A Very Merry ‘Goldbergs’

(Above: Gertrude Berg in ‘The Goldbergs’)

Why not spend Christmas with The Goldbergs?

No, not The Goldbergs set in the 1980s, who have hung out for the past six seasons on ABC (105 episodes and counting).

We’re talking instead about The Goldbergs, a more ethnic family of the 1950s. They were around for five seasons in the early days of TV – on just about everywhere but ABC. The comedy began on CBS, moved first to NBC, then to the Dumont Network, and finally into syndication. In all, over 100 episodes were produced.

Nowadays, you can see The Goldbergs on Jewish Life Television (JLTV), which on Monday will air 18 episodes of the family sitcom during three program blocks: 5 am to 11:30 am ET, 4 pm to 8 pm, and 10 pm to midnight. You can watch the shows (and indeed JLTV’s entire schedule) free at jltv.tv/watchjltv.php.

Here’s what may be the very first episode, from August 29, 1949, followed by a feature film version, Molly, from 1950:

If the preceding videos – and Monday’s episodes – whet your appetite for more, JLTV regularly airs The Goldbergs Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT. You might also want to check out the excellent 2009 documentary Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg, about the show’s creator, writer and star Gertrude Berg (she also won the very first Best Actress Emmy in 1950). The doc is now streaming free on Tubi, and you can watch the trailer here:

For more Jewish humor on Christmas, JLTV will intermingle its Goldbergs blocks with a “Schmearaton” of the web series YidLife Crisis. Episodes of this short-form sitcom out of Montreal will start Christmas Eve at 7 pm and run through 4 am Tuesday, December 26, with interruptions mainly for The Goldbergs. Here’s an episode titled “Yingl Belz”:

Merry Christmas!

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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