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Complete series cast summary:
 Dr. Jason Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Maggie Malone Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Mike Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Ben Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)
 Carol Seaver (166 episodes, 1985-1992)


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... Written by Xenophon Tsakanikas <>

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Release Date:

24 September 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unser lautes Heim  »

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Julie McCullough was unaware of her firing as she was handed the script just moments after showing up on-set. She found it difficult to do a follow-up episode a year later, as her character makes good with Mike, when in real-life she resented Cameron for having her fired. See more »


Maggie Katherine Malone Seaver: Carol, how dare you disobey us!
Jason: I never thought I would ever say that but Carol Ann Seaver, you're grounded.
Carol: Wait...
Maggie Katherine Malone Seaver: No explanations. You are not getting a nose job.
Carol: I know.
Jason: What?
Carol: I'm not getting a nose job.
Jason: Don't confuse us by agreeing with us, Carol.
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Referenced in Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Wedding Plans (1994) See more »


As Long As We Got Each Other
Written by John Bettis
Performed by B.J. Thomas
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It's not the best but it sure beats most other shows
26 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the family ties success on NBC, ABC developed Growing Pains to rival it about the Seavers with their 3 children in Long Island, New York. Nobody in this show has the New York accent but it still beats other shows. Kirk Cameron became a huge teen star in the eighties. Tracey Gold shined as the middle sister, Carol Seaver. Alan Thicke finally had a successful show in his lifetime and Joanna Kerns came out of her big sister Donna Devarona's shadows as the Growing Pains mom. The writing could have been better and the show could have equaled Family Ties but nowadays, a show like this would have got Emmys. Sure, it was sweet and full of saccharine but I miss it now.

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