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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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First Blood

S01, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1986)
Jason's dispute with Ben's hockey coach ends in a fist fight.
  • Thu 1/18
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Slice of Life II

S01, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1986)
Maggie believes she may be pregnant; Mike accidentally breaks a window.
  • Fri 1/19
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Superdad

S01, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1985)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) feels she is losing her children's love after Carol (Tracey Gold) confides in Jason (Alan Thicke) about a school crush.
  • Sat 1/20
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Mike's Madonna Story

S01, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1985)
Maggie and Jason disagree over how to handle Mike's date with a teenage sexpot.
  • Sun 1/21
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

The Seavers vs. the Cleavers

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 28, 1986)
Jason and Maggie protest when a PTA president considers them unfit as student chaperons. Guest: Annette Funicello.
  • Mon 1/22
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Charity Begins at Home

S01, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1986)
Ben cooks up a scheme to raise enough money to buy his father a birthday present.
  • Tue 1/23
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Reputation

S01, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1986)
Jason and Maggie (Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns) suspect Mike (Kirk Cameron) has cheated on a history exam.
  • Wed 1/24
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

The Anniversary That Never Was

S01, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1986)
Jason and Maggie attempt to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
  • Thu 1/25
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Be a Man

S01, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 11, 1986)
Mike's small get-together turns into a riotous party while his parents are away.
  • Fri 1/26
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

The Weekend Fantasy

S01, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1985)
While on a weekend trip, Maggie and Jason panic when they call home and no one answers.
  • Sat 1/27
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

Slice of Life

S01, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1985)
Jason and Maggie decide that they will take a compatibility test.
  • Sun 1/28
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychiatrist Jason Seaver raises a family in suburban New York.
  • Mon 1/29
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2
  • Tue 1/30
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2
  • Wed 1/31
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 2.2
  • KTVIDT2