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,
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
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?
and, most importantly
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?