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Old 09-25-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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The Goldbergs - Series Premiere

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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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I'm in too.

Loved how, at the end, they showed the inspiration behind certain scenes.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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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.
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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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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?
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:47 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #7
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One more new SP gone.
It was just painful to watch.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:13 PM   #8
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And quit YELLING AT ME.
This.

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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:25 PM   #10
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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.
Might be a fun gimmick to always caption him. And I mean always.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:03 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:30 PM   #12
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With the voice overs and the general tone of the show, it reminded me of The Middle.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:31 PM   #13
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I'm in too.

Loved how, at the end, they showed the inspiration behind certain scenes.
OMG! That was the best part of the whole show!
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:32 PM   #14
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I enjoyed it too. Something happened at the end that really made me laugh out loud, but I can't remember what it was.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #15
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OMG! That was the best part of the whole show!
Except for the brother who got morphed into a sister.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:24 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:26 AM   #17
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I enjoyed it too. Something happened at the end that really made me laugh out loud, but I can't remember what it was.
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.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:48 AM   #18
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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.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:25 AM   #19
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"Quit reaching back to hit your brother, only I'M allowed to do that." I had to pause, was laughing so loud.
"Don't hit the child in the back seat, that's way too advanced".

That was the best line in the show.
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"Don't hit the child in the back seat, that's way too advanced".

That was the best line in the show.
Yep, that's the line!! Thanks. I laughed hard when he said that.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:55 AM   #21
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I love everything 80's so of course I enjoyed it!
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:08 AM   #22
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Two awfuls from here!
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:52 AM   #23
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I thought it was good enough to warrant another viewing. I do like Jeff Garlin.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:31 AM   #24
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I thought it was good enough to warrant another viewing. I do like Jeff Garlin.
Yes. But it is not often I dump a comedy based on a pilot. Dads was an exception.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:57 PM   #25
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I thought it was hilarious. Laughed all the way through. Best new comedy so far IMO.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #26
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Is it going to on again? I missed it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:40 PM   #27
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I thought it was NOT very funny at all. The scenes during the credits showing apparently REAL old home video were though..

Plus, I got the impression it was late-ish 1980s, though I can't remember exactly why. They'd probably have a //e at least, not a ][+.

I *do* like nostalgia type shows in general though, so will probably give it a few more tries. (Though on just the pilot, I liked "Dads" more, and
I didn't really like that.)

Heck, I even liked "That 80s show" more than this.. (NOT a typo.)
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:32 AM   #28
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I love everything 80's so of course I enjoyed it!
Ditto...and I'm a Jeff Garlin fan so I'm definitely in for at least a few more episodes. It got laughs from me. :-)
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:43 AM   #29
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I liked it. I'm staying. Great sitcom star power. I could do without all the yelling, so I hope that doesn't become the crux of the show, but it worked for me anyway.
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:46 AM   #30
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I hate the 80s, so I enjoy when people poke fun at it.
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