WATCH: ‘The Goldbergs’ Honors George Segal’s Best Moments As ‘Pops’ in Final Episode

by Jon D. B.
(Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)GEORGE SEGAL

“All the magic you need… is right in here.” Prepare the tissues. ABC has released their tribute to ‘The Goldbergs’ late, great George Segal, and it’s perfect.

Wednesday night, George Segal’s final episode of ‘The Goldbergs’ hit ABC. Titled “Couple Off,” the April 7 entry was the last of the series Segal filmed before his unexpected passing. With his ‘Pops’ serving as the lovable heart of the show, it’s only fitting that ABC sends the actor off with an equally heartwarming tribute. Be warned, however, that it’s bound to pull a few tears for fans of the late actor.

George Segal starred in all 8 seasons of ‘The Goldbergs’ so far as Albert “Pops” Solomon, the grandfather everyone wishes they had. Tragically, Segal died March 23 from complications after bypass surgery at 87 after a truly remarkable life.

Within ABC’s 45-second tribute, the network celebrates several of Segal’s shining moments as Pops. Some of his most memorable ‘Goldbergs’ lines are here, including this author’s favorite: “Who you gonna telephone? The Ghost Fellas!”

Give ‘The Goldbergs’ tribute to the actor a watch below, courtesy of ABC, and celebrate the truly brilliant warmth that was – and always will be – George Segal:

Remembering the legendary George Segal.


‘The Goldbergs’ Remembers George Segal

“On behalf of everyone at The Goldbergs we are devastated at the loss of our dear friend, George,” the show said in a joint statement after Segal’s passing in late March. “He was kind, sweet, beyond talented and funny. George was the true epitome of class and he touched all of our lives so deeply. It was an honor and a privilege to have him as a colleague and friend all of these years.”

In addition, ‘The Goldbergs’ cast & crew said it’s “no surprise to any of us that knew him so well that he is a true national treasure. He will be missed by all.”

For their tribute, ABC made sure to include scenes with Pops hugging series’ lead Wendi McLendon-Covey‘s Beverly Goldberg. The two had become close, with McLendon-Covey particularly heartbroken over Segal’s passing.

Upon his death, McLendon-Covey shared a photo to Instagram of the two smiling as they embraced. “Didn’t know the last time I saw you would be the last time I’d see you,” McLendon-Covey captioned the sweet shot. One of Pop’s best phrases was, after all: “Now come here and give me a hug.”

As for the character of Pops himself, ‘The Goldbergs’ star also clarified that they would “never re-cast” Segal’s role.

“POPS, we will miss your banjo playing and your infectious laugh. Rest in peace.”