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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

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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.

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.

Jason vs. Maggie

S05, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 24, 1990)
Jason and Maggie (Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns) argue over Ben's (Jeremy Miller) desire to wear an earring.

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).

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