In the premiere episode, "The Circle of Driving," Barry wakes on his birthday expecting to get a car, but is disappointed at the kitchen table when Beverly says that he's not ready for that responsibility and gives him something else that shocks him. Pops complicates matters by giving Barry the car he wants, but Beverly instantly makes her father take the car back. Meanwhile, Adam seeks Pop's advice on his crush at the local diner.
Just as a new school year begins, Murray and Erica's family tradition of spending the first Saturday together roller-skating is in jeopardy since Erica has turned into a moody teenager and believes the activity is juvenile. Once at the rink, things take a turn for the worse that neither father nor daughter could have foreseen. Meanwhile, Beverly takes Adam shopping for new school clothes and is dismayed when Pops has other plans.
After Barry pleads for money to purchase a very expensive item, Beverly says he must earn the money himself so Murray suggests he go to work at the Ottoman Empire furniture store with him. Barry soon learns being a salesman is very different than what he expected. Meanwhile, Adam and Pops attend an R-rated movie without telling anyone and they struggle to keep it secret from Beverly.
While fighting over the remote control, Adam reaches a defining moment in his relationship with Barry when they accidentally discover a "channel between the channels" that appears on television. Will anyone else find out? Meanwhile, Beverly grows tired of seeing so many women with Pops and soon mettles in on her father's dating life.
While cleaning out the garage, Adam, Erica and Barry come across a box of letters written by Murray to a woman named Anita. The kids soon learn more about the mystery woman and get the shock of their lives when they learn how Murray's romantic past is currently linked to Beverly. Meanwhile, Adam has fallen hard for his neighbor and Pops tells him to man up and make his move.
Beverly loves Halloween, but is disappointed when all of the kids choose not to celebrate the holiday with her. Adam wants to hang out with some 8th grade students, while Barry and Erica decide to attend a high school senior's party, and Beverly takes an unusual step to convince a girl Barry has a crush on to date him. Meanwhile, Adam learns of his plans for the evening from his new "friends" and contemplates what to do next.
When Barry receives his first driver's license, Beverly lays out the rules about using the car, including the most important... "Call me when you get there!" After Barry disobeys his mother and gets in trouble, he takes Erica's advice to not tell the truth about his whereabouts - no matter where he is - the next time he calls home... but it backfires.
The Goldbergs meet their new neighbors, the Kremps, an all-American family, very well put together and seemingly perfect. Beverly invites them over for a BBQ and gets no response. But nobody says no to Beverly Goldberg! When the Kremps eventually come over as a result of Beverly's insistent urging, the afternoon turns into a frenzy, resulting in an outcome no one saw coming.
Murray awaits for his brother Marvin to visit for Thanksgiving. Beverly suggests Murray take it easy on Marvin, but Murray disagrees since his brother always makes the holiday stressful for the family. But when he arrives, there's a big surprise in store and Murray knows all won't end well.
Beverly can't resist a good sale, even if it is something the family doesn't really need. Murray tells Beverly to stop her bargain hunting despite her protests that she is saving the family money in the long run. So when Erica gets a job at the local department store, Beverly's dream comes true and Erica's nightmare begins. Meanwhile, Pops takes Barry and Adam to the racetrack for an afternoon of fun.
Barry decides to sign up for the school's holiday talent show but is bummed when the school doesn't approve karate as a talent. Beverly is livid and brow beats the teacher in charge to change his mind. After the family watches Barry's routine, everyone wonders whether he will be able to pull off the performance... or crack under pressure. Meanwhile, Erica gets coerced from Pops to also perform in the talent show, but will she?.
Pops has grown bored with his day to day life so with a little help from Beverly, Murray convinces him to come to the store with him. Before long, Pops criticizes Murray on how he does business. Things come to a head when Pops makes a decision that affects the Ottoman Empire. Meanwhile, Adam is excited Dana Caldwell comes over to study for the first time and gets some questionable family advice from Erica and Barry, much to Beverly's dismay.
As Beverly networks for Barry and Erica at the college fair, she bumps into her nemesis, Betsy Rubenstone, who acts like she owns the place. Beverly aspires for her kids to be better than Betsy's, so she has a plan up her sleeve for Barry. Meanwhile, Murray takes Adam to the local video store, but video clerk Andre won't let them rent a movie until they pay a late fee for a video he claims they never returned, much to Adam's dismay.
When Adam and Dana decide to attend their first school dance together, Beverly makes a huge deal out of it and decides she has to help chaperone the event. To prepare for the big night, Adam goes to his mother for advice but soon regrets his decision. Likewise, Dana's mom has plans to attend the dance. The mothers' behavior surprises everyone. Do Adam and Dana stand a chance to have a good time? Meanwhile, Murray talks with Barry about the "birds and the bees" which goes awry.
Beverly and Erica come to an agreement about trusting one another after Erica plays a prank with her "smother" regarding a fake entry in her diary. However, their deal is soon off when Erica sneaks off to a college party, and the situation goes awry. It is Beverly who comes to the rescue when Erica needs her most. Meanwhile, Adam and tomboy and best friend Emmy's relationship is called into question when Barry tells him that men and women can't be just friends.
Adam is obsessed with the movie "The Goonies" and when Beverly's mother's jewelry goes missing, he bands together Erica, Barry and his friends Emmy Mirksy, Dana Caldwell and Chad Kremp to look for the missing treasure, just like the film.
Even though he is terrible, Adam tries his best at ice hockey and hopes to impress Murray. Likewise, Murray works hard to show he enjoys watching Adam make home movies. Later, after starting a fight on the ice during a game, Adam gets suspended from playing hockey and admits to Murray his real intentions. Meanwhile, Beverly drives Erica crazy about her S.A.T.s.
From wearing the same shoes to always eating a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, Murray is a creature of habit in and around the house. When Beverly changes his favorite easy chair with something new and "better," he flips out. So he repays the favor to Beverly by removing the oven in the kitchen so she can cook food in the "better" microwave. Soon, it becomes a heated game of back and forth between the couple as more things around the house get changed. Will they reach a breaking point and get their lives back to "normal?" Meanwhile, Adam is being bullied on the school bus by eighth grader JC Spink and looks to Barry to come to his rescue.
Adam is terrified of the upcoming Presidential Physical fitness test so Beverly decides to write him a note to get out of the test. The plan backfires when the gym teacher declares the only way to excuse Adam is a Presidential pardon and soon finds Beverly on a mission. Meanwhile, Erica's French pen pal Fanny comes to visit and Barry begs Erica to help him learn French to impress her.
Adam is very excited for his laser tag birthday party since he plans to invite Dana for the first time. But Barry thinks the theme is childish and agrees to help Adam organize a secret make out party in the basement. When Erica finds out, she tells a panic-stricken Beverly but Murray cannot be bothered to help stop the party from happening. Meanwhile, Pops and Murray are captivated by the opening of Al Capone's safe on television.
"The Age of Darkness - Despite her best efforts, Beverly is crushed when she cannot console Erica when her boyfriend, Drew Kremp, dumps her. So Murray steps in to help his daughter. Meanwhile, Barry is obsessed with a new arcade game and continually asks Pops for money to play. When he takes the situation to a desperate level involving Adam, an intervention is planned.
Murray and Pops convince Barry to come up with an elaborate lie about him joining the wrestling team so an overprotective Beverly is duped. When the truth comes out and backfires, Beverly takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Adam convinces Erica to take him to the local premiere of "Return of the Jedi" but she flakes to hang out with her friends. When Erica sees his disappointment, she makes good on her original promise with a plan.
When Murray learns his high school free throw record has been broken, he begrudgingly attends a banquet as the guest of honor. Reliving his glory years, his school spirit is re-energized until he is mocked by the crowd. Elsewhere at home, Barry decides to throw a party where he quickly loses the spotlight and it is up to Erica's friend Lainey to help him get it back, on the season finale of "The Goldbergs," TUESDAY, MAY 13 on the ABC Television Network.