Goldberg, a high school knock-out who, like any teenage girl, is more consumed in herself and her life than anything that has to do with her family. The middle child is Barry Goldberg, a meaty, overdramatic boy who turns 16 in the first episode and pitches a fit about anything that has to do with a car. The youngest, Adam Goldberg, is the voice of the show, and as the baby of the family is just trying to grow up and get a hold on his life. He fights the awkwardness of being a tween and trying to talk to girls with the help of his grandpa, Pop. Pop might as well be a god to the children. He does everything he can to please them even if it is against the parents, but that’s why they’re all so in love with him.
Most of the show is fun and interesting just because of the time period, but that is all it really has going for itself. The actual substance of the show is shallow and meaningless, though at the end gets a little deeper by going to the bottom of family problems and relationships. It may not be the best show on TV but, but it was catchy enough for me to tune in next Monday. So kick it back to the ‘80s. If you’re brave, go find out what your mom or dad might have been like in high school.