Jeff Garlin and his character Murray, the father of the Philadelphia family at the center of UKTN’s “The Goldbergs,” have officially, terminally left the sitcom.
The Season 10 premiere on Wednesday kicked off with a significant time jump — and with Garlin’s patriarch long dead. The episode opens with an adult Adam Goldberg (narrator Patton Oswalt) explaining how the summers of the 80s zoom by.
“Yeah, life moves fast. Sometimes too fast, because in that year there was one thing that made everything stop,” Goldberg says, pausing for a moment as the camera zooms in on Murray’s empty recliner in a spotlight. “Just a few months ago, out of nowhere, we lost my father. We will always love you, Father, and we will find a way to move forward together. Because we’re the Goldbergs, after all.’
The episode portrays Murray’s wife Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) clearing out her husband’s belongings and trying to find his beloved but misplaced armchair. Meanwhile, son Barry (Troy Gentile) builds a “Field of Dreams” field in the family yard, hoping his father will return for a game of catch.
Murray is never seen in the episode.
Last season, a stand-in and post-production workarounds were used to portray Murray after Garlin, 60, left the show following investigations into his on-set behavior and allegations of misconduct.
Jeff Garlin Leaves ‘The Goldbergs’ after accusations of misconduct on set of UKTN hit comedy
Garlin posted to Instagram late Tuesday, hours before the season premiere, suggesting he was dealing with bipolar disorder.
“Sometimes it’s just too much to handle. I’m doing my best,” he wrote. “This is the first time I’ve been candid about this. #bipolar.”
Garlin “of course won’t be in the (new) season. (Murray) will be over, and we’re starting a little bit from a place several months away from his death. The family is already grieving,” executive producer Alex Barnow told Entertainment Weekly in August. “This is going to be a family that hasn’t come to terms with the fact that their father is gone, but kind of moved on and processed a lot of it.”
Executive producer Chris Bishop said, “It really feels like a massive reboot for us.”
Barnow said that “until now, the stories have largely been about looking forward rather than looking back.”
Garlin has appeared on “The Goldbergs” since the 2013 premiere of UKTN’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 cold in his affection for his children.
In an interview with Vanity Fair on Dec. 3, Garlin didn’t specify what led to the show’s investigation, calling a “joke” he made about an on-set stand-in “that was completely missed.”
“It’s about me and my foolishness on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we are. I wasn’t fired for it.” said Garlin. “I have to do what I have to do to keep my energy up and do what I’m doing. So I don’t know what to say.”
Garlin’s departure came months later, and in stark contrast to the way the show dealt with series regular George Segal, who passed away in March 2021. The late actor, who played Pops, was honored with an award at the end of season 8. touching 48 second video tribute to the longtime film and TV star. Season 9 started with the family remembering their beloved grandfather.
Contributions: Elise Brisco
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘The Goldbergs’: How Jeff Garlin’s Murray Died In Season 10 ‘Reboot’