The Goldbergs (1949–1957)
Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.
- "The Goldbergs" were, if not the first, among the first of the sitcoms. It was a domestic comedy featuring the home life of a Jewish family, supposedly located in the Bronx. The star of the sitcom was Molly Goldberg portrayed a bighearted, lovingly, albeit a meddlesome, and somewhat stereotypical Jewish matriarch. The show began as a portrait of Jewish life in a tenement apartment before later evoking modern problems as moving into a more suburban setting and struggling with assimilation while sustaining their roots. Also, interesting is that Molly Goldberg wrote and directed each episode----quite an accomplishment since it was a weekly series that ran through a much longer season than present sitcoms! It may have been a precursor to "Seinfeld" as the show touch upon everyday common issues as well as some real world issues.