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Source: ABC

A.J. Michalka aka Lainey Left 'The Goldbergs' to Star in Her Own '90s Spin-Off Show

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Those nostalgic for the magic and shoulder-pad moments from the '80s likely found true joy when the ABC comedy The Goldbergs premiered in 2013. At first glance, the Goldbergs themselves may have seemed like an average American family, but their hijinks soon made them rivals of the likes of the Bundys, the Bradys, and the Pritchetts. 

A.J. Michalka (who plays Lainey Lewis) appeared sporadically on the series' first two seasons, before she got a full-time role on the show in Season 3. 

The Goldberg's oldest son, Barry (Troy Gentile), had a lifelong crush on Lainey, and the pair slowly became an item on the show. Their relationship was a welcome surprise for fans, as Barry's immature nature had been the central focus of his character before.

But, at the end of Season 6, Lainey was on her way out of Jenkintown, Pa. with her college dreams on the horizon. What happened to Lainey on The Goldbergs? Read on to find out how the show dealt with her character's absence.