The BEST episodes of The Goldbergs (2013)

Every episode of The Goldbergs (2013) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Goldbergs (2013)!

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.

Last Updated: 12/6/2023Network: ABC (US)Status: Ended
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Livin' on a Prayer
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8.18
954 votes

#1 - Livin' on a Prayer

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/13/2014

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.

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Barry Goldberg's Day Off
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8.17
706 votes

#2 - Barry Goldberg's Day Off

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/25/2015

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
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Big Orange
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8.01
941 votes

#3 - Big Orange

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/11/2016

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
Writer: Rob Lieber
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Have a Summer
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8.01
869 votes

#4 - Have a Summer

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/18/2016

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
Writer: Chris Bishop
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The Dirty Dancing Dance
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7.99
737 votes

#5 - The Dirty Dancing Dance

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/2/2016

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
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Adam Spielberg
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7.98
631 votes

#6 - Adam Spielberg

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/7/2018

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
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The Scrunchie Rule
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7.97
563 votes

#7 - The Scrunchie Rule

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/21/2018

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
Writer: Chris Bishop
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Cowboy Country
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7.97
742 votes

#8 - Cowboy Country

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/11/2015

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
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Graduation Day
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7.96
939 votes

#9 - Graduation Day

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/17/2017

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.

Directors: Kevin Smith
Writer: Matt Edsall
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Let's Val Kilmer This Car
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7.96
539 votes

#10 - Let's Val Kilmer This Car

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/16/2018

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
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A Night to Remember
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7.96
1131 votes

#11 - A Night to Remember

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/29/2017

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.

Directors: Lew Schneider
Writer: Chris Bishop
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The Goldbergs’ Excellent Adventure
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7.95
193 votes

#12 - The Goldbergs’ Excellent Adventure

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/22/2021

The family pays tribute to Pops, venturing down memory lane by visiting Pops' favorite stomping grounds. Adam films the outing, giving it a "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" theme.

Directors: Lew Schneider
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Goldbergs Feel Hard
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7.95
679 votes

#13 - Goldbergs Feel Hard

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/13/2015

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

Directors: David Katzenberg
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A Wrestler Named Goldberg
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7.93
972 votes

#14 - A Wrestler Named Goldberg

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/6/2014

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.

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The Kara-te Kid
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7.92
1168 votes

#15 - The Kara-te Kid

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/1/2017

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.

Directors: Anton Cropper
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Fonzie Scheme
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7.92
1070 votes

#16 - Fonzie Scheme

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/26/2017

Murray is recognized as one of the top businessmen in Jenkintown, Pa.; Beverly is dismayed when she finds out that Murray doesn't have any discernible hobbies, which leads her to help him find some; Barry schemes to steal golf carts.

Directors: Jude Weng
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Smother's Day
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7.92
907 votes

#17 - Smother's Day

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/4/2016

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

Directors: David Katzenberg
Writer: Chris Bishop
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O Captain! My Captain!
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7.91
1063 votes

#18 - O Captain! My Captain!

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/4/2017

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.

Directors: Richie Keen
Writer: Marc Firek
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Dance Party USA
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7.91
696 votes

#19 - Dance Party USA

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/29/2015

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
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Happy Mom, Happy Life
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7.91
679 votes

#20 - Happy Mom, Happy Life

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/4/2015

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

Directors: Claire Scanlon
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Love Is a Mixtape
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7.90
986 votes

#21 - Love Is a Mixtape

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/24/2014

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.

Directors: Seth Gordon
Writer: Alex Barnow
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Agassi
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7.89
1056 votes

#22 - Agassi

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/8/2017

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.

Directors: David Katzenberg
Writer: Chris Bishop
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Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook
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7.89
1112 votes

#23 - Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/2016

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.

Directors: Lew Schneider
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We Didn't Start the Fire
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7.89
706 votes

#24 - We Didn't Start the Fire

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/13/2017

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.

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Flashy Little Flashdancer
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7.89
598 votes

#25 - Flashy Little Flashdancer

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/11/2018

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.

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