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The Goldbergs recap: Do the New Kids dance

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “DannyDonnieJoeyJonJordan” | Aired Jan 7, 2015

Just like narrator Adam Goldberg states at the beginning of this episode of The Goldbergs, before there was One Direction there was New Kids on the Block. Tonight, the family honors all the blockheads.

To no one’s surprise, Beverly Goldberg has saved every piece of artwork and school project her kids have created. All those magical memories have been stored in the Goldbergs’ garage. That is, until the day Murray Goldberg gets trapped in the garage surrounded by boxes. Now the Goldbergs have to consolidate, which is something Beverly Goldberg is not interested in. Bev now has to fit all her memories into one trunk.

While Beverly and Murray do some cleaning, the Goldberg children go through some boxes. These boxes hold nothing but embarrassing moments from Barry and Adam’s past but are filled with wonderful accomplishments made by Erica. Then Barry and Adam find a box filled with New Kids on the Block stuff. The most magical thing inside is a video that shows a brace-face and glasses-wearing Erica declaring her love for Jonny. The two Goldberg brothers now have the perfect ammunition to humiliate their perfect sister. Barry and Adam host a viewing party and show Erica’s video to all her friends.

Murray hires a truck to take all the boxes to the dump. As the truck drives away, Murray and Pops realize that Beverly’s trunk is on the truck. The two try to recreate the pieces of artwork, but Pops is just too damn good of an artist. Murray comes clean to his wife and though she says a piece of her heart is now dead, she moves on. Beverly moves on to the storage unit that she had the truck deliver all the boxes too. Classic Beverly Goldberg, classic.

Barry and Adam are having so much fun making fun of Erica’s love of New Kids that they begin to fall for NKOTB. That is right, the Goldberg brothers have the right stuff …


Barry and Adam take their new NKOTB obsession to the next level by recreating a music video. The brothers soon realize that this video is far from cool. Adam agrees to destroy it, but he cannot let some of his best work go and hides it under his bed. It does not take Erica long to find the video and host her own viewing party. Completely embarrassed, Barry and Adam decide to give their perfect sister the silent treatment.

Murray feels so bad about losing his kids’ artwork he heads to the dump. Murray finds a box of artwork. To show his wife that he cares, he frames all the artwork. It is not until Pops points out that Beverly has been paying for a storage unit that Murray realizes he is being played. Murray does not get mad at his wife but has all the boxes returned to the garage.

Erica decides to extend an olive branch to Barry and Adam by getting them front-row tickets to New Kids on the Block. The Goldberg children jam out, classic blockhead style.

Lessons Learned: Everyone has loved a boy band, and we all need to respect that love.

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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