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The Goldbergs - Series Premiere

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by nickels, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. nickels

    nickels opinionated dope

    Jan 11, 2010
    Warrington, PA
    I can see this show becoming a hit with some fine tuning. The cast is great, as is Patton Oswalt as the narrator. The mom cracks me up, as I always loved her character on Reno 911. She appears to have lost a lot of weight since that show left TV. Jeff Garland as the father is my favorite, he can just about say anything and I'll laugh. The grandfather talking to the youngest son about boobs was unexpectedly hilarious. Overall that was about as much as you can expect from a pilot. I look forward to seeing how this show plays out this season. I'm in.
  2. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher

    Mar 5, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    I'm in too.

    Loved how, at the end, they showed the inspiration behind certain scenes.
  3. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    I never watched Reno 911, but she had a recurring role on Rules of Engagement and she looked pretty similar (size-wise) on that as she did on this.
  4. DLiquid

    DLiquid Progressive User

    Sep 17, 2001
    I like both Patton Oswalt and The Wonder Years, but I thought this was terrible. Just very forced and not funny at all.

    I guess accuracy isn't that important in a comedy, but Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" was released in mid-1989. Will the eighties be over by the end of this show's first season? ;)
  5. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    I thought it was okay. They were a little heavy handed with the 80s references but I figure that was more of a pilot thing and will be better in subsequent episodes.
  6. astrohip

    astrohip Active Member TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Houston &...
    Wasn't too impressed. Even taking "pilot-itis" into account, it was just so heavy-handed, so over-the-top. If it's going to be 30 minutes every week of how goofy the 80's were, how big our hair was, how bad our music was... I don't need that. I don't want that. And quit YELLING AT ME.

    If they can find a way to make this enjoyable, I'm all in. I'll give it one more, but I'd be willing to bet enough people were turned off by this pilot that ratings tank next week.

    It's funny, I went into last night thinking this would be the sitcom I liked, and The Trophy Wife would be "SP-deleted" before 5 minutes had passed. And I ended up loving Trophy Wife, and this not so much.
  7. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    One more new SP gone.
    It was just painful to watch.
  8. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD

    There is hope because the cast is good but this was just mayhem until the end. I felt claustrophobic and trapped in that family (yuck). The show needs more heart and less yelling. Nostalgia is based on the heart. Maybe they should go watch the Wonder Years or Happy Days.

    Show is on a short leash for me.

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

    Jul 10, 2000
    Dallas Texas
    Best part was the captions on what the dad really meant when he was yelling at the kids. SP stays for now, but it's just silly stupid show, that may or may not get watched.
  10. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Might be a fun gimmick to always caption him. And I mean always.
  11. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    Wow, I get to be the minority, I loved it. I didn't even pay attention to the 80's stuff. Just seemed like a typical sitcom.
  12. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    With the voice overs and the general tone of the show, it reminded me of The Middle.
  13. Regina

    Regina I've got Jewbs!

    Mar 29, 2003
    OMG! That was the best part of the whole show! :D;)
  14. Hoffer

    Hoffer Captain Chaos TCF Club

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    I enjoyed it too. Something happened at the end that really made me laugh out loud, but I can't remember what it was.
  15. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    Except for the brother who got morphed into a sister.
  16. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    I'm a tough crowd and yet I loved it. It's the Jewish version of The Wonder Years and that's a good thing. Jeff Garlin is comedy gold. SP set.
  17. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach New Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    Drexel Hill, PA
    Was it when the father said, "I raised an idiot" and the caption also said, "I raised an idiot"? That was the only time I laughed out loud during it. I like the premise so I will give it a few more episodes to get better.
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I really liked it, and I think a lot of it had to do with it hitting home for me. Seemed a lot like my family growing up (with the yelling and stuff, we all got along, but it was just the way we were). I bet the 80s stuff moves into the background as we get to know the family. Kind of like what happened in Happy Days, which was heavy on 50s stuff early but a lot more about the family as we got to know them. SP set for me.

    I can't remember the exact line but when the dad and the two sons were in the car during the driving lesson and the older brother reaches back to smack the younger brother, the dad said something like, "Quit reaching back to hit your brother, only I'M allowed to do that." I had to pause, was laughing so loud.

    Grandpa teaching Adam about boobies was funny too.
  19. JoBeth66

    JoBeth66 Temp

    Feb 15, 2002
    "Don't hit the child in the back seat, that's way too advanced".

    That was the best line in the show.
  20. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Yep, that's the line!! Thanks. I laughed hard when he said that.

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