In 2013, ABC premiered a sitcom called The Goldbergs spotlighting the zany life of a family in the 1980s. While the series is fully and completely an original, this isn’t the first time a series by this name crossed the airwaves.
This week, Female Gaze Productions spotlights Gertrude Berg, the writer, creator and lead actress in The Goldbergs. The series premiered on the radio in 1929 and spotlighted the family friendly adventures of a working class Jewish family during the first half of the twentieth century.
A prolific creator and writer, Berg helmed the show all throughout its radio run before eventually taking the show to television in 1949, years before landmark shows like I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered. While Berg’s name is not well known to todays audiences, her groundbreaking work on radio and on television helped establish the industry as we know it today, and her story deserves to be told.
This article was originally published on 3/27/20