The BEST Episodes of Growing Pains
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 6, 2021
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 - Aired May 2, 1990
Jason and Mike head off together to inspect the mountain cabin Jason has inherited from his Uncle George.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - Ménage à Luke
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 8, 1992
A love triangle involves Ben, Luke and a classmate.
#6 - 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.
#7 - Confidentially Yours
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1987
Jason knows the editor offering Maggie a dream job is a notorious womanizer.
#8 - Roommates
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 1990
Mike becomes roommates with sister Carol, now a Columbia University student.
#9 - The Last Picture Show (1)
Season 7 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 25, 1992
Maggie is offered a plum job in Washington, D.C.
#10 - 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.
#11 - Five Grand
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 1989
Their grandparents give Mike, Carol and Ben $5,000 each.
#12 - Ben's Movie
Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 25, 1990
Ben casts a girl he likes as the lead in his home movie.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - Some Enchanted Evening
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 27, 1987
The winter formal causes opposite problems for Carol and Mike.
#17 - Mike's Choice
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 1990
When Mike lands a role in an off-Broadway play, he leaves college to pursue acting full-time in New York City.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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".
#20 - 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.
#21 - Vicious Cycle
Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 1, 1992
Maggie and Jason put Mike on the spot for Luke's curfew problems.
#22 - 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.
#23 - Maggie's Brilliant Career
Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 4, 1992
Maggie wants to fulfill a dream by climbing a mountain.
#24 - The Return of the Triangle
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 10, 1990
David turns to Mike for help with Kate.
#25 - First Blood
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 14, 1986
Jason faces off against Ben's hockey coach, who's teaching the boys to play dirty; Mike learns ballroom dancing.