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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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Viva Las Vegas

S06, E24  (First Aired: Apr. 24, 1991)
Jason and Maggie (Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns) jump to conclusions when Eddie (K.C. Martel) elopes to Las Vegas with a hatcheck girl (Melissa Young).
  • Wed 7/18
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

Back to School

S07, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1991)
Mike begins teaching a remedial class at an inner-city community center; Chrissy dislikes kindergarten.
  • Thu 7/19
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

Stop, Luke, and Listen

S07, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1991)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) tries to help when he learns that his best remedial student (Leonardo DiCaprio) is homeless. With Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns.
  • Fri 7/20
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

In Vino Veritas

S07, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 28, 1991)
A homeless remedial student (Leonardo DiCaprio) comes under suspicion when Jason's (Alan Thicke) wine collection starts to disappear.
  • Sat 7/21
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

This Is Your Life

S03, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1987)
While in the hospital for a tonsillectomy, Ben (Jeremy Miller) has an out-of-body experience. With Alan Thicke.
  • Sat 7/21
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Broadway Bound

S03, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 24, 1987)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) heads to New York to audition for the lead role in a Broadway revival. With Alan Thicke.
  • Sun 7/22
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • ANTENNA

Paper Tigers

S07, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 5, 1991)
Writing a newspaper column puts Maggie (Joanna Kerns) in competition with Jason (Alan Thicke); Ben (Jeremy Miller) tries to lose his new glasses.
  • Tue 7/24
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

The Young and the Homeless

S07, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 1991)
Mike (Kirk Cameron) risks his television career to help Luke (Leonardo DiCaprio); Carol (Tracey Gold) enjoys her new popularity at college.
  • Wed 7/25
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

Jason Sings the Blues

S07, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 1991)
Mike, Ben and Luke are hard pressed to explain Jason's unusual behavior at his own psychiatry banquet.
  • Thu 7/26
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

The Kid's Still Got It

S07, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 26, 1991)
Maggie and Carol (Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold) visit a health club; Mike and Jason (Kirk Cameron, Alan Thicke) find out that Chrissy (Ashley Johnson) has lice.
  • Fri 7/27
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

There Must Be a Pony

S07, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 2, 1991)
Jason uses psychology when Chrissy refuses to go to bed; Luke achieves instant popularity in high school.
  • Sat 7/28
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA

Scarlet Letter

S03, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1987)
When Carol receives a high mark that she's sure she doesn't deserve, she questions all her academic achievements.
  • Sat 7/28
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • ANTENNA

A Reason to Live

S03, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 1987)
Jason (Alan Thicke) offers professional help to a woman with suicidal tendencies. With Joanna Kerns and Kirk Cameron.
  • Sun 7/29
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • ANTENNA

No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 24, 1985)
Psychiatrist Jason Seaver raises a family in suburban New York.
  • Tue 7/31
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • ANTENNA