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(1985–1992)

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Season 1

24 Sep. 1985
Pilot
The upwardly mobile, suburban Seaver family experiences some growing pains when Maggie Seaver returns to work as a newspaper reporter, Jason Seaver moves his psychiatric practice into the home, and 15-year-old son Mike asks for more freedom and gets it.
 
1 Oct. 1985
Springsteen
Mike is mercilessly teased by his friends after he and Jason attend a Bruce Springsteen concert and a TV interviewer captures Jason's overzealous show of affection for his son.
 
8 Oct. 1985
Jealousy
Late hours and rapt attention to her newspaper work by Maggie convince her husband Jason that she's having an affair with her handsome co-worker.
 
15 Oct. 1985
Carol's Article
Maggie and Jason face the challenge of parenthood when daughter Carol tries to follow her mother's career as a reporter and sons Mike and Ben start gambling.
 
29 Oct. 1985
Superdad
Working mother Maggie Seaver begins to feel edged out of her children's lives and excluded from family affairs by none other than husband Jason.
 
5 Nov. 1985
Mike's Madonna Story
A Madonna-styled teenage seductress (DANA PLATO) wreaks havoc in the Seaver household when she appears at their doorstep in some rather revealing clothing looking for Mike (KIRK CAMERON) and plotting to make him her next seduction.
 
12 Nov. 1985
Weekend Fantasy
When Jason and Maggie leave Mike in charge for the weekend while they return to a romantic hide-away they found 15 years ago, they can't stop worrying about their children. Dennis Haysbert guest stars.
 
19 Nov. 1985
Slice of Life
Mike tries to convince his parents to provide him karate lessons to impress a girl. Ben attempts to get into a world record book, and Maggie and Jason take a compatibility test.
 
26 Nov. 1985
Carol's Crush
The 23-year-old son of family friends stays with the Seavers and 14-year-old Carol gets a crush on him and mistakenly believes he asked her for a date.
 
3 Dec. 1985
Dirt Bike
Ben (JEREMY MILLER) sells his dreams to his sister Carol (TRACEY GOLD) for a school research project. Mike (KIRK CAMERON) disobeys his parents and rides a dirt bike, but gets injured in an accident.
 
5 Dec. 1985
Standardized Test
Jason (ALAN-THICKE) and Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) encounter a case of sibling rivalry between Carol (TRACEY GOLD) and Mike (KIRK CAMERON), who's upset over his sister's higher scholastic achievements.
 
10 Dec. 1985
A Christmas Story
While the Seaver family prepares for Christmas, one of Jason's (ALAN THICKE) patients contemplates suicide by jumping down the Seaver chimney.
 
7 Jan. 1986
The Love Song of M. Aaron Seaver
The Seavers are depending on Mike (KIRK CAMERON) for the annual bowling tournament against the Koosman Family, but are let down when Mike "Romeo" Seaver finds his "Juliet" (APRIL LERMAN).
 
14 Jan. 1986
First Blood
After a fistfight with Ben's hockey coach, Jason is left with the task of explaining that fighting is not the way to get the job done, while Maggie endures the hardship of teaching Mike ballroom dancing.
 
21 Jan. 1986
Slice of Life II
Jason is ecstatic over the news that wife Maggie may be having another baby. Ben is pleased that brother Mike is his slave for the weekend and Carol is enchanted with Richie's romanticism.
 
28 Jan. 1986
The Seavers vs. the Cleavers
Jason (ALAN THICKE) and Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) are displeased after being labeled unacceptable parents by prim P.T.A. member June Hinckley (ANNETTE FUNICELLO).
 
18 Feb. 1986
Charity Begins at Home
Sibling rivalry in the Seaver household sends Ben (JEREMY MILLER) soliciting money from the neighbors so he can buy Jason (ALAN THICKE) an expensive birthday present.
 
25 Feb. 1986
Reputation
Mike (KIRK CAMERON) is accused of cheating in school after receiving the highest grade in the class. Given his reputation as a scholar, can he convince Jason (ALAN THICKE), Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) or his teacher of his innocence?
 
4 Mar. 1986
The Anniversary That Never Was
Thanks to their children, Jason and Maggie have a whole day to spend together for their anniversary. But, all their plans end when Maggie is called away on assignment.
 
11 Mar. 1986
Be a Man
Everyone but Mike goes to visit Maggie's parents. But when they arrive, they discover that they are selling their house. Maggie offers to give the money they need to keep them from selling the house. But her dad is too proud and doesn't want anything from Jason. Mike decides to throw a party but when people whom he didn't invite show up, who in turn invite more people, things get out of hand.
 
6 May 1986
Career Decision
Maggie (JOANNA KERNS) and Jason (ALAN THICKE) both encounter career decisions that will affect one another; meanwhile, Mike (KIRK CAMERON) makes a philosophical discovery when he's home sick.
 
13 May 1986
Extra Lap
Nightmares involving his deceased Uncle Bob (JAMES CALLAHAN) begin haunting Mike (KIRK CAMERON) soon after the man's death.
 

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