If so, you'll feel right at home with The Goldbergs (Tuesday, 8 p.m., Ch. 4), an ABC sitcom that's trying to channel "The Wonder Years." Only louder.
This is a period piece set waaaay back in 1985. It is told (to some extent) from the viewpoint of young Adam (Sean Giambrone), who likes to make home movies of his family.
Like "The Wonder Years," "The Goldbergs" is narrated by the adult Adam - voice by comic Patton Oswalt.
Adam's father, Murray (Jeff Garlin) is loud and obnoxious. Adam's mother, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), also does her share of yelling in addition to smothering and manipulating her children by piling guilt upon them.
Her children include teenagers Erica (Hayley Orrantia), who kind of wants to be left alone, and high-strung Barry (Troy Gentile), who resents his father even though he's pretty much his father's clone.
When Barry complains something isn't fair, Dad bellows, "Who told you life was fair, you moron!"
No parenting tips here.
There's an over-abundance of nostalgia in the pilot episode, with all sorts of '80s pop-culture references - so many they almost drown out the characters at times. And that's hard to do, given how loud they are.
But there are laughs here. And some sweet moments, many involving Grampa (George Segal), who's having some difficulties as he's aging - but he's still a ladies' man.
This show actually could work. If they lower the volume a bit.
Because if they don't, the actors are going to lose their voices.
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