Fox is heading back to the '80s with The Goldbergs, a screwball comedy narrated by comedian Patton Oswalt, which makes its debut tonight. The show features established comedy stars Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!), along with some promising newcomers. I got a peek at the pilot, filled with references of the decade (Flavor Flav!), and I'm letting you know whether you should plan on catching the show.
- What it's about: Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) is growing up and documenting his family's every move with his newest possession: a video camera. Dad Murray (Garlin) is grumpy pretty much all the time, while mother Beverly (McLendon-Covey) has a distinct lack of respect for privacy. Siblings Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) are just trying to navigate high school, while retired Pops (George Segal) is busy romancing the ladies.
- Where it works: The family is genuinely involving, especially Barry, who's drenched in fear and loathing at every moment. That may not sound funny, but Gentile lends just the right amount of charm. Having been a big fan of Just Shoot Me, I also can't resist Segal, hilarious as ever as Pops.
- Where it doesn't: Some of the acting (and the hair) is way over the top, but then again, wasn't the '80s the decade of excess, anyway?
- You might like this show if: You want to see the lovechild of The Wonder Years and Freaks and Geeks.
- When it's on: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC
Watch a preview of The Goldbergs after the jump.