Come on, admit it: If you're over a certain age, you're probably at least a little, if not a LOT, sentimental about the '80s. Even if you were just a baby or a toddler, you probably fondly remember some of the pop music, fashion, big hair, games (Pac-Man! Rubik's Cube!), or Brat Pack flicks. At least, the creators behind the new ABC sitcom The Goldbergs hope that's the case.
The new show -- which follows 11-year-old film geek Adam's documentation of his kooky, dysfunctional, lovable family -- looks like it may be our decade's answer to The Wonder Years. With Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) as mom Beverly and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as dad Murray, it's bound to touch a nerve with anyone who grew up in the era of actual music videos on MTV, neon, and DeLoreans doubling as trendy cars and time machines.
Here, five reasons to watch the premiere tonight at 9 p.m. EST ...
- If you loved The Wonder Years, you'll probably love The Goldbergs. With the same first-person, voice-over narration style as Kevin, and a look back at a "simpler time" -- the '80s instead of the '60s -- the show has a very Wonders Years-ish vibe. My only question is if there'll be an updated, side ponytail-wearing version of Winnie for Adam?
- Jeff Garlin. The comedian's a gem on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry's sidekick and deserves success with his own vehicle.
- Wendi McLendon Covey. She cracked us up as the tough-talking mom-turned-party-animal Rita in Bridesmaids, and it looks like she'll equally hilarious as the Goldbergs' matriarch Beverly.
- If you love Adam Sandler, you'll probably love The Goldbergs. The show comes to us courtesy of Adam Sandler’s production company HappyMadison.
- It'll remind you of all those games you used to love to play way back when. The show features nostalgic nods to old-school diversions like Simon and green-screen computer games we played with floppy discs. Who knows -- tuning in with your kids could actually convince them to put down the iPad and play with a Rubik's Cube ...?! Okay, that's probably a long shot, but you never know.
Here's the trailer if you haven't caught it yet ...
Will you be checking out The Goldbergs tonight? Do you think it could be the new Wonder Years?
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