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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

The Last Picture Show

S07, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1992)
Maggie receives a job offer to work in Washington, D.C., as a media relations director for a U.S. senator.

The Last Picture Show

S07, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1992)
Maggie makes her decision about the job offer to work as a media relations director for a U.S. senator.

Pilot

S01, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychologist Jason Seaver decides to move his private practice into his home.

Springsteen

S01, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 1, 1985)
Jason (Alan Thicke) inadvertently embarrasses Mike (Kirk Cameron) with his enthusiastic behavior at a Bruce Springsteen concert.

Carol's Article

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 15, 1985)
Carol's hopes of becoming a writer are crushed by Maggie's honest criticism of her work.

Superdad

S01, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1985)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) feels she is losing her children's love after Carol (Tracey Gold) confides in Jason (Alan Thicke) about a school crush.

Mike's Madonna Story

S01, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1985)
Maggie and Jason disagree over how to handle Mike's date with a teenage sexpot.

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.