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17 January 1949 (USA) See more »
Comedy-drama about a Jewish family living in New York City. In the final season the family moved into the suburbs.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 33)

Gertrude Berg ... Molly Goldberg (37 episodes, 1949-1957)

Eli Mintz ... Uncle David / ... (31 episodes, 1949-1957)
Arlene McQuade ... Rosie / ... (29 episodes, 1949-1957)

Robert H. Harris ... Jake / ... (25 episodes, 1953-1957)

Tom Taylor ... Sammy / ... (17 episodes, 1954-1956)

Series Directed by
Marc Daniels (13 episodes, 1953-1957)
Martin Magner (11 episodes, 1953-1955)
Walter Hart (4 episodes, 1949-1953)
Series Writing credits
Gertrude Berg (29 episodes, 1949-1957)
Cherney Berg (2 episodes, 1955)

Series Produced by
Cherney Berg .... associate producer / producer (20 episodes, 1953-1956)
William Berke .... producer (13 episodes, 1953-1957)
Henry J. Opperman .... supervising producer / producer (9 episodes, 1949-1955)
Worthington Miner .... producer (5 episodes, 1949-1953)
Al De Caprio .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1954-1955)

Gertrude Berg .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Jack Shaindlin (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
J. Burgi Contner (4 episodes, 1953-1957)
Series Film Editing by
Anthony Ciccolini (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Marie Montague (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Art Direction by
Hank Aldrich (1 episode, 1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Ackerson .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Toby Sutton .... associate director (2 episodes, 1953-1955)
Dick Rubin .... associate director (2 episodes, 1954)
Series Art Department
Hank Aldrich .... set designer (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Sound Department
Lawrence Mezey .... sound (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Gaiti .... lighting supervisor (3 episodes, 1954)
J. Burgi Contner .... photography (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Editorial Department
Michael Morris .... script editor (1 episode, 1953)
Anthony Ciccolini .... supervising editor (1 episode, 1956)
Series Music Department
Frank Lewin .... music editor (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Series Other crew
Ed Bezares .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1954)
Michael Morris .... script editor / story editor (2 episodes, 1954-1956)

Gertrude Berg .... creator: concept for radio 1929 (unknown episodes)

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Also Known As:
"Molly" - USA (syndication title)
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30 min | 15 min (1952)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Actress Betty Walker, who played Mrs. Bertha Kramer, was in reality only in her early 20s when filming the show. Her raspy voice allowed her to play a much older character.See more »
Molly Goldberg:Yoo hoo, Mrs Bloom!See more »
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Referenced in Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Goldbergs Of The Grand Concourse, 2 August 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In the early days of television there was a lot of free program timing and what to do to fill it. Simply take the best from medium you are supplanting, radio. The first years of television simply had radio shows be it Jack Benny, Burns&Allen, the Lone Ranger, etc. simply come over from radio and before when you only could imagine what the characters looked like, now they had to fulfill expectations of what you came to expect.

The Goldbergs were filmed live originally, no canned laugh soundtrack, the laughs Gertrude Berg and her cast got were real. But Gertrude Berg was no stranger to live audiences, she honed her acting talent and the material that she and her husband Lewis wrote at the Borscht Belt Jewish club in the Catskills. From the skits of Jewish life she wrote for her club act, Ms. Berg created the adventures of the lovable and philosophical Molly Goldberg and her family which consisted of husband Jake, Philip Loeb, children Arlene McQuade and Larry Robinson and Uncle David played by Eli Mintz. They and others who replaced them among the older generation were all veterans of the Yiddish Theater and the Borscht Belt nightclubs of the Catskills.

Though many folks succeeded the other cast members, particularly Philip Loeb who was blacklisted, only Gertrude Berg was with it all the way. As the creative force of the show, it could not have worked with anyone else. It'a also the only television show I can think of besides Car 54 Where Are You that was centered in the Bronx.

The Jewish Champs Elysees of the time, better known as the Grand Concourse has changed considerably over half a century. Molly Goldberg wouldn't recognize the place now. From where she dispensed her wisdom from out her apartment window or in the living room, she'd more than likely have to do it in Spanish today.

Yet take out the Jewish character and humor, what you've got with The Goldbergs are the bare bones of a gazillion family comedies that have come through television since then. Family situations are universal and is George Lopez's Show speaking of Molly dispensing wisdom in Spanish all that different from The Goldbergs.

Gertrude Berg was a real pioneer in nightclub, on radio, and finally on television. Molly, you were a Yiddishe sage.

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