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The Goldbergs: The Complete Second Season (2014 - 2015/Sony DVD Set)

Picture: B Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: B+

The Goldbergs: The Complete Second Season was a big surprise for me. I normally give most comedies at least one chance before I say no, but the teasers and trailers that came out for this show did not appeal to me so I did not have any desire whatsoever to watch it because it did not look funny. However, I have to admit I was wrong. I enjoy this show and was pleasantly surprised. It is not really laugh out loud funny, but I catch myself smirking often, mainly because the characters are very relatable.

As for the acting in the show it is kind of hard to not find the mother, Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) very funny and, at times, see the relationship between her and her youngest son, Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) very close to your own personal experiences. They also openly swear at each other, which also adds to the comedy, because he is a young kid.

I am sorry to say that when I heard Jeff Garlin, who plays Adam's dad, Murray Goldberg, seems to be lacking with screen time and jokes. It is much different seeing him in this from his time with Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO or even his standup, but the moments he does have are pretty funny and he is still a main character. He just does not get as much screen time as Beverly (McLendon-Covey), which is fine because as I sated earlier she is very funny in this.

Another character is "Pops" Goldbergs (George Segal), who seems to sometimes be a voice of reason, but even for the voice of reason still manages to maintain some comedy. Patton Oswalt narrates the show as Adam Goldberg all grown up telling the stories of his childhood, which kind of reminds you of the shows from the '80s and The Goldbergs takes place in the '80s so it all is cohesive.

The acting however seems off at times, but not from the more known cast members, McLendon-Covery, Garlin, and Segal. The young Goldbergs, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), Barry (Troy Gentile), and Adam (Giambrone), in the show seem to be on a lower level or outshined by the other cast members. It is not that they are necessarily bad acting, but it can feel forced at times.

Visually the camerawork is on point, but nothing particularly outstanding. The set design is nice. There are many key elements that establish the '80s. It is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, standard definition, and English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Since this show does not have many visually stunning scenes the standard definition is fine and the audio comes through very nicely.

There are 24 episodes on this 3-disc set of The Goldbergs: Season 2. The episode titles include: Love is a Mix Tape, Mama Drama, The Facts of Bleeping Life, Shall We Play a Game?, Family Takes Care of Beverly, Big Baby Ball, A Goldberg Thanksgiving, I Rode a Hoverboard!, The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet, DannyDonnieJoeJonJordan, The Darryl Dawkins Dance, Cowboy Country, Van People, Barry Goldberg's Day Off, Happy Mom, Happy Life, The Lost Boy, The Adam Bomb, I Drank the Mold!, La Biblioteca Es Libros, Just Say No, As You Wish, Dance Party USA, Bill/Murray, and Goldbergs Feel Hard.

The extras on the disc include exactly what you want to see; a variety of fun bonus features to keep you more entertained. They include, On Location with Sean Giambrone, Deleted Scenes, Making "Barry Goldberg’s Off", Gag Reel, On the Set with Wendi McLendon-Covey. You can also read about the first season elsewhere on this site.

The Goldbergs is a fun show to watch and I think it could be one of the perfect family shows to sit down and enjoy with, well, your family. There are those touching moments and lessons to be learned, but still manage to keep the comedic elements prevalent throughout.

- Jordan Whiteko


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