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.
Mike is mercilessly teased by his friends after Jason and he attend a Bruce Springsteen concert and a TV interviewer captures Jason’s overzealous show of affection for his son.
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.
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.
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. Teenage daughter Carol starts confiding in her father about her boyfriend problems, and son Mike tries to trick his girlfriend and replace her dog with another one.
A Madonna-styled teenage seductress wreaks havoc in the Seaver household when she appears at their doorstep in some rather revealing clothing looking for Mike and plotting to make him her next seduction.
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.
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.
When the son of a family friend visits, Carol becomes enamored of him and learns the meaning of heartache.
Ben sells his dreams to his sister Carol for a school research project. Mike disobeys his parents and rides a dirt bike, but gets injured in an accident.
Jason and Maggie encounter a case of sibling rivalry between Carol and Mike, who’s upset over his sister’s higher scholastic achievements.
While the Seaver family prepares for Christmas, one of Jason’s patients contemplates suicide by jumping down the Seaver chimney.
The Seavers are depending on Mike for the annual bowling tournament against the Koosman Family, but are let down when Mike “Romeo” Seaver finds his “Juliet.”
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.
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.
Jason and Maggie are displeased after being labeled unacceptable parents by prim P.T.A. member June Hinckley.
Sibling rivalry in the Seaver household sends Ben soliciting money from the neighbors so he can buy Jason an expensive birthday present.
Mike is accused of cheating in school after receiving the highest grade in the class. Given his reputation as a scholar, can he convince Jason, Maggie or his teacher of his innocence?
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.
While Jason tries to save Maggie’s parents’ house from being sold, Mike tries to save the Seaver house from the ravages of a wild party.
Maggie and Jason both encounter career decisions that will affect one another; meanwhile, Mike makes a philosophical discovery when he’s home sick.
Nightmares involving his deceased Uncle Bob begin haunting Mike soon after the man’s death.