Growing Pains

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Pilot
      Episode 1
      9/24/85
      9.0
      Maggie goes back to work as a journalist, prompting psychiatrist Jason to move his office into their home so he can keep his eye on the kids. Things don't get off to a great start: the first night he gets a call from the police that Mike has been picked up for illegally driving a car.moreless
    • Springsteen
      Episode 2
      10/1/85
      9.1
      Mike is jubilant when Jason gets a pair of Springsteen concert tickets for them, but mortified when Jason shows his paternal love in a giddy on-street TV interview after the concert.
    • Jealousy
      Episode 3
      10/8/85
      8.9
      Jason fumes when Maggie spends long hours on a toxic waste story with handsome co-worker Fred. Ben tries to figure out what to do for his class science project.
    • Carol's Article
      Episode 4
      10/15/85
      8.5
      Carol writes a dense, intellectual article to try out for her school paper. Ben and Mike are hooked on off-track betting for horse races.
    • Superdad!
      Episode 5
      10/29/85
      8.9
      Maggie gets very upset when Carol has boy problems and wants to talk to Jason instead of her. Meanwhile, Mike concocts a scheme to avoid admitting that a dog he was taking care of has run away.
    • 11/5/85
      9.1
      Mike's infatuation with a Madonna look-alike worries Maggie. Carol conducts an experiment on talking to plants for school.
    • Weekend Fantasy
      Episode 7
      11/12/85
      9.3
      Mike and Carol persuade their parents that they are mature enough to stay home while the parents take a weekend trip to a secluded cabin, but an unanswered call home yields unpleasant daydreams for Jason and Maggie.

    • Slice of Life
      Episode 8
      11/19/85
      9.0
      Coming across a compatibility test in Jason's office, Maggie decides she and Jason should fill it out, but her answers don't tab with his. Meanwhile, Mike feigns interest in karate when his real goal is a girl attending the course.
    • Carol's Crush
      Episode 9
      11/26/85
      9.2
      Jeff Backman comes back from Ohio to visit the Seavers. He and his family had been neighbors and friends with them for years. When his date cancels on his at the last minute, Carol is more than happy to fill in. Unfortunately for her, Jeff does not think of it as a date as she does.moreless
    • Dirt Bike
      Episode 10
      12/3/85
      9.1
      Mike breaks his promise not to ride a dirt bike while camping with Boner. Carol analyzes Ben's dreams.
    • Standardized Test
      Episode 12
      12/5/85
      9.0
      Mike doodles on his aptitude test and winds up with an IQ score of 27.
    • A Christmas Story
      Episode 13
      12/10/85
      8.8
      A depressed department store Santa consulting Jason decides to commit suicide by leaping down the Seavers' chimney.
    • Mike decides he would rather spend time with a girl than help his family, who need him for their annual bowling showdown with the Koosmans.
    • First Blood
      Episode 15
      1/14/86
      9.0
      Jason and Coach Brockton butt heads when he expresses his win-at-all-cost attitude. Mike, still wanting to impress Jennifer, decides to learn how to dance from his mom.
    • Slice of Life II
      Episode 16
      1/21/86
      8.9
      Mike breaks a window riding his skateboard inside the house. He makes a deal with Ben that if he takes the blame, Mike will be his butler for the entire weekend. Jason is in a horrible mood because of the magazine article he is writing. Because of this, Maggie is timid about tell him that she might be pregnant.moreless
    • 1/28/86
      9.1
      Volunteering as dance chaperones, the Seavers are rebuffed by the PTA.
    • 2/18/86
      9.2
      Ben goes around the neighborhood collecting for a fake charity so he can buy his dad an expensive birthday present. When the gift is opened everyone is in for a big shock.
    • Reputation
      Episode 19
      2/25/86
      9.3
      Feeling pressured to get a good grade, Mike writes the answers to a history test on the soles of his shoes.
    • 3/4/86
      8.6
      The children's gift of an anniversary alone is spoiled by Maggie's last-minute interview.
    • Be a Man
      Episode 21
      3/11/86
      9.2
      Mike stays home when the Seavers go to visit Maggie’s parents. When they arrive they find her parents house is up for sale. Maggie and Jason try to give them some money so they can keep their house, but they will not take it. Mike decides to throw a party with his parents gone, but things get way out of control.moreless
    • Career Decision
      Episode 22
      5/6/86
      8.8
      An agreement that one parent always remain home conflicts with a great job offer for Jason. Meanwhile, a misspelled name in an article causes trouble for Maggie.
    • Extra Lap
      Episode 23
      5/13/86
      8.5
      Following the death of fun-loving Uncle Bob during a visit to the Seaver home, he haunts Mike at night.
  • Season 2
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  • Season 4
  • Season 5
  • Season 6
  • Season 7