Growing Pains

“Show me that smile again. Don’t waste another minute on your cryin’…”

Everyone knows Greg, Peter, Bobby, Jan, Marcia, and Cindy… but what if I said “Jason, Maggie, Mike, Carol, Ben… and Chrissy”?

Yep, you got it. Growing Pains.

One of the jewels in ABC’s sitcom crown from 1985-1992, it was yet another show (Hellooo Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Kate & Allie, etc…) that only masqueraded as a comedy… but also dealt with some pretty heavy stuff along the way.

With Alan Thicke as the stay-at-home shrink/dad, Joanne Kerns as the intrepid mom/reporter, and Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller rounding out the Seaver brood, it was a recipe for good ol’ fashioned family values, mixed with a heaping size of goofy.

Drugs, bullying, and suicide all had their day (or, well…half-hour), but there was also plenty of time for Seaver family hijinks (remember Carol announcing she and Bobby are gonna get hitched?)

Plus, Growing Pains had its fair share of before-they-were famous guest stars, too, including Leonardo DiCaprio as Ben’s homeless buddy, plus Hilary Swank, Jennie Garth, and Leah Remini, too.

But of course Brad Pitt (and a pseudo love interest for Carol) was the one we all remember:

Before we go, we also need to take a few minutes to remember the late, great Andrew Koenig, who will forever be, yes, “Boner” to us 80s kids. Sure, his character had perhaps the most unfortunate name in the history of TV… but dammit, imagine how boring Mike would have been without his trouble-making friend around to keep things interesting.

We ♥ Growing Pains.

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~ by weheart80s on October 13, 2011.

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