First episode impressions: ‘The Goldbergs’ (TV review)

“The Goldbergs” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays on ABC) starts with a montage of 1980s images like “ALF,” “The Karate Kid” and a Rubik’s Cube as the J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” plays and Patton Oswalt narrates about his love of “E.T., Mr. T and MTV.” But if you’re settling in for a half-hour of humorous, wistful reminders of how life used to be simpler — both because we were kids, and because we didn’t have things like cellphones, iPods or blogs that allow anyone to be an armchair TV critic — you’re in for a disappointment.

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Fall TV 2013: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and 7 other shows worth checking out (Commentary)

Well, that came upon us in a hurry. Perhaps because there aren’t any major new shows to get excited about, the Fall 2013 TV season snuck up on me rather quickly this year. But while this is the thinnest lineup of new network shows (and returning shows for that matter, after last season’s cancellation spree) in at least 20 years, it’s not time to throw out your TV yet. Here are four new shows worth a peek (all times Central):

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