Title card from seasons 2-3
|Created by||Neal Marlens|
|Directed by||John Tracy (seasons 1-6)|
|Theme music composer||John Bettis|
|Opening theme||"As Long As We Got Each Other"|
performed by B. J. Thomas (season 1 solo) & with Jennifer Warnes (seasons 2 and 3 and 5 and most of 7) and Dusty Springfield (season 4)
|Ending theme||"As Long As We Got Each Other"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||166|
|Running time||22-30 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 24, 1985 -|
April 25, 1992
|Related shows||Just the Ten of Us|
Dr. Jason Seaver (portrayed by Alan Thicke), a psychiatrist, works from home because his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), has gone back to work as a reporter. Jason has to take care of the kids: ladies' man Mike (Kirk Cameron), bookish honors student Carol (Tracey Gold), and rambunctious Ben (Jeremy Miller). A fourth child, Chrissy Seaver (twins Kelsey and Kirsten Dohring; Ashley Johnson), is born on October 27, 1988, a day after Ben's 12th birthday. She was played in her newborn/infant stage by two uncredited sets of twin sisters, that remained in the role until the end of season four (1988-89). By season five (1989-90), she was played in her toddler stage by alternating twins Kirsten and Kelsey Dohring. In seasons six and seven (1990-92), Chrissy's age was advanced to five years old. A new cast member was added for the seventh and final season (1991-92) when homeless teen Luke Brower (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brought into the Seaver family to live with them until nearly the end of season seven.
Often mentioned but rarely seen are the Seavers' next door neighbors the Koosmans - a reference to the 1969 Miracle Mets.
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The season one main opening features various works of art and vintage photography depicting family life, closing with a shot of the cast.
The opening credits from seasons two through five features an opening shot of the cast in front of the Seaver house exterior. This is followed by a series of photos of each cast member from their childhood onward ending with a clip from the show. The credits closed with another shot of the cast in front of the Seaver house before they all run inside. Starting in the second season, several different versions of the opening sequence were filmed. Whoever was the last to go into the house would usually be the focus of that week's episode.
The opening used in seasons six and seven featured opening and shot of the mantle on the Seavers' fireplace panning over photos of the cast. The photos of the cast from childhood remained but instead of clips from the show, current still photos were used. Some versions of these credits end with another shot of the mantle while others close with a montage of group shots from the same family photo shoot which the current photos used in the rest of the credits come from.
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There were nine versions of the theme song used; others included a Halloween-themed version not sung by Thomas or Warnes used in a two-part Halloween episode in 1990. A shorter version of the Thomas/Warnes version was used starting in season two.
There was also an a cappella version of the song which was used for all of season six, but this version was abandoned for most of season seven in favor of the reinstatement of Thomas' and Warnes' duet version, although the a cappella theme returned for three episodes as well as the series finale. A full-length version by Thomas and Springfield was released as a single in 1988.
A soundtrack was released in 1988 titled Steve Dorff and Friends: Growing Pains and Other Hit TV Themes. The soundtrack contains songs penned by Dorff from his television series theme songs and three tracks from Growing Pains:
The Theme for Growing Pains got airplay on the Adult Contemporary format in early 1989 and peaked at #5 on the Radio & Records AC chart and #7 on the Billboard AC chart.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 24, 1985||May 13, 1986||17||19.5[a]|
|2||22||September 30, 1986||May 19, 1987||8||22.7|
|3||26||September 18, 1987||May 4, 1988||5||21.3|
|4||22||October 18, 1988||May 3, 1989||13||17.6[b]|
|5||26||September 20, 1989||May 2, 1990||21||15.4|
|6||24||September 19, 1990||April 24, 1991||27||14.3[c]|
|7||24||September 18, 1991||April 25, 1992||75||8.6|
|Television films||November 5, 2000||October 16, 2004||TBA||TBA|
|Year||Association||Category||Nominee / episode||Result|
|1985||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series||Kirk Cameron||Won|
|1985||Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series||Tracey Gold||Nominated|
|1985||Best Young Supporting Actor in a New Television Series||Jeremy Miller||Won|
|1986||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics||"As Long As We Got Each Other"||Nominated|
|1986||Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Series||George Spiro Dibie (director of photography) / "My Brother, Myself"||Won|
|1986||Young Artist Awards||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy or Drama Series||Kirk Cameron||Won|
|1986||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Long Running Series Comedy or Drama||Jeremy Miller||Nominated|
|1986||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Guest Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series||April Lerman||Nominated|
|1987||Young Artist Awards||Best Young Superstar in Television||Kirk Cameron||Won|
|1987||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Television Comedy Series||Jeremy Miller||Won|
|1987||Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Comedy Series||Candace Cameron / "The Long Goodbye"||Nominated|
|1987||Best Family Comedy Series||Growing Pains||Won|
|1988||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics||Song: "Swept Away" / episode: "Aloha"||Nominated|
|1988||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Kirk Cameron||Nominated|
|1988||Favorite TV Show||Growing Pains||Nominated|
|1988||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical||Alan Thicke||Nominated|
|1988||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||Kirk Cameron||Nominated|
|1989||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||Kirk Cameron||Nominated|
|1989||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Growing Pains||Nominated|
|1989||Favorite TV Actor||Kirk Cameron||Nominated|
|1989||Favorite TV Actress||Tracey Gold||Nominated|
|1989||Young Artist Awards||Best Family Television Series||Growing Pains||Nominated|
|1990||Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series||Jeremy Miller||Nominated|
|1990||Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series||Kenny Morrison||Nominated|
|1990||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Kirk Cameron||Won|
|1991||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series||George Spiro Dibie / "Happy Halloween"||Won|
|1991||Young Artist Awards||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Nine||Ashley Johnson||Nominated|
|1992||Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series||Leonardo DiCaprio||Nominated|
|1992||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Under Ten||Ashley Johnson||Nominated|
|1993||Outstanding Actress Under Ten in a Television Series||Ashley Johnson||Nominated|
Growing Pains spawned the spin-off series, Just the Ten of Us, which featured Coach Graham Lubbock, Mike and Carol's gym teacher, moving to California with his large family to teach at an all-boys Catholic school after he was fired from Thomas Dewey High School.
Warner Home Video has released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 1 while the Warner Archive Collection released the remaining seasons as a manufacture-on-demand title that can only be available exclusively through Warner's online store, and Amazon.com.
On December 6, 2011, Warner Archive Collection released The Growing Pains Movie and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers on DVD in Region 1.
|DVD name||Ep #||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 4|
|Season 1||22||February 7, 2006||June 5, 2007|
|Season 2||22||April 26, 2011||N/A|
|Season 3||26||May 21, 2013|
|Season 4||22||April 14, 2015|
|Season 5||26||July 14, 2015|
|Season 6||24||October 20, 2015|
|Season 7||24||January 26, 2016|
ABC aired reruns of the show on its daytime schedule from July 1988 to August 1989. The show originally aired at 11:00 am (EST) until January 1989, when with the cancellation of Ryan's Hope and the expansion of Home to an hour (from 11:00am-noon), the reruns moved to 12:00 pm.
In the fall of 1989, the show was sold to local syndication, which continued until 1997. The show also aired on TBS for several years.
Reruns aired on the Disney Channel from September 1997 to September 2001. The cable rights for the show moved to sister network ABC Family, where it ran from 2001 to 2004. It has also aired on ION Television during the fall of 2006 into the spring of 2007.
Nick at Nite began airing Growing Pains on February 12, 2007, launching with a marathon from 9:00 pm ET-1:00 am ET. It was pulled from the line-up shortly after, and later moved to sister network The N/TeenNick, where it aired up until early 2010. TeenNick re-aired the series on Monday, September 13, 2010, in a 5:00 am hour block, and aired its final showings on December 27, 2010.
It is currently available on the Roku channel (streaming app) as of Nov 2019.
Two books published in French exclusively about Growing Pains: Cyrille Rollet, PhD (EHESS, Paris),
The show aired with the title of Unser lautes Heim (Our noisy home) on ProSieben from 1993.
In Italy the series aired in 1987 with the title Genitori in blue jeans (Parents in blue jeans).
The show aired from 1986 with Dutch broadcast organisation AVRO as Growing Pains in English with subtitles in Dutch.
The show aired in the beginning of the 1990s in Turkey's first private TV channel, Star TV.