TV Review: The Goldbergs, “A Chorus Lie”

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Adam F. Goldberg stated on Twitter that “A Chorus Lie” was one of his proudest episode creations. Going in, I was pretty pumped to see why this was. I don’t know if the hype ended up backfiring, but I felt that episode 2 of Season 3, was kind of a let down.

Now I’m not saying it wasn’t funny. It was; in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever NOT laughed at an episode of The Goldbergs. However, some of the jokes just missed or were too drawn out.

The major storyline of “A Chorus Lie” is that Adam (Sean Giambrone) is going through puberty, and his voice is changing immensely. What was played off as a minor gag in the first episode worked-here it is taken to a new level and extended almost like a Family Guy joke. The youngest Goldberg is cast as the lead in the school’s production of A Chorus Line and fear he’s going to mess it up based on his changing voice. Mama Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) sees a way out, thanks to the recent news of Milli Vanilli. Remember that heartbreaking announcement?

Speaking of Mama Goldberg, are we going to try to fit in a “bleeped” curse word every episode this season? I sincerely hope not. Let’s save that for just “random” placements, otherwise it’s going to die fast.

Meanwhile, Erica (Hayley Orrantia) refuses to date anyone because her father (Jeff Garlin) states everyone is a moron; Erica proves the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree and believes the same. Of the two storylines, this one was more entertaining, as it just had a better payoff.

The funniest part of the whole episode is Barry, who just shifts between all the “goings on” and provides commentary/his boneheaded way of looking at things.

Ultimately, this episode was a let down from last week. Hopefully the premiere luster isn’t lost and The Goldbergs regains its composure for the rest of the season.

Rating: 7/10

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Logan J. Fowler is a senior writer and video game editor on He contributes his thoughts every week for Trailer Tuesday and has his own column called “A Link to the Past.” Logan’s “kid at heart” nature has led to his discussion about pop culture that many geeks love to talk about, including superheroes, Super Mario Bros., Pixar, and Muppets, among other things. In addition, one of his first pieces for the site, “Top Ten Comic Book Movies,” was picked as a “Freshly Pressed” piece by WordPress and remains one of the site’s most well-read articles. Currently, Logan works as a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Roosevelt School in Manville NJ. He graduated from Wagner College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and in 2007 with a Master of Science in Education Degree in Birth-6th Grade Literacy. He also holds a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification from Rutgers. Many of Logan’s friends have said that he moonlights as Spider-Man but this is so not true. Wait, are those police sirens I’m hearing?! Gotta go! -thwipp-