So, I wasn’t always a Goldnerd

The pilot did nothing for me.

Well, not nothing. I laughed here and there, but mostly for nostalgia reasons. The soundtrack and wardrobe were superb,

Nice threads

but there was something missing. I couldn’t find the heart. Erica seemed to be given quite short shrift and Jeff Garlin sang along with REO Speedwagon far too long.

I’m glad I stuck with it, though, because once they let Wendi McLendon-Covey roller skate

Last call for “Sultry Skate”

you knew that this show was going places. I had a very similar reaction to episode 2 as did Annie from EW. The father-daughter relationship was established (to bookend the father-son-moron relationship from episode 1) and each family member took on more defining characteristics. Each actor began to inhabit a real person and it kept going from there.

Imagine what I would have missed had I stopped so early?

 

The Hulk!
The Kremps!
Ron Jaworski’s couch
The Discount
Lexy!
Lainey!
Lainey!
Laser Tag!
Pops & Vic!

and, most importantly

The Goonies!

You can call me a late bloomer or whatever you want, but “Goldbergs Never Say Die” rocketed the show into the stratosphere for me. Everything previously established seemed to culminate in this one episode and the season never let up. I was officially a Goldnerd and when I look back at the first few episodes I can see how the foundation was laid for me to let this this perfectly crazy family into my home each week. Adam knew what he was doing!

When did you know you had become a Goldnerd?

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6 thoughts on “So, I wasn’t always a Goldnerd

  1. I couldn’t help it, I was hooked from episode 1. Adam and I were essentially the same kid growing up, and the whole thing reminded me of home. Episode 1!

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  2. I was a goldnerd from the very first episode. Even though I was born in the 80s and dont have the best memory of it (I was born in 84) There has always been something about the 1980s (espicially the music) that has facinated me from the time I was 12 or 13. Ps: Am I still considered a goldnerd if I dvr the show and watch later that night?

  3. I completely agree with this! I thought the pilot was truly awful to the point of being shrill. But by the third episode, I was hooked. I actually think it does nostalgia better than the Wonder Years which is about the highest praise I can think of!

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