The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC 

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You know they're your favorite '80s family, so why not vote on this list of the best episodes of The Goldbergs? The show debuted on ABC in 2013 to positive reviews, featuring a great cast of actors including Jeff Garlin, Haley Orrantia, and more. If someone asked you what your favorite episode of The Goldbergs is, what would you say? We want you to answer that question by voting up the top The Goldbergs episodes below, and voting down any episodes that you didn't enjoy as much. That's the fun of this list- other sources might have a list of all The Goldbergs episodes, but you probably can't vote for your favorites from every season and watch them climb higher on the list.

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

Original Airing: February 25, 2015

Season 2, Episode 14

Inspired by the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Barry fakes sick and attempts to create an epic day of his own. But soon his day off turns out to be a disaster. To salvage what's left of it, Pops and Adam join him but they make it worse.

Kara-te is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Episode: 11, Season: The Goldbergs Season 1

Original Airing: December 10, 2013

Season 1, Episode 11

Barry decides to sign up for the school's holiday talent show but is bummed when the school doesn't approve karate as a talent. Beverly is livid and brow beats the teacher in charge to change his mind. After the family watches Barry's routine, everyone wonders whether he will be able to pull off the performance... or crack under pressure. Meanwhile, Erica gets coerced from Pops to also perform in the talent show, but will she?.

Goldbergs Never Say Die!... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Goldbergs Never Say Die!

Original Airing: March 4, 2014

Season 1, Episode 16

Adam is obsessed with the movie "The Goonies" and when Beverly's mother's jewelry goes missing, he bands together Erica, Barry and his friends Emmy Mirksy, Dana Caldwell and Chad Kremp to look for the missing treasure, just like the film.

Dannydonniejoejonjordan ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC

Original Airing: January 7, 2015

Season 2, Episode 10

After falling boxes trap Murray in the garage, he demands Beverly get rid of everything except for one trunk. When the trunk goes missing, Murray becomes sentimental about what was inside while Erica has trouble parting with her New Kids on the Block memorabilia. Learning of their sister's former obsession, Adam and Barry tease Erica to a new level resulting in a surprising turn for the brothers.

Dinner with the Goldberg... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
AnilParthasarathi added Dinner with the Goldbergs

Original Airing: January 10, 2018

Season 5, Episode 12

Erica warns Geoff about going to dinner with her family to celebrate her birthday, but he insists. Upon arrival, it’s apparent this will be no ordinary dinner out. By evening’s end, Geoff hits his breaking point.

Call Me When You Get The... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Episode: 7, Season: The Goldbergs Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 05 2013

Season 1, Episode 7

When Barry receives his first driver's license, Beverly lays out the rules about using the car, including the most important... "Call me when you get there!" After Barry disobeys his mother and gets in trouble, he takes Erica's advice to not tell the truth about his whereabouts - no matter where he is - the next time he calls home... but it backfires.

A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
A Christmas Story

Original Airing: December 9, 2015

Season 3, Episode 10

Tired of her unenthusiastic family during the holidays, Beverly creates "Super Hanukkah" to get them into the spirit, but it's a little too similar to Christmas. Meanwhile, Barry spends more time with Lainey so Adam is annoyed and "triple dog dares" Barry to stick his tongue on a pole outside. Amongst their fighting, Adam's tongue gets stuck too.

Why're You Hitting Yours... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Why're You Hitting Yourself? Episode: 4, Season: The Goldbergs Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 15 2013

Season 1, Episode 4

While fighting over the remote control, Adam reaches a defining moment in his relationship with Barry when they accidentally discov"channel between the channels" that appears on television. Will anyone else find out? Meanwhile, Beverly grows tired of seeing so many women with Pops and soon mettles in on her father's dating life.

I Caddyshacked the Pool ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
I Caddyshacked the Pool

Original Airing: October 14, 2015

Season 3, Episode 4

Adam comes up with an excuse to not swim in class because he is embarrassed of his changing body, but Coach Mellor says he will fail him unless he participates. So he comes up with a plan that could affect his friendship with Dave Kim. Meanwhile, Erica struggles to find an identity, so she creates a club at school, but Barry ruins the experience for her when he joins the club as well.

The Kremps is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
The Kremps Episode: 8, Season: The Goldbergs Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 12 2013

Season 1, Episode 8

The Goldbergs meet their new neighbors, the Kremps, an all-American family, very well put together and seemingly perfect. Beverly invites them over for a BBQ and gets no response. But nobody says no to Beverly Goldberg! When the Kremps eventually come over as a result of Beverly's insistent urging, the afternoon turns into a frenzy, resulting in an outcome no one saw coming.

The Facts of Bleeping Li... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
The Facts of Bleeping Life

Original Airing: October 8, 2014

Season 2, Episode 3

With Prince Charles and Lady Di's wedding approaching, Beverly gets the idea for her and Murray to renew their vows. But with Murray's complete lack of interest, will Beverly lose her chance at a second wedding? Meanwhile, Barry hopes his and Adam's garage band will get Erica's best friend, Lainey, to notice him again.

You Opened the Door is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
You Opened the Door

Original Airing: January 21, 2014

Season 1, Episode 14

When Adam and Dana decide to attend their first school dance together, Beverly makes a huge deal out of it and decides she has to help chaperone the event. To prepare for the big night, Adam goes to his mother for advice but soon regrets his decision. Likewise, Dana's mom has plans to attend the dance. The mothers' behavior surprises everyone. Do Adam and Dana stand a chance to have a good time? Meanwhile, Murray talks with Barry about the "birds and the bees" which goes awry.

The Adam Bomb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
The Adam Bomb

Original Airing: April 1, 2015

Season 2, Episode 17

When Erica gets inspired to put college on hold, in favor of pursuing a singing career, Beverly is worried Erica will be disappointed her dream will not come true. Beverly puts Murray up to the task to have a talk about her future with a surprising result. Meanwhile, Adam and Barry get into an epic war that starts as an April Fools' joke but ends with more repercussions.

You're Not Invited is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
You're Not Invited

Original Airing: April 8, 2014

Season 1, Episode 20

Adam is very excited for his laser tag birthday party since he plans to invite Dana for the first time. But Barry thinks the theme is childish and agrees to help Adam organize a secret make out party in the basement. When Erica finds out, she tells a panic-stricken Beverly but Murray cannot be bothered to help stop the party from happening. Meanwhile, Pops and Murray are captivated by the opening of Al Capone's safe on television.

Lucky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC

Original Airing: November 11, 2015

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.

Daddy Daughter Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Daddy Daughter Day Episode: 2, Season: The Goldbergs Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 01 2013

Season 1, Episode 2

Just as a new school year begins, Murray and Erica's family tradition of spending the first Saturday together roller-skating is in jeopardy since Erica has turned into a moody teenager and believes the activity is juvenile. Once at the rink, things take a turn for the worse that neither father nor daughter could have foreseen. Meanwhile, Beverly takes Adam shopping for new school clothes and is dismayed when Pops has other plans.

The Lost Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
The Lost Boy

Original Airing: March 25, 2015

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.

For Your Own Good is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
For Your Own Good

Original Airing: March 18, 2014

Season 1, Episode 18

From wearing the same shoes to always eating a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, Murray is a creature of habit in and around the house. When Beverly changes his favorite easy chair with something new and "better," he flips out. So he repays the favor to Beverly by removing the oven in the kitchen so she can cook food in the "better" microwave. Soon, it becomes a heated game of back and forth between the couple as more things around the house get changed. Will they reach a breaking point and get their lives back to "normal?" Meanwhile, Adam is being bullied on the school bus by eighth grader JC Spink and looks to Barry to come to his rescue.

Circle Of Driving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Circle Of Driving

Original Airing: September 24, 2013

Season 1, Episode 1

In the premiere episode, "The Circle of Driving," Barry wakes on his birthday expecting to get a car, but is disappointed at the kitchen table when Beverly says that he's not ready for that responsibility and gives him something else that shocks him. Pops complicates matters by giving Barry the car he wants, but Beverly instantly makes her father take the car back. Meanwhile, Adam seeks Pop's advice on his crush at the local diner.

A Kick-Ass Risky Busines... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party

Original Airing: September 23, 2015

Season 3, Episode 1

Lainey, Erica and Barry plan a big "Risky Business" inspired party at her home, just like the movie, while Lainey's dad is out of town. Later, when the party gets out of control, Beverly jumps to the rescue and Lainey is happy to have a mother figure like Beverly in her life, but for how long? Meanwhile, Adam's relationship with Dana by talking to her for hours on the phone angers Murray. As a result, Adam tries a bunch of new ways to contact her since she's moved away.

Who Are You Going to Tel... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Episode: 6, Season: The Goldbergs Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 29 2013

Season 1, Episode 6

Beverly loves Halloween, but is disappointed when all of the kids choose not to celebrate the holiday with her. Adam wants to hang out with some 8th grade students, while Barry and Erica decide to attend a high school senior's party, and Beverly takes an unusual step to convince a girl Barry has a crush on to date him. Meanwhile, Adam learns of his plans for the evening from his new "friends" and contemplates what to do next.

Goldbergs Feel Hard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Goldbergs Feel Hard

Original Airing: May 13, 2015

Season 2, Episode 24

When Erica gets accepted into a summer arts school, Beverly insists on throwing her a going-away party. Just as she departs for ten weeks, Beverly overly shows her affections while Murray struggles to tell Erica how he really feels. Meanwhile, Barry decides to be the school mascot to be closer to Lainey, but unbeknownst to him, their rival school is planning to beat up the mascot at the upcoming game.

Couples Costume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Couples Costume

Original Airing: October 28, 2015

Season 3, Episode 6

When Dana comes to visit Adam for Halloween, he wants to spend the night with her and not Beverly. Trying to cope with this turn of events, Beverly decides to teach Adam a lesson on how dangerous the holiday can be, but the tables turn on Beverly. Later, Barry and Erica convince Adam to take Dana to a haunted house. Adam refuses to go back inside when Dana loses her promise ring and an unlikely family member helps him.

Drank the Mold! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC
Drank the Mold!

Original Airing: April 8, 2015

Season 2, Episode 18

During his birthday sleepover Beverly has planned, Adam's friend Garry shares his dad's home brewed beer and gets everyone sick. Many of the parents believe Adam is a bad influence and forbid his friends from hanging out with him. Meanwhile, Murray tells Barry and Erica he will buy a new CD player only if they are able to write the greatest song ever. What they write is horrible but when Murray hears the song, he recognizes Erica's singing talent and her love of music.

Wingmom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'The Goldbergs' on ABC

Original Airing: December 2, 2015

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.