Is ‘The Goldbergs’ Canceled or Will There Be a Season 7?
ABC has at least a few sitcoms that aren’t receiving the attention they deserve during certain nights of the week. Wednesday nights, in particular, has a winning hour block of The Goldbergs and Schooled, just before Modern Family. Some of you might be surprised to learn The Goldbergs has been in this time slot for six seasons without getting huge fanfare.
It’s one of the few sitcoms named directly after its famous producer: Adam F. Goldberg. He made it loosely autobiographical and set it in a retro time period of the early 1980s.
Is the show going to continue into a 7th season? With the 1980s still a popular era to explore, take a look at the chances of renewal.
The show’s similarity to ‘The Wonder Years’
When The Goldbergs premiered in September of 2013, we couldn’t help equate it to The Wonder Years, which aired a little after the time the former shows takes place.
While TWY took place in a more profoundly chaotic time of history (the late ’60s to early ’70s), the 1980s still has a lot to mine from. No doubt this is what sold The Goldbergs to ABC execs rather than the autobiographic aspect to a producer mainstream audiences didn’t know well personally.
The early to mid-1980s had a brief time of American bliss with an economy mostly chugging along and some iconic things happening in pop culture. We’ve already seen various references to Return of the Jedi and other pop culture happenings in The Goldbergs episodes over the last few years.
Mostly, though, it’s the comedic chemistry of the cast making it work. One of those members was a prominent actor in films before and during the real 1980s.
Another cast with perfect comedic timing
Young Adam Goldberg is played by Sam Giambrone in completely nerdy glory. Most of the time, you see him capturing family moments on video back when video cameras became more mainstream in early ’80s American households. Even if some find the voice of Giambrone’s Goldberg annoying, it’s become an eye-rollingly funny part of the character’s persona.
Anchoring all of this is Jeff Garlin playing Adam’s dad, Murray. Also, Wendi McLendon-Covey is consistently hilarious as Mother Goldberg (Beverly).
Barry and Erica are Adam’s brother and sister, respectively. They’re played by Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia, both of whom we’ve seen grow into full-blooded teens on the show.
Last, you have legendary George Segal playing grandfather Albert “Pops” Solomon. Those of you too young to remember Segal should look him up and all the movies he’s done for the last 60 years. Mostly known as a comedian, he’s been active on television for the last couple of decades, including in the NBC comedy Just Shoot Me.
The perfect counterpart to another retro ABC sitcom
When you see the similarities of The Goldbergs to the recent ABC sitcom The Kids Are Alright, we almost wish they’d be on back-to-back on the same evening. The Kids Are Alright debuted this last fall as another autobiographical show (from producer Tim Doyle) while taking place in 1972-73 suburban Los Angeles.
This was also a mostly comfortable time for kids, even if not for adults as the Watergate scandal with President Nixon broke. Both this time period and the one in The Goldbergs adds plenty of nostalgia for anyone who was young during these two time periods.
Should The Goldbergs continue longer, let’s see both of these shows together as a new comedy hour of recreating our gilded views of the ’70s and ’80s.
How long will ‘The Goldbergs’ last?
As of this writing (which we’ll update), there still isn’t official word on whether the show will be renewed for a seventh season. Most likely it will be, despite ratings starting to slip as what usually happens with an aging show.
Understandably, it may not be on any more than a couple more years. It leaves room for The Kids Are Alright (and ’90s-set Schooled) to maintain the retro sitcom trend, a genre networks will probably continue exploring with an aging audience hungry for nostalgia.