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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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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.
  • Fri 5/25
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Sat 5/26
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Sat 5/26
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Sun 5/27
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Tue 5/29
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Wed 5/30
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Thu 5/31
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Fri 6/1
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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).
  • Sat 6/2
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

Born Free

S02, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 31, 1987)
Jason helps a woman deliver a baby in an airplane at 30,000 feet.
  • Sat 6/2
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

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.
  • Sun 6/3
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychiatrist Jason Seaver raises a family in suburban New York.
  • Tue 6/5
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2
  • Wed 6/6
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2
  • Thu 6/7
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 17.2
  • WXMIDT2