Big hair, parachute pants, catchy music and wild colors defined a decade that most of us wish we had lived in.
Although the decade occurred years before I was born, I absolutely love the 1980s. Through my life, I've considered myself to be an 80s enthusiast. I educated myself through music, stories, and a general fashion sense; but nothing taught me more about what I considered the "decade of fun" than ABC's family comedy, The Goldbergs.
Set in what each episode describes as 1980-something, The Goldbergs follows Adam Goldberg and his wild family adventures through home video diaries. Although the stories may seem crazy, the majority of the plot lines actually occurred in Goldberg's childhood, which we see in the actual home videos at the end of each episode.
Although the Goldbergs takes place in the 1980s, I always find so many similarities between their lives and the current lives of people around me.
Murray is the definition of an "all-American dad". He gets home from his job, takes off his pants, and sits on the couch all day watching TV. Combine all those qualities with a grumpy, yet loving, attitude, and you have the perfect current suburban dad. A dad who doesn't want to talk about politics and just wants to eat his sandwich and watch the game.
Now, let's talk about Beverly Goldberg. Beverly Goldberg is what modern-day-terms would call a helicopter mommy. Not only does she bedazzle everything she owns, she cooks food an excessive amount of butter and will step on anyone to get her "shmoopies" in the right place at the right time. She's not crazy, she just wants the best of everything for her children. Bingo—perfect example of modern day suburban mom.
Adam, Barry, and Erica, also push the idea that 1980s teens aren't so different than teens today. They're obsessed with movies, music, sports, they don't want to go to college, and they just simply enjoy driving each other nuts. These crazy siblings talk about issues that we understand, no matter what decade we're in.
So although most of us weren't even born in 1980-something, the Goldbergs presents us with a blast to the past and allows us to live the decade with a family we've grown to love.
So next time you're looking for some wholesome good comedy, check out The Goldbergs.
You might just find that maybe 1980-something and 2020 aren't that different after all.