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Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Love Is a Mix Tape” | Aired Sept 24, 2014

Big hair, great tunes, acid-washed jeans, and Pops are back! Jenkintown’s hilarious family has returned for an all-new season filled with laughter and tons of feels.

Adam wants to express his love to his crush Dana after a summer away from each other. So, duh, he makes the perfect mixtape! Only problem: Beverly finds the tape, and of course thinks it is for her. To spare this smother’s feelings, Adam goes along with it.

ByKM0NsCAAAykUD.jpg_largeErica is living out a her teenage dream after getting her fake ID, but soon it turns into a nightmare when brother Barry finds out. Faced with either being ratted out to their dad, Murray, or helping Barry, Erica takes Barry to the local Foto Fun. Cue Gus, played by funnyman David Spade, the Foto Fun employee who makes fake IDs on the side. After settling on the name Carlos DelMonaco, though still a fan of Zeus Alexander Washington, Barry Goldberg official has his own fake ID.

Back at school, Adam scores a date with Dana. The two hit up the laserium—yes, it is as cool as it sounds—where Dana admits she loved the mixtape and that she has “the best boyfriend.” Everything is going perfectly until Beverly picks up Adam and Dana from their date. In goes the mixtape and out comes the truth! Adam breaks the hearts of both ladies and now has to pick up the pieces.

Someone didn’t give Barry the memo about not showing your fake ID to EVERYONE! At school Barry is approached by some seniors, who enlist the middle Goldberg to get them some beer for their party. After Barry shouts through the halls that he won’t let them down, the gym teacher shows up and takes Barry’s fake ID. Barry now has to find a new way to get the beer. Oh, look, Murray’s wallet is sitting right in front Barry.

I am thinking that maybe Adam should quit making mixtapes. After Dana declines Adam’s new tape reflecting his sorrow, Adam tries to give it to Beverly. But this smother is no fool and calls Adam out on it.

Barry takes his father’s ID and heads out to by some beer. Things do not going to according to plan when the clerk denies Barry the beer. Next time, Barry, don’t go to the place where your dad gets a cup of coffee every day.

984220_702492599821221_5319588604229921120_nAfter having a chat with the wise Pops, Adam now knows he has to talk to Dana about his feeling and not keep making mixtapes. Pops also drops some wisdom on daughter Beverly, but in classic Bev fashion, she only hears what she wants to. Beverly does come to the conclusion that she must help Adam win Dana back!

Barry heads to the senior party with a bag of hoagies and not beer. Before Barry can enter the party, he’s stopped by a very angry Murray. Not wanting to have his son embarrassed in front of his older classmates, Murray takes one for the team and makes a scene about Barry buying beer. Barry Goldberg is still kind of a hero …

Adam heads back to the laserium to win back his love, Dana. In the middle of his speech, the two watch a laser show dedicated to them. It seems like Beverly had some words with the laserium engineer and created a beautiful grand gesture.

Lessons learned:
Mixtapes are not the only form of expressing one’s love—talking works too. Also, having a fake ID should not be public knowledge.

Confessions of a resident of suburban Philadelphia:
Wawa is the best place in the world. Lee’s hoagies are a go-to party food.

The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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