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The true story of television pioneer, Gertrude Berg, the creator, principal writer, and star of "The Goldbergs," a popular radio show that debuted in 1929 and later became a popular television sitcom.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is only in the sequence about Berg's popular costar Philip Loeb that Aviva Kempner's documentary resonates."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"History has been unfair to Berg, a fact that filmmaker Aviva Kempner hopes to correct with this illuminating documentary."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"Aviva Kempner's documentary is a real eye-opener on an influential woman whose once central place in American popular has been mostly forgotten."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Kempner has made The Goldbergs informative, entertaining, poignant, and ... nostalgic. A piece of history has been saved."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
"No matter the accomplishments during her lifetime, Gertrude Berg remains an integral part of the modern media's formation. Thankfully, we now have a permanent testament to how important - and irresistible - she was."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Yoo-Hoo suggests that, yes, Berg broke new ground and, no, she shouldn't be forgotten. But it doesn't explain why she endured, or why she is so forgotten today."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Aviva Kempner's documentary Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg is a delightful introduction to Berg, who began writing and performing skits at her father's resort hotel in the Catskill Mountains, then studied drama at Columbia University."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Gertrude Berg was the Queen of All Media long before Howard Stern ever dreamed about being King."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A remarkable story, all the more remarkable for the era in which it happened, an era when most women had almost no opportunities to become famous, rich and powerful. Gertrude Berg not only triumphed during this time, she was the Oprah Winfrey of her time."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Stylistically unpretentious but highly informative and enjoyable documentary [on] one of radio's great stars and a television pioneer."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"We're left with an impression of a vivacious pioneer; but warm shouldn't have to mean fuzzy."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Berg's professional story is worthy enough to be retold, although one wishes for something a little more emotionally compelling."
‑ David Cornelius, Popcornworld
"It's puzzling that a paean to Gertrude Berg's Jewish New York housewife, Mrs. Goldberg -- a character so beloved and enduring that she could serve as a travel guide through early-to-mid-20th-century history -- could fall so flat."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"Stylistically, Aviva Kempner's documentary is no ground-breaker. But its old-school talking-heads/narration/footage format suits its subject matter, and the remarkable story needs no window dressing."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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