Don't Break out the Tissues Yet! 'The Goldbergs' Isn't Quite Over


Mar. 31 2021, Updated 1:40 p.m. ET

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Family comedy The Goldbergs has been a staple of ABC since 2013. Centered loosely around showrunner Adam F. Goldberg's own childhood in the 1980s, this family from Jenkintown, Pa. is full of laughter and heart. With the recent cancellation of spinoff Schooled, fans are wondering if the last season for The Goldbergs has arrived. 

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Season 7 of 'The Goldbergs' ended on a cliffhanger due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Production on the 24th episode for Season 7 was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but then those episodes later aired as two back-to-back episodes of Season 8 in October 2020. Prior seasons of The Goldbergs rounded out at 22 or 23 episodes, but Season 8 at present stands at 13 episodes. Perhaps this could be credited to the pandemic making filming difficult, but fans have other theories. 

Following the announcement of The Goldbergs' eighth season, creator Adam Goldberg took to Twitter to announce that the spinoff show of The Goldbergs, Schooled, would not be returning for a third season. While this is disappointing news to long-term Goldbergs fans (affectionately known as "Goldnerds") as the series left off a little bit on a cliffhanger, it also raises the question: What will happen to The Goldbergs

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As of right now, The Goldbergs has not been confirmed for a Season 9, nor has it been announced that a Season 9 is happening. Thankfully, there is a slightly redeeming note in that recurring roles are continuing to be cast for Season 8. As of Feb. 11, 2021, recurring roles on The Goldbergs are still being announced, indicating that perhaps further episodes are on the way.

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Season 8 of 'The Goldbergs' still includes many nods to classic film and television.

It wouldn't be The Goldbergs without a few nods to classic television and film, and Season 8 hasn't disappointed! In the episode titled "Bevy's Big Murder Mystery Party," Adam (Sean Giambrone) and Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) watch Clue and decide to host a very similar murder mystery party, with Adam playing the role of the butler. The episode's nod to the famous film didn't go unnoticed. Shortly thereafter, FOX announced an animated adaptation of the flick as a television series.

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Season 8 has also included a fun nod to the film Airplane! in the season premiere, which features the gang stuck at an airport, getting into hijinks in the air, and even main character Adam making direct references to the 1980 disaster parody. If there's one thing The Goldbergs' writers know how to do its create nostalgia in viewers who sometimes weren't even born when the 1980s was happening! 

Hopefully showrunner Adam Goldberg will clarify where the show stands once more episodes of Season 8 air. Until then, we'll just have to wait, turn up the music, and allow ourselves to be nostalgic for a simpler time. The Goldbergs airs on ABC on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET, or binge-watch anytime on Hulu. 

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