"You Opened the Door"


"Jackie Likes Star Trek"


"Adam Spielberg"


"Adam Spielberg"

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 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".
  • "I Rode a Hoverboard" — Adam's room is seen with a Dark Crystal poster and a Muppet calendar.
  • "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.
  • "Han Ukkah Solo" — Adam tears down a Jaws poster, and crumples it into a Kermit waste basket. "I'm going down stairs to find a trash can for men!" The Miss Piggy Calendar 1982, turned to December, can be seen next to the poster.
  • "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."

Season Five

  • "Jackie Likes Star Trek" — Adam's girlfriend Jackie is shown giving him a homemade Beaker puppet. The TV behind him shows a scene from The Muppet Show episode 514.
  • "Adam Spielberg" — Adam briefly recreates a scene from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial by hiding in Erica's closet, surrounded by toys. Among them are an Animal puppet, Uncle Traveling Matt and Gobo dolls and the makeshift Beaker puppet from "Jackie Likes Star Trek." Later in the episode, Johnny Atkins shows off his collection of bootleg videotapes, including a tape labeled "Sesame Street Ep. 847."

Season Six

  • "The Beverly Goldberg Cookbook" — A clip of The Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show episode 514 is shown at the beginning during a channel surf of television cooking shows.
  • "I Lost on Jeopardy!" — Andy says "Yellow is the color of our enemy and Big Bird."


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