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Growing Pains: Season 1 (1985-1986)

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Easy-to-take sitcom about a mild-mannered psychiatrist keeping an eye on his precocious kids from his home office while his wife is off at work as a reporter. Belying its innocent appearance, `Pains' did occasionally address teen social issues, but mostly it stuck to the Seaver kids' growing pains (and the youngest, Chrissy, literally shot up: growing from toddler to 6-year-old in two seasons). Leonardo DiCaprio (then 16) joined the cast in the final season as a homeless teenager.

Cast

Alan Thicke
as Dr. Jason Seaver
Joanna Kerns
as Maggie Seaver
Kirk Cameron
as Mike Seaver
Tracey Gold
as Carol Seaver
Jeremy Miller
as Ben Seaver
Tom O'Rourke
as Fred Mathis
Marte Boyle Slout
as Charity Lady
Biff McGuire
as Simmons
Dennis Haysbert
as Police Officer
Mary Betten
as Teacher
Richard McKenzie
as Dr. McCloskey
Deborah White
as Susan Rush
Janet Clark
as Old Lady in Theater
Josh Andrew Koenig
as Richard `Boner' Stabone
Jack Carter
as Voice of Announcer
K.C. Winkler
as Man in Devil Costume
Philip Sterling
as Dr. Miller
Earl Boen
as Dr. Marlens
Keith Coogan
as Scottie
Kelly Jean Peters
as Mrs. Koosman
Arthur Cybulski
as Fabrizzio
Annette Funicello
as Mrs. Hinckley
Thomas O'Rourke
as Fred Mathis
Robert Firth
as Man in Bar
Hart Sprager
as Lipstone
Derek McGrath
as Salesman
Artur Cybulski
as Fabrizzio
Eric Gordon
as Sport Hinckley
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Though Growing Pains is a typical sitcom in many ways -- most obviously in the ability to solve problems in less than 30 minutes -- its comedy roots didn't stop it from addressing some emotional issues that are still relevant today.

October 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In truth, there's not much that sets Growing Pains apart from any other family sitcom of its day, but it somehow manages to be one of the most fondly remembered sitcoms of the '80s regardless.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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