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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 and watch them climb higher on the list.

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S02E14 Barry Goldberg's Da... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E14 Barry Goldberg's Day Off 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.

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S02E10 Dannydonniejoejonjordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E10 Dannydonniejoejonjordan 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.

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Kara-te is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E11 Kara-te 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?.

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S01E16 Goldbergs Never Say Die... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E16 Goldbergs Never Say Die! 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.

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Call Me When You Get There is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E07 Call Me When You Get There 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.

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S03E10 A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E10 A Christmas Story 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.

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Daddy Daughter Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E02 Daddy Daughter Day 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.

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S01E20 You're Not Invited is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E20 You're Not Invited 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.

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Why're You Hitting Yourself? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E04 Why're You Hitting Yourself? While fighting over the remote control, Adam reaches a defining moment in his relationship with Barry when they accidentally discover a "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.

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S01E14 You Opened the Door is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E14 You Opened the Door 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.

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S03E04 I Caddyshacked the Pool is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E04 I Caddyshacked the Pool 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.

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S02E16 The Lost Boy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E16 The Lost Boy 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.

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S02E24 Goldbergs Feel Hard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E24 Goldbergs Feel Hard 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.

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S02E03 The Facts of Bleeping L... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E03 The Facts of Bleeping Life 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.

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S02E12 Cowboy Country is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E12 Cowboy Country 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.

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S03E07 Lucky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E07 Lucky 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.

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S01E19 The President's Fit... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E19 The President's Fitness Test Adam is terrified of the upcoming Presidential Physical fitness test so Beverly decides to write him a note to get out of the test. The plan backfires when the gym teacher declares the only way to excuse Adam is a Presidential pardon and soon finds Beverly on a mission. Meanwhile, Erica's French pen pal Fanny comes to visit and Barry begs Erica to help him learn French to impress her.

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S03E03 Jimmy 5 is Alive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E03 Jimmy 5 is Alive Murray attempts to help Adam transition into adulthood by building a robot, but their creative differences drive them apart, the opposite of what Murray was trying to achieve. Meanwhile, Barry makes a huge mistake when he accidentally tapes over Beverly's beloved video of his 5th birthday party.

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S03E09 Wingmom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E09 Wingmom 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.

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S01E18 For Your Own Good is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E18 For Your Own Good 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.

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Who Are You Going to Telephone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E06 Who Are You Going to Telephone 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.

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The Kremps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E08 The Kremps 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.

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S03E06 Couples Costume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E06 Couples Costume 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.

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E05 The Ring While cleaning out the garage, Adam, Erica and Barry come across a box of letters written by Murray to a woman named Anita. The kids soon learn more about the mystery woman and get the shock of their lives when they learn how Murray's romantic past is currently linked to Beverly. Meanwhile, Adam has fallen hard for his neighbor and Pops tells him to man up and make his move.

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S02E11 The Darryl Dawkins Danc... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E11 The Darryl Dawkins Dance 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.

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S01E01 Circle Of Driving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E01 Circle Of Driving 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.

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S01E22 A Wrestler Named Goldbe... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E22 A Wrestler Named Goldberg 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.

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S02E04 Shall We Play a Game? is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E04 Shall We Play a Game? Adam inadvertently gets Barry kicked out of the cool group of friends at school and must come up with a plan to get his brother back in. Adam convinces Barry and his friends he has the skills to hack into the school computer system to change their grades, but does he? Later, Beverly is immediately jealous when she learns Erica hangs out with a friend's cooler mom and sets out to show Erica she can be cool too.

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S03E02 A Chorus Lie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E02 A Chorus Lie As Adam enters puberty, Beverly does everything in her power to help him through this awkward phase, including his crackling singing voice. So when Adam gets a lead role in the school musical, Beverly convinces Ms. Cinoman to have Adam lip sync - just like the musical group Milli Vanilli - while performing in "A Chorus Line." Meanwhile, Murray inspires Erica to go to the Homecoming Dance with JTP member Geoff Schwartz.

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S03E01 A Kick-Ass Risky Busine... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E01 A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party 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.

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S02E18 I Drank the Mold! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E18 I Drank the Mold! 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.

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S02E06 Big Baby Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E06 Big Baby Ball When Mr. Meller singles out Adam during a game of Dodgeball, Beverly intervenes to protect Adam and gets Meller fired. But soon, Murray and Adam see him in a new light, so Beverly tries to get his job back... will she succeed? Meanwhile, Barry can't accept Erica is better than him in a new board game... Trivial Pursuit.

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S02E07 A Goldberg Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E07 A Goldberg Thanksgiving A bet over Jazzercise between Beverly and Erica ends with the younger Goldberg deciding to opt out of celebrating Thanksgiving with her family; at the same time, Uncle Marvin shows up for the holiday and unexpectedly bonds with Adam, much to the annoyance of Murray

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S01E12 You're Under Foot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E12 You're Under Foot Pops has grown bored with his day to day life so with a little help from Beverly, Murray convinces him to come to the store with him. Before long, Pops criticizes Murray on how he does business. Things come to a head when Pops makes a decision that affects the Ottoman Empire. Meanwhile, Adam is excited Dana Caldwell comes over to study for the first time and gets some questionable family advice from Erica and Barry, much to Beverly's dismay.

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Shopping is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E10 Shopping Beverly can't resist a good sale, even if it is something the family doesn't really need. Murray tells Beverly to stop her bargain hunting despite her protests that she is saving the family money in the long run. So when Erica gets a job at the local department store, Beverly's dream comes true and Erica's nightmare begins. Meanwhile, Pops takes Barry and Adam to the racetrack for an afternoon of fun.

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S02E15 Happy Mom, Happy Life is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E15 Happy Mom, Happy Life When Dana and Adam have to parent a doll for class, Beverly becomes a grand-smother and compromises their project AND relationship. Meanwhile, Erica is annoyed Barry takes up all her best friend time with Lainey. To get back at him, she joins the JTP and they shun Barry out of the group, but it later backfires for Erica.

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S01E23 Sweater Party!!! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E23 Sweater Party!!! 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.

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Mini Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E03 Mini Murray After Barry pleads for money to purchase a very expensive item, Beverly says he must earn the money himself so Murray suggests he go to work at the Ottoman Empire furniture store with him. Barry soon learns being a salesman is very different than what he expected. Meanwhile, Adam and Pops attend an R-rated movie without telling anyone and they struggle to keep it secret from Beverly.

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S02E23 Bill/Murray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E23 Bill/Murray As Erica works on her application to Julliard, Adam and Beverly think she needs to do something big to stand out, so they decide to create a music video starring Erica. However, the music video does not go as Adam planned. Meanwhile, Murray ends up bonding with Lainey's dad Bill, and Murray learns what it means to be a real friend.

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S02E21 As You Wish is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E21 As You Wish Murray is excited when Adam tells him he wants to play a sport at school. That is until he finds out it's fencing. After quitting his first match, Adam confesses his real intention - to recreate his favorite scene from "The Princess Bride" - and makes Murray furious. Meanwhile, Beverly is up to her matchmaking ways and sets up Barry's wrestling coach with Erica's voice teacher and it doesn't go exactly as planned.

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S02E01 Love is a Mixtape is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E01 Love is a Mixtape After spending the summer apart with Dana and unsure of their relationship, Adam makes a mixtape to express his feelings... only to have it intercepted by Beverly who thinks it's meant for her! Adam must carefully navigate not hurting Beverly's feelings as his relationship with Dana progresses. Meanwhile, Barry gets a fake ID, but after showing it off to the entire school, it's confiscated, and Barry needs to make good on some promises he made to his classmates.

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S01E17 Lame Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E17 Lame Gretzky Even though he is terrible, Adam tries his best at ice hockey and hopes to impress Murray. Likewise, Murray works hard to show he enjoys watching Adam make home movies. Later, after starting a fight on the ice during a game, Adam gets suspended from playing hockey and admits to Murray his real intentions. Meanwhile, Beverly drives Erica crazy about her S.A.T.s.

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S03E05 Boy Barry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S03E05 Boy Barry Upset by Barry's insecurity in their relationship, Lainey sets out to teach him a lesson with Erica's help. However, the situation turns into something totally different and Barry goes to school dressed like Boy George hoping it will change. Meanwhile, Beverly doesn't approve Murray's new mustache so she shaves it off but it backfires.

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S02E20 Just Say No is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E20 Just Say No As the presidential election approaches, Erica finds herself strongly supporting candidate Walter Mondale. After learning Beverly always votes for whomever Murray tells her to vote for, Erica sets out to educate her mother and goes horribly wrong when Beverly favors another candidate. Meanwhile, Barry wants to appear on an athletic game show to prove his prowess after being embarrassed during a confrontation between the JTP and Meadowbrook Mafia. Adam makes an audition tape for his brother but sends it to "America's Funniest Videos" instead.

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S01E15 Muscles Mirsky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S01E15 Muscles Mirsky Beverly and Erica come to an agreement about trusting one another after Erica plays a prank with her "smother" regarding a fake entry in her diary. However, their deal is soon off when Erica sneaks off to a college party, and the situation goes awry. It is Beverly who comes to the rescue when Erica needs her most. Meanwhile, Adam and tomboy and best friend Emmy's relationship is called into question when Barry tells him that men and women can't be just friends.

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S02E02 Mama Drama is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E02 Mama Drama Adam's desire to be the lead in the school musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," goes unfulfilled when he's cast in something other than the leading role. Insistent her son is a star, Beverly casts Adam in a rival show, but when he becomes too self-obsessed for the rest of the cast, Beverly makes a drastic decision. Meanwhile, Murray's disdain for traffic results in leaving every sporting event early much to Barry's dismay, including a Flyers game that ends with an unprecedented event.

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S02E13 Van People is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E13 Van People When Murray takes Erica's car privileges away, Erica and Barry retaliate by buying their own shabby used black van. Murray gets even more upset so they move into the van full time and park it on the street by the house. Beverly hopes she can get the children back inside. Meanwhile at school, Adam gets voted in the yearbook as "nicest guy," but thinks he deserves something better.. which results in a suspension.

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S02E22 Dance Party Usa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E22 Dance Party Usa Thinking Pop's luck can rub off on him, Adam gambles at school and loses his toys as a result. Beverly replaces them but Adam knows better. He also learns something new about Pops that allows Adam to accept his grandfather for who he is. Meanwhile, Erica dreams to dance on a popular TV dance show, but her dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Barry gives her pink eye and she's not in a condition to be on television.

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S02E09 The Most Handsome Boy o... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E09 The Most Handsome Boy on a Planet When Barry is approached by a modeling representative in the mall, Barry is convinced he'll be famous but Erica believes it's a scam so Beverly threatens the modeling rep to give him a gig or else. Later, Adam runs into his Pop Pop, Murray's grumpy dad, and thinks he can help mend the fences between estranged father and son.

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Family Takes Care of Beverly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC
S02E05 Family Takes Care of Beverly 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. Meanwhile, Barry stops Erica from eating Pop Rocks candy with soda, since according to urban legend, the combination would kill her. Since he "saves" her, Barry wants something in return from Erica.