6.6/10
13,104
44 user 5 critic

Growing Pains 

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

Creator:

Neal Marlens
Reviews
Popularity
828 ( 59)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1992   1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Family Ties (1982–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathan Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano
The Cosby Show (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff
Charles in Charge (1984–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships, and duties to the family.

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert
Saved by the Bell (1989–2020)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A close-knit group of six friends get through their teens together while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mrs. Edna Garrett, the Drummonds' former housekeeper, teaches to a group of girls of a boarding school how to tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
Punky Brewster (1984–1988)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young Punky Brewster is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket. When she befriends Henry Warnimont, her new family life begins.

Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson
Silver Spoons (1982–1987)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ricky Stratton is a spoiled rich kid who lives the life that many kids dream of, but he still suffers from the problems that many teens do.

Stars: Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins
My Two Dads (1987–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Marcy Bradford dies, she leaves her teen-age daughter Nicole in the custody of two ex-boyfriends - Michael, a straight-laced and formal man; and Joey, a wild artist.

Stars: Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan
Step by Step (1991–1998)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two families become one, step by step.

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joanna Kerns and Alan Thicke dated eachother before being cast as husband and wife on "Growing Pains." And Tracey Gold and Kirk Cameron played brother and sister in a TV movie before Growing Pains started as well. See more »

Quotes

Carol: Are you sure you're not just after my blank check?
Mike: Of course not! What kind of brother do you think I am!
[thinking]
Mike: *Our* blank check.
See more »


Soundtracks

As Long As We Got Each Other
Written by John Bettis
Performed by B.J. Thomas
See more »

User Reviews

Good show till I found out what a Jerk Kirk Cameron was
28 January 2005 | by zain_hyderSee all my reviews

I used to love this show. Quality programming with some good stories. My favorites were the ones with Mike, and Ben passing down the paper route and another favorite was when Carol was interviewing for college and the Boston College guy comes to their house and they get those bums to play the parents.

I liked the Julie/Mike storyline.

However, I have lost a lot of respect for Kirk Cameron after finding out that he screwed the show over in many ways. In fact, i don't respect him at all (not that he cares I'm sure). He got Julie fired just cause she posed in Playboy even though that was a major storyline. They sank that story for no good reason making her disappear which was totally unrealistic. Then I guess they realized what buttholes they were and brought her back for one episode to try and reconcile the whole storyline. She shoulda told Cameron and the producers to 'stick it where the sun don't shine'. Anyway, Cameron reportedly also vetoed a lot of story ideas cause he didn't think they were 'Christian' enough for him and that led to the show demising quicker than it should have. Cameron's a religious zealot by all accounts of people who worked with him on the show, and I've lost respect for him.


9 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Growing Pains See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(166 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed