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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

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.

The New Deal

S05, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1989)
Jason (Alan Thicke) has trouble telling Maggie (Joanna Kerns) he wants to accept the new job offer outside the home. With Kirk Cameron.

Paper Route

S05, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 22, 1989)
Ben (Jeremy Miller) takes over Mike's (Kirk Cameron) paper route, at Mike's urging, then passes it along to someone else. With Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

Five Grand

S05, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1989)
Mike, Carol and Ben (Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller) each receive $5,000 from their grandparents (Gordon Jump, Betty McGuire). With Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

Carol's Promotion

S05, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1989)
Carol (Tracey Gold) cancels her college plans after receiving a big promotion. With Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

Ben and Mike's Excellent Adventure

S05, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1989)
A trip to the store for school supplies turns into an all-night adventure for Mike and Ben (Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller). With Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

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 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.

The Triangle

S05, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 3, 1990)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) falls for a girl (Chelsea Noble) who already has a boyfriend. With Alan Thicke and Tracey Gold.

The Return of the Triangle

S05, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1990)
Kate's (Chelsea Noble) boyfriend (David Coburn) asks Mike (Kirk Cameron) why her feelings for him have changed.

The Home Show

S05, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1990)
The Seavers realize they have little time before 60 hungry guests descend on their messy house. With Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychiatrist Jason Seaver raises a family in suburban New York.

Mike, Kate and Julie

S05, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1990)
During a romantic dinner with Kate (Chelsea Noble), Mike (Kirk Cameron) is horrified to discover their waitress is his ex-fiancee (Julie McCullough).

Born Free

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