Tonight on the eighties nostalgic show The Goldbergs, they’ll take on the hit show from the seventies, The Brady Bunch, with an episode called “George! George Glass,” that was directed by Joanna Kerns of Growing Pains. Both Adam and Erica Goldberg look to the iconic show, The Brady Bunch, for advice in dealing with their respective crushes.
This year, for Season 4, The Goldbergs kicked off with an ode to The Breakfast Club, which found all three Goldberg children in Saturday detention in the library of The William Penn Academy, according to the Inquisitr. The episode started the new season off with mother, or smother, Beverly Goldberg getting her teaching certificate, invading the one place her children felt safe to separate from her. Each season, there has been an episode called “Adam’s Folly,” which is where the show’s creator, Adam F. Goldberg, gets to do a show of his own creation, but that will come later in the season.
Ironically, tonight’s episode of The Goldbergs finds Barry as the only Goldberg kid with a significant other. Erica is still pining for Geoff, and Adam is no longer with Dana, and the two look to The Brady Bunch for relationship inspiration. The Brady Bunch episode, “George! George Glass” finds Jan making up a faux boyfriend so she doesn’t have to admit she is without a boyfriend.
“George! George Glass!” — Erica and Adam both take the lead from TV’s The Brady Bunch and “George Glass” their crushes. Adam risks bodily harm in an intense game of paintball, and Erica might be embarrassed when her friends see through her fake college-aged boyfriend.”
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Also tonight on The Goldbergs, Murray and Beverly Goldberg go to the ultimate concert of the eighties, Live Aid, so that Beverly can see The Beach Boys, says Entertainment Weekly. Guest starring on this week’s episode will be Brian Baumgartner, best known as dim-witted Kevin from the show The Office.
“Baumgartner will play Larry, a man who matches wits with Murray (Jeff Garlin) in terms of sheer stubbornness. In doing so, Larry gets into a confrontation that results in a certain tragedy involving Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and the Beach Boys.”
Adam F. Goldberg, creator of the show The Goldbergs, has mined his family experiences to create the eighties nostalgic ABC sitcom, according to Hollywood vs History. Each character on the show has a real life counterpart, with Adam F. Goldberg’s real-life brother, Eric, translated on screen to a sister, Erica. The actual Goldberg family lived in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, and the Goldberg children attended the William Penn Academy.
Adam F. Goldberg explains that not all of his memories that inspire shows will come out in actual eighties order.
“I know I’ve slipped up a couple times. Near the end of the premiere episode, ‘The Circle of Driving,’ non-1980s cars can be seen in the background as Murray (Jeff Garlin) sings REO Speedwagon’s ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling.’ In another instance, they used the term ‘re-gift,’ which wasn’t said until after the 1980s.”
And Adam F. Goldberg confesses that he really did film his family with one of the first video cameras back in the eighties.
“I definitely liked being an observer. I think when you’re the youngest, overlooked child, that’s what you are a lot of times. My siblings were so much older than me that they didn’t want anything to do with me, they were kind of ignoring me.”
But in creating The Goldbergs, Adam F. Goldberg is having the last laugh, literally.
Do you remember the actual Brady Bunch episode?
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