The BEST Episodes of Growing Pains

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019

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...

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
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
4 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tom Walla
Carnival

#3 - 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
The Awful Truth

#4 - The Awful Truth

Season 2 - Episode 19

A genealogy assignment unearths a dark family secret.

star 9.50
2 votes
Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins

#5 - Jimmy Durante Died for Your Sins

Season 2 - Episode 17

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

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames
Some Enchanted Evening

#6 - Some Enchanted Evening

Season 2 - Episode 13

The winter formal causes opposite problems for Carol and Mike.

star 9.17
6 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Susan Beavers
Higher Education

#7 - 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
My Brother, Myself

#8 - My Brother, Myself

Season 2 - Episode 16

Mike plays Cupid for smitten Ben and his baby sitter.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Susan Beavers
Show Ninety -- Who Knew?

#9 - 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
The Looooove Boat (2)

#10 - 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
Where There's a Will

#11 - 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
Coughing Boy

#12 - 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
The World According to Chrissy

#13 - 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 8.67
3 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Leilani Downer
Choices

#14 - Choices

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 8.60
5 votes
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
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
Career Decision

#17 - 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
The Kid

#18 - The Kid

Season 2 - Episode 9

Ben invites a street girl home for the holidays.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tim O'Donnell
The Obscure Objects of Our Desire (2)

#19 - 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
How the West Was Won (2)

#20 - 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
Graduation Day

#21 - 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
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

#22 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Season 4 - Episode 5

star 8.50
2 votes
Fortunate Son

#23 - Fortunate Son

Season 4 - Episode 16

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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: Tim O'Donnell
The Looooove Boat (1)

#24 - The Looooove Boat (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21

Jason's mother plans to wed aboard a cruise ship.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Tracy
Writers: David Kendall
Five Grand

#25 - 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