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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs  

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There are so many good episodes of The Goldbergs, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Barry Goldberg's Day Off" the best, or is "The Darryl Dawkins Dance" the funniest episode of The Goldbergs? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Goldbergs are, let's rank every Goldbergs episode from best to worst.

The Goldbergs, a sitcom set in the '80s and based on creator Adam F. Goldberg's childhood in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. The period series stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sena Giambrone, and Troy Gentile. The Goldbergs premiered on ABC on September 24, 2013, and is currently in its fifth season with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Although the show does follow a story, you can enjoy most episodes of The Goldbergs on their own, so if you want to try and pick the funniest episodes of The Goldbergs from this list, there's nothing wrong with that.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Goldbergs, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Goldbergs episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Barry Goldberg's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
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.

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Happy Mom, Happy Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 15: Dana and Adam are given a doll to parent for a school project, but end up in jeopardy of failing because of Beverly's "grand-smothering." Meanwhile, Erica tries to get back at Barry for monopolizing her best friend's time by joining the JTP, however her plan doesn't go as expected.

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Love is a Mix Tape is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 1: In the second-season opener, Adam takes the next step in his blossoming relationship with Dana by creating a mix tape for her, but the tape falls into Beverly's hands instead. Elsewhere, Barry gets caught with a fake ID.

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Boy Barry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 5: Murray's (Jeff Garlin) mustache ignites a feud between Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and his best friend, Bill (David Koechner). Barry (Troy Gentile) is convinced he's lost Lainey (AJ Michalka) to Boy George.

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Just Say No is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 20: Erica throws her support behind Walter Mondale in 1984's presidential election and tries to get Beverly to vote with her, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Barry is determined to get on an athletic game show to prove his prowess after losing a wrestling match.

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Have a Summer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 25: 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.

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Goldbergs Never Say Die is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 16: Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) join Adam (Sean Giambrone) and his friends on a Goonies-inspired treasure hunt for some family jewels misplaced by Pops (George Segal).

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The Kremps is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 8: Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is determined to make friends with a standoffish neighbor (guest star Jennifer Irwin). Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) battle for control of the family's one telephone line.

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The Darryl Dawkins Dance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 11: Beverly picks out Barry's date for the Sadie Hawkins dance, and her choice comes as a shock to everyone; at the same time, Adam loses his best friend after he and Pops get into a fight.

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Livin' on a Prayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 23: While Murray (Jeff Garlin) is being honored by his high school for his basketball prowess, Barry (Troy Gentile) takes advantage of his parents' absence to throw a blowout party at home.

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The Circle of Driving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 1: Under the watchful eye of an eleven-year-old boy's video camera, the Goldbergs face the challenges of life in the 80's, including two new teenage drivers and a grandfather who shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel. Starring Wendy McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin and George Segal.

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DannyDonnieJoeyJonJordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
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.

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The Facts of Bleeping Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 3: Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Barry (Troy Gentile) are kicked out of their own garage band by Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and her best friend. A royal wedding inspires Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) to renew her vows with Murray (Jeff Garlin).

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Call Me When You Get There is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 7: Barry (Troy Gentile) is thrilled at the freedom offered by his new driver's license, until Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) lays down her rules of the road. Pops (George Segal) resists wearing a Life Alert bracelet and is forced to call Adam (Sean Giambrone) when he needs help.

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The Kara-te Kid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 4 Episode 16: An homage to the movie "The Karate Kid" finds Adam preparing to settle his long-standing feud with the other Adam Goldberg once and for all. As part of his training, he and Barry end up cleaning their Uncle Marvin's apartment. Meanwhile, Erica and Geoff take some heat for their new relationship.

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Couples Costume is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 6: Adam chooses to spend Halloween night with Dana rather than Beverly, who decides to teach her son a lesson about the dangers of the holiday. And later, Adam regrets taking Barry and Erica's advice to visit a haunted house when he's expected to go back inside to find Dana's lost promise ring.

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Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
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 (and Season 4) by earning themselves Saturday detention courtesy of a new substitute teacher, who just happens to be their mom.

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Shall We Play a Game? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 4: As Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) tries to be the cool mom to Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and her friends, Adam's (Sean Giambrone) computer skills are tested when he wants to join Barry's (Troy Gentile) posse.

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Family Takes Care of Beverly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 5: When Pops accidentally starts a fire in his apartment during a Halloween party, he's evicted and Beverly invites him to move into the Goldbergs' home. Pops' wild lifestyle is soon too much for the family to handle and they decide to look into other options.

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Big Baby Ball is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 6: Beverly gets Mr. Meller fired for singling out Adam during dodgeball, but after some persuading from Adam and Murray she ends up fighting for him to be rehired. Meanwhile, Barry is unable to deal with the fact that Erica is better than him at a new board game called Trivial Pursuit.

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I Rode A Hoverboard! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 8: Adam (Sean Giambrone) gets caught in a web of lies at school when he tries to explain his broken arm. Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) worries she's losing her family to a new Chinese restaurant.

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A Wrestler Named Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 22: Murray (Jeff Garlin) coaches Barry (Troy Gentile) for his first high school wrestling match while keeping it a secret from Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey). Adam (Sean Giambrone) blackmails Erica (Hayley Orrantia) to wait in line for opening night of the newStars Wars movie.

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Kara-te is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 11: On the eve of the annual high school talent show, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and Murray (Jeff Garlin) square off over Barry's (Troy Gentile) plan to perform his karate routine, while Pops (George Segal) encourages Erica (Hayley Orrantia) to sing. Guest starring Tim Meadows.

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Shopping is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 10: Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) new job is jeopardized when Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) goes overboard with her employee discount. Pops (George Segal) looks to change Barry's (Troy Gentile) bad luck.

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Stop Arguing And Start Thankin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 9: As Thanksgiving reignites the longstanding feud between Murray (Jeff Garlin) and his ne'er-do-well brother, Marvin (guest star Dan Fogler), Barry's (Troy Gentile) loss to Adam (Sean Giambrone) in a ball game shifts the balance of their sibling rivalry.

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Mini Murray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 3: Barry (Troy Gentile) wants money to buy an expensive pair of basketball shoes, so Murray (Jeff Garlin) hires him to work at his furniture store. When Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) prohibits him from seeing a new horror movie, Adam (Sean Giambrone) goes behind her back.

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 5: As Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) discovers that her engagement ring is the same one Murray (Jeff Garlin) gave to his ex-fiancée, Adam (Sean Giambrone) looks to a romantic comedy for inspiration as he tries to woo his pretty neighbor.

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The President's Fitness Te... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 19: Murray (Jeff Garlin) intervenes when Adam (Sean Giambrone) asks Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) for help avoiding a national physical fitness test. Barry (Troy Gentile) woos Erica’s (Hayley Orrantia) French pen pal (guest star Bella Dayne).

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Why Are You Hitting Yourself? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 4: As Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) tries playing matchmaker for Pops (George Segal), Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Barry (Troy Gentile) bond over their discovery of a scrambled porn channel on TV.

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You're Under Foot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 12: When Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) complains that Pops (George Segal) is spending too much time with her at home, Murray (Jeff Garlin) takes him back to work at the furniture store. Adam (Sean Giambrone) reluctantly gives away his toys, hoping it will help him get his first kiss.

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Goldbergs Goofs and Gags! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Checkout the cast as they do their best to hold it together in the Goldbergs Gag Reel!

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Cowboy Country is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 12: Barry must decide between love and football after discovering that Lainey's father does not root for the Eagles; at the same time, Beverly has a hard time dealing with the deep feelings Adam shows for Dana.

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Bill/Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 23: Adam and Beverly decide that Erica should make a music video to go along with her application to Juilliard, but the finished product doesn't turn out as expected. Meanwhile, Murray builds a stronger friendship with Lainey's father.

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You're Not Invited is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 20: To get his little brother his first kiss, Barry (Troy Gentile) hosts a “no parents allowed” birthday party in the basement for Adam (Sean Giambrone) – which sparks some surprisingly protective instincts in Erica (Hayley Orrantia).

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Muscles Mirsky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 15: While Adam (Sean Giambrone) worries about sexual tension between him and his longtime friend Emmy (guest star Stephanie Katherine Grant), Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) square off over a lack of trust.

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The Most Handsome Boy on the P... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 9: A modeling representative approaches Barry in the mall, which leads him to believe he's about to become famous, while Beverly threatens the rep to land her son a gig. Elsewhere, Adam tries to make peace between Murray and his grumpy Pop-Pop.

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Mama Drama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 2: When Adam (Sean Giambrone) isn’t cast as the lead in the school musical, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) helps him star in a competing show. Murray (Jeff Garlin) stubbornly tries to avoid traffic, opening a rift between him and Barry (Troy Gentile).

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You Opened the Door is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 14: As Adam (Sean Giambrone) reluctantly agrees to take dance lessons from Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Murray (Jeff Garlin) is pressured into talking to the boys about sex.

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The Tasty Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 11: As Adam and Barry team up in a rap supergroup a la the Beastie Boys, Beverly presses Murray to let her remodel their kitchen.

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Snow Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 4 Episode 12: Adam and Barry learn something new about Murray when school is canceled because of snow; and Beverly makes a surprising discovery while giving Erica's college application a read.

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Daddy Daughter Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 2: A day out with Erica (Haley Orrantia) leaves Murray (Jeff Garlin) wishing he hadn't asked about her life. Their annual school wardrobe shopping trip leaves Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) and Adam (Sean Giambrone) at odds.

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For Your Own Good is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 18: As an unwanted new chair puts Murray (Jeff Garlin) on the warpath with Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Adam (Sean Giambrone) regrets enlisting Barry's (Troy Gentile) help to fend off a school bully.

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As You Wish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 2 Episode 21: Murray's joy over Adam wanting to play a sport is short-lived once he discovers that it's fencing, and worse yet, he was inspired by a scene from "The Princess Bride." Meanwhile, things don't go exactly as planned when Beverly tries to make a love connection between Barry's wrestling coach and Erica's voice teacher.

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Weird Al is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 15: Dana comes to town, but has a hard time mustering up any enthusiasm for a "Weird Al" Yankovic concert Adam wants her to attend, which makes him think their relationship is coming to an end. Meanwhile, Erica and Barry take their newfound knowledge as peer counselors and apply it to Murray, who they diagnose as depressed.

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Edward 'Eddie The Eagle... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 16: Barry gets inspired by Olympic underdog Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, while Beverly decides that the latest furniture craze is the answer to slumping sales at Murray's store.

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 21: Barry spins after he over hears that Bev's favorite is Adam and Murray's favorite is Erica; Bev goes full tilt to try and make Barry feel special. Ultimately, Barry decides he doesn't want the Full-Bev attention - and Adam is begrudgingly missing his mom's intrusive attention. Erica is repulsed when she finds herself attracted to Johnny Atkins...

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Wingmom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 3 Episode 9: After Murray agrees to let him join ROTC, Barry asks Beverly to get him out of it. Adam objects when Pops buys a Florida timeshare. Guest starring Judd Hirsch.

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Doggie Howser is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 4 Episode 18: Erica starts to receive acceptance letters from college; at the same time, Barry wonders if he should modify his dream to become a doctor in order to attend the same school as Lainey. Meanwhile, Murray decides that his love for the dog is greater than that for his children since Lucky won't ever leave the nest.

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The Other Smother is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 1 Episode 13: Micromanaging Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica's (Hayley Orrantia) college searches pits Beverly (Wendi McLendon Covey) against a rival meddling mom. Erica tells Pops (George Segal) that her efforts to enhance her college prospects are based on lies.

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So Swayze It’s Crazy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs
Season 4 Episode 15: Beverly is on a mission to transform Adam into a teenage heartthrob after a local kid talent agent insists he's only right for nerd roles. Meanwhile, Barry decides to go punk and Murray attempts to become more involved in Erica's life, but it backfires.