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Growing Pains

The ``Father Knows Best'' of the 1980s, Dr. Jason Seaver is a psychiatrist who has moved his practice into his Long Island, N.Y., home so that his wife, Maggie, can resume her career. Their children are girl-crazy Mike, brainiac Carol and cute little Ben (later, precocious Chrissie was born). This series, however, tackles issues that ``Father Knows Best'' wouldn't have: drugs, suicide, peer pressure, alcohol. But the Seavers pull through problems with a sense of humor and usually emerge stronger than before.

Premiere:
Sep 24, 1985
Original Network:
ABC
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All Upcoming Times for Growing Pains

Episode Air Date Channel

Broadway Bound

S03, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 24, 1987)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) heads to New York to audition for the lead role in a Broadway revival. With Alan Thicke.
  • Sun 7/22
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Paper Tigers

S07, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 5, 1991)
Writing a newspaper column puts Maggie (Joanna Kerns) in competition with Jason (Alan Thicke); Ben (Jeremy Miller) tries to lose his new glasses.
  • Tue 7/24
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

The Young and the Homeless

S07, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 1991)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) risks his television career to help Luke (Leonardo DiCaprio); Carol (Tracey Gold) enjoys her new popularity at college.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Jason Sings the Blues

S07, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 1991)
Mike, Ben and Luke are hard pressed to explain Jason's unusual behavior at his own psychiatry banquet.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

The Kid's Still Got It

S07, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 26, 1991)
Maggie and Carol (Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold) visit a health club; Mike and Jason (Kirk Cameron, Alan Thicke) find out that Chrissy (Ashley Johnson) has lice.
  • Fri 7/27
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

There Must Be a Pony

S07, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 2, 1991)
Jason uses psychology when Chrissy refuses to go to bed; Luke achieves instant popularity in high school.
  • Sat 7/28
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Scarlet Letter

S03, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1987)
When Carol receives a high mark that she's sure she doesn't deserve, she questions all her academic achievements.
  • Sat 7/28
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

A Reason to Live

S03, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 1987)
Jason (Alan Thicke) offers professional help to a woman with suicidal tendencies. With Joanna Kerns and Kirk Cameron.
  • Sun 7/29
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

The Big Fix

S07, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 1991)
Maggie goes on TV to tell the truth about a faulty vacuum cleaner; Luke tells his date about his homeless past.
  • Tue 7/31
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Home Malone

S07, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1991)
The ghost of Maggie's father (Gordon Jump) makes an appearance when the Seavers visit Maggie's (Joanna Kerns) childhood home.
  • Wed 8/1
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Bad Dad Cafe

S07, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 23, 1991)
Luke's irresponsible father arrives to take custody of his son, unless Mike comes up with a plan to stop him.
  • Thu 8/2
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

B Equals MC2

S07, E12  (First Aired: Nov. 30, 1991)
Jason's lack of support crushes Ben's plans to take college entrance exams; Carol has a new boyfriend.
  • Fri 8/3
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

It's Not Easy Being Green

S07, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 21, 1991)
Kate (Chelsea Noble) accepts a swimsuit modeling assignment in Jamaica; Carol (Tracey Gold) thinks Dwight (Christopher Burgard) is dating another woman.
  • Sat 8/4
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2

Nasty Habits

S03, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 15, 1987)
Jason and Maggie resort to drastic measures to make sure Mike completes an important English assignment.
  • Sat 8/4
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 4.2
  • KFORDT2