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Old 09-24-13, 06:11 AM
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The Goldbergs (ABC) - Season 1 Thread - Starring Jeff Garlin



Synopsis: The ’80s-set series revolves around an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth. Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal

Along with The Americans and The Carrie Diaries, ABC’s new show The Goldbergs continues this trend of TV revisiting the 1980s. Yet another sitcom about a dysfunctional family, this one – narrated by comedian Patton Oswalt – seems to be a cross between The Wonder Years and another ABC show, The Middle. The inclusion of the quirky younger brother character with the video camera is especially reminiscent of The Middle. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing or not. The humor in the preview doesn’t really gel with the sentimentality it’s building up to, but that could just be a product of seeing the pilot compressed into 2 minutes and some-odd seconds.
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I hope to watch this tonight, one thing they could have done in the spirit of the 80s would have been to film it 4x3 SD instead of in HD.
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I hope to watch this tonight, one thing they could have done in the spirit of the 80s would have been to film it 4x3 SD instead of in HD.
Some of the "camera" moments are 4x3.

But no, a show shot in 2013 won't be in 4x3 for nostalgia sake.

I'm tuning in. Looks like a whackier Wonder Years (I even liked Oliver Beene a few years back on Fox)
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Well Big Brother is still not in HD in 2013.
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I dunno about this. I like Jeff Garlin but tend to not like ABC programming very often. Might try a couple episodes.
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Well Big Brother is still not in HD in 2013.
Reality not scripted.

It's not in HD? Wow. One of the last shows on a major network?
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Garlin was on Keith Olbermann's show last night and actually said 'I am promoting this because i actually support it & think its really funny. I would not be out promoting it if i thought it was a piece of crap'
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Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
Reality not scripted.

It's not in HD? Wow. One of the last shows on a major network?
I think it's THE last show. Still in 4x3 SD format like it's 2002 or something.

I hope this show is better than it looks. Those matching sweaters make me think of that horrible Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly move 'Stepbrothers'.
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Getting glowing praise from the onion

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Looks like a whackier Wonder Years
It felt like The Middle set in the 80s with a narrator just like The Wonder Years. I liked the youngest kid shooting the SD video on an old camcorder. It was funny, I'll keep tuning in.

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Was okay. I'll give it a few more eps.

Flyers sweater and Pa license and plates. Takes place near philly I guess.
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(I even liked Oliver Beene a few years back on Fox)
I liked that show too, damn Fox.
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These characters were annoying and unlikable. Count me out.
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Dr. DVD, I agree. The family was too loud and annoying. Did Jeff Garlin really have to scream all his lines? Is he like that on CYE too? I'll still give it for another shot since I was a child of the '80s.
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I also found the characters to be loud and annoying, but I will tune in next week to see if it gets better.
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Agreed, the family was annoying. I wanted to like this due to the 1980's setting, but I did not like the characters.

I actually enjoyed Trophy Wife a lot more.
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My wife totally recognized the middle kid as being young Jack Black from Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny. I was very impressed when she was proven correct.

I enjoyed it - had a few laughs, no laugh track and I'm a fan of Wendi McLendon-Covey.
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I generally hate laugh tracks ....... but maybe a laugh track would give me some clues as to what is meant to be funny ......
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not great, was hoping for more, will give 2 more eps then might be ditched if it does not improve
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I seriously doubt some suburban white kid in 1985 would know who Flava Flav was. Public Enemy's debut album didn't even come out until 1987. (Nitpicky, I know, but anachronistic references in 80s-setting shows and films are a weird pet peeve of mine.)
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Got a 3.2 (no doubt helped because of Shield).
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I liked the end credits where they showed tape of his actual family side by side with the show, but all the characters were over-the-top loud, abrasive and unlikeable.
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Eh. I'll give it another episode.

By the way since someone brought up Big Brother, do those kind of shows have multiple seasons per year? I don't watch any of them but always see "season 27 of Survivor" etc. on commercials.
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By the way since someone brought up Big Brother, do those kind of shows have multiple seasons per year? I don't watch any of them but always see "season 27 of Survivor" etc. on commercials.
Yeah, some shows like Survivor do a spring & fall season, counting as two seasons in a year. Big Brother is only one per year though.
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I liked the end credits where they showed tape of his actual family side by side with the show, but all the characters were over-the-top loud, abrasive and unlikeable.
Yeah, the show is obviously trying to emulate Wonder Years, but without any of that great show's warmth and genuineness. This was just a farce. Wonder Years was a gently comic drama. Big difference.
I'll give it another shot, but the irritating, overplayed characters don't look like they'll be growing on me. Plus, I thought the '80s, the decade of my childhood, wasn't well evoked, aside from the superficial continuity of cars and hairdos. The way they behaved and talked, these people didn't seem like they were situated in the '80s.

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