I love Jeff Garlin and I have been a fan for as long as I can remember. A loyal listener of his brilliant podcast, I would catch a drink next door at The Roger Room waiting for him to take stage at Largo whenever he would have a “conversation” with friends. My favorite without a doubt being Will Ferrell. It was so good, but those days came to a halt and I was finally able to get my Jeff Garlin “fix” if you will right from the comforts of my own living room as Murray Goldberg. The father most of us east coasters could relate to on some level. Each week I was basically relieving my time in 1980-something PTSD and all.
An 80s Rewind
However, as time went on and the series progressed, and my love for Jeff grew, never did I think I would adopt a new family named The Goldbergs. Especially one with a bedazzling, matchmaking, meddling mom, and older brother who looks like Vanilla Ice, but acts more like Ice Cube, and “shameless Don Juan” pops played by George Segal. Either way, the story lines were my time travel machine back home to The Breakfast Club and Live Aid so it’s safe to say, I’ll be sticking around a while. But I want to see it ALL!
As I wandered the set on Stage 22 of Sony Pictures with Sean Giambrone who plays movie loving Adam Goldberg on the hit TV show, and the REAL Adam Goldberg, the creator and executive producer, we navigated through back halls and craft services, through the high school halls, and music classrooms, until it felt as though my two worlds were colliding. At first, it wasn’t much different than other TV show sets I’ve visited, but walking through Bev and Murray’s bedroom down the hall to Erica, Barry and Adam’s rooms was completely different, in a very familiar way. From the comforters on the beds, to the wallpaper and Sharpe vintage pink cassette player like the one my grandpa bought me, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Stand By Me posters, and Donnie Wahlberg cutouts, this wasn’t a hit TV show I watched week to week, it was more like a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past. Instead of The Goldbergs Halloween special airing tonight on ABC, I was living it.
The devil is in the details and so I went straight to Barry’s room to see his cassette collection to see if I could piece together what type of mixtape he might conjure. Despite his character’s personality, his musical tastes were pretty eclectic considering the focal point of his room is a Public Enemy poster above his bed and a Randy Savage wrestler doll. And you can bet your Freaky Freezy gloves that I felt the need to take a photo of every single family portrait I could find around that house. I never wanted to leave. I just wanted to sit in the living room and watch The Goldbergs fly up and down their front hall starcase.
But the end-all, be-all was Bev’s (Wendi McLendon-Covey) wardrobe. You know, the one with those amazing jackets? Scratch that…THE jacket. Yes, the one with the Golberg offsprings on the back. I saw it with my very two eyes and I can live a happier life now because of it. And you want to know something SO SWEET… we left with the COOLEST 80’s swag ever. Neon wayfarers, Rubic’s cube, cinch sacks and T-shirts. It was a good day.
I really don’t want to give away any spoilers for tonight’s episode, but be sure to set your VCR and don’t miss it. I had an opportunity to see a sneak-peek of The Goldbergs Halloween Special, “Stefan King”, and you can bet your Drakkar Noir it’s everything you could hope for and more.
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