The “Father Knows Best” of the 1980s, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) is a psychiatrist who has moved his practice into his Long Island, N.Y., home so that his wife Maggie (Joanna Kerns) can resume her career. Their children are girl-crazy Mike (Kirk Cameron), brainiac Carol (Tracey Gold) and cute little Ben (Jeremy Miller). Later, precocious Chrissy was born.
“Growing Pains,” however, tackles issues that “Father Knows Best” wouldn’t have such as peer pressure and alcohol. But the Seavers pull through problems with a sense of humor and usually emerge stronger than before.
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