It was November 7, 1980-something.
For some, those words won’t mean a damn thing. But for those that watch ABC’s The Goldbergs, those words bring back memories.
If you’re looking for a comedy — and I’m talking about a really good comedy — then The Goldbergs is the show for you. Based on the real life of creator Adam F. Goldberg, The Goldbergs pays homage to the 1980s while leaving you feeling like you’re a part of this perfectly imperfect family.
Here are five reasons why you should be watching The Goldbergs (which you can stream on Hulu now!)
1. Who doesn’t love ’80s nostalgia?
Speaking as an ’80s baby — well, I was alive for the last three months of 1989 — there’s something refreshingly nostalgic about The Goldbergs and how it honors the legendary decade of the 1980s. In six seasons, The Goldbergs have covered everything from Dirty Dancing to Risky Business to The Breakfast Club and everything in between.
You’ll find yourself going — OMG, Blockbuster! Or, remember when MTV actually played music videos? Or, remember this song that I still know all the words to? Or even, remember what life was like before technology took over? The Goldbergs is the perfect show for those that want to reminiscence about the good ‘ol days or for those that want to catch a glimpse of what growing up in the ’80s was all about.
2. Family dysfunction at its finest, and most honest
You thought your family was dysfunctional? Well, you haven’t met the Goldbergs. We all have stories growing up about the good, the bad, and the downright ugly from our family, and The Goldbergs shows that you are not alone. In a way, it makes you appreciate your perfectly imperfect family. Kind of like you’d give anything to go back in time and experience it one last time.
But the person that makes the Goldberg family round? Beverly. Freaking. Goldberg. When talking about overbearing mothers, Beverly Goldberg takes the cake. But she manages to do it with love and good intentions for her family. Still, this show is nothing without Beverly Goldberg.
3. Yes, even a comedy has its ships
Even though The Goldbergs is just a half-hour comedy, there are plenty of ships to go around. And they’re the kind of ships that are earned in all the right ways. The kind where you get invested, the kind where
First, there was Barry and Lainey, who proved that you can’t help but love who you love. Their journey was an up-and-down rollercoaster filled with beautiful and heartbreaking moments. Then there’s Erica and Geoff, a couple that were seasons in the making, and once they decided to give things a go, there was no turning back. Even Murray and Beverly are the husband and wife that make your heart smile.
4. It hits all the right comedic places
If you’re not laughing, then you’re not watching a good comedy. Luckily, The Goldbergs manages to bring laughs on a weekly basis and in an effortless way. Probably because it’s comedy based on real-life family experiences and every day life. You laugh because it’s funny. You laugh because you’ve been there before. You laugh because it’s just that good.
If you need a good laugh, all you need to do is put on The Goldbergs. Speaking from experience, this is a show that you can watch multiple times and still come away laughing.
5. It’s got characters everyone can relate to
Perhaps The Goldbergs‘ greatest strength is the personality-diverse group of characters that occupy the show. Based on the real life of creator Adam F. Goldberg, the characters are based on real people, which makes sense why they’re so damn relatable.
Whether it’s the overbearing mother Beverly, the laid-back father Murray, the cool grandfather Pops, the stubborn older sibling Erica, the hysterical middle sibling Barry or the adorkable younger sibling Adam, there’s someone that everyone can relate to. In fact, you might just find a piece of yourself in all of them. And that’s just the Goldbergs.
The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on ABC.