Growing Pains (TV Series 1985–1992) Poster



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Followed by 

Jia you er nv (2005) (TV Series)


Just the Ten of Us (1988) (TV Series)


Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Mike Seaver answers a trivia question about the movie.

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Alan Thicke/Rosanna Arquette/Oprah Winfrey (1986) (TV Episode)
Alan Thicke talks about his series
The Golden Girls: Family Affair (1986) (TV Episode)
Dorothy mentions that "Alan Thicke has a hit TV series", which was this show.
Growing Pains: This Is Your Life (1987) (TV Episode)
While receiving anesthesia, Ben mentions his favorite TV shows he likes to watch. He mentions Who's the Boss? (1984) and Moonlighting (1985) then says "and the one that comes in-between them. You know which one I mean." Doctor: "No, I don't." Ben: "Oh, you should see it sometime. The little kid on it is really good."
Growing Pains: Dance Fever: Part 2 (1988) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Ben.
Married with Children: The Egg and I (1992) (TV Episode)
Al: "I'll never star on 'Royal Family'. Wouldn't mind doing an episode or two of 'Growing Pains' or something, but I don't want to be on ABC!"
Stay Tuned (1992)
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper: The Presentation (1992) (TV Episode)
Alan Thicke and Marc Curry talk about this sitcom at the start
Home Improvement: Groin Pains (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
Roundhouse: TV on Trial (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in "Don't Make Me Give It Up" rap.
Married with Children: Take My Wife, Please (1993) (TV Episode)
An episode of this show is announced to be on DTV (Death Television),
Saved by the Bell: The College Years: Wedding Plans (1994) (TV Episode)
Kelly says that she has watched every episode of "Growing Pains."
S.F.W. (1994)
captives sing the theme song
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Episode dated 28 September 1994 (1994) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Oprah.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime? (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Chicago Hope: Growing Pains (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Just Shoot Me!: Nina Sees Red: Part 2 (1999) (TV Episode)
Red saw a TV movie starring "the spunky kid from Growing Pains."
E! True Hollywood Story: Growing Pains (2001) (TV Episode)
Story tackles the tv series.
Scrubs: My Big Brother (2002) (TV Episode)
mentioned by J.D.
Be My Valentine, Franny Canada (2003) (Short)
Kirk Cameron referenced
Family Guy: The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire (2005) (TV Episode)
Mayor West talks about his favorite episode of Growing Pains
Joey: Joey and the Poker (2005) (TV Episode)
"Is Growing Pains hanging in some museum I don't know about?"
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.56 (2005) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "De Cameron" category
Family Guy: The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz (2005) (TV Episode)
Kirk Cameron comes in; someone says "well, he was on Growing Pains"
Nobody's Watching (2006) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
The DiCaprio Code (2006) (Short)
movie remake mentioned
The Girls Next Door: We Can Work It Out (2006) (TV Episode)
Julie McCullough is introduced as being from the show
Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Five (2007) (Video)
In "Theme Song", during the second theme song, the lyrics resemble the second verse of this show's theme song
TV Land Confidential: Locations (2007) (TV Episode)
Location shooting in Hawaii for some episodes discussed.
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Alma Mater (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Lester's and Morgan's "Fingers of Fury" trivia game
Scrubs: My Growing Pains (2007) (TV Episode)
Reference in the episode title
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 9 May 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This sitcom was referenced during the interview with Kirk Cameron.
Entourage: First Class Jerk (2008) (TV Episode)
Turtle mentions that Leonardo DiCaprio, who was on the show, did not appear in any reunion show of the cast
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Family Week 1 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when guest expert Alan Thicke is introduced
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Family Week 2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when guest expert Alan Thicke is introduced
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Family Week 3 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when guest expert Alan Thicke is introduced, and also included in a $16,000 question
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Family Week 4 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when guest expert Alan Thicke is introduced
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.98 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $8,000 question
Family Guy: Not All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) (TV Episode)
Meg watches the show; behaves in the same way series star Kirk Cameron did after he converted to Christianity (e.g., influenced casting and storylines, behavior toward co-star Julie McCullough (for posing in Playboy) similar to Meg's behavior toward Brian because he was an avowed atheist)
Family Guy: Three Kings (2009) (TV Episode)
theme song is sung
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.8 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay refers to Alan Thicke as being from the show
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.27 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 clue in the category "The Comeback Kids"
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.50 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $12,500 question
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fake Name (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellie says that Chuck's first crush was on Mrs. Seaver, "the mom from 'Growing Pains.'"
Muchachada nui: Episode #4.13 (2010) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned and theme song hummed by Kirk Cameron (played by Joaquín Reyes) in segment "Celebrities".
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.139 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $10,000 question
Two and a Half Men: Twanging Your Magic Clanger (2010) (TV Episode)
Michelle answers a trivia question at the cinema, of which TV show jumpstarted this actor's movie career, in this case Leonardo DiCaprio.
American Dad!: For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls (2010) (TV Episode)
Francine slaps Steve and calls him Growing Pains.
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Bridges/Eminem and Lil Wayne (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Crunkmas" ad
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/The Black Keys (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the fortune teller
Storage Hunters: Bloody Battle (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Brandon.
Jeopardy!: 2011 Tournament of Champions Final Game 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Answer to clue in Sitcoms by Mom category
Raising Hope: Bro-gurt (2011) (TV Episode)
Burt thinks that James Cameron is "that kid from 'Growing Pains.'"
Jeopardy!: 2012 Teachers Tournament Quarterfinal Game 5 (2012) (TV Episode)
Answer to question in Death on a Sitcom category
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.37 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.106 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jimmy Fallon compares his parents moving out of his childhood home to the end of the series
The New Normal: The Godparent Trap (2012) (TV Episode)
Rocky mentions the show.
Titanic Review (2012)
Plinkett mentions Leonardo DiCaprio's time on this series.
The To Do List (2013)
Brandy Klark was told she dresses like Tracey Gold, who played Carol Seaver in Growing Pains. Also, Judge Klark mistakenly called Cameron "Kirk", Kirk Cameron played Mike Seaver in Growing Pains.
Jon and Jen Are Married: Growing Pains (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Comfort Zone: "They Think They're Saved, But..." (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mark.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.8 (2013) (TV Episode)
Kathy Griffin says her mom confused Robin Thicke with Alan Thicke, whom she liked on the show
The Comfort Zone: I Have a Crush... And I Shouldn't (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by E.Z.
Saturday Morning: From Toons to Teens (2013) (Video)
Peter Engel references this as an example of a show where a child was the breakout star
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.111 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions the show by name.
The Comeback: Valerie Is Brought to Her Knees (2014) (TV Episode)
Valerie mentions appearing on the show.
Misery Loves Comedy (2015)
Freddie Prinze Jr. mentions the show by name.
Peter Pandrew (2015)
Characters are sitting around, discussing the show in a scene in 1999.
The Jack and Triumph Show: The Commercial (2015) (TV Episode)
Alan Thicke's role from Growing Pains is mentioned.
DVD-R Hell: Tequila and Bonetti: Teach Your Children (2015) (TV Episode)
"Also, it has nothing to do with Boner from Growing Pains."
Canada's Smartest Person: Episode #2.4 (2015) (TV Episode)
Jessi mentions Alan Thicke appearing on the show.
The Cinema Snob: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2015) (TV Episode)
"After Growing Pains, do you just live on a sound stage?"
You're the Worst: Other Things You Could Be Doing (2015) (TV Episode)
Sam Dresden mentions "Boner from 'Growing Pains'."
Family Guy: The Peanut Butter Kid (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 February 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk in relation to Leonardo DiCaprio
Family Guy: Underage Peter (2016) (TV Episode)
Boner mentioned
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.39 (2016) (TV Episode)
David has to complete the title of this sitcom during his Cash Builder round.
Talking Dead: Monster (2016) (TV Episode)
Chris Hardwick says his music playlist for the zombie apocalypse would only include theme songs form 80's TV shows. He mentions this title explicitly.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.105 (2016) (TV Episode)
Scott has to complete the title of the sitcom in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays Luke Brower in the 1990's during his Cash Builder round.
Speechless: H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jimmy
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.85 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue and correct response in "Child Rearing" category
The Goldbergs: So Swayze It's Crazy (2017) (TV Episode)
Character Boner mentioned.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Cry Wilderness (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Don't waste another minute on your crying."

Featured in 

The Willies (1990)
When Gordy Belcher's TV is switching channels on it's own, Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold are seen playing their characters of Mike and Carol Seaver from "Growing Pains". Jeremy Miller, who plays Brad in this movie, was Ben Seaver on "Growing Pains".
I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1988 (2003) (TV Episode)
Clips from the television series are shown while the cast comment on it.
Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
20 to 1: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Leonardo DiCaprio.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 August 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Various clips from this TV series are shown during a rerun of an interview with Alan Thicke.
20 to 1: Hollywood's Hot List (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.29 (2009) (TV Episode)
a clip of Hilary Swank and Leonardo DiCaprio from the series is shown
Neighbors from Hell: Snorfindesdrillsalgoho (2010) (TV Episode)
Main Title seen on a TV
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Inception/Predators/The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) (TV Episode)
"DiCaprio in 3 Minutes or Less" segment
The Eighties: Raised on Television (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown

Spoofed in 

Married with Children (1987) (TV Series)
The Bundys and the Rhodeses being named for the pro wrestlers King Kong Bundy and Dusty Rhodes is a parody of how the Seavers and their neighbor Koosman were named for the baseball players Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman
The Willies (1990)
Growing Pains characters appear on TV in a fake episode and address characters in this movie.
Roundhouse: Time (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed during time passing segment.
The Simpsons: Homer the Father (2011) (TV Episode)
The "Thicker Than Waters" TV program spoofs "Growing Pains."

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