Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were hiswonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling.
Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Jeff Garlin, George Segal
When Murray learns his high school free throw record has been broken, he begrudgingly attends a banquet as the guest of honor. Reliving his glory years, his school spirit is re-energized until he is mocked by the crowd. Elsewhere at home, Barry decides to throw a party where he quickly loses the spotlight and it is up to Erica’s friend Lainey to help him get it back.
Murray and Pops convince Barry to come up with an elaborate lie about him joining the wrestling team so an overprotective Beverly is duped. When the truth comes out and backfires, Beverly takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Adam convinces Erica to take him to the local premiere of "Return of the Jedi" but she flakes to hang out with her friends. When Erica sees his disappointment, she makes good on her original promise with a plan.
Beverly learns that Barry lied about joining the wrestling team; Erica flakes on a promise to take Adam to a local screening of Return of the Jedi.
Adam is very excited for his laser tag birthday party since he plans to invite Dana for the first time. But Barry thinks the theme is childish and agrees to help Adam organize a secret make out party in the basement. When Erica finds out, she tells a panic-stricken Beverly but Murray cannot be bothered to help stop the party from happening. Meanwhile, Pops and Murray are captivated by the opening of Al Capone's safe on television.
Adam is terrified of the upcoming Presidential Physical fitness test so Beverly decides to write him a note to get out of the test. The plan backfires when the gym teacher declares the only way to excuse Adam is a Presidential pardon and soon finds Beverly on a mission. Meanwhile, Erica's French pen pal Fanny comes to visit and Barry begs Erica to help him learn French to impress her.
From wearing the same shoes to always eating a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, Murray is a creature of habit in and around the house. When Beverly changes his favorite easy chair with something new and "better," he flips out. So he repays the favor to Beverly by removing the oven in the kitchen so she can cook food in the "better" microwave. Soon, it becomes a heated game of back and forth between the couple as more things around the house get changed. Will they reach a breaking point and get their lives back to "normal?" Meanwhile, Adam is being bullied on the school bus by eighth grader JC Spink and looks to Barry to come to his rescue.
As Murray (Jeff Garlin) struggles to get Adam (Sean Giambrone) interested in hockey, Beverly's (Wendi McLendon-Covey) efforts to help Erica (Hayley Orrantia) prepare for her college entrance exams threaten to backfire.
Barry and Erica join Adam and his friends on a Goonies-inspired treasure hunt for some family jewels misplaced by Pops.
While Adam (Sean Giambrone) worries about sexual tension between him and his longtime friend Emmy (guest star Stephanie Katherine Grant), Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) square off over a lack of trust.
Beverly chaperons the school dance when, she learns Adam and Dana are attending it together. Murray endures teaching Barry about the birds and the bees.
Micromanaging Barry and Erica's college searches pits Beverly against a rival meddling mom. Erica tells Pops that her efforts to enhance her college prospects are based on lies.
When Beverly complains that Pops is spending too much time with her at home, she forces Murray to take him back to work at the furniture store. Adam reluctantly gives away his toy collection, hoping it will help him get his first kiss.
On the eve of the annual high school talent show, Beverly and Murray square off over Barry's plan to perform his karate routine, while Pops encourages Erica to sing.
Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) new job is jeopardized when Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) goes overboard with her employee discount. Pops (George Segal) looks to change Barry's (Troy Gentile) bad luck.
As Thanksgiving reignites the longstanding feud between Murray and his ne'er-do-well brother, Marvin, Barry's loss to Adam in a ball game shifts the balance of their sibling rivalry.
Beverly is determined to make friends with a standoffish neighbor. Barry and Erica battle for control of the family's one telephone line.
Barry is thrilled at the freedom offered by his new driver's license, until Beverly lays down her rules of the road. Pops resists wearing a Life Alert necklace and is forced to call Adam when he needs help.
As Adam abandons Pops to go trick-or-treating with a cool new friend, Beverly dons a costume so she can keep Barry from being embarrassed at a Halloween party.
As Beverly discovers that her engagement ring is the same one Murray gave to his ex-fiancee, Adam looks to a romantic comedy for inspiration as he tries to woo his pretty neighbor.
As Beverly tries playing matchmaker for Pops, Adam and Barry bond over their discovery of a scrambled porn channel on TV.
Barry wants money to buy an expensive pair of basketball shoes, so Murray hires him to work at his furniture store. When Beverly prohibits him from seeing a new horror movie, Adam goes behind her back.
A day out with Erica leaves Murray wishing he hadn't asked about her life. Their annual school wardrobe shopping trip leaves Beverly and Adam at odds.
Barry hopes for a car on his birthday but gets something unexpected instead. However, Pop steps in and gets the car anyway, drawing Beverly's objections. Meanwhile, Adam asks Pop's advice about his crush, a waitress at a local diner.