The Best Episodes Directed by David Katzenberg

Jenna Lives

#1 - Jenna Lives

Awkward. Season 1 - Episode 5

Jenna's big accident is a distant memory, and she actually starts to feel normal again until a strange stalker brings her suicide stigma back to life. Jenna even starts to wonder if her "that girl" reputation is preventing Matty from seeing her as girlfriend material or. does he already have one?

star 8.18
291 votes
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My Super Bittersweet Sixteen

#2 - My Super Bittersweet Sixteen

Awkward. Season 1 - Episode 9

Jenna's sixteenth birthday isn't very sweet as she suffers one embarrassing experience after the next. Jenna is still reeling from the aftermath of her house party and dealing with the repercussions of everyone she's alienated. After failing her driving test and getting humiliated in the school cafeteria, Jenna wonders if she can repair her relationships with Matty and Tamara.

star 8.13
275 votes
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Barry Goldberg's Day Off

#3 - Barry Goldberg's Day Off

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 14

Barry fakes being sick in order to have an epic adventure like the one in the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," except things don't go as planned and turn from bad to worse when Pops and Adam get involved.

star 8.11
603 votes
Night Games

#4 - Night Games

Back in the Game Season 1 - Episode 6

After spending every past Halloween with his mom, Danny decides to make his own plans by rallying The Angles for a night of trick-or-treating. But when the team fears that David and his friends will be out to get them, Danny devises a plan to outsmart the bullies. Meanwhile, Lulu teaches Terry how to celebrate Halloween as an adult, and The Cannon gets competitive during a visit to the cemetery on a special Halloween episode.

star 8.07
100 votes
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Old Jenna

#5 - Old Jenna

Awkward. Season 3 - Episode 18

Lacey starts her new job at Palos Hills and Jenna has a wake-up call that puts everything almost back to normal.

star 8.00
250 votes
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Three's a Crowd

#6 - Three's a Crowd

Awkward. Season 2 - Episode 3

Jenna and Jake's relationship is finally going smoothly that is untill Matty starts tagging along and tries to tempt Jenna constantly.

star 7.99
266 votes
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The Adventures of Aunt Ally & the Lil' Bitch

#7 - The Adventures of Aunt Ally & the Lil' Bitch

Awkward. Season 1 - Episode 8

When Lacey's BFF Ally comes to town, they decide to "help" Jenna throw a rager. The next day, a forgetful and hungover Jenna struggles to reconstruct the events of the wild night and find out who she kissed.

star 7.97
257 votes
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The Dirty Dancing Dance

#8 - The Dirty Dancing Dance

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 17

Beverly helps Erica plan a "Dirty Dancing" themed dance at school, only to turn on Erica when she realizes it may be inappropriate. Meanwhile, Murray tries to learn dancing with Adam with little luck.

star 7.97
728 votes
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Big Orange

#9 - Big Orange

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 23

Barry's favorite shirt is hated by Beverly and Lainey, so they hatch a plan together to destroy it. Once his shirt goes missing, Barry asks Adam and Erica to investigate. Meanwhile, Murray decides to tear down the family tree house, leaving Adam distraught.

star 7.95
864 votes
Have a Summer

#10 - Have a Summer

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 24

Adam and his soon-to-be freshman pals live in fear of the hazing they expect to get from the senior class, but then Adam body slams his way to earning their respect in the Season 3 finale. In other happenings, Erica and her friends decide what to put in a time capsule.

star 7.95
854 votes
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Goldbergs Feel Hard

#11 - Goldbergs Feel Hard

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 24

Beverly and Murray react as Erica readies to head out of town for the summer, while Barry becomes the school mascot.

star 7.93
585 votes
My Love is a Black Heart

#12 - My Love is a Black Heart

Awkward. Season 2 - Episode 5

Jenna prepares for her first Valentine's Day with a boyfriend; Jenna and Tamara are jealous that Matty and Ricky seem to be moving on.

star 7.92
268 votes
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Let's Val Kilmer This Car

#13 - Let's Val Kilmer This Car

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 22

When Lainey moves back to town, Barry asks her to the prom; but when she says no, he plans a senior prank with Principal Ball's car to get out of going. Meanwhile, Erica tells Murray she has made a final decision about her future in college, and he is furious and insists she pay her own way for rent and food.

star 7.91
437 votes
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Smother's Day

#14 - Smother's Day

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 22

Beverly is upset on Mother's Day when she receives an obviously last-minute gift of "mom coupons."

star 7.89
851 votes
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Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley

#15 - Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley

The Crazy Ones Season 1 - Episode 19

While trying to channel Simon, Zach makes big promises during a pitch and must get Brad Paisley to sing a jingle written by Danny Chase.

star 7.89
290 votes
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The Campaign Fail

#16 - The Campaign Fail

Awkward. Season 3 - Episode 17

Jenna decides that it is time to change her ways but could it be too late?

star 7.89
268 votes
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Parents Just Don't Understand

#17 - Parents Just Don't Understand

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 9

Adam and Barry don't get the reaction they expect from Murray when they write a song called "Dads Just Don't Care"; Beverly takes drastic measures to change Erica's mind about needing some space.

star 7.87
592 votes
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Cowboy Country

#18 - Cowboy Country

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 12

When Adam passes on a family ring to convey his feelings for Dana, Beverly can’t seem to accept her little boy having such deep feelings at his age. Meanwhile, new couple Lainey and Barry convinces Murray to watch football with Lainey’s dad. They soon realize the fathers root for opposing teams and Barry is left to decide between his love for the Eagles and his love for Lainey.

star 7.86
594 votes
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#19 - DannyDonnieJoeJonJordan

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 10

Beverly is ordered to clean out the garage by Murray, who wants everything gone except for one trunk that he's particularly sentimental about. Meanwhile, Adam and Barry discover Erica's old collection of New Kids on the Block memorabilia.

star 7.86
610 votes

#20 - Agassi

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 4 - Episode 13

Adam feels like he's losing his best friend, Chad, so he attempts to join the tennis team. When Chad picks Dave Kim as his partner, Adam vows to take him down with Barry in a tennis match, changeling Andre Agassi. Meanwhile, with the help of Beverly, Erica deals with her post-break up depression just in time for Valentine's Day.

star 7.85
1088 votes
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The Scrunchie Rule

#21 - The Scrunchie Rule

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 16

When Beverly gets a glimpse into a soon-to-be empty nest, she replaces her kids with the Mellor brothers, nursing Coach Mellor back to health after falling off the rope climb. Meanwhile, Erica and her college roommate get on each other’s nerves in their dorm room, especially when Valley Erica puts a scrunchie on the door and kicks Erica out.

star 7.84
431 votes
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Dance Party USA

#22 - Dance Party USA

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 22

When Adam thinks he can harness some of Pop's luck, he ends up losing his toys on a gamble; Erica's dream to dance on a TV show is derailed when Barry gives her pink eye.

star 7.82
586 votes
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#23 - Shopping

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 1 - Episode 10

When Erica starts working at a local department store, Beverly's bargain-hunting dreams come true; Adam and Barry go to the racetrack with Pops.

star 7.81
738 votes
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Weird Science

#24 - Weird Science

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 1

Beverly and Murray move Erica into her dorm, where her roommate is also named Erica; Adam tries to give Barry the perfect girlfriend.

star 7.81
941 votes
Big Baby Ball

#25 - Big Baby Ball

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 6

When Mr. Meller singles out Adam during a game of Dodgeball, Beverly intervenes to protect Adam and gets Meller fired. But soon, Murray and Adam see him in a new light, so Beverly tries to get his job back…will she succeed? Meanwhile, Barry can't accept Erica is better than him in a new board game… Trivial Pursuit.

star 7.81
659 votes
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Breakfast Club

#26 - Breakfast Club

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 4 - Episode 1

The Goldbergs pay homage to the classic 1980s John Hughes' film "The Breakfast Club" when the kids start off a new school year by earning themselves Saturday detention courtesy of a new substitute teacher, who just happens to be their mom.

star 7.81
1245 votes
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Stefan King

#27 - Stefan King

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 4 - Episode 5

Adam decides to start writing horror stories after being inspired by Stephen King; when Beverly finds out that the monster in Adam's story is based off of her, she makes him stay home on Halloween to rewrite the story to depict her in better light.

star 7.80
1099 votes
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Shall We Play a Game?

#28 - Shall We Play a Game?

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 4

Adam accidentally gets Barry kicked out of a group of cool kids at school; Beverly is upset when she finds out that Erica hangs out with a friend's mother.

star 7.80
681 votes
The Lost Boy

#29 - The Lost Boy

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 16

Adam attends a Phillies game with his dad and ends up lost in the stadium after Murray allows him to leave his seat on his own. Elsewhere, Beverly's guilt trip backfires when Erica and Barry drive off without her during an argument on their way home from the mall.

star 7.79
651 votes
Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?

#30 - Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 20

It's the nerds vs. the jocks, with Adam as the latter's leader, playing Dungeons and Dragons. Meanwhile, Erica makes a decision about the college she wants to attend, but neither Beverly nor Murray are on board.

star 7.78
862 votes
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As You Wish

#31 - As You Wish

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 21

Murray is happy to hear that Adam wants to participate in a school sport -- until he finds out it's fencing; Beverly tries to play matchmaker for Barry's wrestling coach and Erica's voice teacher.

star 7.78
616 votes
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Boy Barry

#32 - Boy Barry

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 5

Upset by Barry's insecurity in their relationship, Lainey sets out to teach him a lesson with Erica's help. However, the situation turns into something totally different and Barry goes to school dressed like Boy George hoping it will change. Meanwhile, Beverly doesn't approve Murray's new mustache so she shaves it off but it backfires.

star 7.78
760 votes
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The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

#33 - The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 20

Barry gets the chance to throw the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game and believes this is his chance to play professionally, but it's anything but. Meanwhile, Erica makes an important decision about her future in college.

star 7.76
455 votes
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Double Dare

#34 - Double Dare

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 13

Adam and Emmy are excited when their favorite TV game show "Double Dare" holds auditions at their school. Their friendship is tested, however, when they secretly ask Pops and Handsome Ben to be their respective partners. Meanwhile, a superstitious Barry comes to believe that Beverly is the key to ending the Philadelphia Eagles' losing streak.

star 7.75
751 votes
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Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes

#35 - Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes

Riverdale Season 2 - Episode 14

When Hiram suggests that Veronica and Archie head up to their lake house for the weekend, Veronica decides to invite Betty and Jughead to join them. Determined to uncover Hiram’s plans for Riverdale, Jughead uses his time at the lake house to press Veronica about what she may know. Back in Riverdale, Cheryl makes a surprising connection with an unlikely friend, while Josie lands in hot water after revealing a secret to Kevin.

star 7.75
995 votes
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The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet

#36 - The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 9

Barry is excited when a modelling representative approaches him, but Erica thinks it's a scam.

star 7.74
672 votes
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#37 - Keaton

New Girl Season 3 - Episode 6

In an effort to reconnect with Cece, Jess throws a Halloween party at the loft. In an effort to change Schmidt's sullen behavior, the loftmates resort to "catfishing" him by pretending to be his childhood idol - actor Michael Keaton. Then, Schmidt makes a decision that could change the loft forever.

star 7.74
1585 votes
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#38 - Bill/Murray

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 23

Erica makes a music video to get into college, while Murray and Bill's friendship grows.

star 7.74
605 votes
12 Tapes for a Penny

#39 - 12 Tapes for a Penny

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 18

Adam schemes to get as many cassette tapes as possible from a mail-order music club, but when Beverly gets wind of this scam she points the blame at Erica. Meanwhile, Barry is determined to get closer to Lainey's dad, Bill, even though it's an uphill battle.

star 7.73
759 votes
The Scarlet Eye

#40 - The Scarlet Eye

Awkward. Season 1 - Episode 4

A Homecoming bonfire gives everyone license to misbehave, and Jenna contemplates the ultimate decision: to DTR (define the relationship) with Matty or not DTR.

star 7.73
292 votes
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Hogan Is My Grandfather

#41 - Hogan Is My Grandfather

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 2

Adam decides to make a movie about his grandfather for a class assignment but finds all of Pop's war stories mundane; Erica confronts Beverly about her mothering style; Beverly worries about teaching Erica and Barry basic life skills.

star 7.72
874 votes
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Baio and Switch

#42 - Baio and Switch

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 12

Beverly decides to volunteer for Hands Across America in an attempt to get closer with Barry and Erica. She gets them to spoil her with affection after she promises an appearance from Scott Baio, but the plan fails. Meanwhile, Adam gets himself into a sticky situation when he promises to take his best friend and his girlfriend, Dana, to the school dance.

star 7.72
736 votes
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Mama Drama

#43 - Mama Drama

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 2

Adam does not get the part he wanted in the school musical, leading Beverly to cast him in a rival show; Murray insists on leaving sporting events early to avoid traffic.

star 7.71
679 votes
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Chapter Eight: The Outsiders

#44 - Chapter Eight: The Outsiders

Riverdale Season 1 - Episode 8

Archie and his friends pitch in to help Fred, but when one of them is attacked, they come up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory.

star 7.71
2303 votes
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Ride and Die

#45 - Ride and Die

Ballers Season 3 - Episode 4

A key owner's blessing to bring professional football to Las Vegas hinges on equally critical meetings for Spencer and Joe. Meanwhile, Ricky stages his own private workout after being spurned by his new teammates; Vernon seeks a second chance; and tensions escalate between Charles and Larry after a Kisan's tryout.

star 7.71
2246 votes
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21st Birthday

#46 - 21st Birthday

Ben and Kate Season 1 - Episode 4

When Ben decides to throw a birthday party for Kate against her wishes, her frustration soon turns into excitement when she realizes that Ben invited Molly, Kate's wild friend from high school, to her party. Meanwhile, Ben finds out that Darcy, the only woman he truly cared for, is moving into what used to be his and Darcy's dream home with her new husband, and Tommy comes clean to Kate about why he hates Molly.

star 7.70
60 votes
Revenge O' The Nerds

#47 - Revenge O' The Nerds

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 4

With the children growing up, Beverly decides to reinvent herself; Erica struggles to balance her academic and social life in college, and seeks Adam's assistance.

star 7.68
813 votes
La Biblioteca Es Libros

#48 - La Biblioteca Es Libros

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 2 - Episode 19

Beverly has a plan to help Adam succeed in Spanish class, while Barry tries to impress Murray with a job.

star 7.68
631 votes
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#49 - Lucky

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 7

Barry's dream of having a dog comes true, but he's disappointed when the pup takes an immediate liking to Murray; at the same time, Beverly is upset not to be included when Erica and Lainey plan a girls-only sleepover.

star 7.68
746 votes
Bull Rush

#50 - Bull Rush

Ballers Season 3 - Episode 2

In Las Vegas on business, Spencer gets reacquainted with Chloe, an old flame now working for Wayne, while Ricky challenges the odds in a game of dice. Set up by Joe to represent top running back Kisan, Jason ends up sweating it out in a tough neighborhood. Charles gets a public-speaking primer from Julie; Vernon and Reggie make a risky endorsement deal.

star 7.67
2377 votes
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I Caddyshacked the Pool

#51 - I Caddyshacked the Pool

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 4

As Adam goes to great lengths to avoid swimming at school, jealousy prompts Barry to undermine Erica’s effort to make the world a better place.

star 7.67
692 votes
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Goldberg on the Goldbergs

#52 - Goldberg on the Goldbergs

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 5 - Episode 3

When Coach Mellor tells Beverly about his strained relationship with his brother, she intervenes, prompting a face-off; Geoff and Erica struggle with their long-distance relationship

star 7.65
819 votes
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In the Teeth

#53 - In the Teeth

Ballers Season 3 - Episode 3

Spencer encounters resistance to his Las Vegas expansion initiative in Los Angeles and Oakland. Meanwhile, Charles feels slighted by Larry for not getting credit after he landed a coveted lineman; Joe takes a detour with Reggie; Jason rebukes Kisan for his lack of transparency; and Ricky jumps to conclusions.

star 7.65
2321 votes
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Ship Happens

#54 - Ship Happens

Raising Hope Season 4 - Episode 3

When Sabrina finds out that Jimmy never went on a real family vacation as a kid, she’s determined to take Hope on a memorable trip.

star 7.65
361 votes
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#55 - Wingmom

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 9

Inspired by “Top Gun,” Barry decides to join ROTC. Convinced it will help discipline him, Murray orders the Captain to prevent Barry from quitting when the going gets tough, prompting Beverly to join Barry, too! Meanwhile, Adam helps Pops get his swag back with a special librarian.

star 7.62
726 votes
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#56 - Alley-Oops

Ballers Season 3 - Episode 8

Spencer gets unexpected info that leads him to reassess his priorities. Joe considers the best way to break bad news to the ASM staff. Marginalized once again by Larry, Charles decides to take matters into his own hands.

star 7.61
1977 votes
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A Chorus Lie

#57 - A Chorus Lie

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 3 - Episode 2

As Adam enters puberty, Beverly does everything in her power to help him through this awkward phase, including his crackling singing voice. So when Adam gets a lead role in the school musical, Beverly convinces Ms. Cinoman to have Adam lip sync – just like the musical group Milli Vanilli – while performing in “A Chorus Line.” Meanwhile, Murray inspires Erica to go to the Homecoming Dance with JTP member Geoff Schwartz.

star 7.57
755 votes
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Major League'd

#58 - Major League'd

The Goldbergs (2013) Season 6 - Episode 14

Adam is initially terrified when he and his friends are recruited to the William Penn Academy baseball team, but he quickly catches on to Principal Ball's master plan. A short-sighted Barry is in denial about his pitching skills. Meanwhile, Geoff's dad interferes in his relationship with Erica.

star 7.53
307 votes
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Girl Problems

#59 - Girl Problems

Ben and Kate Season 1 - Episode 12

Tommy finally brings around his new girlfriend, Lila, to meet the gang. But when Kate suggests the two women get to know each other, things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Ben moves forward with his "Rail Mall" business plan.

star 7.47
52 votes
The Birds of Granby

#60 - The Birds of Granby

The Goodwin Games Season 1 - Episode 5

Jimmy decides to take a bigger role in his daughter Piper's life, so he introduces her to Henry and Chloe, and the young lady hits it off with her aunt. Meanwhile, Henry considers entering into a business deal with Piper's stepfather.

star 7.38
93 votes
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