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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.

New episodes of The Goldbergs will be added to the list as they come out.

  • 1

    Dinner with the Goldbergs

    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.

  • 2

    SeasonThe Goldbergs Season 1

    Episode Number7

    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.

  • 3

    Barry Goldberg's Day Off

    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.

  • 4


    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.

  • 5

    A Christmas Story

    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.

  • 6

    Goldbergs Never Say Die!

    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.

  • 7


    December 10, 2013

    SeasonThe Goldbergs Season 1

    Episode Number11

    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?.

  • 8

    The Adam Bomb

    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.

  • 9

    The Kremps

    Nov 12 2013

    SeasonThe Goldbergs Season 1

    Episode Number8

    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.

  • 10


    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.

  • 11

    You're Not Invited

    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.

  • 12

    For Your Own Good

    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.

  • 13

    Circle Of Driving

    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.

  • 14

    I Caddyshacked the Pool

    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.

  • 15

    Daddy Daughter Day

    Oct 01 2013

    SeasonThe Goldbergs Season 1

    Episode Number2

    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.

  • 16

    The Facts of Bleeping Life

    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.

  • 17

    The Lost Boy

    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.

  • 18

    Sweater Party!!!

    Season 1, Episode 23

    When Murray learns his high school free throw record has been broken, he begrudgingly attends a banquet as the guest of honor. Reliving his glory years, his school spirit is re-energized until he is mocked by the crowd. Elsewhere at home, Barry decides to throw a party where he quickly loses the spotlight and it is up to Erica's friend Lainey to help him get it back, on the season finale of "The Goldbergs," TUESDAY, MAY 13 on the ABC Television Network.

  • 19

    The Darryl Dawkins Dance

    January 14, 2015

     Season 2, Episode 11

    As the Sadie Hawkins dance approaches, Erica asks Beverly to help her find Barry a date to keep him away from Lainey. But Beverly comes up with a girl that shocks everyone. Meanwhile, Adam gets into a fight with his best friend... Pops.

  • 20

    You Opened the Door

    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.

  • 21

    A Wrestler Named Goldberg

    May 6, 2014

    Season 1, Episode 2

    Murray and Pops convince Barry to come up with an elaborate lie about him joining the wrestling team so an overprotective Beverly is duped. When the truth comes out and backfires, Beverly takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Adam convinces Erica to take him to the local premiere of "Return of the Jedi" but she flakes to hang out with her friends. When Erica sees his disappointment, she makes good on her original promise with a plan.

  • 22

    Why're You Hitting Yourself?

    Oct 15 2013

    SeasonThe Goldbergs Season 1

    Episode Number4

    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.

  • 23

    A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party

    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.

  • 24

    SeasonThe Goldbergs Season 1

    Episode Number6

    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.

  • 25

    Goldbergs Feel Hard

    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.