Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

The Goldbergs

We hope you enjoyed this content. Be sure to share it with family and friends you think will enjoy it as well.

TV Series Review

You know, the 1980s weren't so weird back in the 1980s.

The feathered bangs, the parachute pants, the strange fascination we had with Def Leppard … it all seemed so normal back then. It's only in retrospect that it all looks like some strange planet where everyone worshipped hairspray.

Most of us Gen-Xers somehow managed to make it out of the decade alive and with a modicum of sanity. And now we generally look back at those days like we would think of our pet Chinese Crested (of the hairless variety): Sure, it's ugly, but it's our ugly. And that, in a way, sums up the attraction of ABC's The Goldbergs. Sure, the kids might laugh at the shoulder pads and snicker at our ancient VCRs. But sitcom creator Adam Goldberg tells us that while fashions and fads may have been goofy, the people—the family and friends he himself grew up with—they were … well, goofy too. (Sometimes in a nice way, other times not.)

Onscreen Adam Goldberg is the creator's barely fictionalized avatar, with some of the show's most outlandish scenes serving as, reportedly, simple re-creations of real-life Adam's own videotaped documentation. The bespectacled tween loves Star Wars, Transformers and his nifty (if monstrously proportioned) video camera—the tool he uses to document his family's trip through the decade. He's particularly fond of taping the fights, of which his family has many.

Much of the blame for this delirious dysfunction, of course, can be saddled on the parents. Overbearing mom Beverly can out-shout and out-guilt almost anyone, and dad Murray put the blust in bluster. But Adam and his two teenage siblings are hardly spot-free. Wild-child Erica pushes almost as many parental buttons as she does familial envelopes, and Barry—well, let's just say this would-be Romeo takes after his clueless dad. And their entertainment choices? Well, we at Plugged In believe that entertainment is influential, and you can only watch so much One Day at a Time before snapping.

Now, since we're talking about the '80s, let's keep in mind that it was a problematic time in its own peculiar way. So just as it was the golden age of cinematic teen sex comedies (Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), the Goldbergs talk a lot about sex. Drinking and drugs were a huge concern ("Just Say No!"), so it's perhaps natural that such topics would be a big deal in the Goldberg household. Movie parents in the 1980s were at their most ineffectual, and while Beverly and Murray are actually more involved than, say, Ferris Bueller's or the oft-drunk father in Pretty in Pink, clashes between generations here are frequent and loud—with neither parent nor child showing a whole lot of respect. Profanity is also commonly heard in the Goldberg's less-than-happy household.

You might think of The Goldbergs as  The Middle with a mullet. But for all its nostalgia, it's a reminder that sometimes some things do get better—and that may be reason enough for your family to step away from this problematic past.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Goldbergs: 2-4-2014



Readability Age Range





Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg; Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg; Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg; Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg; Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg; George Segal as Albert 'Pops' Solomon; Patton Oswalt as Narrator






Record Label





Year Published



Paul Asay

We hope you enjoyed this content. Be sure to share it with family and friends you think will enjoy it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!