The BEST Episodes of The Goldbergs (2013)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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, these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy.

Livin' on a Prayer

#1 - Livin' on a Prayer

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 2014

When Murray's high school free throw record is broken, he attends a banquet as the guest of honor; Barry decides to throw a party.

star 8.19
1,018 votes
Barry Goldberg's Day Off

#2 - Barry Goldberg's Day Off

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 2015

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 8.19
766 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
The Scrunchie Rule

#3 - The Scrunchie Rule

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 21, 2018

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 8.03
549 votes
Writers: Chris Bishop
Adam Spielberg

#4 - Adam Spielberg

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 7, 2018

Adam loves director Steven Spielberg so much and decides to film an original script he wrote about Indiana Jones and his passion for directing is called into question. Meanwhile, Murray and Barry make a bet about whether or not a cheesesteak sandwich in New Jersey is the best one ever.

star 8.02
644 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg, Stephen Basilone
Have a Summer

#5 - Have a Summer

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 18, 2016

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 8.01
975 votes
Writers: Chris Bishop
Big Orange

#6 - Big Orange

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 2016

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 8.01
1,034 votes
Writers: Rob Lieber
Let's Val Kilmer This Car

#7 - Let's Val Kilmer This Car

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 16, 2018

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 7.99
539 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
The Dirty Dancing Dance

#8 - The Dirty Dancing Dance

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 2, 2016

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
811 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
Graduation Day

#9 - Graduation Day

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 17, 2017

As graduation quickly approaches, Erica can't wait to leave home, until she realizes how much Beverly's love means to her; Barry's plans for him and Lainey fail; Dana makes an unexpected visit just as Adam and Jackie make their relationship official.

star 7.96
1,073 votes
Directors: Kevin Smith
Writers: Matt Edsall
Cowboy Country

#10 - Cowboy Country

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 2015

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 7.96
808 votes
Writers: Stacey Harman
A Night to Remember

#11 - A Night to Remember

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 29, 2017

Barry puts together some romantic gestures for Lainey; Erica and Geoff attempt to go to prom together, but it doesn't go as planned; Adam is flattered when a nerdy but cute junior asks him out, but he gets scared when Beverly gets involved.

star 7.95
1,268 votes
Directors: Lew Schneider
Writers: Chris Bishop
The Kara-te Kid

#12 - The Kara-te Kid

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 1, 2017

Adam and the other Adam Goldberg are inspired to settle their long-running feud with a karate match inspired by "The Karate Kid"; Barry and Adam ask Uncle Marvin for help training, but just end up cleaning his apartment.

star 7.94
1,326 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
Goldbergs Feel Hard

#13 - Goldbergs Feel Hard

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 2015

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

star 7.94
743 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
Smother's Day

#14 - Smother's Day

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 2016

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

star 7.93
993 votes
Writers: Chris Bishop
Happy Mom, Happy Life

#15 - Happy Mom, Happy Life

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 4, 2015

Beverly compromises Dana and Adam's assignment to parent a doll. Erica tries to get back at Barry.

star 7.92
751 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Andrew Secunda
Flashy Little Flashdancer

#16 - Flashy Little Flashdancer

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 11, 2018

After seeing "Flashdance," Beverly decides to take up dance with the Frentas and is rejected when the family doesn't support her after telling them she is going to be in a recital. Meanwhile, when Emmy starts dating a cool guy, Adam thinks their friendship is in jeopardy, so he sets out to be cooler which backfires.

star 7.92
595 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
Dinner with the Goldbergs

#17 - Dinner with the Goldbergs

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 10, 2018

Erica warns Geoff about going to dinner with her family, but he insists; by dinner's end, Geoff hits his breaking point.

star 7.91
714 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg, Andrew Secunda
We Didn't Start the Fire

#18 - We Didn't Start the Fire

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2017

Erica informs Beverly that she plans to spend the first night of Hanukkah with Geoff and his family, which leads Beverly to worry and begin a competition for the best Hanukkah party; Barry turns to Pops for advice on how to be cool.

star 7.91
745 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg, Daisy Gardner
A Wrestler Named Goldberg

#19 - A Wrestler Named Goldberg

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2014

When Beverly learns that Barry lied about joining the wrestling team, she takes matters into her own hands; Erica flakes on a promise to take Adam to the premiere of "Return of the Jedi.

star 7.91
1,042 votes

#20 - Colors

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 28, 2018

Barry enlists the JTP to help him break up Beverly's group of friends so Barry can have all the attention but soon realizes he made a major mistake when Beverly gets into a fight with her friends. Meanwhile, Adam’s attempts to trick Murray into loving theater backfires.

star 7.90
596 votes
Writers: Annie Mebane
Love Is a Mixtape

#21 - Love Is a Mixtape

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2014

Beverly intercepts the mix tape Adam made for Dana, thinking he made it for her; Barry shows off his new fake I.D., which is quickly confiscated.

star 7.90
1,059 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Alex Barnow

#22 - Agassi

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 8, 2017

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 7.90
1,204 votes
Writers: Chris Bishop
O Captain! My Captain!

#23 - O Captain! My Captain!

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 4, 2017

Barry is mortified by Beverly, who, inspired by Mr. Keating from "Dead Poets Society," attempts to inspire his classmates as the substitute chemistry teacher. Meanwhile, Adam asks Erica for advice on how to be a better friend to Emmy.

star 7.90
1,203 votes
Directors: Richie Keen
Writers: Marc Firek
Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook

#24 - Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2016

Adam uses Murray's revelation of love for action movies to ask him for the money to film his own action film; the production is put in jeopardy when Barry goes missing while playing lead and an unlikely replacement actor is brought in.

star 7.89
1,253 votes
Directors: Lew Schneider
Writers: Brian Hennelly
Parents Just Don't Understand

#25 - Parents Just Don't Understand

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2017

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 7.89
716 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg, Dan Levy