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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

Some Enchanted Evening

S02, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 27, 1987)
While Carol (Tracey Gold) has trouble finding an escort for the winter formal, a bevy of girls vie to be Mike's (Kirk Cameron) date for the big dance.

Thank You, Willie Nelson

S02, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 3, 1987)
Maggie's father (guest star Gordon Jump) sells the family house and buys a motor home. Betty McGuire also guest stars.

Thank God It's Friday

S02, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 10, 1987)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) faces a tough decision when he goes to a party where cocaine is being used. With Alan Thicke.

Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins

S02, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1987)
Carol (Tracey Gold) plans on using the money she won in a radio contest to get a nose job. Eileen Conn guest stars.

Carnival

S02, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 1987)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) lives up to her supermom image by juggling her personal and professional lives. Dawn Wells and Julie Cobb guest star.

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.

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.

The Awful Truth

S02, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 1987)
Ben (Jeremy Miller) traces the Seavers' roots and discovers what he believes to be a dark secret from his father's (Alan Thicke) past.

Born Free

S02, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 31, 1987)
Jason helps a woman deliver a baby in an airplane at 30,000 feet.

The Long Goodbye

S02, E21  (First Aired: May. 4, 1987)
Jason (Alan Thicke) must find a way to fire Jimmy (Douglas Seale), the family's kindly but doddering handyman.

Confidentially Yours

S02, E22  (First Aired: May. 11, 1987)
The husband of one of Jason's clients is a womanizing newspaper editor who offers Maggie a dream job.

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.

The Anniversary That Never Was

S01, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1986)
Jason and Maggie attempt to celebrate their wedding anniversary.