September 29, 2015

The Goldbergs: Season 3 – Episode 1

Hello, OMG! Nexus, and welcome to a weekly feature from yours truly. I am currently one of the co-hosts of Primetime, a TV-related podcast right here on OMG! Nexus. We have decided that it would be a cool idea to have a weekly post about a recent episode we have watched. So today we’re doing just that with the season premiere of The Goldbergs.

Tom Cruise. Risky Business. That is what the third season premiere of The Goldbergs is all about, with Barry trying to recreate that one iconic scene from the movie during the opening few minutes.

You move from Barry to Adam’s relationship with Dana, which was thought to have ended last season after her family moved to Seattle. But we find out in the season premiere that they’re trying to make long distance work via phone calls. This ends up causing a stir with Murray as he didn’t even remember Dana had moved from down the street. Once he realizes this he cancels long distance calling, thus leaving Adam to be creative with how he communicates with Dana.


Lainey, who is Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, has plans of her own. Her father is out of town, her and Erica says it is time to have a house party and take her dad’s Porsche for a little joyride. This provides for both a fun ride for the viewer, but a bad time for her, Erica, and Barry as the car doesn’t last very long due to another Barry screw up. A lake might be involved.

Also, while Lainey’s father is out of town, Beverly decides to take her in until he returns after the Porsche incident. With this, Beverly ends up treating Lainey like one of her own children, going to the school changing her classes and even getting her a tutor for the SAT’s. This does not sit well with Erica. Even though she is not a fan of the clinginess of Beverly, she doesn’t want another daughter to take that away.

This is what makes The Goldbergs one of the best shows on television. They get you to not only care about the characters, but also make sure you can reminiscence about the ‘80s — whether it’s a movie, a TV show, or an event, in an entertaining way. However, like most comedies, most of the problems are solved at the end of the 30-minutes. Adam is able to talk to Dana over the phone and Beverly saves the day from a house party turned ugly.

The third season of The Goldbergs continues to improve and impress. Not only do the jokes land, and the cast mesh well together, but they continue to handle topics from the ‘80s in a fantastic, creative way. This season looks to keep all of this going, and I, for one, can’t wait to see where they take it.

The Goldbergs airs Wednesday nights on ABC at 8:30ET/7:30CT

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