The BEST Episodes of Growing Pains

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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 Chrissy, cause them endless problems, they manage to keep the family close together. As long as they got each other, nothing else matters...

Where There's a Will

#1 - Where There's a Will

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired May 2, 1990

Jason and Mike head off together to inspect the mountain cabin Jason has inherited from his Uncle George.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
The World According to Chrissy

#2 - The World According to Chrissy

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 19, 1990

Chrissy starts spending much time with her imaginary friend, a six-foot-tall mouse named Ike.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Leilani Downer
How the West Was Won (2)

#3 - How the West Was Won (2)

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 26, 1988

Jason, Carol, Mike and Boner are arrested in the demonstration over the dismissal of Coach Lubbock.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall
Graduation Day

#4 - Graduation Day

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired May 4, 1988

At Mike's high-school graduation, family members recall moments when it seemed like his graduation would never take place.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Dan Guntzelman, Steve Marshall
Five Grand

#5 - Five Grand

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 1989

Their grandparents give Mike, Carol and Ben $5,000 each.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tim O'Donnell
Carol's Promotion

#6 - Carol's Promotion

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 1989

Promoted at work, Carol decides against college.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Mindy Schneider
Weekend at Mike's

#7 - Weekend at Mike's

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 4, 1990

With Jason's wallet missing, the Seavers must rely on others to provide them with room and board while their house is being fumigated.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Shelly Landau
How Could I Leave Her Behind?

#8 - How Could I Leave Her Behind?

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 2, 1991

Mike's friend Eddie shows up for a double date with Mike's ex-girlfriend.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Jake Weinberger, Mike Weinberger
Meet the Seavers

#9 - Meet the Seavers

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 1991

In an homage to The Twilight Zone, Ben awakens to discover he's Jeremy Miller, an actor on the set of "Meet the Cleavers".

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Bob Burris, Michael Ware
Carol's Carnival

#10 - Carol's Carnival

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 27, 1991

On a blind date shaping up as a disaster, Carol goes to the carnival, and finds unexpected fun and excitement.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Rich Reinhart
Vicious Cycle

#11 - Vicious Cycle

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 1, 1992

Maggie and Jason put Mike on the spot for Luke's curfew problems.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Cathy Jung
Ménage à Luke

#12 - Ménage à Luke

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 8, 1992

A love triangle involves Ben, Luke and a classmate.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Todd Thicke
The Truck Stops Here

#13 - The Truck Stops Here

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 21, 1992

Luke's father George visits the Seavers hoping that Luke has mellowed a little and would like to spend some time with him but Luke doesn't. He was about to leave when he collapses outside the door. He says that can't move, so they take him in. Jason and Ben offer to deliver his load, and they experience all sorts of chaos on the way. Mike thinks that George is faking his injury so that he could stay and Luke would have to talk to him. But the doctor tells Maggie who tells Mike that unless George stops driving trucks, he could become paralyzed. Mike talks to George and tells him to tell Luke but doesn't want Luke to pity him and doesn't anything else to do but be a trucker. Mike suggests that maybe he could open a truck stop. Luke finds George struggling to get up and they finally talk. The next day after Jason and Ben return, George tells them that he is giving up trucking and will open a truck stop and Luke's going with him. Luke says goodbye to the Seavers.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: Jerry Colker
Maggie's Brilliant Career

#14 - Maggie's Brilliant Career

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 4, 1992

Maggie wants to fulfill a dream by climbing a mountain.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Gerren Keith
Writers: Kate Boutilier
The Wrath of Con Ed

#15 - The Wrath of Con Ed

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 11, 1992

A power failure causes dissensions in the Seaver household.

star 8.50
2 votes
Confidentially Yours

#16 - Confidentially Yours

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1987

Jason knows the editor offering Maggie a dream job is a notorious womanizer.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tom Walla
Mike, Kate and Julie

#17 - Mike, Kate and Julie

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 31, 1990

While on a Valentine's Day dinner date with Kate, Mike runs into Julie at the restaurant.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
Eddie, We Hardly Knew Ye

#18 - Eddie, We Hardly Knew Ye

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 30, 1991

Maggie's dad drops in for an unexpected visit, with news of his imminent death.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Rich Reinhart
In Vino Veritas

#19 - In Vino Veritas

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1991

Mike persuades Jason and Maggie to let Luke stay with them temporarily; then Jason's wine cellar goes missing.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Jack Shea
Writers: Rich Reinhart
Bad Day Cafe

#20 - Bad Day Cafe

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 23, 1991

While Jason and Maggie are away, the principal informs Mike that Luke's birth father is back in town -- and wants him back.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Renny Temple
Writers: Bud Wiser
The Last Picture Show (2)

#21 - The Last Picture Show (2)

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 25, 1992

The Seavers move to Washington, D.C., but share a final meal and memories in the empty house.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Jonathan Weiss
Writers: Bob Burris, Michael Ware
The Return of the Triangle

#22 - The Return of the Triangle

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 10, 1990

David turns to Mike for help with Kate.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Shelly Landau
Roommates

#23 - Roommates

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1990

Mike becomes roommates with sister Carol, now a Columbia University student.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Bob Burris, Michael Ware
The Last Picture Show (1)

#24 - The Last Picture Show (1)

Season 7 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 25, 1992

Maggie is offered a plum job in Washington, D.C.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Jonathan Weiss
Writers: Bob Burris, Cathy Jung, Dan Wilcox, Jerry Colker, Leilani Downer, Liz Sage, Michael Ware, Rich Reinhart, Wendy Braff
Some Enchanted Evening

#25 - Some Enchanted Evening

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 27, 1987

The winter formal causes opposite problems for Carol and Mike.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Susan Beavers