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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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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.
  • Sun 2/25
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

Born Free

S02, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 31, 1987)
Jason helps a woman deliver a baby in an airplane at 30,000 feet.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

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.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

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.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

The Anniversary That Never Was

S01, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1986)
Jason and Maggie attempt to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
  • Sun 3/4
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

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 3/5
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

Aloha

S03, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1987)
While in Hawaii, the Seavers' complications continue as Carol develops long-distance boy troubles.
  • Tue 3/6
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

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 3/7
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

Not Necessarily the News

S03, E04  (First Aired: Sep. 29, 1987)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) becomes discouraged when she can't find a job.
  • Thu 3/8
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3

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 3/9
  • 6:00PM-6:30PM
  • 13.3
  • WHODT3