The Goldbergs Review: Adam Goldberg – Master Dungeon Master

The Goldbergs, "Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?"

Another Wednesday is here, and with it comes a new episode of The Goldbergs. Let’s take a look at what went on in this week’s new episode, “Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?”

The main story in the episode concerns Adam and his experience in gym class, every 80’s kid’s nightmare. To make up for being imperfect at gym, Adam is a master at Dungeons & Dragons. He and his friends tire of being the dorks that they see themselves as, though, and Adam convinces the coach to let him be a team captain so that he can change the social ladder. He starts looking out for himself over his friends once he gets these new responsibilities, however, and turns his back on those he wanted to help. The coach flips things around to solve the issue, and the two teams (at the suggestion of Dave Kim!) are forced to face off in a game of DnD. It’s odd to say, but one of my favorite moments all season comes when Adam (and Barry) have to teach the jocks the rules of the upcoming game. The game that follows is surprisingly fun to watch, and I like the way things wrapped up between the two different types of kids in gym class (even if it was a bit unrealistic).

Elsewhere in the episode, Erica is finally making up hr mind on where she wants to go to college. Unfortunately for Beverly, though, the college her daughter chooses is in Pittsburgh. Erica gets her father to help sway Beverly to her side, but it backfires when her parents swap their positions entirely. Throughout the episode, Erica struggles against her parents’ plans and desires as they both attempt to put their own ideas in their daughter’s head, and Erica is finally forced to tell them exactly how things have to be in a moment of rage, helping her parents realize that Erica’s needs are what they should really be focusing on. The conclusion to the story features a great scene between Erica and her parents, continuing The Goldbergs‘ tradition of taking a comedic storyline and wrapping it into something that sticks an emotional landing.

“Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?” wasn’t one of the strongest episodes of The Goldbergs this season, but the main reason for that is because of the high standard that the show has set for itself. Even a “weak” episode of The Goldbergs is great, and this episode is no exception. Both storylines play out exactly like you want them to (even if they’re both extremely predictable), and the emotional conclusion to Erica’s story strengthens an otherwise average episode.

What did you think of “Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?” Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

[Photo Credit: ABC/Byron Cohen]

The Goldbergs Season 3 Episode 20 Review: "Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?"


“Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?” was a very average episode of The Goldbergs that still featured some great emotional moments.

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