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Growing Pains: Season 3: Episode 26 -- Mike's graduation stirs memories from his proud parents, who recall his birth and first day of school. Carol loses her long-standing bet that her brother will never graduate.

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Neal Marlens (created by)
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
24 September 1985 (USA) See more »
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The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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A solid, family sitcom that has faded with time See more (39 total) »

Cast

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Alan Thicke ... Dr. Jason Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)

Joanna Kerns ... Maggie Malone Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)

Kirk Cameron ... Mike Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)

Jeremy Miller ... Ben Seaver (167 episodes, 1985-1992)

Tracey Gold ... Carol Seaver (166 episodes, 1985-1992)
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Series Directed by
John Tracy (134 episodes, 1985-1991)
Jack Shea (6 episodes, 1991)
John Pasquin (5 episodes, 1985)
Burt Brinckerhoff (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Gerren Keith (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Iris Dugow (3 episodes, 1991)
Nick Havinga (2 episodes, 1985)
Renny Temple (2 episodes, 1991)
Jonathan Weiss (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Writing credits
Neal Marlens (166 episodes, 1985-1992)
David Kendall (32 episodes, 1985-1991)
Tim O'Donnell (24 episodes, 1986-1990)
Tom Walla (15 episodes, 1985-1989)
Dan Guntzelman (15 episodes, 1986-1991)
Steve Marshall (10 episodes, 1986-1991)
Bob Burris (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Michael Ware (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Rich Reinhart (8 episodes, 1985-1992)
Shelly Landau (8 episodes, 1989-1991)
Kate Boutilier (7 episodes, 1987-1992)
Leilani Downer (7 episodes, 1990-1992)
Susan Beavers (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Todd Thicke (5 episodes, 1989-1992)
Nick LeRose (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jerry Colker (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Carol Black (4 episodes, 1985)
Mindy Schneider (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Liz Sage (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Christopher Ames (3 episodes, 1987)
David Tyron King (3 episodes, 1987)
Carolyn Shelby (3 episodes, 1987)
Michael Sullivan (3 episodes, 1989-1991)
Rob Bragin (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jay Abramowitz (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Cathy Jung (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Sybil Adelman (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Martin Sage (2 episodes, 1985-1987)
Stephen Curwick (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Arnold Margolin (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dave Wollert (2 episodes, 1985)
Rebecca Ayers (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Kevin Abbott (2 episodes, 1989)
Jake Weinberger (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mike Weinberger (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Elias Davis (2 episodes, 1990)
David Pollock (2 episodes, 1990)
Wendy Braff (2 episodes, 1992)

Series Produced by
Michael Sullivan .... executive producer (126 episodes, 1985-1991)
Dan Guntzelman .... executive producer (111 episodes, 1986-1991)
Steve Marshall .... executive producer / producer (111 episodes, 1986-1991)
Henry Johnson .... associate producer / producer (101 episodes, 1986-1990)
Joey Scott .... associate producer / producer (78 episodes, 1988-1992)
David Kendall .... co-executive producer / producer (58 episodes, 1988-1991)
Tim O'Donnell .... producer (41 episodes, 1988-1990)
Laura Lynn .... associate producer (33 episodes, 1990-1992)
Rich Reinhart .... producer (33 episodes, 1990-1992)
Michael Ware .... supervising producer / producer (27 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Burris .... supervising producer / producer (26 episodes, 1991-1992)
Liz Sage .... supervising producer (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dan Wilcox .... executive producer (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Neal Marlens .... executive producer / producer (16 episodes, 1985-1986)
Arnold Margolin .... producer / supervising producer (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... associate producer (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tom Cherones .... supervising producer (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
Nick LeRose .... producer (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carol Black .... co-executive producer (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bruce Ferber .... producer (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Lerner .... producer (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tim Steele .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Original Music by
Steve Dorff (152 episodes, 1985-1992)
 
Series Cinematography by
George Spiro Dibie (167 episodes, 1985-1992)
Mikel Neiers (19 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert Berry (7 episodes, 1989)
George La Fountaine Sr. (4 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Film Editing by
Patrick Williams (28 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Doutt (26 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jerry Davis (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Casting by
Dianne Young (114 episodes, 1985-1990)
John Frank Levey (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Patricia Noland (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jacklynn Briskey (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Denise Chamian (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jennifer Jackson Part (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bill Brzeski (125 episodes, 1986-1992)
Roy Christopher (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Melody Lavigna (68 episodes, 1986-1989)
Barbara Miranda (58 episodes, 1989-1992)
Robert C. Furginson (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Checchi (5 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Costume Design by
Judith Brewer Curtis (45 episodes, 1986-1992)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jeremy Swan .... makeup artist (72 episodes, 1987-1990)
Brenda Good .... hair stylist (52 episodes, 1985-1988)
Audrey Levy .... hair stylist (49 episodes, 1989-1992)
Mari Bloom .... hair stylist (31 episodes, 1987-1989)
Gloria Blackman .... makeup artist (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Judith Silverman .... makeup artist (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Vera Garver .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1985-1986)
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1989)
John Rizzo .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lisa Pharren .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1986)
Judy Crown .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Marina Hart .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Vikki McCarter .... make-up (2 episodes, 1985)
Jim Nielson .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Paulette Pennington .... hairdresser (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Production Management
Marc Solakian .... production supervisor (81 episodes, 1988-1992)
Joey Scott .... production supervisor (67 episodes, 1985-1988)
Mike Spadone .... post-production supervisor (46 episodes, 1986-1988)
Henry Johnson .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Sally S. Kleimann .... production manager (2 episodes, 1985)
Layne Sheppard Salter .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles W. Liotta .... associate director (98 episodes, 1986-1991)
Mike Spadone .... associate director (81 episodes, 1988-1992)
Nancy Heydorn .... associate director (42 episodes, 1985-1992)
Rich Blankinship .... associate director (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Pat Fischer-Doak .... associate director (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tony Csiki .... associate director (2 episodes, 1985)
Douglas E. Wise .... associate director (2 episodes, 1987)
Dan Guntzelman .... second unit director (2 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan Weiss .... associate director (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Art Department
Stuart John .... construction coordinator (128 episodes, 1987-1992)
Bob Skemp .... greensman (97 episodes, 1985-1989)
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master (55 episodes, 1988-1991)
Joshua Meltzer .... property master (46 episodes, 1986-1988)
Mitch Thomason .... property master (26 episodes, 1991-1992)
Efren N. Perez .... property master (19 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bill Brzeski .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1985)
Dorothy Christopher .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1985)

Paul Stanwyck .... head painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Craig Porter .... sound re-recordist (144 episodes, 1985-1992)
Allen Patapoff .... sound re-recordist (133 episodes, 1985-1992)
Vic Ortiz .... boom operator (93 episodes, 1985-1989)
Klaus Landsberg .... sound / audio (84 episodes, 1985-1991)
Larry Stephens .... sound (58 episodes, 1989-1992)
Fred Tator .... sound re-recordist / sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 1985-1991)
Richard Masci .... sound (8 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jerry Clemans .... sound re-recordist (4 episodes, 1985)
Michael T. Gannon .... sound (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
Edward L. Moskowitz .... sound (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rich Jacob .... audio (2 episodes, 1985)
Carroll Pratt .... sound re-recordist (2 episodes, 1985)

Christian Santiago .... sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects supervisor (1 episode, 1989)
 
Series Stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Basta .... camera operator (141 episodes, 1985-1992)
Tom Tcimpidis .... video controller / senior video controller (119 episodes, 1985-1990)
Barry Wexler .... key grip (96 episodes, 1988-1992)
John Repczynski .... camera operator (94 episodes, 1985-1992)
Jeffrey Wheat .... camera operator (87 episodes, 1985-1989)
John O'Brien .... senior video controller / video controller (74 episodes, 1989-1992)
Tom Dasbach .... camera operator (59 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jack Chisolm .... camera operator (58 episodes, 1989-1992)
Bruce Oldham .... camera operator (47 episodes, 1987-1989)
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (41 episodes, 1987-1990)
Dick Price .... camera operator (39 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ken Dahlquist .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1987-1990)
George Spiro Dibie .... lighting consultant (19 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mike Keeler .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Leigh Nicholson .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1985-1989)
Tom Eckelberry .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
John Gillis .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Dave Heckman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Chuck Reilly .... video controller / senior video controller (4 episodes, 1987-1989)
Kieran Hughes .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1989)
Ralph Alcocer .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Charles Barrett .... video operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Roger Dalton .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1985)
D.J. Diomedes .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Bill Pope .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Blair White .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1985)
Joe Blaisdell .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1988)
Jay Nefcy .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1988)

Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: props (unknown episodes)
Ray Wickman .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Gregory Phelan .... casting assistant (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lokelani Lau .... location casting (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Watts .... costumer / costume supervisor: men / ... (122 episodes, 1985-1991)
Judith Brewer Curtis .... costumer / costume designer: women (101 episodes, 1985-1991)
Steve Hicke .... costumer (100 episodes, 1987-1992)
Lucille Cusolito .... costumer: women / costumer (72 episodes, 1989-1992)
Art Brouillard .... costumer (16 episodes, 1991-1992)
Toni Lombardo-Picciolo .... costumer (7 episodes, 1992)
Dan Frank .... costumer (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert Modes .... costumer (2 episodes, 1985)
Barbara Murphy .... costumer (2 episodes, 1985)

Philip Maldonado .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rich Blankinship .... editor: video tape (96 episodes, 1985-1992)
Brent Jones .... post production supervisor (48 episodes, 1990-1992)
Frank Mazzaro .... editor: video tape (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Music Department
Steve Dorff .... music producer: theme song (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Gary Klein .... music producer: theme song (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rob Nelson Jr. .... original songs (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Transportation Department
Buddy Regan .... transportation coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Other crew
Susan Straughn Harris .... script supervisor / associate director (127 episodes, 1986-1992)
Jonathan Weiss .... stage manager (108 episodes, 1985-1992)
Jim Marshall .... stage manager / stage director (68 episodes, 1986-1992)
Tom Walla .... executive script consultant / story editor (68 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jim Johnson .... technical director (67 episodes, 1985-1988)
Paul Spadone .... stage manager (57 episodes, 1988-1991)
Tim O'Donnell .... executive script consultant / story editor (52 episodes, 1986-1988)
David Kendall .... executive script consultant / story editor (46 episodes, 1986-1988)
Kevin Tracy .... stage manager (36 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ray Conners .... technical director (34 episodes, 1989-1992)
Shelly Landau .... executive script consultant (34 episodes, 1989-1991)
Susan Beavers .... story editor / production associate (30 episodes, 1985-1987)
Leilani Downer .... executive story editor / story editor (26 episodes, 1991-1992)
Richard Edwards .... technical director (24 episodes, 1986-1990)
Wendy Braff .... show staff writer (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jerry Colker .... story editor (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dennis Koenig .... consultant (23 episodes, 1991-1992)
Robbie Countryman .... stage manager (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lani Bergstein .... script supervisor (20 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rob Bragin .... story editor (19 episodes, 1989-1990)
Chuck Reilly .... technical director (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rich Blankinship .... associate director (17 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jay Abramowitz .... executive story consultant / executive script consultant (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mindy Schneider .... story editor (13 episodes, 1990)
Rowdy Herrington .... stage manager (12 episodes, 1985-1986)
Nick LeRose .... consultant (11 episodes, 1990)
Kate Boutilier .... story editor (10 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jake Weinberger .... executive story consultant (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mike Weinberger .... executive story consultant (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carol Black .... story editor (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
Sybil Adelman .... story editor (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Martin Sage .... story editor (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Paul Coderko .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
Kevin Charles Sullivan .... stage manager / dga stage manager (6 episodes, 1985-1992)
Bob Burris .... executive story editor (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Michael Ware .... executive story editor (6 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ann Marie Zidarevich .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rich Reinhart .... executive script consultant (4 episodes, 1985)
Gus Luna .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1992)
David F. Chen .... technical manager (2 episodes, 1985)
Bill Cherones .... production staff (2 episodes, 1985)
Randy Cordray .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1985)
Ed Duzik .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1985)
Jim Maloney .... production staff (2 episodes, 1985)
Katrina Sentry .... production staff (2 episodes, 1985)
Stan Webber .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1985)
Georja Skinner .... location manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Robert G. Holmes .... technical director (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Stu Goldman .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1989)

Bob Corff .... voice teacher (unknown episodes)
Kevin Franklin Gieb .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Kathy Haynes .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Trivia:
Kirk Cameron met his future wife Chelsea Noble when she guest-starred as Kate on the show.See more »
Quotes:
Carol:Are you sure you're not just after my blank check?
Mike:Of course not! What kind of brother do you think I am!
[thinking]
Mike:*Our* blank check.
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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A solid, family sitcom that has faded with time, 7 September 2003
Author: steve-575 from pa

Like many series from the 80s, "Growing Pain" was one of those long-running shows that was immensely popular at the time but has kind of fizzled out 25 years later. It is rarely seen in syndication and has only released two seasons on DVD.

The show originally centered around upper class parents Maggie and Jason Seaver and their pains raising three kids: Mike, Carol, and Ben. The show had the unenviable task of being aired at around the same time as two highly-rated and similar-themed family sitcoms: "Family Ties" and "The Cosby Show". While it was never as critically acclaimed as "Family Ties" nor as groundbreaking as "The Cosby Show", "Growing Pains" built up a loyal fan following that allowed it to run for 7 seasons.

In some ways, the show was both exactly similar and exactly opposite to "Family Ties". Maggie and Jason were similar to Steven and Elyse in their methods of parenting. Like the Keatons, they grew up in the 60s and had mellowed with the advent of a family. Their eldest, Mike, was basically the anti-Alex Keaton. While Alex was a habitual overachiever, Mike was the chronic underachiever who was always trying to talk his way out of trouble. Carol was the anti-Mallory Keaton. While Mallory was shallow, ditzy and popular, Carol was brainy, deep and struggled to fit in. Ben was similar to Jennifer Keaton. He was cute as a youngster but as he got older, he never really did anything to stand out. He wasn't as outgoing and charming as Mike and wasn't as smart as Carol. The similarities don't end there. Both shows added babies late in their runs and both babies mysteriously aged like 3 years during the summer hiatuses. Both Mike and Alex had strange best friends with weird names (Boner and Skippy). Both Carol and Mallory had weird, spacey boyfriends (Dwight and Nick). Both shows started with the parents being the focus and then shifted to the children with Michael J. Fox and Kirk Cameron becoming the faces of their respective shows.

As the shows ratings began to fall, the producers began to bring new characters to try and breathe new life into the show. Maggie gave birth to Chrissy in the third season. Between seasons 5 and 6, she showed "remarkable maturity". They also brought in Luke (Leonardo DiCaprio) as a homeless kid that the Seavers adopt for a season and Dwight as Carol's weirdo boyfriend.

In the later years, the show lost some of the dynamics that made it a top-rated sitcom but was still very entertaining nonetheless. The ongoing conflict between Mike and his parents had run its course. Mike had gone from being an irresponsible teen to a very responsible adult who was in charge of Luke. Carol was seen less during the final season as Tracy Gold had temporarily left the show. The producers had almost tried too hard to make Ben into a younger version of Mike. I think they eventually realized that it was not working and brought in Luke.

While the show dealt with many serious subjects, it never really took itself too seriously and found different ways to be creative. There was a show where Ben dreams that he was actually Jeremy Miller (the actor who played him) and everyone began to act as if they were not their respective characters but the actors playing them who were part of a show called "Meet The Seavers". There were also several variations on the opening song. On one episode, Mike was in an acting class where they reenacted the opening song. On another episode, Maggie went into labor at the end of the opening credits.

While this show has lost steam since it went off the air in 1992, it was one of the last truly traditional family sitcoms to grace the airwaves. With most sitcoms today being adult-themed, it is refreshing to go back in time and watch a well-meaning family show like "Growing Pains".

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