The BEST Episodes of Growing Pains
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2019
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...
#1 - Where There's a Will
Season 5 - Episode 26
Jason and Mike head off together to inspect the mountain cabin Jason has inherited from his Uncle George.
#2 - The World According to Chrissy
Season 6 - Episode 13
Chrissy starts spending much time with her imaginary friend, a six-foot-tall mouse named Ike.
#3 - How the West Was Won (2)
Season 3 - Episode 25
Jason, Carol, Mike and Boner are arrested in the demonstration over the dismissal of Coach Lubbock.
#4 - Graduation Day
Season 3 - Episode 26
At Mike's high-school graduation, family members recall moments when it seemed like his graduation would never take place.
#5 - Five Grand
Season 5 - Episode 11
Their grandparents give Mike, Carol and Ben $5,000 each.
#6 - Carol's Promotion
Season 5 - Episode 12
Promoted at work, Carol decides against college.
#8 - How Could I Leave Her Behind?
Season 6 - Episode 14
Mike's friend Eddie shows up for a double date with Mike's ex-girlfriend.
#10 - Carol's Carnival
Season 6 - Episode 22
On a blind date shaping up as a disaster, Carol goes to the carnival, and finds unexpected fun and excitement.
#11 - Vicious Cycle
Season 7 - Episode 16
Maggie and Jason put Mike on the spot for Luke's curfew problems.
#12 - Ménage à Luke
Season 7 - Episode 17
A love triangle involves Ben, Luke and a classmate.
#13 - The Truck Stops Here
Season 7 - Episode 20
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.
#14 - Maggie's Brilliant Career
Season 7 - Episode 21
Maggie wants to fulfill a dream by climbing a mountain.
#15 - The Wrath of Con Ed
Season 7 - Episode 22
A power failure causes dissensions in the Seaver household.
#16 - Confidentially Yours
Season 2 - Episode 22
Jason knows the editor offering Maggie a dream job is a notorious womanizer.
#17 - Mike, Kate and Julie
Season 5 - Episode 18
While on a Valentine's Day dinner date with Kate, Mike runs into Julie at the restaurant.
#18 - Eddie, We Hardly Knew Ye
Season 6 - Episode 17
Maggie's dad drops in for an unexpected visit, with news of his imminent death.
#19 - In Vino Veritas
Season 7 - Episode 3
Mike persuades Jason and Maggie to let Luke stay with them temporarily; then Jason's wine cellar goes missing.
#20 - Bad Day Cafe
Season 7 - Episode 11
While Jason and Maggie are away, the principal informs Mike that Luke's birth father is back in town -- and wants him back.
#21 - The Last Picture Show (2)
Season 7 - Episode 24
The Seavers move to Washington, D.C., but share a final meal and memories in the empty house.
#22 - The Return of the Triangle
Season 5 - Episode 15
David turns to Mike for help with Kate.
#23 - Roommates
Season 6 - Episode 3
Mike becomes roommates with sister Carol, now a Columbia University student.
#24 - The Last Picture Show (1)
Season 7 - Episode 23
Maggie is offered a plum job in Washington, D.C.
#25 - Some Enchanted Evening
Season 2 - Episode 13
The winter formal causes opposite problems for Carol and Mike.