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

September 14, 2017 by  


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

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TITLE: The Goldbergs: The Complete Third Season


DURATION: Episodes 48-71 (539 Minutes)

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


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


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

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky Adam Goldberg, these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. Barry and Erica get into some “risky business,” Adam uses “Weird Al” Yankovic and magic to his advantage in dating, Murray learns to dance and Beverly begins a new “Super Hanukkah” tradition. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other — just with a lot more yelling.

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 third season of “The Goldbergs”:

  • EPISODE 48 – Barry, Erica and Lainey are planning a “Risky Business” style of party.  Meanwhile, Beverly becomes a temporary smother for Lainey.
  • EPISODE 49 – Adam is going through puberty and is a soloist for “A Chorus Line”.
  • EPISODE 50 – Adam tricks his father to assist him in a learning-based project building a robot.
  • EPISODE 51 – Adam is failing in P.E.  How can his mother make him feel better and for him to take part in P.E.
  • EPISODE 52 – What happen when Erica has Barry dressed like Boy George to stay with Lainey.
  • EPISODE 53 – Adam wants to spend time with Dana during Halloween and they dress up as Alien and Ellen Ripley.
  • EPISODE 54 – Erica throws her annual Troop Beverly Hills pajama party.
  • EPISODE 55 – It’s Thanksgiving and Beverly invites Murray’s estranged father, Pop-Pop.
  • EPISODE 56 – Barry is inspired by “Top Gun” and he enlists in ROTC.
  • EPISODE 57 – Beverly wants her family to be like the Kremps during Christmas.Erica is not happy that Barry is spending
  • EPISODE 58 –  Beverly wants to remodel her kitchen after visiting the Kremps’ home.
  • EPISODE 59 – Barry and Erica sign up to be part of the “Hands Across America” and Beverly wants to be in charge.
  • EPISODE 60 – What happens when Adam and Emmy finds out that “Double Dare” is hosting auditions at their school.
  • EPISODE 61 – Barry wants to do anything crazy for Valentine’s Day and is inspired by Lionel Richie’s music video of “Hello”.
  • EPISODE 62 – Dana comes back to town and wants to spend a romantic weekend together with Adam.
  • EPISODE 63 – Barry thinks he is “Student Athlete of the Year” but when he is dejected and embarrassed, he tries to find a way to become a champion of something.
  • EPISODE 64 – Erica and her mother are inspired by “Dirty Dancing” and want the next school dance to become a “Dirty Dancing” theme.
  • EPISODE 65 – Adam is inspired by Dave Kim’s tape collection as a member of the Columbia House music service.
  • EPISODE 66 – Barry avoids the PSAT test and is disappointed when he finds out that Lainey and his friends are planning to take the test.
  • EPISODE 67 – Adam is tired of being humiliated because he since he is not athletic and often picked last, but what happens when Coach Mellor makes him a team captain.
  • EPISODE 68 – Barry is jealous that his mother is playing favorites with her children and making Adam “World’s Best Son”.
  • EPISODE 69 – What happens when Barry and Erica forget Mother’s Day.
  • EPISODE 70 – Tired of seeing Barry always wearing his “Big Orange” Philadelphia Flyers jersey, his mom Lainey accidentally ruin his jersey.
  • EPISODE 71 – Adam is a freshman and is scared of “Freshman Fear Week”.
  • SPECIAL: The Goldberg’s: An ’80s Rewind – A special episode on the making of “The Goldbergs”.


“The Goldbergs: The Complete Third Season” is presented in 1:78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English 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.


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


  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary for “The Dirty Dancing Dance” with Adam F. Goldberg, David Katzenberg, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Troy Gentile.
  • Gag Reel – (5:07) Season three gag reel.


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

With the third season of “The Goldbergs”, Beverly does all she can to make her family perfect and making sure she’s part of her children’s lives. While her husband Murray, tries to be part of his children’s life and help whichever way he can.

Barry and Lainey are boyfriend and girlfriend (and Lainey becoming like another member of the family) and he wants to prove his love for her.  Adam is going through puberty and going through body and vocal changes.  Erica is not wanting her brother Barry to one up her and wanting to find love, while Schwartz does all he can to see if he can get Erica’s attention.

More shenanigans, fun and snuggies in season three 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 25 episodes of “The Goldbergs” have been nothing but entertaining and fun and definitely one of my favorite comedy series on television. I really enjoyed this third season a lot!

As for the DVD, picture and audio quality is good. While you get an audio commentary, a gag reel but also included with season three is the special, “The Goldbergs: An ’80s Rewind”!

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

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