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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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Feet of Clay

S04, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 8, 1989)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) arranges a meeting between Ben (Jeremy Miller) and a rock star he admires. With Alan Thicke.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Anniversary From Hell

S04, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 1989)
The children throw a surprise 20th-anniversary party for Jason and Maggie (Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns).
  • Fri 4/27
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Employee of the Month

S02, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1986)
Model employee Mike (Kirk Cameron) loses his job at a fast-food restaurant when he takes the blame for a girl's (Olivia D'Abo) careless work habits.
  • Sat 4/28
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Higher Education

S02, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1987)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) becomes troubled when a fellow student (Renee Estevez) demands to be taken on the school ski trip after she upgrades his exam paper.
  • Sun 4/29
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Fortunate Son

S04, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 22, 1989)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) discovers his new boss (Dick Van Patten) is a bigot.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Double Standard

S04, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 1989)
Ben (Jeremy Miller) gets a lighter punishment than Carol (Tracey Gold) when they break the same rule.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

The Recruiter

S04, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1989)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) helps Carol (Tracey Gold) when she doesn't want to attend her parents' alma mater.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Show Ninety -- Who Knew?

S04, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1989)
Jason (Alan Thicke) gets involved when Mike (Kirk Cameron) claims his psychology professor (Richard Sanders) doesn't like him.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

Second Chance

S04, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 19, 1989)
Carol's (Tracey Gold) boyfriend (Matthew Perry) is seriously injured in a car crash after having a few drinks. With Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.
  • Fri 5/4
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

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.
  • Sat 5/5
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

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.
  • Sun 5/6
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychiatrist Jason Seaver raises a family in suburban New York.
  • Mon 5/7
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2
  • Tue 5/8
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2
  • Wed 5/9
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 50.2
  • WDCWDT2