The Goldbergs

Mama Drama - S2-E2

Factual error: Murray and Barry go to a Philadelphia Flyers home game. In the episode the Flyers are wearing orange jerseys. In reality the home team wore their white jerseys in the 1980's. When they watch the replay of Ron Hextall's goal on TV, you see the Flyers wearing white. (00:05:00 - 00:06:00)

A Kick-Ass Risky Business Party - S3-E1

Other mistake: Barry and Erica are watching Lany band with Beverly. They are hiding behind a bookshelf of board games. One of the board games is Showdown Yahtzee. This game did not come out until 1991.

Agassi - S4-E13

Factual error: Adam is outside playing tennis at school. The episode takes place "February 1980 something" and the students are all in shorts and the trees and grass are all lush and green. This wouldn't be the case in February in the suburbs of Philadelphia.


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Factual error: There is an episode where Reagan is running for president in 1984, and later in this episode they are watching "America's funniest home videos" which started in 1989.

I Rode a Hoverboard! - S2-E8

Factual error: Adam doesn't want to tell Emmy how he broke his arm, so he says he rode a hoverboard. He says he watched the whole BTTF trilogy, but only part 1 was released in 1985. Part 2 was released in 1989, and Part 3 in 1990.


The Facts of Bleeping Life - S2-E3

Factual error: The main theme of the episode was the "Royal Wedding" (Lady Spencer and Prince Charles) which happened in 1981. Erica and Lainey are singing Eternal Flame by the Bangles which wasn't release until 1988.

Just Say No - S2-E20

Factual error: In a previous episode, Adam's uncle gives him a power glove and they talk about "The Wizard" which came out in 1989. A few episodes later, they talk about Reagan getting reelected, which happened in 1984.

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Suggested correction: The series is constantly going back and forth through the 80s (Adult Adam always refers to the year in question as 1980 - something in his narration) - episodes are set in earlier times than previous ones.

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A Chorus Lie - S3-E2

Factual error: A key plot point of this episode is the revelation of the Milli Vanilli lip-syncing scandal and that they didn't sing on their album, which happened in the fall of 1990, outside the 1980s setting of the series.


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Suggested correction: The first public sign that the group was lip-syncing came on 21 July 1989, during a live performance on MTV at the Lake Compounce theme park in Bristol, Connecticut. As they performed, a hard drive issue caused the recording of the song "Girl You Know It's True" to jam and skip, repeatedly playing the partial line "Girl, you know it's..." through the speakers. "I knew right then and there, it was the beginning of the end for Milli Vanilli," recalled Pilatus of the incident.

The mistake didn't point it out, although the episode did, but the issue wasn't the fact that they lip-sync'd but the fact that they didn't actually do any singing. The minor incident you mentioned wasn't news that "shook the country." The news that it wasn't Milli Vanilli singing on their own album didn't come out until 1990.


My point exactly; while Milli Vanilli were revealed to be lip-syncing during a single live performance in the summer of 1989, it wasn't confirmed that they didn't sing at all on their debut album until November 1990.


The Adam Bomb - S2-E17

Continuity mistake: When Barry is getting angry at Adam downstairs he is wearing a Philadelphia flyer shirt. When Barry enters Adam's room he's wearing a Calgary Flames shirt. Then the camera shows Barry from behind he's wearing the Philadelphia Flyers shirt.

Barry Goldberg's Day Off - S2-E14

Continuity mistake: When Barry tips the pool chair and falls into the pool, the chair falls with him. However in the next clip when his mother jumps into the pool to save him you can see the same pool chair still sitting on the diving board.

A Wall Street Thanksgiving - S5-E7

Factual error: Adam is excited the new Atari video game of "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial" was just released. In the same episode, Uncle Marvin is telling Barry he just saw the movie "Wall Street." Problem is, the "E.T." Video game was released in December, 1982, while "Wall Street" was released in December, 1987.


Double Dare - S3-E13

Factual error: When watching a game, Barry mentions what the Eagles need to tie he mentions a two-point conversion. The NFL didn't adopt this until 1994, so it wouldn't have been an option in the 1980s.

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The Most Handsome Boy on the Planet - S2-E9

Factual error: At the very beginning of the show, they are standing in line to watch the movie ET in "1980 something." The kid starts asking if Yoda was just a puppet and if ALF was just a puppet. ET came out in 1982. ALF did not come out until 1986. Later in the show, they mention Kokomo by The Beach Boys which did not come out until 1988. ET was out of cinemas by then.

Mini Murray - S1-E3

Factual error: Adam and Pops go to the movies and watch Poltergeist which came out in 1982. The following morning Adam is at the table eating breakfast with Erica, and he is wearing a Top Gun T-shirt. Top Gun didn't come out until 1986. (00:06:42)

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Cowboys Suck! - S2-E12

Question: When Barry refers to the stop sign in his room he says "The stop sign where she wanted to go left and I wanted to go right, so I got nervous, went straight." As he was talking about Lainey, soon after Murray says "Well, let's get in the damn car. And bring the stop sign. We got to put it back. It's a serious crime." Is Barry's quote some kind of sexual innuendo, or is it that he actually, accidentally drove into it because of Lainey?

Answer: Not a sexual innuendo at all. Barry drove into it because he couldn't make a decision to either go his way or Lainey's way.


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