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The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

September 14, 2017 by  



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“The Goldbergs” is nostalgic, hilarious, fun and addictive! “The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season” marks a season of change and setting up the next stage for season five.  Overall, a series that is highly recommended!

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TITLE: The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season

YEAR OF TV SERIES: 2017

DURATION: Episodes 72-95 (518 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1), English, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

RATED: NOT RATED

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Released Dated: September 12, 2015


Directed by David Katzenberg, Jay Chandrrasekhar, Victor Nelli Jr., Lew Schneider, Richie Keen, Jon Corn, Richie Keen, Joanna Kerns, Kevin Smith, Peter B. Ellis, Christine Gernon, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Lea Thompson, Jason Blount, Anton Cropper, Jude Weng

Written by Adam F. Goldberg, Lacey Marisa Friedman, Lauen Bans, Aaron Kaczander, Annie Mebane, Dan Levy, David Guarascio, Adam Armus,Josef Adalian, Kerri Doherty, Brian Hennelly, Rob Lieber, Matt Esdall, Matt Mira, Hans Rodionoff, Erik Weiner

Executive Producer: Adam F. Goldberg, Seth Gordon, Doug Robinson, David Guarascio, Adam Armus

Producer: Dan Levy, Annie Mebane, Rob Lieber, Dan Levy

Co-Executive Producer: Annette Sahakian Davis, Lew Schneider, Chris Bishop, Stephen Basilone, Andrew Secunda, David Katzenberg, Brian Keith Etheridge

Co-Producer: Mary Rohlich, Billy Wee, Mac Marshall

Consulting Producer: Michael J. Weithorn

Cinematography by Jason Blount, Scott Browner

Editing by Ruthie Aslan, Peter B. Ellis, Kevin Leffler, Jon Corn, Dave Canseco, Robert Lanford

Casting by Leslie Litt

Production Design by Cory Lorenzen

Art Direction by Bill Brownell

Set Decoration by Suzette Sheets, Donald Krafft

Costume Design by Keri Smith


Starring:

Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg

Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg

Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg

Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg

George Segal as Albert “Pops” Solomon

Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg

Patton Oswalt as the Narrator

AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis

Virginia Gardner as Lexy Bloom

Sam Lerner as Geoff Schwartz

Natalie Alyn Lind as Dana Caldwell

Kenny Ridwan as Dave Kim

Stephn Tobolowsky as Principal Ball

Jackson Odell as Ari Caldwell

Jacob Hopkins as Chad Kremp

Matt Bush as Andy Cogan

Noah Munck as “Naked” Rob Smith

Bryan Callen as Mr. Mellor

Sean Marquette as Johnny Atkins

Alex Jennings as Carla Natali

Tim Meadows as Mr. Glascott


The VCR-loving, mixtape-making, spandex-wearing Goldbergs are back! For geeky and movie-obsessed youngest child Adam, his wonder years were spent documenting the hilarious and awkward antics of his colorful family. This season finds the siblings fighting off huggies, snuggies and nubbies as they navigate what it means to grow up as a Goldberg. .


In 2013, the series “The Goldbergs” created by Adam F. Goldberg (“Breaking In”) aired on television.

Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Brides Maids”, “Reno 911!”), Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Daddy Day Care”), George Segal (“Look Who’s Talking”, “The Cable Guy”), Haley Orrantia, Troy Gentile (“Nacho Libre”, “Drillbit Taylor”, “Good Luck Chuck”), Sean Giambrone (“I Heart Shakey”, “Clarence”) and narration by Patton Oswalt (“The King of Queens”, “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”).

With a fifth season set to air on ABC, the third and fourth season will be released on DVD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“The Goldbergs” is a comedy set in the 1980’s and is based on the life of series-creator Adam F. Goldberg (at the end of each episode are real life video camera footage that Adam filmed of him and his family from the ’80s).

The series takes place in Jenkinstown, Pennsylvania and features Murray Goldberg (portrayed by Jeff Garlin) as the furniture salesman and family patriarch, the intruding but loving mother Beverly (portrayed by Wendi McLendon-Covey).

Both Murry and Beverly are parents to the popular and rebellious Erica (portrayed by Hayley Orrantia), the always trying hard but very naive, mama’s boy Barry (portrayed by Troy Gentile) and the young but mature for his age, Adam Goldberg (portrayed by Sean Giambrone).

The family are often visited by the children’s grandfather Albert “Pops” Solomon (portrayed by George Segal), who tries to help when he sees his daughter Beverly getting too involved in the kid’s lives. And what happens when Murray’s father and brother come to Thanksgiving?

The following is a spoilerless summary of the fourth season of “The Goldbergs”:

  • EPISODE 72 – Adam dresses like John Bender of “The Breakfast Club” for his first day in High School, while Beverly tries to be a substitute at her kids HS.
  • EPISODE 73 – What happens when Lainey, Erica and Beverly find a video dating service in the mall.
  • EPISODE 74 – What happens when Adam wants to ask the cute “Waffle Girl” for date?
  • EPISODE 75 – What happens when Murray buys an answering machine?
  • EPISODE 76 – What happens when Adam tries to write a horror novel?
  • EPISODE 77 – Adam tries to convince his father to fund his own action movie.
  • EPISODE 78 – Adam wants to go to the Gimbels Thanksgiving Parade after finding out K.I.T.T. of “Knight Rider” will be there?  But how will he get to the parade?
  • EPISODE 79 – What happens when Mrs. Cinoman changes the play from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Phantom of the Opera”?
  • EPISODE 80 – Murray has tickets to a Harlem Globetrotters and wants to take Barry.  But when Murray has amnesia, what happens when he takes Adam?
  • EPISODE 81 – What happens when Adam gets a rare VHS bootleg copy of “Star Wars Holiday Special”?
  • EPISODE 82 – Inspired by “Dead Poets Society”, what happens when Beverly gets a one-month substitute teacher’s job?
  • EPISODE 83 – Due to heavy snow, the Goldberg children have to figure out what to do on their day off?
  • EPISODE 84 – Adam is upset that his buddy Chad Kremp can’t devote more time to “Chadam Productions” due to tennis.
  • EPISODE 85 – What happens when Barry and Erica try to get a mob at Spencer’s Gifts store?
  • EPISODE 86 – Adam wants to become famous but when a casting agent sees Adam playing a nerd role, Beverly feels her son deserves a better part.
  • EPISODE 87 – When Adam reads the other Adam Goldberg’s review of “The Karate Kid”, he challenges him to a fight.
  • EPISODE 88 – What happens when the guys want to induct Deadhead into JTP?
  • EPISODE 89 – Lainey is accepted to a fashion design school in Savannah, Georgia and Barry panics of what he will do after high school.
  • EPISODE 90 – With prom night approaching, how will Erica and Geoff continue their relationship?
  • EPISODE 91 – Murray wants his daughter Erica to attend his alma mater, Penn State University.
  • EPISODE 92 – What happens when Barry gets a job at a local country club?
  • EPISODE 93 – What happens when Barry, Lainey and the JTP watch “The Day After” with Murray?
  • EPISODE 94 – Barry and Lainey vs. Erica and Geoff compete for “Cutest Couple” in the yearbook.
  • EPISODE 95 – It’s graduation day.  How will the lives of Erica, Geoff, Lainey and Barry change after graduation?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season” is presented in 1:78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality on DVD is very good as the series is broken up in three discs. Audio quality is good with clear dialogue. I did not notice any artifacts or any problematic issues during my viewing of the series.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and French.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season” comes with the following special features:

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring 20 deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary for “The Kara-Te Kid” with Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Lew Schneider, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Troy Gentile.
  • Gag Reel – (4:45) Season four gag reel.
  • The Goldbergs Trailer

EXTRAS:

“The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season” comes with a slipcover.


With the fourth season of “The Goldbergs”, the season marks a change as Erica graduates high school and plans to go to college, while finding herself more emotional as she notices that she has developed feelings for Schwartz.

As Lainey is about to graduate and go to fashion school, Barry knows that things are changing and he starts to learn that he is good and math and has interests of becoming a doctor.  But will he pursue career or trying to be close to Lainey?

Meanwhile, as season three was a change for Adam as he experienced puberty, for season four, Adam and friends begin high school.

And just when life for these three teens are difficult enough, they are shocked when they find out their mother, Beverly has gotten her substitute teaching license and she intends to teach at her children’s high school and show offer her love for her children in front of all the students.

All this and more in season four of “The Goldbergs”!

As a child of the ’80s and having experienced the fads, the music, the clothing, the toys of that time period, how awesome and fresh is it to find a TV show that incorporates the pop culture of that timeline but making it accessible for today’s generation and also for those who grew up during that time period.

And to find out that the Goldberg’s are modeled after series creator, Adam F. Goldberg’s life and being treated with actual video camera footage, how cool is that?

But there is so much to enjoy about this coming-of-age comedy series. Many of us can sympathize with young Adam Goldberg because we grew up with the amazing toys of the ’80s such as the Transformers (in season two, Adam anguishes over the death of Optimus Prime after watching “The Transformers: The Movie”) and also grew up watching movies such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, which both the character Adam and Barry try to re-enact and also the well-known scene from “Say Anything”.

But while the series does jump different years during the ’80s, it still tries to capture the ’80s through music and pop culture.

This is pop culture that I grew up with and it’s brought to the masses tastefully to the point that you can’t help but be entertained. In fact, my wife and my teen son are now addicted to the series and watching “The Goldbergs” is family night for us!

But what makes this series work so well is its characters.

While Adam is the level-headed, trying to figure out life young teen, Barry is that awkward guy that many of us guys had seen or had similar experiences that were just as awkward. Trying to fit in, trying to be cool, being a wannabe breakdancer or rapper, Barry is that awkward side that many of us get embarrassed by watching, but knowing that he’s cool in his own way at times, despite others thinking that he is a bit uncool.

Both Goldberg brothers make major headways in the second season as they both get girlfriends and it’s interesting because of the shenanigans that take place.

And you have the popular sister, the often medling mother and the father who just wants to be cool, relax after a hard day at work (and likes to drop his pants before sitting and watching television) but is also more than often having to be the husband trying to prevent his wife from doing something embarrassing to their children, as she wants to often meddle in their affairs. And of course, you have the cool grandfather with “Pops”, who also tries to play things cool with the kids.

Each of the talent does a great job in portraying their character and all episodes of “The Goldbergs” have been nothing but entertaining and fun and definitely one of my favorite comedy series on television.  And as everyone grows older in the series, the show reflects that and this season no doubt marks change among the characters.

As for the DVD, picture and audio quality is good and you get an audio commentary, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Overall, “The Goldbergs” is nostalgic, hilarious, fun and addictive! “The Goldbergs: The Complete Fourth Season” is highly recommended!






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