The Best Episodes of Growing Pains

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

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...

The Long Goodbye

#1 - The Long Goodbye

Season 2 - Episode 21

Maggie wants Jason to fire the elderly handyman he hired to fix the furnace, but he refuses because the man is a friend.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tim O'Donnell, David Kendall
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Confidentially Yours

#2 - Confidentially Yours

Season 2 - Episode 22

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

star 10.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tom Walla
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The Awful Truth

#3 - The Awful Truth

Season 2 - Episode 19

A genealogy assignment unearths a dark family secret.

star 10.00
1 votes
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Carnival

#4 - Carnival

Season 2 - Episode 18

Maggie's busy schedule leaves Ben feeling neglected.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Martin Sage, Sybil Adelman
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Show Ninety -- Who Knew?

#5 - Show Ninety -- Who Knew?

Season 4 - Episode 19

Jason intervenes when Mike gets bad grades in psychology.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Kevin Abbott
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The Looooove Boat (2)

#6 - The Looooove Boat (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22

Jason tries to mend his mother's broken wedding plans.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
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A Star is Born

#7 - A Star is Born

Season 3 - Episode 7

A star is born when Mike lands a leading role in the school play opposite the lovely Monica.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
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Where There's a Will

#8 - 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.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
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Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins

#9 - Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins

Season 2 - Episode 17

Carol wants to use radio-contest winnings on a nose job.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames
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My Brother, Myself

#10 - My Brother, Myself

Season 2 - Episode 16

Mike plays Cupid for smitten Ben and his baby sitter.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Susan Beavers
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Higher Education

#11 - Higher Education

Season 2 - Episode 12

A girl raises a grade for Mike, then demands payment.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Susan Beavers
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Some Enchanted Evening

#12 - Some Enchanted Evening

Season 2 - Episode 13

The winter formal causes opposite problems for Carol and Mike.

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Susan Beavers
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Coughing Boy

#13 - Coughing Boy

Season 5 - Episode 7

Mike is over the moon when he attends an open casting session and wins a part on a TV cop show -- and crushed when his single line is cut in the editing.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Mindy Schneider
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Choices

#14 - Choices

Season 2 - Episode 11

Carol has the chance to skip a high-school grade.

star 8.60
5 votes
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Semper Fidelis

#15 - Semper Fidelis

Season 4 - Episode 13

Boner flunks out of college and joins the Marines.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
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First Blood

#16 - First Blood

Season 1 - Episode 14

Jason faces off against Ben's hockey coach, who's teaching the boys to play dirty; Mike learns ballroom dancing.

star 8.56
9 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Mark Fink
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

#17 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Season 4 - Episode 5

star 8.50
2 votes
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Vicious Cycle

#18 - Vicious Cycle

Season 7 - Episode 16

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

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Cathy Jung
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Career Decision

#19 - Career Decision

Season 1 - Episode 21

Reporter Maggie and psychiatrist Jason both face important career decisions.

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Tom Walla, Bob Brush
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Five Grand

#20 - Five Grand

Season 5 - Episode 11

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

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

#21 - Carol's Promotion

Season 5 - Episode 12

Promoted at work, Carol decides against college.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Mindy Schneider
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Graduation Day

#22 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Steve Marshall, Dan Guntzelman
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How the West Was Won (2)

#23 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Steve Marshall, Dan Guntzelman
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The Obscure Objects of Our Desire (2)

#24 - The Obscure Objects of Our Desire (2)

Season 3 - Episode 23

Household objects continue to recall occasions in the Seaver home.

star 8.50
2 votes
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The World According to Chrissy

#25 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Leilani Downer
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