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    • Graduation Day
      Season 3 - Episode 26
      5/4/88
      9.6
      Mike's graduation day spurs memories of when it looked like he'd never get through high school.
    • The Recruiter
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      3/15/89
      9.5
      To avoid going to her parents' college without disappointing them, Carol has Mike hire a homeless man to pose as an uncouth Jason when a recruiter arrives for an interview.
    • Second Chance
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      4/12/89
      9.5
      Carol's boyfriend, Sandy, lands in the hospital after he gets into an accident while driving drunk. Ben pesters Carol with a videocamera.
    • Do You Believe in Magic?
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      12/2/86
      9.5
      Mike's continued scamming of Ben prompts Jason and Maggie to run a scam of their own to teach him a lesson.
    • Born Free
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      3/31/87
      9.5
      A flight to Jason's old school to impress Mike about the importance of education is complicated by a female passenger unexpectedly going into labor.
    • Some Enchanted Evening
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      1/27/87
      9.5
      Carol's upset when Bobby doesn't ask her to the upcoming school dance.
    • The Kid
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      12/16/86
      9.5
      Taken with the holiday spirit, Ben brings home a runaway, homeless girl to have dinner.
    • Jason and the Cruisers
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/30/86
      9.4
      Maggie plans a surprise reunion for Jason's college rock band.
    • Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      3/3/87
      9.4
      Jason and Maggie are in a bind after they tell Carol she can get a nose job only if she can pay for it, and she promptly wins the money to do so.
    • My Brother, Myself
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      2/24/87
      9.4
      When Ben has a crush on his babysitter, Mike gives him tips on how to woo women.
    • Ben's Sure Thing
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      10/17/90
      9.4
      At the school's Parents Night, the Seavers learn Ben's been secretly dating a classmate, a girl he later admits he's been spreading rumors about.
    • Feet of Clay
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      2/8/89
      9.3
      Maggie arranges for Ben to meet his favorite rock musician, Jonathan Keith, but seeing what he does backstage makes Ben realize his idolatry may have been misplaced.
    • Nasty Habits
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      12/15/87
      9.3
      Having procrastinated until the final day to write an essay on Raymond Chandler, and with class failure on the line, Mike still can't buckle down and get to work.
    • Employee of the Month
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      11/18/86
      9.3
      When Mike tries to help a co-worker by taking responsibility for her mistake, he's fired but tells his parents he's still going to work.
    • Weekend Fantasy
      Season 1 - 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.

    • The Breakfast Club
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      1/6/87
      9.3
      Grounded for his continued lies, Mike then overhears Maggie telling a lie herself, and insists she take the same punishment.
    • Fast Times at Dewey High
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      10/21/86
      9.3
      A new school year begins, and so do some new problems: Ben is told by a bully that he will "meet him after school," Carol is bored with the thought of another unchallenging school year, and Mike finally gets a date with Debbie, who he'd chased all summer.
    • Ben and Mike's Excellent Adventure
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      12/13/89
      9.3
      Ben and Mike's last-minute trip for class assignment supplies turns into an evening of distractions including encounters with friends, their own parents, Principal Dewitt and two friendly girls.
    • Mandingo
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      1/11/89
      9.3
      On a family outing to Martha's Vineyard, Mike is left alone with Julie overnight when the rest of the family misses the ferry to the island.
    • Stop, Luke, and Listen (1)
      Stop, Luke, and Listen (1)
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      9/25/91
      9.3
      Mike gets involved when he learns his prize pupil Luke is homeless.
    • Dance Fever (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      3/2/88
      9.3
      Lydia's voice proves a distraction for Mike. Carol and her friends are only approached to dance by "unacceptable" boys. Ben and Stinky hunt down a pinball machine that pays off in cash.
    • Meet the Seavers
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      3/6/91
      9.3
      In an homage to The Twilight Zone, Ben awakens to discover he's Jeremy Miller, an actor on the set of Meet the Seavers.
    • Ben's First Kiss
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      12/7/88
      9.3
      Ben throws a party to get to know a girl.
    • Reputation
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Fool for Love
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      10/19/88
      9.3
      Ben is scared to ask a girl to an upcoming Halloween party. Meanwhile, Jason becomes more of a hindrance than a help at Maggie's Lamaze class.
    • The Awful Truth
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      3/17/87
      9.3
      Research for Ben's school project on his family history leads the Seaver kids to some unsettling conclusions.
    • Dream Lover
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      11/25/86
      9.3
      Carol wants people to think her tutoring of a popular football player isn't just scholastic in nature.
    • The Long Goodbye
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      5/5/87
      9.3
      Jason stands up for an old handyman having trouble repairing the Seaver's boiler, even after the rest of the family has lost faith. Ben prepares a video about his family.
    • The Mom Who Knew Too Much
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      1/26/88
      9.3
      Female bonding between Maggie and Carol is ripped apart when Maggie spills a secret of Carol's to Jason.
    • Thank God It's Friday
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      2/10/87
      9.3
      Mike and his friends go to a college party and have to decide whether to use drugs or not.
    • Big Brother is Not Watching
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/13/87
      9.3
      Wanting his parents to buy him a new bike, Ben turns to his siblings for assistance.
    • The Nanny
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      1/4/89
      9.3
      The Seavers hire a nanny for Chrissy.
    • Choices
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      1/13/87
      9.3
      Carol's offered to skip her junior year, but her motivation to possibly accept doesn't sit well with Maggie. Mike plans a date with a stewardess.
    • Happy Halloween (2)
      Happy Halloween (2)
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      10/31/90
      9.3
      The Seavers spend a rainy Halloween night telling ghost stories.
    • Great Expectations
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      2/9/88
      9.2
      Mike contemplates a secret trip to Los Angeles to see a girl he met during the family's time in Hawaii.
    • Gone But Not Forgotten
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/3/87
      9.2
      A burglary sets the Seavers on edge, as they deal with a sense of violation and worry the perpetrators may not be done with them.
    • Ben's Movie
      Season 5 - Episode 25
      4/25/90
      9.2
      Ben casts a girl he likes as the lead in his home movie.
    • Homecoming Queen
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      11/23/88
      9.2
      Carol frets that being nominated for Homecoming Queen will make her popular at the expense of her classmates forgetting her best quality—her intelligence.
    • Five Grand
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      11/29/89
      9.2
      Their grandparents give Mike, Carol, and Ben $5,000 each and Maggie and Jason are not pleased with the idea until they find out how their wonderful kids have spent it.
    • Menage a Luke
      Season 7 - Episode 17
      2/8/92
      9.2
      Ben realizes he can't have his cake and eat it too when he ignores a girl to try and land another, but takes issue when the first girl then falls for Luke.
    • Carol's Crush
      Season 1 - 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
    • Aloha (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/18/87
      9.2
      Mike learns a starting fact about Melia. Carol gets a surprise visitor. Maggie has to choose between work and family.
    • In Carol We Trust
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      1/18/89
      9.2
      After getting away with coming home late after meeting a boy named Sandy, Carol tests her luck a second time, inviting him over when Jason and Maggie will be out.
    • Call Me
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      11/11/86
      9.2
      Jason explodes when he gets a phone bill with 67 calls to an erotic phone service, and he and Maggie are quick to come down on Mike.
    • The Last Picture Show (2)
      The Last Picture Show (2)
      Season 7 - Episode 24
      4/25/92
      9.2
      Fearful of the loss of support from his mother, Mike proposes to Kate. The family reminisces about good times in their home.
    • Charity Begins at Home
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      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.
    • Be a Man
      Season 1 - 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
    • Aloha (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/18/87
      9.2
      The Seavers' Hawaiian vacation is marred by a broken down boat and Maggie's work. Mike meets a beautiful tour guide.
    • This is Your Life
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/17/87
      9.2
      Under anaesthesia for a tonsillectomy, Ben deludes he's snuck home to find he's been replaced by a new Ben.
    • Carnival
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      3/10/87
      9.2
      Maggie's attempt to involve herself more in Ben's life by volunteering for his school's carnival backfires, with the new demands on her time leaving him feeling neglected.
    • Thank You, Willie Nelson
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      2/3/87
      9.2
      Maggie's quarreling parents come to visit the Seavers. Meanwhile, Carol's brothers continually interfere with her slumber party.
    • Anniversary from Hell
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      2/15/89
      9.1
      A surprise 20th anniversary party for Maggie and Jason soon has their in-laws bickering.
    • The Looooove Boat (2)
      The Looooove Boat (2)
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      5/3/89
      9.1
      Jason tries to mend his mother's broken wedding plans. Meanwhile, Mike tries to get back with Julie after she catches him with a girls volleyball team.
    • Vicious Cycle
      Season 7 - Episode 16
      2/1/92
      9.1
      Maggie and Jason put Mike on the spot for Luke's curfew problems. Meanwhile, Ben tests Chrissy for psychic powers.
    • Taking Care of Business
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      9/22/87
      9.1
      The family is supportive of the positive effect Mike's new job has had, until Jason discovers his employers use bait-and-switch tactics.
    • The Looooove Boat (1)
      The Looooove Boat (1)
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      4/26/89
      9.1
      The family goes on a cruise for Irma and Wally's wedding, but Jason's suggestion of a pre-nuptial agreement soon has everyone squabbling. Meanwhile, Ben spends time with a Swedish girls volleyball team.
    • Jason's Rib
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      12/9/86
      9.1
      An argument with Maggie over a possible school dress-code leads to an insulting remark from Jason.
    • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      11/16/88
      9.1
      Jason's mother comes to visit and brings a new boyfriend to show.
    • Bad Day Cafe
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      11/23/91
      9.1
      While Jason and Maggie are away, the principal informs Mike that Luke's birth father is back in town -- and wants him back.
    • A Reason to Live
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      12/8/87
      9.1
      An emotionally troubled girl uses a school assignment with Mike and Boner as an excuse to seek help from Jason.
    • Not Necessarily the News
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      9/29/87
      9.1
      The rest of the Seavers are anxious to find Maggie a new job when her increased presence at home disrupts their lives.
    • Mike's Madonna Story
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      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.
    • How the West Was Won (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      4/26/88
      9.1
      Mike and Boner start a protest to support the re-hiring of the fired Coach Lubbock.
    • Springsteen
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Confidentially Yours
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      5/19/87
      9.1
      When Maggie's offered a great job, Jason discovers her potential new boss is a philanderer. Meanwhile, a broken lamp brings bad luck to the kids.
    • Semper Fidelis
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      2/1/89
      9.1
      Boner flunks out of college and joins the Marines.
    • Home Schooling
      Season 6 - Episode 23
      4/17/91
      9.1
      Maggie teaches Ben at home after he is suspended from school.
    • Happy Halloween (1)
      Happy Halloween (1)
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      10/31/90
      9.1
      The Seavers spend a rainy Halloween night telling ghost stories.
    • The Seavers vs. the Cleavers
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      1/28/86
      9.1
      Volunteering as dance chaperones, the Seavers are rebuffed by the PTA.
    • Double Standard
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      3/1/89
      9.1
      Jason punishes Carol and Ben unequally for the same offense when they are both caught after sneaking out for dates without permission.
    • Mike's Choice (1)
      Mike's Choice (1)
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      9/19/90
      9.1
      Mike decides to act instead of going to college, setting up a confrontation with his parents.
    • Michaelgate
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/6/87
      9.1
      Mike is nominated for Student Body President, unaware he's only there as a means to ensure his competition will win.
    • Mike and Julie's Wedding
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      9/27/89
      9.1
      Suffering from pre-wedding jitters, Mike asks everyone he knows about how he can be sure marriage is right.
    • Weekend at Mike's
      Season 5 - Episode 24
      4/4/90
      9.1
      With their house being fumigated and credit cards unusable due to a mixup, the Seavers cram into Mike's apartment for an uncomfortable night.
    • Dirt Bike
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The Truck Stops Here
      Season 7 - Episode 20
      3/21/92
      9.1
      Luke's trucking father, George, returns, hoping to take Luke on the road with him. But it turns out George's trucking days might be coming to an end, and Jason and Ben pitch in to haul a load.
    • First Blood
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Broadway Bound
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      11/24/87
      9.0
      Their success in a school production of Our Town still fresh in their minds, Mike and Monica go to a Broadway audition for the play.
    • Back to School
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      9/18/91
      9.0
      Mike's first day teaching remedial students isn't as easy as he expected. Carol's dormitory experience isn't what she'd hoped. Ben and Chrissy have rough first days of class.
    • Home Malone
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      11/16/91
      9.0
      The ghost of Maggie's father oversees the Seavers' visit to her childhood home.
    • The Scarlet Letter
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      12/1/87
      9.0
      Receiving an "A" she's certain she's not earned, Carol wonders if her entire academic history is a sham.
    • Higher Education
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      1/20/87
      9.0
      When a girl fudges Mike's grade so he can go on a ski trip, she demands his attention during the trip as payment.
    • The Last Picture Show (1)
      The Last Picture Show (1)
      Season 7 - Episode 23
      4/25/92
      9.0
      A senator offers Maggie a job in Washington, DC, and the family, knowing it would require a move, is split over whether she should accept.
    • State of the Union
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/12/88
      9.0
      Maggie is frustrated by working in a male-dominated world, and Jason's fast friendship with her boss, Mr. Sidlevich, adds to the strain.
    • Long Day's Journey Into Night
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      10/28/86
      9.0
      A cheerleader befriends Carol solely to meet Mike.
    • The Marrying Kind
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      1/5/88
      9.0
      Jason and Maggie are stunned when Bobby's parents come to dinner and it's revealed Carol and Bobby are engaged.
    • The New Deal (1)
      The New Deal (1)
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      11/8/89
      9.0
      Jason temporarily moves to a colleague's luxurious office as his home office is remodeled, while Maggie's workplace is in turmoil with mass firings. Meanwhile, Carol flirts with the carpenter.
    • The Growing Pains Movie
      The Growing Pains Movie
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      9.0
      The Seaver family reunites eight years later to celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary of Jason (Alan Thicke) and Maggie (Joanna Kerns). The kids have all grown up - Mike (Kirk Cameron) is a blustery ad exec, Carol (Tracey Gold) graduated from law school and is a ruthless corporate-acquisitions specialist while younger brother Ben (Jeremy Miller) is a flopped dot-com entrepreneur who now cleans pools in Beverly Hills. And baby Chrissy (Ashley Johnson) is about to graduate as the high school valedictorian with a little secret! The family bands together when Maggie is fired as a press secretary and decides to run against her former boss for the congressional seat.moreless
    • Slice of Life
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The New Deal (2)
      The New Deal (2)
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      11/15/89
      9.0
      Jason turns down the offer to partner with a colleague, but resents doing it. Meanwhile, Maggie gets a promotion at Channel 19, but doesn't like the compromises her new bosses demand.
    • Carol's Papers
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      10/25/89
      9.0
      An angry Jason confronts Ben and Mike, who give conflicting versions of how Ben came to sell Carol's old term papers to students at Dewey High -- and to date a seductive 18-year-old.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - 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
    • Let's Go Europe (2)
      Let's Go Europe (2)
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      11/14/90
      9.0
      Maggie is hospitalized in Paris, while Mike finds himself stuck on the road with an angry customer.
    • Midnight Cowboy (2)
      Midnight Cowboy (2)
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      9/26/90
      9.0
      Mike leaves home for New York, but finds life very difficult with money tight. Meanwhile, Carol is increasingly upset with her long commute to Columbia University.
    • Fortunate Son
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      2/22/89
      9.0
      When Mike takes a job at a convenience store, his mother is worried about him working the dangerous night shift, but Mike is more concerned about the favoritism his racist boss shows him as one of the few white employees.
    • Standardized Test
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/5/85
      9.0
      Mike doodles on his aptitude test and winds up with an IQ score of 27.
    • Family Ties (2)
      Family Ties (2)
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      11/9/88
      9.0
      Mike and Jason's feud continues and Mike moves out of the Seaver house and into his car, while the rest of family tries to help them forgive each other.
    • Jealousy
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The Kid's Still Got It
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      10/26/91
      8.9
      Carol accompanies Maggie to a resort, which turns out to be hosting a singles convention; meanwhile, the all-male weekend planned at home is ruined when Chrissy is sent home with head lice.
    • A Star is Born
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      10/27/87
      8.9
      Mike joins a school production of Our Town, but is more focused on a girl he likes than working on the play.
    • Fish Bait
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      10/11/89
      8.9
      Mike enrolls in an acting class thinking it will be a cakewalk, but soon finds that he's poorly prepared and his classmates have serious aspirations.
    • Teach Me
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      10/18/89
      8.9
      Fed up with her parents' attempts to set her up with dates, a still-grieving Carol asks an older co-worker to pose as her boyfriend at her grandparents' party.
    • Family Ties (1)
      Family Ties (1)
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      11/2/88
      8.9
      Fed up with his father's continued meddling and displeasure, Mike decides the only way to get his freedom is to move out of the house.
    • 3/30/88
      8.9
      As the family conducts spring cleaning, items around the house trigger memories of past events.
    • Anger With Love
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      9/20/89
      8.9
      Maggie opposes Mike and Julie's wedding plans.
    • The World According to Chrissy
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      12/19/90
      8.9
      Chrissy starts spending much time with her imaginary friend, a six-foot-tall mouse named Ike.
    • Jason Flirts, Maggie Hurts
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      10/24/90
      8.9
      Jason can't understand why Maggie is upset when an attractive young woman flirts with him. Meanwhile, Ben wrestles with the realization that his parents are just people with human "needs."
    • There Must Be a Pony
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      11/2/91
      8.9
      Nouveau riche neighbors move in next door; Ben is forced to look after Luke on his first day of high school; Jason's scheme to let Chrissy stay up late backfires when the neighbors throw a lavish party.
    • Nude Photos
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      11/30/88
      8.9
      Mike won't tell his parents why he won an award for a nude photography project at junior college.
    • Superdad!
      Season 1 - 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.
    • The Young and the Homeless
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      10/12/91
      8.9
      When Luke runs away, Mike must choose between trying to find him, or filming his first lines for a soap opera. Meanwhile, Carol earns new friends when they discover her brother's soon to be on TV.
    • Mom of the Year
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      1/25/89
      8.9
      Maggie is stuck covering a garbage strike, so Jason has to accept her Working Mother of the Year award for her.
    • Who's Zoomin' Who?
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/10/87
      8.9
      Carol's friends convince her Bobby's too dull for her just as a cute transfer arrives at Dewey High.
    • Birth of a Seaver
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      10/26/88
      8.9
      Maggie goes into labor on Ben's 12th birthday and Ben confesses to a patient at the hospital that he's already feeling crowded.
    • In vino veritas (2)
      In vino veritas (2)
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      9/28/91
      8.9
      Mike persuades Jason and Maggie to let Luke stay with them temporarily; then Jason's wine cellar goes missing.
    • Slice of Life II
      Season 1 - 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
    • Show Ninety – Who Knew?
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      3/22/89
      8.9
      Jason helps Mike with his Psychology class, but the result isn't what he expected.
    • Bringing Up Baby
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      3/9/88
      8.9
      The Seaver kids start to feel resentment over the changes they have to make for their yet-to-be-born sibling. Meanwhile, Maggie's nervous about revealing her pregnancy to her boss.
    • All the World is a Stage
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      2/13/91
      8.9
      Mike competes with a well-established actor for a role in a soap opera, learning how tenuous an acting career can be.
    • Maggie Seaver's: The Meaning of Life
      2/6/91
      8.9
      Jason takes Maggie on a tropical getaway to lift her spirits after her father's death, trusting Chrissy and Ben to Mike and Carol.
    • The Big Fix
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      11/9/91
      8.8
      Consumer advocate Maggie pans a vacuum cleaner that Ben broke without telling her. Embarassed about his real situation, Luke lies to a girl he likes.
    • The Love Song of M. Aaron Seaver
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      1/7/86
      8.8
      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.
    • Eddie, We Hardly Knew Ye
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      1/30/91
      8.8
      Maggie's dad drops in for an unexpected visit, with news of his imminent death.
    • How Could I Leave Her Behind?
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      1/2/91
      8.8
      Mike's stunned when Eddie brings old flame Kate to a double-date.
    • How the West Was Won (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      4/27/88
      8.8
      The police are forced to begin making arrests at the protest, including Jason, Carol, Mike and Boner.
    • Dance Fever (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      3/1/88
      8.8
      A school dance provides different experiences for Mike, who finds a girl, and Carol, who finds rejection.
    • Where There's a Will
      Season 5 - Episode 26
      5/2/90
      8.8
      A trip to an inherited mountain cabin gets Mike out of his indolence and reminds Jason of a time when his life was less structured.
    • Like Father, Like Son
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      1/9/91
      8.8
      In an intrafamily communications seminar, Mike and Jason discover just how alike they are.
    • Roommates (3)
      Roommates (3)
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      10/3/90
      8.8
      Mike and Carol rent an apartment in New York, resulting in each taking on the other's high school persona. Meanwhile, their parents wait for them to get frustrated and return home.
    • The Home Show
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      1/17/90
      8.8
      The Seavers' reception to raise money for a free mental-health clinic spells disaster when they forget the date of the party and must scramble at the last minute for a caterer.
    • Don't Go Changin'
      Season 7 - Episode 19
      2/29/92
      8.8
      Mike realizes Eddie's continued immaturity isn't good for Luke. Meanwhile, Ben makes a home movie to send to Carol in London.
    • The Return of the Triangle
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      1/10/90
      8.8
      Feeling his relationship with Kate is faltering, David asks Mike for help, unaware that he's the source of the trouble.
    • Future Shock (a.k.a. Maggie's Dream)
      2/21/90
      8.8
      Ben's continued misbehavior leads to a dream where Maggie envisions what life will be like when Chrissy inevitably becomes a teenager.
    • Mike, the Teacher
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      2/7/90
      8.8
      A flu epidemic leads to Mike taking a substitute teaching position at Dewey High, much to Mr. DeWitt's chagrin. Chrissy's repetition of a bad word upsets Jason and Maggie.
    • Let's Go Europe (1)
      Let's Go Europe (1)
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      11/7/90
      8.8
      Jason buys an anniversary trip to Paris from travel agent Mike, who himself wins a European tour that falls apart; Maggie, in Paris, is struck with appendicitis.
    • A Christmas Story
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      12/10/85
      8.8
      A depressed department store Santa consulting Jason decides to commit suicide by leaping down the Seavers' chimney.
    • Career Decision
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Paper Route
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      11/22/89
      8.8
      Mike's farming out of his paper route to Ben starts a chain of people accepting the job for less and less.
    • Ben's Rap Group
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      1/23/91
      8.8
      Jason becomes Ben's business partner in the management of a rap group, but uses the money he's invested to control Ben.
    • Carol's Promotion
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      12/6/89
      8.7
      When she gets a promotion at work, Carol's consideration of putting off college doesn't go over well at home. Ben tries to wheedle permission to go to a ski party.
    • Daddy Mike
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      10/10/90
      8.7
      Mike and his friend Eddie schemingly join "Parents Without Mates" to meet women.
    • Viva Las Vegas
      Season 6 - Episode 24
      4/24/91
      8.7
      Mike and Kate accompany the eloping Eddie and a hat-check bimbette to Las Vegas, giving Carol the wrong idea.
    • Jason vs. Maggie
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      1/24/90
      8.7
      Ben asks permission to get his ear pierced, which leads to a serious argument between his parents.
    • Let's Go Europe (3)
      Let's Go Europe (3)
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      11/28/90
      8.7
      Maggie is still in the hospital. Jason tries to brighten things up, but it just makes things worse. Mike gets out of jail and finds Amy. The two continue on their journey to Paris. Mike has arranged for a hot-air balloon ride at the French border making Amy very happy. Back at the hospital, romance is sparking again for the Seavers.moreless
    • Mike the Director
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      3/21/90
      8.7
      In a moment of introspection as he prepares to graduate, Mike wrestles with self-doubt about his ability as a director.
    • Coughing Boy
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      11/1/89
      8.7
      Mike is excited and everyone is proud when he gets his first bit role in a TV show, but is left disappointed by the end result.
    • The Triangle
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      1/3/90
      8.7
      Kissing Kate during rehearsal for a play—directed by her boyfriend—causes Mike and she to have feelings for each other.
    • Carol in Jail
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      2/14/90
      8.7
      Mike's unpaid tickets help get Carol arrested when she's pulled over while driving his jalopy.
    • Divorce Story
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      12/5/90
      8.7
      Jason, happy to see his mother's second marriage crumbling, doesn't want to provide her with professional help.
    • 3/30/88
      8.7
      As the family conducts spring cleaning, items around the house trigger memories of past events.
    • Carol's Carnival
      Season 6 - Episode 22
      3/27/91
      8.7
      On a blind date shaping up as a disaster, Carol goes to the carnival, and finds unexpected fun and excitement.
    • The Call of the Wild
      Season 7 - Episode 14
      1/4/92
      8.7
      Penniless Mike schemes to give Kate a skiing trip.
    • Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers
      10/16/04
      8.7
      Jason and Maggie want to sell the house and retire, causing a rift between real estate agent Ben, who could use the listing, and Mike and Carol, who hate the thought of their childhood home being with another family.
    • Mike, Kate and Julie
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      1/31/90
      8.7
      While on a Valentine's Day dinner date with Kate, Mike runs into Julie at the restaurant. Meanwhile, Carol hosts a movie night for singles and Ben's manlier side agrees with Laura Lynn.
    • The Wrath of Con Ed
      Season 7 - Episode 22
      4/11/92
      8.7
      A power failure spoils Jason and Maggie's romantic evening and Carol's banquet. Meanwhile, Ben copes with Chrissy's fear of the dark.
    • Paper Tigers
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      10/5/91
      8.6
      Jason and Maggie compete to write a newspaper column; Ben hates his glasses.
    • Honest Abe
      Season 7 - Episode 15
      1/17/92
      8.6
      Luke's homeless friend steals a Seaver memento.
    • Ben Cheats
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      3/14/90
      8.6
      Desperate for a good grade on a biology test, Ben's friend Vito tempts him with a chance to cheat.
    • The Anniversary That Never Was
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      3/4/86
      8.6
      The children's gift of an anniversary alone is spoiled by Maggie's last-minute interview.
    • Jason Sings the Blues
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      10/19/91
      8.6
      Luke is afraid to visit the doctor, so Jason accompanies him. When it turns out Jason needs surgery, he places Mike in charge of organizing his annual banquet.
    • Carol Meets the Real World
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/4/89
      8.5
      When Carol's enrollment to Columbia University is deferred three months, Jason suggests she get a temporary job to get a taste of real life.
    • The Five Fingers of Ben
      The Five Fingers of Ben
      Season 7 - Episode 18
      2/22/92
      8.5
      A continually bullied Ben convinces Maggie to let him learn karate, but a confrontation with her sends his self-esteem lower than ever.
    • Extra Lap
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Carol's Article
      Season 1 - 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.
    • Not With My Carol You Don't
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      2/20/91
      8.4
      Though Jason had an insensitive Carol pitch in at the clinic, he objects to her dating an ex-con she meets there.
    • It's Not Easy Being Green
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      12/21/91
      8.4
      The Christmas spirit is on short supply, with Mike and Carol jealous of Kate and Dwight, while Jason is over-controlling in the decorating of the family tree.
    • B=MC2
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      11/30/91
      8.3
      Ben crams for a college entrance exam, but an overheard rude comment from Jason leaves him down. Carol and Dwight start to have feelings for each other.
    • Maggie's Brilliant Career
      Season 7 - Episode 21
      4/4/92
      8.0
      Hearing a college rival has won a Pulitzer Prize makes Maggie take stock of her life. Meanwhile, Ben and Mike quarrel over a ploy to get money from their parents.
    • The Obscure Objects of Our Desire - Part 2
      1/9/17
      0.0
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