Growing Pains

Growing Pains

  • TV-G
  • 1985
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.6  (13,728)

The sitcom Growing Pains focuses on the fictional Seaver family living on Long Island. The show is appropriate for younger audiences while still being entertaining for older viewers. It starts off with Jason; the father of the family who has recently moved his psychology practice home to enable his wife, Maggie to go back to work as a reporter for a local newspaper. The series starts out with common mishaps and adventures that happen to the Seaver family. It explores the difficulties Jason has adjusting to working at home while caring for the couple's three children. Mike, the oldest is a fifteen year old prankster who is constantly in trouble and trying to get away with anything he can. Carol, the middle child and only girl is a shy bookworm. Youngest child Ben seems to have the most difficulty with his mom going back to work. Maggie also struggles being away from her children. She finds that she and her husband often have very differing parenting techniques as to how much freedom the children should have. The series follows the changes each child goes through as they grow and learn. Mike goes from irresponsible teen to trying to decide which direction to take in life. Carol struggles to overcome her social anxieties and even dabbles in some of the same mischief her brothers are always in trouble for. Ben continues to be somewhat precocious and make sure his voice is heard despite being the youngest of the family. The first part of the fourth season the Seavers welcome new baby Chrissy into their family. She is reintroduced the next season considerably older than the previous season. She is shown to be an imaginative and playful child, often giving her big brother Ben a run for his money. As the series progresses and the children grow the show took on some more serious issues such as drunk driving, death and abuse. During the seventh and final season the Seavers take in a homeless boy named Luke. The role of Luke is played by then unknown Leonardo DiCaprio.

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The Last Picture Show (2)
24. The Last Picture Show (2)
April 25, 1992
After Ben's blessing, Maggie decides to take the job offer and the family begins to prepare for the move. With moving day here, the Seavers are ready and excited about starting a new chapter in their lives- but not before having one final meal as a family where they reminisce about the fun times they've had together in the house.
The Last Picture Show (1)
23. The Last Picture Show (1)
April 25, 1992
In this flashback-filled episode, Maggie stuns her family with the news of an amazing job offer in Washington D.C. The entire family is supportive of the move, except for Ben, who refuses to leave the house he grew up in.
The Wrath of Con Ed
22. The Wrath of Con Ed
April 11, 1992
A power failure leaves Maggie and Jason stuck in traffic, while Ben is babysitting his little sister, Chrissy, who is afraid of the dark. Mike and Kate are also trapped with Carol and Dwight and the two pairs begin to get on each others nerves.
Maggie's Brilliant Career
21. Maggie's Brilliant Career
April 4, 1992
Maggie, who feels that she hasn't accomplished as much as she had hoped to by this point in her life, decides to fulfill a long-time dream of hers- climbing a mountain.
The Truck Stops Here
20. The Truck Stops Here
March 21, 1992
When Luke finds out about his father's serious condition, he decides to join his father on the road and says his goodbyes to the Seaver family.
Don't Go Changin'
19. Don't Go Changin'
February 29, 1992
Mike isn't happy with the impression his best friend, Eddie, is having on Luke. Meanwhile, Ben shoots a video of the family to send to Carol, who is off studying in London.
The Five Fingers of Ben
18. The Five Fingers of Ben
February 22, 1992
When Ben is being tormented by a fellow classmate, he decides to take up karate to give his self-confidence a little boost.
Menage a Luke
17. Menage a Luke
February 8, 1992
Ben is outraged when he learns that the girl he wanted to take to the dance is going with Luke.
Vicious Cycle
16. Vicious Cycle
February 1, 1992
When Luke is grounded for violating curfew, it's Mike who takes the blame when Luke still disobeys his punishment.
Honest Abe
15. Honest Abe
January 17, 1992
When Luke meets up with an old friend, Barney, he is invited into the Seaver home to celebrate Luke's birthday. But Luke soon learns that his friend isn't all that he seems when he discovers Barney stealing from the Seavers.
The Call of the Wild
14. The Call of the Wild
January 4, 1992
Mike and Kate along with Carol and Dwight wind up on a not-so-fun ski trip with Ben, Luke and a few of their most troublesome classmates.
It's Not Easy Being Green
13. It's Not Easy Being Green
December 21, 1991
It's Christmas but the Seaver family is not feeling the holiday spirit. Carol finds herself angry when Dwight goes on a date with another woman, and Mike jealous when he learns that his model girlfriend, Kate, will be taking part in a risque photo shoot. The rest of the family has trouble dealing with the Christmas tree.
B=MC2
12. B=MC2
November 30, 1991
Ben has plans to take a college entrance exam, but when he overhears his father say that he isn't smart, his feelings are hurt and he gives up on the test.
Bad Day Cafe
11. Bad Day Cafe
November 23, 1991
When Mike learns that Luke's birth father is in town and wants his son back, he keeps this from Luke and devises a plan to get the man to change his mind and leave town. His plan works, but then Mike realizes that isn't fair to Luke to keep him from seeing his father, so he allows Luke meet with him and decide what he would like to do for himself.
Home Malone
10. Home Malone
November 14, 1991
When Maggie's mother wants to sell her house and move to Florida, Maggie pays one last visit to the house she grew up in, where she is then flooded with old memories of her childhood and her parents.
The Big Fix
9. The Big Fix
November 9, 1991
For her column, Maggie must test out a vacuum cleaner and write a review on the product. When Ben accidentally destroys the cleaner and doesn't tell her about it, she wrongly accuses the company of misleading consumers in their advertisements.
There Must Be a Pony
8. There Must Be a Pony
November 2, 1991
Chrissy refuses to go to bed because she is convinced that the real fun around the house takes place after she falls asleep. Jason comes up with a plan to let her stay up the entire night so that she can see for herself that it's business as usual. However, he picked the worst possible night to do this when the worst luck ever practically turns the Seaver home into a carnival.
The Kid's Still Got It
7. The Kid's Still Got It
October 26, 1991
Maggie and Carol go to a resort for the weekend, leaving Jason and the boys home alone. Their fun-filled weekend comes to a screeching halt, however, when Chrissy is sent home from school with a bad case of head lice.
Jason Sings the Blues
6. Jason Sings the Blues
October 19, 1991
When it is discovered that Jason has a hernia and must undergo surgery, he leaves the boys in charge of organizing his psychiatric banquet. A week after the surgery, when Jason accidentally takes too many pain killers, he makes a fool out of himself at the banquet as everyone gets to see a side of Dr. Jason Seaver that they've never seen before.
The Young and the Homeless
5. The Young and the Homeless
October 12, 1991
Luke isn't too happy when the Seavers find the perfect family to take in Luke. Meanwhile, Mike's character in the soap opera "Big City Secrets" has finally woken up from his coma, which means that Mike will now have actual lines on the show. His big day is ruined though, when he learns that Luke plans to run away, and he has to go stop him.
Paper Tigers
4. Paper Tigers
October 5, 1991
When Maggie and Jason are both offered columns in the "Long Island Sentinel", they soon learn that the newspaper only has the budget to take on one new column and the two are forced to battle it out to see who can write the better column and get the job.
In vino veritas
3. In vino veritas
September 28, 1991
Mike convinces his parents to let Luke stay with them temporarily until they can find him a good home. However, the family grows worried when they notice a large number of wine bottles are missing and all signs point to Luke.
Stop, Luke, and Listen
2. Stop, Luke, and Listen
September 25, 1991
Mike discovers that one of his best students, Luke Brower, is homeless and living in the school basement. He tries to help the boy, but ends up making matters worse. Meanwhile, Maggie who has prepared a dinner for Mike's girlfriend, Kate, grows frustrated when she learns of her strict diet.
Back to School
1. Back to School
September 18, 1991
The first day of school proves to be a challenging day for all four Seaver children. Carol has trouble settling into her dorm room at Columbia University and isn't too fond of her new roommate. Meanwhile, Ben and Chrissy try their hardest not to destroy their reputations on the first day, while Mike takes a teaching job and realizes that he as a teacher has a lot to learn.
Description

The sitcom Growing Pains focuses on the fictional Seaver family living on Long Island. The show is appropriate for younger audiences while still being entertaining for older viewers. It starts off with Jason; the father of the family who has recently moved his psychology practice home to enable his wife, Maggie to go back to work as a reporter for a local newspaper.

The series starts out with common mishaps and adventures that happen to the Seaver family. It explores the difficulties Jason has adjusting to working at home while caring for the couple's three children. Mike, the oldest is a fifteen year old prankster who is constantly in trouble and trying to get away with anything he can. Carol, the middle child and only girl is a shy bookworm. Youngest child Ben seems to have the most difficulty with his mom going back to work. Maggie also struggles being away from her children. She finds that she and her husband often have very differing parenting techniques as to how much freedom the children should have.

The series follows the changes each child goes through as they grow and learn. Mike goes from irresponsible teen to trying to decide which direction to take in life. Carol struggles to overcome her social anxieties and even dabbles in some of the same mischief her brothers are always in trouble for. Ben continues to be somewhat precocious and make sure his voice is heard despite being the youngest of the family.

The first part of the fourth season the Seavers welcome new baby Chrissy into their family. She is reintroduced the next season considerably older than the previous season. She is shown to be an imaginative and playful child, often giving her big brother Ben a run for his money.

As the series progresses and the children grow the show took on some more serious issues such as drunk driving, death and abuse. During the seventh and final season the Seavers take in a homeless boy named Luke. The role of Luke is played by then unknown Leonardo DiCaprio.Growing Pains is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (166 episodes). The series first aired on September 24, 1985.

Where to Watch Growing Pains

Growing Pains is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Growing Pains on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 24, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (13,728)