The Goldbergs is a 2013 ABC sitcom set in the 1980s, based on creator Adam Goldberg's family.


Season One
  • "Daddy Daughter Day": A 1976 The Muppet Show lunchbox is shown when Beverly Goldberg wants to pack Adam's lunch in it.
  • "Who Are You Going to Telephone?": Barry Goldberg's Hulk costume is mistaken for Oscar the Grouch at a Halloween party.
  • "You Opened the Door": Murray Goldberg uses Fraggle Rock puppets of Mokey and Boober in an attempt to teach Barry about sex.
  • "You're Not Invited": Adam states that he wants a Bert and Ernie cake for his birthday. Beverly later comes in with one.
Season Two
  • "Big Baby Ball": in a rapid fire list of answer to Trivial Pursuit questions meant for kids, Barry's answers include "Cookie Monster.
  • "A Goldberg Thanksgiving": A montage of balloons from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is shown, including the original Kermit the Frog balloon.
  • "I Rode a Hoverboard": Adam's room is seen with a The Dark Crystal poster and a Muppet calendar.
  • "The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet": Murray complains about waiting in line to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, saying it's "just about a puppet." Adam responds: "Is Fozzie Bear just a puppet? Is ALF just a puppet? Is Yoda just a puppet?" Later, The Miss Piggy Calendar 1982 can be seen in Adam's bedroom, turned to December.
  • "I Drank the Mold": Beverly refers to Adam as her "little love Muppet." She also is seen with a Kermit the Frog-shaped birthday cake for Adam. Later, Adam is seen filming his own version of The Swedish Chef at the episode's end, (a re-production of an old home movie of the real Adam Goldberg).
Season Three
  • "Jimmy 5 is Alive": Coach Meller refers to Adam as "that weird kid with the Muppet voice" and "Muppet Boy."
  • "Couples Costume": Pops mistakes a child's Kermit the Frog Halloween costume for "Herman the Frog." He then tells the child, "Wakkity, wakkity!"
  • "The Tasty Boys": Developing a rap group, Adam suggests their signature style be based on the Fraggles. He recommends Barry dress as Boober, Geoff as Wembley and then debates over being a Doozer or a Gorg.
  • "Lainey Loves Lionel": Erica claims that Barry's attempted sculpture of Lainey looks like "someone sat on a puppet from The Dark Crystal."
  • "12 Tapes for a Penny": Adam's claim to be a badass is immediately contradicted when Beverly calls him down to watch Muppet Babies. Later, one of Adam's fake aliases to get cheap tapes from Columbia House is "Kermit D. Fonz." The package then contains a cassette of The Songs of Fraggle Rock.
  • "Magic is Real": Erica tells Adam that her celebrity heartthrobs are set apart from him in that they "don't cry at The Muppet Movie." Adam responds, "If 'Rainbow Connection' doesn't move you to tears, then you're not alive!"
Season Four
  • "Recipe for Death II: Kiss the Cook": Dave Kim lists off "Fraggles" among Adam's nerdy obsessions.
  • "So Swayze It’s Crazy": Adam uses an Animal puppet in a dramatic scene for his acting reel.
  • "Fonzie Scheme": A Red Fraggle doll is seen in the Goldberg's basement.
  • "Jedi Master Adam Skywalker": Uncle Marv describes the film Gremlins, claiming the title creatures are "little Muppets."


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