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September 9, 2014 DVD: 'The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season'

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From ABC comes the hilarious television sitcom The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season. The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg and is loosely based on his own childhood growing up in the 80s. It stars Jeff Garlin as patriarch Murray; Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly, his wife and overprotective matriarch; Hayley Orrantia as Erica, their daughter and the eldest; Troy Gentile as Barry, their son and the middle child; Sean Giambrone as youngest child Adam who documents his family life with a video camera; and George Segal as Beverly’s father Albert “Pops” Solomon who helps out his grandkids behind his daughter’s back. Patton Oswalt is the voice of present-day “adult” Adam who narrates.

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Set in the 1980s in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, The Goldbergs is a nostalgic coming-of-age comedy series that goes back to simpler times call the ‘80s. Geeky 11-year-old Adam remembers them as his wonder years and captures his loving dysfunctional family with his video camera, especially all the yelling. His mom is a classic “smother” who rules the brood with complete authority and zero sense of boundaries. His dad is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. The eldest, his seventeen-year-old sister Erica, is hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. His older brother is sixteen-year-old Barry who has classic middle child syndrome and is a grade-A spaz. Their grandfather “Pops” is the wild man of the clan who teaches Adam the ways of love when he crushes on an older woman and offers his Caddy to Barry after he buys a new sports car. All the crazy that ensues is enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.

Special features include cast and crew commentary on five episodes, and five all-new, behind-the-scenes featurettes, including a look at creating the first season in “Blast from the Past: Making Season One.” Additional featurettes include “Our House: The ‘80s Revisited,” giving viewers an inside glimpse of the Goldberg home, as well as “On Set with Jeff Garlin,” featuring Goldberg patriarch Murray (Garlin). Fans can also enjoy a rare glimpse into Patton Oswalt’s process as narrator in “Patton Oswalt: Adam Grows Up.” Lastly, “Costumes of the '80s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” takes fans on a tour of the wardrobe department where costume designer Keri Smith reveals details on dressing a show set in the ‘80s.

The Goldbergs: Season 2 premieres on ABC on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:30/7:30c.

Episodes:

  1. “Circle of Driving” - A nostalgic comedy series about kids growing up in a dysfunctional family in the 1980s. In the opener, middle child Barry turns 16 and hopes to get a car for his birthday, but his mother doesn't think he's ready for the responsibility; and Adam asks Pops for dating advice.
  2. “Daddy Daughter Day” - Murray and Erica spend a day together at the skating rink, but Erica's teenage moodiness threatens to ruin the day. Elsewhere, Beverly plans to take Adam shopping for new school clothes.
  3. “Mini Murray” - Barry gets a job at his dad's furniture store to earn money for an expensive item; Adam and Pops sneak out to see an R-rated film.
  4. “Why’re You Hitting Yourself?” - Barry and Adam accidentally discover a hidden channel on their TV. Meanwhile, Beverly interferes with her father's dating life.
  5. “The Ring” - Adam, Erica and Barry stumble upon an old box of letters written by Murray to another woman, and they learn how their dad's past love life connects to his marriage with Beverly. In other events, Adam gets dating advice from Pops.
  6. “Who Are You Going to Telephone” - Beverly is disappointed when the kids all make alternate plans for Halloween. Meanwhile, Adam hangs out with a group of older kids and is unsure of what to do when he learns of their plans for the evening.
  7. “Call Me When You Get There” - Barry gets his driver's license, but he finds himself in hot water after disregarding his mother's instructions to call home.
  8. “The Kremps” - A new family move into the neighborhood, and Beverly throws a barbecue in their honor and insists that they attend.
  9. “Stop Arguing and Start Thanking” - The family get a Thanksgiving visit from Murray's brother Marvin, who has a tendency to bring a lot of stress to the holiday.
  10. “Shopping” - Shopaholic Beverly is over the moon when Erica gets a job at a local department store. Elsewhere, Pops takes Barry and Adam to the racetrack.
  11. “Kara-te” - Beverly intercedes for Barry when a teacher (Tim Meadows) won't let him do karate in the school talent program. Meanwhile, Pops tries to get Erica to perform in the show.
  12. “You’re Under Foot” - Murray invites a bored Pops into his store, but in doing so he leaves himself open to plenty of criticism. Meanwhile, Dana comes over to study with Adam, who receives some questionable advice from Erica and Barry.
  13. “The Other Smother” - Beverly runs into her nemesis while attending a college fair for Barry and Erica. Elsewhere, Murray and Adam encounter problems with late fees at the video store.
  14. “You Opened the Door” - Adam and Dana decide to attend their first school dance together, and have to deal with the potentially embarrassing situation of having both of their moms at the event. Meanwhile, Murray has the "birds and the bees" talk with Barry, and it doesn't quite go as planned.
  15. “Muscles Mirsky” - Erica and Beverly agree to trust one another after an incident involving a fake diary entry, but things go sour when Erica sneaks out to go to a college party. Elsewhere, Adam realizes his friendship with Emmy may be more complicated than he thought.
  16. “Goldbergs Never Say Die!” - Adam goes on a "Goonies"-inspired treasure hunt for his grandmother's missing jewelry, with the help of his siblings and friends.
  17. “Lame Gretzky” - Adam takes up hockey to impress Murray, even though he has no talent or love for the sport. When he's suspended for starting a fight on the ice, he confesses his true intentions to his dad. Meanwhile, Murray tries to prove his interest in Adam's films; and Erica deals with stress from Beverly as she prepares for her SATs.
  18. “For Your Own Good” - Murray and Beverly engage in a heated battle over the furniture and appliances in their house. Meanwhile, Adam asks Barry for help dealing with a bully on the school bus.
  19. “The President’s Fitness Test” - Adam is afraid to take the Presidential Physical Fitness Test, so Beverly writes a note to excuse him from the challenge, but the plan hits a snag when the gym teacher tells Adam that he needs a presidential pardon to get out of the test. Meanwhile, Erica gets a visit from her French pen pal, whom Barry wants to impress.
  20. “You’re Not Invited” - Adam plans to invite Dana to his laser-tag birthday party, but Barry thinks the game is juvenile and persuades Adam to host a make-out party in the basement instead. When Beverly finds out about the gathering, she tries to get Murray to intervene. Elsewhere, Pops and Murray get caught up watching the opening of Al Capone's safe on TV.
  21. “The Age of Darkness” - Beverly and Murray try to console Erica after a bad breakup. Elsewhere, Barry becomes hooked on a new arcade game.
  22. “A Wrestler Named Goldberg” - Murray and Pops persuade Barry to lie to Beverly about joining the wrestling team. Meanwhile, Adam is disappointed when Erica cancels their plans to see the premiere of "Return of the Jedi."
  23. “Livin’ on a Prayer” - Murray learns that his high-school free-throw record has been broken, and he's invited to attend a banquet as the guest of honor as the first season ends. Meanwhile, Barry throws a party but quickly finds himself out of the spotlight.

Cast:

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg
  • Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg
  • Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg
  • Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg
  • Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg
  • George Segal as Albert "Pops" Solomon
  • Patton Oswalt as Adult Adam Goldberg (voice only)

Special Features:

  • Patton Oswalt: Adam Grows Up - Hear from Patton Oswalt about his favorite moments from the show & a rare glimpse into his process as narrator.
  • Costumes of the '80s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - From Beverly’s sweaters to Murray’s tighty whiteys, fans can tour the wardrobe department with Costume Designer Keri Smith.
  • Blast From the Past: Making Season One - Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and creator Adam F. Goldberg to get the inside scoop about creating this dysfunctional, yet loving family.
  • On Set With Jeff Garlin - Spend a day behind the scenes with the patriarch of the Goldberg family.
  • Our House: The '80s Revisited - A tour of the Goldberg house with the production design and props team to get a glimpse into the intricate ‘80s detail from the show.
  • Commentary on “Kara-Te” with Wendi McLendon-Covey, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson and Andrew Secunda
  • Commentary on “Goldbergs Never Say Die!” with Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, David Katzenberg and Andrew Secunda
  • Commentary on “You Opened the Door” with Wendi McLendon-Covey, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Adam F. Goldberg, David Katzenberg, Alex Barnow and Marc Firek
  • Commentary on “Lame Gretzky” with Wendi McLendon-Covey, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Stacey Harman and Niki Schwartz-Wright
  • Commentary on “Call Me When You Get There” with Wendi McLendon-Covey, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Stacey Harman and Niki Schwartz-Wright

Exclusives:

  • Target - The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season DVD with bonus content: '80s music pass with 5 free Sony music downloads.

Best Deals:

  • Best Buy - Save 15% when you purchase 2 or save 25% when you purchase 3 TV titles $14.99 and up. Offer valid 8/10/14 - 9/27/14.
  • Target - Buy The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season DVD and get $5 credit at TargetTicket.com.

Best Prices:

DVD - $19.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, $24.99 at Target, $29.39 at Walmart.com

Target exclusive DVD with bonus content - $24.99

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