Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the '80s. For geeky and movie obsessed youngest child Adam, these were his wonder 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. Mom Beverly is a classic "smother," an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who loves her delicious kids, but still rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray is gruff and sometimes oblivious, parenting with half his attention span but all his heart. Sister Erica is popular and terrifying, doing her best to cover up that she's the smartest of the clan. Barry is a passionate dreamer, who maybe dreams a little too big and who always gets the short end of the stick. Adam is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who's navigating first love, and growing up with his family. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al "Pops" Solomon, the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who's learning as much from his family as he teaches them.
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Who's Afraid Of Brea Bee? 08x17
After realizing there may be trouble in lovers' paradise for Erica and Geoff, Beverly involves herself in their relationship as well as Barry and Joanne's to make sure everyone stays together. Meanwhile, Adam and Brea are cast opposite of each other in the school play, but their excitement for one another's success grows dim when one starts to outshine the other onstage.
Couple Off 08x16
When Barry and Joanne crash Erica and Geoff's peaceful weekend camping trip, they end up in a competition to see who is the better couple, causing some unexpected shifts in relationships. After learning that Brea thinks Adam has an easy, privileged life, Adam seeks to prove her wrong by getting a job but quickly learns she might be right.
When the NFL players go on strike and the football season is threatened, Barry gets concerned that he and Murray will no longer have anything to talk about which leads Barry to try out for the Eagles team himself. Against Erica's advice, Beverly decides to start selling a nutritional product from a sketchy company in an attempt to gain financial independence.
Love Triangle 08x14
As Adam's girlfriend, Brea, heads to visit her cousin at the University of Virginia, Beverly projects her own insecurity onto Adam, convincing him to do a grand gesture to prevent Brea from choosing UVA for college. Meanwhile, when Geoff asks Erica to go to the local Nancy Glass talk show with him, a disappointed Barry teams up with Geoff's sister Joanne to change his mind.
Mr. Ships Ahoy 08x13
As William Penn's new Quaker Warden, Beverly is thrilled to have co-workers for the first time and sets out to make them all love her. To her dismay, it's more difficult to win them over than she anticipated, as her reputation of being a difficult school parent precedes her. Meanwhile, Geoff competes in the "Mr. Ships Ahoy" beauty pageant to prove to Erica that he can be seen as desirable by other women. .
The Lasagna You Deserve 08x12
Beverly enlists the help of Barry and Erica to teach Adam to be more assertive, but Adam feels guilty after taking it too far. Meanwhile, Murray resolves to be a better friend after learning that Vic doesn't think he can confide in him.
Quaker Warden 08x11
After realizing how little time Adam has left at William Penn, a sentimental Beverly decides to get more involved at the school, to Adam and Principal Ball's dismay. In order to prevent her from intervening with Senior Skip Day, Adam and Principal Ball team up to put Beverly through an intense Quaker Warden training, which ends up backfiring.
Geoff's New Hat 08x10
When Beverly realizes that she and Murray are not quite as in sync as they once were after a game night with the very-much-in-love Dolores and Bill, Beverly convinces Murray to get a hot tub to spark romance and spend time together. Over at college, Geoff decides to try out a new look for himself, which is not well received by Barry, causing some of Barry's personal insecurities and fears to rise to the surface.
Beverly enlists the help of Erica, who has recently declared pre-law as her major, to sue her cookbook publisher after finding her book in the bargain bin at a bookstore. Meanwhile, Adam and Pops bond while taking a trip on the wild side after Adam convinces Pops to fall back into some youthful adventures.
Bevy's Big Murder Mystery Party 08x08
Inspired by his obsession, Adam helps Beverly plan a murder mystery party for the family. Meanwhile, Erica, tasked with declaring her major, bumps up against Barry's cockiness as she considers going the pre-med route.
Hanukkah on the Seas 08x07
Pop-Pop surprises the family with an ill-advised winter cruise to Canada. Meanwhile, Erica stirs up holiday trouble at home on an all-new Hanukkah-themed episode.