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Growing Pains 

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

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Neal Marlens
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Alan Thicke ...  Dr. Jason Seaver 167 episodes, 1985-1992
Joanna Kerns ...  Maggie Malone Seaver 167 episodes, 1985-1992
Kirk Cameron ...  Mike Seaver 167 episodes, 1985-1992
Jeremy Miller ...  Ben Seaver 167 episodes, 1985-1992
Tracey Gold ...  Carol Seaver 166 episodes, 1985-1992
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It's hard enough to raise a kid nowadays but when you have to cope with THESE kids, things tend to get out of hand! Dr Seaver, a psychologist and his wife Maggie Seaver, a journalist, try to do their best raising their family and although their kids, Mike, Ben, Carol and Crissie, cause them endless problems, they manage to keep the family close together. As long as they got each other, nothing else matters... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <ftpadmin@antigoni.med.auth.gr>

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

24 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Growing Pains See more »

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(166 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

About a decade after the original show wrapped; ABC hosted a Growing Pains Reunion. All the original (main) cast was present. During the special Kirk Cameron admitted that during the run of the original show he became a born again Christian; and for awhile became very confrontational with the other cast members; and was proselytizing in a very aggressive way. He apologized for this on air. Joanna Kearns accepted his apology and said," I'm glad you said that. Because at the time I was like, 'Stop telling me how to feel!'" See more »

Quotes

Amy: [Amy and Mike are stranded in Spain trying to get to France] Mike, we are stranded in Europe, a city that is 5,000 miles away from where we want to get to.
Mike: Actually here I believe they use kilometres.
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As Long As We Got Each Other
Written by John Bettis
Performed by B.J. Thomas
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A good show. Bring back the reruns.
11 December 2002 | by mnbvcxz112See all my reviews

When I first saw "Growing Pains" I referred to it disparagingly as "The White Cosby Show". In 1984, sitcoms were the junk food of the television diet. They lacked quality, and were relegated to the basement of the Nielsen ratings. Then, in 1984, NBC showed that a sitcom could be #1 in the ratings with "The Cosby Show". I greeted "Growing Pains", ABC's apparent attempt to cash in with a new family sitcom in 1985, with cynicism, and watched every week for them to drop the ball. I watched, in the beginning to see this show crash and burn, and was very surprised to find, in a few weeks that I liked it!

In a time before shows about dysfunctional families like "Married...With Children" and "Roseanne" (good shows in their own way) "Growing Pains" showed a reasonably functional family in a basically caring environment, Mike's constant put-downs of Carol being his way of handling the affection he felt for his sister but felt uncomfortable showing.

The members of this family liked each other, and their feelings were infectious. I liked being able to hang out with the Seaver family for half an hour every week, and daily when the syndicated reruns began. I haven't been able to see GP reruns in at least 4 years. When the twice-a-day reruns of "Seinfeld", "Friends", and "The Simpsons" begin to lose their steam, I hope "Growing Pains" is given another opportunity.


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