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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

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
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

The Anniversary That Never Was

S01, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1986)
Jason and Maggie attempt to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
  • Thu 1/25
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

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
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

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
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Slice of Life

S01, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1985)
Jason and Maggie decide that they will take a compatibility test.
  • Sun 1/28
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Career Decision

S01, E21  (First Aired: May. 6, 1986)
Reporter Maggie and psychiatrist Jason face career decisions.
  • Mon 1/29
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Extra Lap

S01, E22  (First Aired: May. 13, 1986)
Mike is (Kirk Cameron) devastated when his joke-playing uncle (James Callahan) -- who's also his jogging partner -- dies suddenly.
  • Tue 1/30
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Jason and the Cruisers

S02, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 30, 1986)
When Jason (Alan Thicke) sinks into a depression over getting older, Maggie (Joanna Kerns) hopes to surprise him by reuniting his college rock band.
  • Wed 1/31
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Fast Times at Dewey High

S02, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 21, 1986)
A new school year brings boredom, bullies and romantic mix-ups.
  • Thu 2/1
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Long Day's Journey Into Night

S02, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 1986)
Mike learns that Carol's girlfriend is using her to get to him.
  • Fri 2/2
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Carol's Crush

S01, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 26, 1985)
A lovestruck Carol goes to wild extremes to impress a visiting family friend.
  • Sat 2/3
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

Dirt Bike

S01, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1985)
Mike lands in hot water when he disobeys his parents to ride a dirt bike.
  • Sun 2/4
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychiatrist Jason Seaver raises a family in suburban New York.
  • Mon 2/5
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2
  • Tue 2/6
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 8.2
  • WGHPDT2