Just one more week until the season four premiere of The Goldbergs on ABC, and once again, The Goldbergs cast is bringing iconic 80s and maybe even some 70s moments to the series, beginning with The Breakfast Club. Season four finds the youngest Goldberg, Adam, finally starting high school and trying to reinvent himself. All of the lead characters are back on The Goldbergs cast as the Goldberg kids continue to slowly move away from their “smother,” Beverly.
Like Modern Family, also premiering on Wednesday night, The Goldbergs follows family dynamics with stories that really happened in the lives of the creators of the two shows, per the Inquisitr. Both shows have kids leaving high school for college this season, and viewers will see the stress this puts on the kids and the parents in these scenarios. The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg continues to lean heavily on his own life to amuse his fans with great success.
In the season four premiere of The Goldbergs, the show is taking on perhaps the ultimate tale of 80s teenage angst, The Breakfast Club, as all three Goldberg kids find themselves in weekend detention. The Breakfast Club is #27 on the Hollywood Reporter‘s Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Movies of all time, and it starred Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy, each representing a teen archetype, including a jock, a misfit, a princess, a geek, and a weirdo.
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Season three of The Goldbergs took on the Tom Cruise movie, Risky Business with hilarious results, and reflects the lead, Adam Goldberg’s love of film. Creator Adam F. Goldberg wanted to take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club from the beginning, and now he gets the chance, after pulling off the Ferris Bueller episode in a past season, so Goldberg has fulfilled his wish.
“We decided after the Goonies episode that every year we’re going to do one big “Adam’s Folly” episode and straight up homage to an ’80s movie. We’re already batting around which John Hughes [Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, etc.] movie it will be.”
The link between the 80s and The Goldbergs just got a bit tighter with two guest directors who were also in iconic eighties movies and television, says The Hollywood Reporter. The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg has invited Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains) to each direct episodes of season four, but their episodes do not have an air date yet.
“I am so excited to be working with Joanna Kerns and Lea Thompson! They’ve played such big and influential roles in some of the most iconic and personally impactful TV and movies. Frankly, their work from the ’80s inspired me to be the writer I am today. I’ve already had Lea sign my hoverboard and geeked out about Growing Pains with Joanna.”
And fans of The Goldbergs will geek out right along with Adam as he brings the nostalgia. Kerns confided that in turn, she is a big fan of The Goldbergs.
“I feel privileged to be directing The Goldbergs this season. I love this show; it makes me happy. The scripts are laugh-out-loud funny and this cast is impeccable. As I prep my first episode right now and walk around the sets, it makes you realize how much our lives have changed since the ’80s. Adam has truly captured every nuance. My show, Growing Pains, first aired in 1985 so I can’t help but think that maybe Adam and his family sat on their couch and watched the Seavers on Tuesday nights. Maybe? I’m also pleased that the talented and funny Lea Thompson will be directing this season so there will be two women in the directing chair and looking forward to the day that won’t be news.”
While season four of The Goldbergs will bring about many revelations, including what Erica will do in her quest to win the heart of Geoff from Beverly clone Evelyn.
Will you be watching the season premiere of The Goldbergs next Wednesday?
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