The Goldbergs The Goldbergs

The Force is with him! The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, a lifelong Star Wars nut, will flash back to the 1983 release of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi for the sitcom's May 6 episode (9/8c, ABC). The plot has young Adam (Sean Giambrone) blackmailing his sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), to wait in line with him on opening day of the movie, where they meet a bunch of costumed fans including guest star Thomas Lennon.

"When I was nine, I got my head stuck in a bucket trying to be Darth Vader," Goldberg says. "Like most kids of the '80s, I was obsessed. But I never thought I'd grow up to say I owe my entire career to those movies. It began when I wrote the cult movie Fanboys and, to this day, I always do an epic Star Wars homage in all of my projects."

However, The Goldbergs — based on the exec's own real-life wonder years — is an "incredibly personal show so I had to pull out all the stops. That meant putting Thomas Lennon on stilts in a 9-foot tauntaun costume — that I own! — and making Hayley Orrantia wear cinnamon buns for Princess Leia hair. Life is good."

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