The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs (2013)

Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019

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. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling

Livin' on a Prayer

#1 - Livin' on a Prayer

Season 1 - Episode 23

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 8.27
601 votes
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Barry Goldberg's Day Off

#2 - Barry Goldberg's Day Off

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 8.12
580 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
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Graduation Day

#3 - Graduation Day

Season 4 - Episode 24

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 8.01
943 votes
Directors: Kevin Smith
Writers: Matt Edsall
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Kara-Te

#4 - Kara-Te

Season 1 - Episode 11

Barry signs up for a holiday talent show at the school, but karate isn't approved as a talent; Pops coerces Erica into performing in the show.

star 7.97
736 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Andrew Secunda
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You're Not Invited

#5 - You're Not Invited

Season 1 - Episode 20

Adam is excited for his birthday party, but Barry thinks he should change the theme; Murray and Pops are captivated by the opening of Al Capone's safe.

star 7.96
651 votes
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The Dirty Dancing Dance

#6 - The Dirty Dancing Dance

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 7.96
710 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
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The Age of Darkness

#7 - The Age of Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 21

When Erica cannot be consoled after her boyfriend dumps her, Murray steps in to help; Barry becomes obsessed with a new arcade game.

star 7.96
634 votes
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Big Orange

#8 - Big Orange

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 7.96
844 votes
Writers: Rob Lieber
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Let's Val Kilmer This Car

#9 - Let's Val Kilmer This Car

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 7.96
419 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
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Have a Summer

#10 - Have a Summer

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
833 votes
Writers: Chris Bishop
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You Opened the Door

#11 - You Opened the Door

Season 1 - Episode 14

Beverly insists on chaperoning when Dana and Adam go to their first school dance together; Murray decides to talk about the birds and the bees with Barry.

star 7.94
662 votes
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A Wrestler Named Goldberg

#12 - A Wrestler Named Goldberg

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 7.94
625 votes
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A Night To Remember

#13 - A Night To Remember

Season 4 - Episode 19

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 7.94
1,129 votes
Directors: Lew Schneider
Writers: Chris Bishop
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Dinner With The Goldbergs

#14 - Dinner With The Goldbergs

Season 5 - Episode 12

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

star 7.94
579 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg , Andrew Secunda
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Goldbergs Feel Hard

#15 - Goldbergs Feel Hard

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
570 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
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The Kara-te Kid

#16 - The Kara-te Kid

Season 4 - Episode 16

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 7.91
1,191 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg
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Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook

#17 - Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 7.91
1,151 votes
Directors: Lew Schneider
Writers: Brian Hennelly
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For Your Own Good

#18 - For Your Own Good

Season 1 - Episode 18

Murray retaliates when Beverly swaps out his favorite easy chair with something new; Barry tries to rescue Adam when he is bullied on the school bus.

star 7.90
677 votes
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The Kremps

#19 - The Kremps

Season 1 - Episode 8

Beverly invites the Kremps -- the all-American and seemingly perfect new neighbors -- over for a barbecue.

star 7.90
742 votes
Writers: Darlene Hunt
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Goldbergs Never Say Die!

#20 - Goldbergs Never Say Die!

Season 1 - Episode 16

Inspired by "The Goonies," Adam recruits Barry, Emma and some friends to search for some missing family jewelry.

star 7.89
671 votes
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Smother's Day

#21 - Smother's Day

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
832 votes
Writers: Chris Bishop
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Love Is a Mix Tape

#22 - Love Is a Mix Tape

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.88
711 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Alex Barnow
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Deadheads

#23 - Deadheads

Season 4 - Episode 17

Barry feels threatened when school deadhead Matt starts hanging out with the JTP and soon finds himself kicked out of the group when he becomes too controlling.

star 7.87
1,136 votes
Directors: Jason Blount
Writers: Adam Armus
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Happy Mom, Happy Life

#24 - Happy Mom, Happy Life

Season 2 - Episode 15

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

star 7.87
570 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Andrew Secunda
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Parents Just Don't Understand

#25 - Parents Just Don't Understand

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
578 votes
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg , Dan Levy
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