Growing Pains

Growing Pains
Growing Pain revolves around the Seaver family of Long Island, New York. Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke), the patriarch, is a psychiatrist who begins working from home when his wife, Maggie Malone (Joanna Kerns), goes back to work as a reporter. The Seaver family also includes three very unique kids, including troublemaker Mike (Kirk Cameron), honors student Carol (Tracey Gold), and rambunctious Ben (Jeremy Miller).

Genre: Comedy, Family

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    • Episode 26

      Graduation Day

      aired: Wed, May 4, 1988

      Mike's graduation stirs memories from his proud parents, who recall his birth and first day of school. Carol loses her long-standing bet that her brother will never graduate.

    • Episode 25

      How the West Was Won (2)

      aired: Tue, Apr 26, 1988

      After staging a sit-in to protest the firing of his favorite teacher, Coach Lubbock, Mike is suspended from school and the coach refuses to talk to him--blaming him for all his problems. (Part 2 of 2)

    • Episode 24

      How the West Was Won (1)

      aired: Wed, Apr 20, 1988

      Coach Lubbock's contract is up at the end of the semester, and Mike decides to help him out by organizing a strike to keep him at Dewey High School. (Part 1 of 2)

    • Episode 23

      The Obscure Objects of Our Desire (2)

      aired: Wed, Mar 30, 1988

      Housecleaning turns up things from the family's past, and sparks memories. Second of a two-part episode. (Part 2 of 2)

    • Episode 22

      The Obscure Objects of Our Desire (1)

      aired: Wed, Mar 30, 1988

      Household objects about to be discarded in a garage sale come to life as they recall their history with the Seaver family. But can the family part with their once prized possessions? First of a two-part episode. (Part 1 of 2)

    • Episode 21

      Bringing Up Baby

      aired: Wed, Mar 9, 1988

      Pregnant, tired and overworked, Maggie tries to muster the courage to tell her bossthat she's having a baby. Meanwhile, the Seaver children try to understand why they weren't consulted about this baby who's sure to change their lives.

    • Episode 20

      Dance Fever (2)

      aired: Wed, Mar 2, 1988

      Jason and Maggie compete to see which of them is the better disc jockey at a high school dance; Ben continues his quest for manhood; Mike discovers he has values, and Carol learns to think for herself instead of going along with the crowd. (Part 2 of 2)

    • Episode 19

      Dance Fever (1)

      aired: Tue, Mar 1, 1988

      Jason and Maggie chaperone a high school dance attended by Carol and Mike, and Ben goes in search of his manhood. (Part 1 of 2)

    • Episode 18

      Great Expectations

      aired: Tue, Feb 9, 1988

      Without his parents' approval, Mike (KIRK CAMERON) flies to Los Angeles to surprise his Hawaiian girlfriend, Melia (KELLY ANN HU), while Carol (TRACEY GOLD), Ben (JEREMY MILLER), and his pal Boner (ANDREW KOENIG) cover for him.

    • Episode 17

      The Mom Who Knew Too Much

      aired: Tue, Jan 26, 1988

      Carol (TRACEY GOLD) is furious with Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) after she tells Jason (ALAN THICKE) one of Carol's most intimate secrets.

    • Episode 16

      State of the Union

      aired: Tue, Jan 12, 1988

      Jason and Maggie (ALAN THICKE and JOANNA KERNS) drift further apart when Maggie's new job demands more and more of her time.

    • Episode 15

      The Marrying Kind

      aired: Tue, Jan 5, 1988

      Jason and Maggie (ALAN THICKE and JOANNA KERNS) are shocked when Carol (TRACEY GOLD) announces her engagement to Bobby (KEVIN WIXTED).

    • Episode 14

      Nasty Habits

      aired: Tue, Dec 15, 1987

      Mike (KIRK CAMERON) will do anything to put off doing his English paper, so Jason (ALAN THICKE) tries a bit of reverse psychology to motivate his son.

    • Episode 13

      A Reason to Live

      aired: Tue, Dec 8, 1987

      Jason Seaver (ALAN THICKE) feels dispirited and useless until he meets a sad, scruffy young girl who needs his help.

    • Episode 12

      The Scarlet Letter

      aired: Tue, Dec 1, 1987

      When Carol Seaver (TRACEY GOLD) turns in an exam paper that she bluffed her way through because she didn't study and gets an A+ on it, she has serious doubts about the importance of grades and education.

    • Episode 11

      Broadway Bound

      aired: Tue, Nov 24, 1987

      After starring in last year's hit play at Dewey High School, Mike Seaver (KIRK CAMERON) decides to skip the auditions for this year's production and head straight for Broadway stardom.

    • Episode 10

      This is Your Life

      aired: Tue, Nov 17, 1987

      When Jason Seaver (ALAN THICKE) tells Ben (JEREMY MILLER) to face his tonsillectomy like a Seaver, Ben is ready to give up his family membership. Under anesthetic, he dreams that he's been replaced by a new, improved Ben.

    • Episode 9

      Who's Zoomin' Who?

      aired: Tue, Nov 10, 1987

      The road to romance gets a little rocky for Carol Seaver and her boyfriend Bobby when her head is turned by a handsome new student. BRAD PITT guest stars.

    • Episode 8

      Gone But Not Forgotten

      aired: Tue, Nov 3, 1987

      Burglars ransack the Seaver home and, more than just material belongings, steal the family's most valuable possession--their sense of safety and security.

    • Episode 7

      A Star is Born

      aired: Tue, Oct 27, 1987

      When the girl he likes is chosen as leading lady in the high school play, Mike Seaver (KIRK CAMERON) auditions for leading man--and wins the part. He knows nothing about acting and can't recall his lines, but he loves rehearsing the kissing scenes.

    • Episode 6

      Big Brother is Not Watching

      aired: Tue, Oct 13, 1987

      Mike's (KIRK CAMERON) influence with Ben (JEREMY MILLER) is threatened when Carol (TRACEY GOLD) helps Ben manipulate their parents to help with the cost of a new bike.

    • Episode 5


      aired: Tue, Oct 6, 1987

      Scandal erupts at Dewey High School after class clown Mike Seaver (KIRK CAMERON) is nominated for high school student body president.

    • Episode 4

      Not Necessarily the News

      aired: Tue, Sep 29, 1987

      After being turned down for a job again and again, Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) thinks she wasn't meant to have a career. Maybe, she should just stay home and cook meals for the family.

    • Episode 3

      Taking Care of Business

      aired: Tue, Sep 22, 1987

      Morals and friendships are tested when Mike (KIRK CAMERON) takes a job at a stereo store managed by a notorious troublemaker from his past.

    • Episode 2

      Aloha (2)

      aired: Fri, Sep 18, 1987

      Romance and relationships are highlighted as the Seaver family continues their vacation in the tropical paradise of Maui. (Part 2 of 2)

    • Episode 1

      Aloha (1)

      aired: Fri, Sep 18, 1987

      Jason (ALAN THICKE) faces a near mutiny situation by his unhappy family when the vacationing Seavers are stranded on a rented boat miles from the shores of Maui. (Part 1 of 2)

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    • Episode 22

      Confidentially Yours

      aired: Mon, May 11, 1987

      Jason confronts his professional ethics when Maggie receives a job offer from a big time newspaper editor with ulterior motives, and the Seaver children learn that glue won't fix everything.

    • Episode 21

      The Long Goodbye

      aired: Mon, May 4, 1987

      It's Chore Day at the Seaver house, and while Ben attempts to videotape the day's events for a school project, Maggie and Jason argue over the competency of an elderly handyman to repair their furnace. Candace Cameron Bure guest stars.

    • Episode 20

      Born Free

      aired: Tue, Mar 31, 1987

      None of his father's lectures on the value of an education seem to effect Mike until he talks to a distraught expectant father; meanwhile, Jason delivers the baby -30,000 feet up. Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years") guest stars.

    • Episode 19

      The Awful Truth

      aired: Tue, Mar 17, 1987

      When Ben (JEREMY MILLER) must research his family's history for a school project, he uncovers evidence that both his mother and father have been divorced.

    • Episode 18


      aired: Tue, Mar 10, 1987

      When Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) submerges herself in a school carnival, Ben (JEREMY MILLER) feels ignored and Jason (ALAN THICKE) finds himself half-drowned, literally.

    • Episode 17

      Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins

      aired: Tue, Mar 3, 1987

      Jason and Maggie (ALAN THICKE and JOANNA KERNS) say "no" to a nose job, but Carol (TRACEY GOLD) is determined . . . until Mike (KIRK CAMERON) makes a startling admission.

    • Episode 16

      My Brother, Myself

      aired: Tue, Feb 24, 1987

      Ben (JEREMY MILLER) develops an interest in girls but doesn't understand them. He learns that Mike (KIRK CAMERON) and Jason (ALAN THICKE) are still trying to figure them out too.

    • Episode 15

      Thank God It's Friday

      aired: Tue, Feb 10, 1987

      While Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) and Jason (ALAN THICKE) spend the evening at home watching TV, Mike (KIRK CAMERON) is faced with peer pressure and the question of whether or not to use drugs.

    • Episode 14

      Thank You, Willie Nelson

      aired: Tue, Feb 3, 1987

      When Carol has a slumber party, Ben and Mike can't resist scaring her friends; meanwhile, Maggie and Jason try to keep peace between her parents who've just made a dramatic lifestyle change.

    • Episode 13

      Some Enchanted Evening

      aired: Tue, Jan 27, 1987

      It's time for the Spring Formal and Mike (KIRK CAMERON) has his hands full with three different girls pining for his affections and a date to the dance. Carol (TRACEY GOLD), on the other hand, can't seem to get a date even when she asks her boyfriend.

    • Episode 12

      Higher Education

      aired: Tue, Jan 20, 1987

      When the teacher's student assistant changes Mike's grade from a "D+" to an "A"so that she can be his date on a ski trip, Mike must figure out a way to change her mind. Andrew Koenig appears as recurring character Richard "Boner" Stabone in this episode.

    • Episode 11


      aired: Tue, Jan 13, 1987

      Carol is given the opportunity to skip a grade in school, while Mike eagerly looks forward to a date with an older woman . . . a 22-year-old stewardess.

    • Episode 10

      The Breakfast Club

      aired: Tue, Jan 6, 1987

      After being caught in a lie, Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) grounds herself to teach Mike (KIRK CAMERON) a lesson. But will she change her mind when she learns she is missing out on the Frank Sinatra show?

    • Episode 9

      The Kid

      aired: Tue, Dec 16, 1986

      When Ben (JEREMY MILLER) invites a runaway street kid home for Christmas, both the Seavers and the runaway learn about charity and the value of family.

    • Episode 8

      Jason's Rib

      aired: Tue, Dec 9, 1986

      Jason and Maggie (ALAN THICKE and JOANNA KERNS) realize they don't always think alike when they get into an argument over a mandatory dress code in the schools.

    • Episode 7

      Do You Believe in Magic?

      aired: Tue, Dec 2, 1986

      When Mike (KIRK CAMERON) cons his brother and sister once too often, his entire family decides to get even with a con of their own.

    • Episode 6

      Dream Lover

      aired: Tue, Nov 25, 1986

      While Carol (TRACEY GOLD) does her best to alter her saintly reputation, Mike (KIRK CAMERON) gets physical to protect his sister's honor.

    • Episode 5

      Employee of the Month

      aired: Tue, Nov 18, 1986

      Mike (KIRK CAMERON) gets an after school job and becomes Employee of the Month. His parents are so proud that they buy him a car. Now, how will he tell them that he's just been fired?

    • Episode 4

      Call Me

      aired: Tue, Nov 11, 1986

      Ben lets his fingers do the walking right into trouble when he passes out a pornographic telephone number at school and then blames it on his best friend.

    • Episode 3

      Long Day's Journey Into Night

      aired: Tue, Oct 28, 1986

      Carol is used by her friend Annie (Guest star Katie Boyer) to win Mike's affection. Andrew Koenig appears as recurring character Richard "Boner" Stabone in this episode.

    • Episode 2

      Fast Times at Dewey High

      aired: Tue, Oct 21, 1986

      The first day back at school proves to be very educational: Ben (JEREMY MILLER) learns to face fear; Carol (TRACEY GOLD) gets a strange date for the dance; and Mike (KIRK CAMERON) becomes infatuated and learns a big lesson.

    • Episode 1

      Jason and the Cruisers

      aired: Tue, Sep 30, 1986

      When Jason (ALAN THICKE) falls into a state of depression because he's feeling old, Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) thinks she has the cure--a reunion with his old college band.

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    • Episode 22

      Extra Lap

      aired: Tue, May 13, 1986

      Nightmares involving his deceased Uncle Bob (JAMES CALLAHAN) begin haunting Mike (KIRK CAMERON) soon after the man's death.

    • Episode 21

      Career Decision

      aired: Tue, May 6, 1986

      Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) and Jason (ALAN THICKE) both encounter career decisions that will affect one another; meanwhile, Mike (KIRK CAMERON) makes a philosophical discovery when he's home sick.

    • Episode 20

      Be a Man

      aired: Tue, Mar 11, 1986

      While Jason (ALAN THICKE) tries to save Maggie's parents' house from being sold, Mike (KIRK CAMERON) tries to save the Seaver house from the ravages of a wild party.

    • Episode 19

      The Anniversary That Never Was

      aired: Tue, Mar 4, 1986

      Thanks to their children, Jason and Maggie have a whole day to spend together for their anniversary. But, all their plans end when Maggie is called away on assignment.

    • Episode 18


      aired: Tue, Feb 25, 1986

      Mike (KIRK CAMERON) is accused of cheating in school after receiving the highest grade in the class. Given his reputation as a scholar, can he convince Jason (ALAN THICKE), Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) or his teacher of his innocence?

    • Episode 17

      Charity Begins at Home

      aired: Tue, Feb 18, 1986

      Sibling rivalry in the Seaver household sends Ben (JEREMY MILLER) soliciting money from the neighbors so he can buy Jason (ALAN THICKE) an expensive birthday present.

    • Episode 16

      The Seavers vs. the Cleavers

      aired: Tue, Jan 28, 1986

      Jason (ALAN THICKE) and Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) are displeased after being labeled unacceptable parents by prim P.T.A. member June Hinckley (ANNETTE FUNICELLO).

    • Episode 15

      Slice of Life II

      aired: Tue, Jan 21, 1986

      Jason is ecstatic over the news that wife Maggie may be having another baby. Ben is pleased that brother Mike is his slave for the weekend and Carol is enchanted with Richie's romanticism.

    • Episode 14

      First Blood

      aired: Tue, Jan 14, 1986

      After a fistfight with Ben's hockey coach, Jason is left with the task of explaining that fighting is not the way to get the job done, while Maggie endures the hardship of teaching Mike ballroom dancing.

    • Episode 13

      The Love Song of M. Aaron Seaver

      aired: Tue, Jan 7, 1986

      The Seavers are depending on Mike (KIRK CAMERON) for the annual bowling tournament against the Koosman Family, but are let down when Mike "Romeo" Seaver finds his "Juliet" (APRIL LERMAN).

    • Episode 12

      A Christmas Story

      aired: Tue, Dec 10, 1985

      While the Seaver family prepares for Christmas, one of Jason's (ALAN THICKE) patients contemplates suicide by jumping down the Seaver chimney.

    • Episode 11

      Standardized Test

      aired: Thu, Dec 5, 1985

      Jason (ALAN-THICKE) and Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) encounter a case of sibling rivalry between Carol (TRACEY GOLD) and Mike (KIRK CAMERON), who's upset over his sister's higher scholastic achievements.

    • Episode 10

      Dirt Bike

      aired: Tue, Dec 3, 1985

      Ben (JEREMY MILLER) sells his dreams to his sister Carol (TRACEY GOLD) for a school research project. Mike (KIRK CAMERON) disobeys his parents and rides a dirt bike, but gets injured in an accident.

    • Episode 9

      Carol's Crush

      aired: Tue, Nov 26, 1985

      When the son of a family friend visits, Carol (TRACEY GOLD) becomes enamored of him and learns the meaning of heartache.

    • Episode 8

      Slice Of Life

      aired: Tue, Nov 19, 1985

      Mike tries to convince his parents to provide him karate lessons to impress a girl. Ben attempts to get into a world record book, and Maggie and Jason take a compatibility test.

    • Episode 7

      Weekend Fantasy

      aired: Tue, Nov 12, 1985

      When Jason and Maggie leave Mike in charge for the weekend while they return to a romantic hide-away they found 15 years ago, they can't stop worrying about their children. Dennis Haysbert guest stars.

    • Episode 6

      Mike's Madonna Story

      aired: Tue, Nov 5, 1985

      A Madonna-styled teenage seductress (DANA PLATO) wreaks havoc in the Seaver household when she appears at their doorstep in some rather revealing clothing looking for Mike (KIRK CAMERON) and plotting to make him her next seduction.

    • Episode 5


      aired: Tue, Oct 29, 1985

      Working mother Maggie Seaver begins to feel edged out of her children's lives and excluded from family affairs by none other than husband Jason.

    • Episode 4

      Carol's Article

      aired: Tue, Oct 15, 1985

      Maggie and Jason face the challenge of parenthood when daughter Carol tries to follow her mother's career as a reporter and sons Mike and Ben start gambling.

    • Episode 3


      aired: Tue, Oct 8, 1985

      Late hours and rapt attention to her newspaper work by Maggie convince her husband Jason that she's having an affair with her handsome co-worker.

    • Episode 2


      aired: Tue, Oct 1, 1985

      Mike (KIRK CAMERON) is mercilessly teased by his friends after Jason and he attend a Bruce Springsteen concert and a TV interviewer captures Jason's overzealous show of affection for his son.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Tue, Sep 24, 1985

      The upwardly mobile, suburban Seaver family experiences some growing pains when Maggie Seaver returns to work as a newspaper reporter, Jason Seaver moves his psychiatric practice into the home, and 15-year-old son Mike asks for more freedom and gets it.

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