Growing Pains

The WORST episodes of Growing Pains

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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...

Last Updated: 2/25/2022Network: ABC (US)
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This is Your Life
star
5.88
8 votes

#1 - This is Your Life

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/17/1987

During a tonsillectomy, Ben has an out-of-body experience, dreaming that he escapes with a friendly cabbie, only to find a new Ben has replaced him at home.

Directors: John Tracy
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Paper Route
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5.88
8 votes

#2 - Paper Route

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/22/1989

Ben assumes Mike's paper route for half the money.

Directors: John Tracy
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Jason's Rib
star
5.90
10 votes

#3 - Jason's Rib

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/9/1986

A proposed school dress code puts Maggie and Jason at odds.

Directors: John Tracy
Be a Man
star
6.00
12 votes

#4 - Be a Man

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/11/1986

Custodian Mike watches a wild party explode in his home.

Directors: John Tracy
The Mom Who Knew Too Much
star
6.00
9 votes

#5 - The Mom Who Knew Too Much

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/26/1988

Maggie and Carol share confidences at the beauty salon, but later Carol learns to her chagrin that a secret isn't safe with Maggie.

Directors: John Tracy
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The Anniversary That Never Was
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6.08
12 votes

#6 - The Anniversary That Never Was

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/4/1986

Maggie's assignment interferes with anniversary plans.

Directors: John Tracy
Great Expectations
star
6.29
7 votes

#7 - Great Expectations

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/9/1988

A letter from the girl he met in Hawaii has Mike scheming to fly to Los Angeles to see her without his parents' knowing.

Directors: John Tracy
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The Kid's Still Got It
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6.29
7 votes

#8 - The Kid's Still Got It

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/1991

Carol accompanies Maggie to a resort, which turns out to be hosting a singles convention; meanwhile, the all-male weekend planned at home is ruined when Chrissy is sent home with head lice.

Directors: Iris Dugow
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Mike and Julie's Wedding
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6.30
10 votes

#9 - Mike and Julie's Wedding

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/1989

Julie and Mike suffer prenuptial jitters.

Directors: John Tracy
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Born Free
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6.33
6 votes

#10 - Born Free

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/31/1987

Airlines passengers Jason and Mike must deliver a baby.

Directors: John Tracy
Michaelgate
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6.33
6 votes

#11 - Michaelgate

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/6/1987

Mike is unaware that he's been nominated for student-body president because he's "a sure loser."

Directors: John Tracy
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The Nanny
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6.33
9 votes

#12 - The Nanny

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/4/1989

The Seavers hire a nanny for Chrissy.

Directors: John Tracy
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Double Standard
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6.33
6 votes

#13 - Double Standard

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/1/1989

Jason punishes Carol and Ben unequally for the same offense when they are both caught after sneaking out for dates without permission.

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Carol's Papers
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6.33
9 votes

#14 - Carol's Papers

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/25/1989

An angry Jason confronts Ben and Mike, who gives conflicting versions of how Ben came to sell Carol's old term papers to students at Dewey High -- and to date a seductive 18-year-old.

Directors: John Tracy
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Higher Education
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6.38
8 votes

#15 - Higher Education

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/20/1987

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

Directors: John Tracy
The New Deal (2)
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6.38
8 votes

#16 - The New Deal (2)

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/15/1989

Jason can't tell Maggie about the job offer.

Directors: John Tracy
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Reputation
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6.46
13 votes

#17 - Reputation

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/25/1986

Mike writes test answers on his shoe soles.

Directors: John Tracy
Thank God It's Friday
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6.50
8 votes

#18 - Thank God It's Friday

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/10/1987

Mike and his friends go to a college party and have to decide whether to use drugs or not.

Directors: John Tracy
The Awful Truth
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6.50
8 votes

#19 - The Awful Truth

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/17/1987

A genealogy assignment unearths a dark family secret.

Scarlet Letter
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6.50
8 votes

#20 - Scarlet Letter

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/1/1987

An unearned "A" makes Carol doubt her academic record.

Directors: John Tracy
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Dance Fever (2)
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6.50
8 votes

#21 - Dance Fever (2)

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/2/1988

Great expectations turn sour at the Dewey High dance after Mike hears Lydia's voice; and Ben and Stinky find themselves in a seedy diner eyeing a pinball machine that pays real money.

Directors: John Tracy
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Mom of the Year
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6.50
10 votes

#22 - Mom of the Year

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/25/1989

Maggie prepares her "Working Mother of the Year" acceptance speech.

Directors: John Tracy
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Feet of Clay
star
6.55
11 votes

#23 - Feet of Clay

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/8/1989

Maggie arranges for Ben to meet his favorite rock musician.

Directors: John Tracy
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Nasty Habits
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6.57
7 votes

#24 - Nasty Habits

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/15/1987

Maggie and Jason try to keep Mike in his room to complete an English paper, but Mike's mind is of course elsewhere.

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Bringing Up Baby
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6.57
7 votes

#25 - Bringing Up Baby

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/9/1988

The Seavers begin to make room for baby, relegating Ben to the guest quarters and making the others lament the changes bound to come. Meanwhile, Maggie grasps for a way to tell her boss she is pregnant.

Directors: John Tracy
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