Lisa Traiger Washington Jewish Week asked Adam Goldberg, creator of ABC’s new sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” for his thoughts on Gertrude Berg’s “The Goldbergs,” the first sitcom on television decades ago.
Show creator Adam Goldberg, 37, said he knew a little bit about the original Goldbergs program. “When you grow up with the last name Goldberg, everyone says to you ‘Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,’ but I didn’t know it was a TV show until about eight years ago. I always thought it was just a radio show.” He saw Kempner’s documentary and allowed that Berg’s early work as a woman in the male-dominated radio and television fields was groundbreaking. “I feel like it’s just not well-known. To have had a woman be a show creator and writer at that time, as well as an actor, is amazing.”
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