How ‘The Goldbergs’ killed off Jeff Garlin’s patriarch Murray in Season 10 premiere

Jeff Garlin and his character Murray, the father of the Philadelphia family at the center of ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” have officially exited the sitcom.

Wednesday’s season 10 premiere opened with quite a time jump — and the long death of Garlin’s father. The episode opens with a grown-up Adam Goldberg (narrator Patton Oswalt) describing how the summers of the 1980s pass.

“Yeah, life moves fast. Sometimes too fast, because there was one thing that year that stopped everything,” Goldberg says, as the camera zooms in on Murray’s empty chair in a spotlight. . “A few months ago, out of nowhere, we lost our dad. We’ll always love you dad. And we’ll find a way to carry on together. Because, after all, we’re Goldberg.”

In this episode, Murray’s wife Beverly (Wendy McLendon-Covey) clears out her husband’s belongings and tries to find his beloved but missing chair. Meanwhile, son Barry (Troy Gentile) builds a “Field of Dreams” field in the family backyard, hoping his father will return for a game of catch.

Murray never appeared in the episode.

Last season, a stand-in and post-production workaround were used to portray Murray after Garlin, 60, left the show following an investigation into his on-set behavior and abuse allegations.

Jeff Garlin leaving ‘The Goldbergs’ After allegations of abuse on the set of the ABC hit comedy

Garlin posted on Instagram late Tuesday night, hours before the season premiere, suggesting he was dealing with bipolar disorder.

“Sometimes it’s too much to deal with. I’m doing my best.,” he wrote. “This is the first time I’ve opened up about this. #bipolar.”

“Garlin’s not going to be on the (new) season, obviously. (Murray) would have passed, and we’re starting from a point removed months after his death. The family is already grieving. ,” executive producer Alex. Barno told Entertainment Weekly in August. “It’s going to be a family that hasn’t reconciled with the fact that their father is gone but has moved on and dealt with a lot.”

“It honestly feels like a huge reboot for us,” said executive producer Chris Bishop.

Barno said that “so far, the stories have been about looking forward rather than looking back.”

Garlin has appeared on “The Goldbergs” since the 2013 premiere of ABC’s No. 2 comedy. The show follows a family based on the life of creator Adam F. Goldberg in 1980s Philadelphia. The boisterous Murray Goldberg is often dressed in underwear and cool in his love for his children.

In a December 3 interview with Vanity Fair, Garlin did not explain what led to the show’s scrutiny, but referred to a “joke” he made about standing on set that “totally missed.”

“It’s about me and my stupidity on set. They don’t think it’s fair. I do. It’s where we are. I’m not fired because of it.” Garlin said. “I need to do what I need to do to keep my energy up and do what I do. So I don’t know what to say.”

Garlin’s exit came months after, and in stark contrast to, series regular George Segal taking over the show, who died in March 2021. The late actor, who played Pops, was honored with a 48-second video at the end of Season 8. A tribute to the longtime film and TV star. Season 9 begins with the family remembering their beloved grandfather.

Contributed by: Elise Briscoe

This article originally appeared on USA Today: ‘The Goldbergs’: How Jeff Garlin died in the Season 10 ‘reboot’

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