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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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The Nanny

S04, E09  (First Aired: Jan. 4, 1989)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) isn't pleased with the pretty nanny (Julie McCullogh) they've hired.
  • Sat 10/20
  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Mandingo

S04, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 1989)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) is stranded on Martha's Vineyard with baby sister Chrissy and her lovely nanny. Julie McCullogh guest stars.
  • Sun 10/21
  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Aloha

S03, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1987)
A vacation trip to Hawaii forces Maggie (Joanna Kerns) to make a difficult decision. With Alan Thicke.
  • Mon 10/22
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Aloha

S03, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1987)
While in Hawaii, the Seavers' complications continue as Carol develops long-distance boy troubles.
  • Tue 10/23
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Taking Care of Business

S03, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 22, 1987)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) puts his talents to use as a salesman for a stereo store with a disreputable image. Andrew Koenig and Timothy Gibb guest star.
  • Wed 10/24
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Fool for Love

S04, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 1988)
Ben (Jeremy Miller) prepares for his first date; a pregnant Maggie (Joanna Kerns) tests Jason's (Alan Thicke) patience.
  • Thu 10/25
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Happy Halloween

S06, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1990)
With Halloween plans rained out, the Seavers tell scary stories.
  • Fri 10/26
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

In Carol We Trust

S04, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 1989)
The usually straight-laced Carol (Tracey Gold) sneaks out on a date with a college student (Matthew Perry).
  • Sat 10/27
  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Mom of the Year

S04, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 1989)
Maggie's (Joanna Kerns) Working Mother of the Year Award triggers family memories. With Alan Thicke and Kirk Cameron.
  • Sun 10/28
  • 12:30PM-1:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Happy Halloween

S06, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1990)
With Halloween plans rained out, the Seavers tell scary stories.
  • Mon 10/29
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Not Necessarily the News

S03, E04  (First Aired: Sep. 29, 1987)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) becomes discouraged when she can't find a job.
  • Thu 11/1
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2

Michaelgate

S03, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 6, 1987)
Unscrupulous students recruit Mike to run for student president to ensure a victory for their candidate.
  • Fri 11/2
  • 10:30PM-11:00PM
  • 32.2
  • KRCWDT2