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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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Mandingo

S04, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 1989)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) is stranded on Martha's Vineyard with baby sister Chrissy and her lovely nanny. Julie McCullogh guest stars.
  • Fri 4/20
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

The Breakfast Club

S02, E10  (First Aired: Jan. 6, 1987)
Grounded for telling lies, Mike (Kirk Cameron) demands that his mother (Joanna Kerns) share his punishment after he overhears her fibbing to her boss. Gordon Jump guest stars.
  • Sat 4/21
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • ANTENNA

Choices

S02, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 1987)
Carol is (Tracey Gold) given the opportunity to skip a grade in high school. With Alan Thicke and Kirk Cameron.
  • Sun 4/22
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • ANTENNA

In Carol We Trust

S04, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 1989)
The usually straight-laced Carol (Tracey Gold) sneaks out on a date with a college student (Matthew Perry).
  • Mon 4/23
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Mom of the Year

S04, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 1989)
Maggie's (Joanna Kerns) Working Mother of the Year Award triggers family memories. With Alan Thicke and Kirk Cameron.
  • Tue 4/24
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Semper Fidelis

S04, E13  (First Aired: Feb. 1, 1989)
Boner (Andrew Koenig) flunks out of college and joins the Marines. With Kirk Cameron.
  • Wed 4/25
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Feet of Clay

S04, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 8, 1989)
Maggie (Joanna Kerns) arranges a meeting between Ben (Jeremy Miller) and a rock star he admires. With Alan Thicke.
  • Thu 4/26
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Anniversary From Hell

S04, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 1989)
The children throw a surprise 20th-anniversary party for Jason and Maggie (Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns).
  • Fri 4/27
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Employee of the Month

S02, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1986)
Model employee Mike (Kirk Cameron) loses his job at a fast-food restaurant when he takes the blame for a girl's (Olivia D'Abo) careless work habits.
  • Sat 4/28
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • ANTENNA

Higher Education

S02, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1987)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) becomes troubled when a fellow student (Renee Estevez) demands to be taken on the school ski trip after she upgrades his exam paper.
  • Sun 4/29
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • ANTENNA

Fortunate Son

S04, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 22, 1989)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) discovers his new boss (Dick Van Patten) is a bigot.
  • Mon 4/30
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Double Standard

S04, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 1989)
Ben (Jeremy Miller) gets a lighter punishment than Carol (Tracey Gold) when they break the same rule.
  • Tue 5/1
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

The Recruiter

S04, E18  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1989)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) helps Carol (Tracey Gold) when she doesn't want to attend her parents' alma mater.
  • Wed 5/2
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Show Ninety -- Who Knew?

S04, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1989)
Jason (Alan Thicke) gets involved when Mike (Kirk Cameron) claims his psychology professor (Richard Sanders) doesn't like him.
  • Thu 5/3
  • 6:30PM-7:00PM
  • ANTENNA