The Goldbergs: Season 1 on DVD!

| September 18, 2014 | 20 Comments

Go find your leg warmers, your scratch n’ sniff stickers, your Rubik’s Cube, and then hop into your Delorean! The  first season of the 80s sitcom, The Goldbergs:  is now on DVD, and you will be laughing as you travel back in time!


The Goldbergs is about Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone), an 11 year-old kid growing up in the 80s, and how he documented his life and his family with his video camera during this fun and brightly coloured decade in Philadelphia, PA. You get to watch as Adam deals with his extremely protective mom, Bev (Wendi McLendon-Covey), his irritable dad, Murray (Jeff Garlin), his unruly older sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), his emotionally tense older brother, Barry (Troy Gentile), and his super cool grandfather, “Pops” Solomon (George Segal).

There were also some special features along with all 23 of the first seasons of The Goldbergs:
In this first season of The Goldbergs, Adam and his family deal with family issues such as seeing your kids more like adults and less as children, dating, and bonding with each other in their own special way. The Goldberg family also deal with befriending their “normal” neighbours, bullies, break-ups and various other situations.
There are also some Special Features that accompany these 23 episodes of the first season of The Goldbergs. They are:
• Commentaries
• Blast From The Past: Making Season One
• Our House: The ‘80s Revisited
• On Set with Jeff Garlin
• Patton Oswalt: Adam Grows Up
• Costumes of the ‘80s: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I like how the production team made the case so that all three DVDs are able to be stacked on one side so everything is able to be held in one smaller DVD case. Since we are running out of space on our DVD shelf, it makes it easier to store the case there.


Since my eldest is always interested in the decade I grew up in as a child, I thought that I would watch The Goldbergs with her so she could get a glimpse of what this time period was like. We had a little screening party after the younger kids were in bed with snacks.



Even though this series is about a family in the ‘80s, this is not a series that the whole family can enjoy. There is some violence (siblings fighting) and some language that may not be suitable for younger viewers to see and hear.

The Goldbergs really brought me back to my earlier childhood as I watched and saw the Goldbergs’ home, the clothing, the hairstyles and other paraphernalia from the ‘80s scattered throughout each of the episodes. I had to explain what some of these items were to my eldest as she did not know what they were. It was great to see her reaction when she heard that people sent letters to each other or that there were answering machines to record messages instead of email and a button to press for these items.

Our favourite character out of the main cast has to be Bev Goldberg. She is loud, overbearing and over the top, but she is an amazing mother who just always wants the best for her kids. Bev is also relentless, and there was no such thing as “barriers” between her and her kids. Bev Goldberg is the crazy mother you will fall in love with the moment you start watching this series!

We also loved watching all of these special features. Since I love fashion, my favourite special feature had to be “Costumes of the ‘80s: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” It was amazing to see all of the fun pieces each of the characters wear, and the stories behind some articles of clothing. Some of these clothes were actually owned by the real Goldbergs in the ‘80s!

I also liked how snippets of Adam Goldberg’s actual videos and family photos are used at the end of the episodes so you can see the comparison between Adam’s interpretations of what life was like versus what it really was really like back in the ‘80s.

Overall, The Goldbergs is a great series to watch. It is funny, witty, and I love how situations are resolved the “Goldberg” way. Even though younger viewers may not be able to watch this series, the older members of the family will enjoy each episode.

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  1. Brenda A says:

    I. Love. This. Show! I am an incredibly nostalgic person and the 80s is my scene. So much of this show reminds me of ME. My grandmother bought us one honkin’ huge video camera in about 1986 and I wish we had the tapes still. Or do I?

    • Lian says:

      Hi Brenda! I’m so glad you enjoy this show! It was so great to be able to go back in time while you’re on your couch. We had a blast and laughing as Adam Goldberg showed viewers a slice of what his family was like. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Anne Taylor says:

    We haven’t watched this show, and I’m not sure why really. There must be other programs on at the same time that we watch and PVR. I’m an 80s girl, so it does appeal to me!

    • Lian says:

      Thanks for commenting Anne! I was really glad to have had the opportunity to write this review! This is a show that I have to continue to watch this season as I want to know what other shenanigans The Goldbergs get themselves into, especially after the season finale!

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    I’ve never heard of this show before! I’m definitely going to try to catch an episode!

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    I have to say that I don’t remember this show even though I grew up in the 80’s. Will have to check it out and some point and see if I can remember it once I actually see it.

  5. kathy downey says:

    We haven’t watched this show,will have to see it soon

  6. kathy downey says:

    I think we will just pick up the Season 1 on DVD,be good for over the winter

  7. loriag says:

    You know I have never watched The Goldbergs, but it does look good. I will be looking it up.

  8. kathy downey says:

    Well I finally picked up Season 1 now to find time to watch it

  9. Lian says:

    Hey Kathy! I’m glad you picked up Season #1 of the Goldbergs! I would suggest trying to watch all of the episodes at once as my eldest and I were a little annoyed when we had to stop watching after a while because it was getting too late and we wanted to finish watching the whole season that night!

  10. kathy downey says:

    Hi Lian,Hubbby and I watched season 1 during our last storm we enjoyed it

  11. kathy downey says:

    Fall has come need to start wating s2

  12. kathy downey says:

    Woohoo we are still enjoying this one

  13. kathy downey says:

    Well thank goodness we are finally caught up,its a good watch

  14. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I need to pick this up. This will be some fun tv watching with a couple of snacks. Thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless

  15. Stephanie Z says:

    I’ve never watched this show, but I have heard it is funny. Thanks for letting us know it is not necessarily something the whole family can enjoy.

  16. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    I’ve heard that this show is really funny but I haven’t checked it out yet

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