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TV Shows - Growing Pains

The show's premise is based around the fictional Seaver family, who reside in Long Island, New York. Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke), a psychiatrist, works from home because his wife, Maggie Malone (Joanna Kerns), has gone back to work as a reporter. Jason has to take care of the kids: troublemaker Mike (Kirk Cameron), honors student Carol (Tracey Gold), and rambunctious Ben (Jeremy Miller). From 1988 on, Chrissy Seaver became a part of the family. She was played in her infant stage by twins Kristen and Kelsey Dohring (who alternated). Beginning in the fall of 1990, Chrissy's character's age was advanced ("SORAS'ed") to six years old, whereupon Ashley Johnson took over the role. The show was relevant in the mid-1980s, as women going to work was becoming more and more common, as were stay-at-home dads.

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1 Born Again Kirk So this guy is super Christian now?
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 New kid in town Leonardo DiCaprio
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4 Chrissy is born ...and ages years within the span of one season
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 Kirk wanted "Clean" Stories Born Again Kirk starts pushing show to be "Godly
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7 Best friend's name is Boner.. ...do the math folks.
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8 Tracey Gold Anorexic and bulimic?!
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9 Mike left at the altar Backstage politics kills off a good storyline.
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10 Boner left the show No guest appearances
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1 Kirk Cameron is such a punk and he destroyed the show. He played a Ferris Bueller type who was pretty funny and got viewers in but started to throw his weight around when he became a God-boy and demanded his character Mike do nothing un-Christian. Probably the only Bone the Fish moment that came from an actor converting to religion as far as i know. -- Submitted By: (loverocket) on July 23, 2015, 6:01 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 They show how Boner got his nickname. The episode is Mike's high school graduation, and they flash back to the time mike meets stabone as an elementary child. -- Submitted By: (denimwalker75) on February 24, 2015, 12:43 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Don't even get me started on being in junior high in the 80s... What's depressing to em is that now all of American society acts like that regardless of age. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 20, 2014, 3:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 @martymarty: Boner's real name was Vincent Stabone. I don't think they ever said when or how he got the nickname, but I had the impression it was well-established by the time he was in high school. We could therefore conjecture that he got the nickname in junior high. Considering the typical mentality of junior-high kids in the 1980s -- and I oughtta know, I was one of 'em -- "Stabone" to "Boner" wasn't just possible, it was INEVITABLE! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 1, 2014, 10:43 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Ok, this was one weird show! One of the main characters was a boy named Boner! Hmmm. Can't imagine why a teenage boy would get a nickname of Boner! If that wasn't weird enuff, I saw an episode where Kirk Cameron puts his 11 year old brother over his knee wearing just a pair of tightey whiteys and spanks him. The brother thinks it's funny as hell and laughs hysterically, obviously enjoying it and the parents walk in and say "We don't even want to know what is going on." Weird. I have a hard time deciding who the biggest douchebag was, Alan Thicke or Kirk Cameron. Wait a minute, it's Kirk Cameron, errr I mean Bible Man! -- Submitted By: (martymarty) on July 25, 2014, 10:23 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 This was a family favorite growing up. It was pretty good for the first few years. I thought Tracy Gold was a criminally underrated actress. She was really great. The parents had good chemistry, and even Mike was fun when he was up to his shenanigans. Ben was not a great actor, but he got better as time went by. It was fun when Boner and Eddie joined Mike for a little trouble-making. That Boner was a fun weirdo, rest his soul. The show definitely boned when Mike became a Jesus freak and the entire dynamic changed into forgettable fluff. -- Submitted By: (Englebert) on May 10, 2014, 12:26 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 This show 'boned the fish' when backstage politics killed the Mike/Julie romance. Kirk Cameron became a born-again Christian and had the actress who played Julie fired from the show. Although the show had some funny moments in later seasons, it never fully recovered from Kirk Cameron's dirty politics, and his overbearing belief system left a visible stain on the show. -- Submitted By: (Retroguy2000) on December 30, 2013, 8:58 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 It boned when Bon-er left to join the service. He NEVER returned even as a guest. He got Chuck Cunningham'd after being Mike's best sidekick / flunkie, and Mike wasn't as funny without Boner to drag down with him. Say what you want about the actor being typecast, or committing suicide over not being able to shake this character, but this show was never as good after he left. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 12, 2012, 4:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 I quit liking this show when Dicaprio joined the cast. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on December 1, 2011, 3:44 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I disliked this show before Kirk found Jesus, Leo joined the cast and Chrissy went from baby to preteen in one year. Alan Thicke to me is right behind Dave Coulier in Day One automatic fish Bonedom (is that even a word?) Everything he touches is complete cheese, from his TV theme songs to that horrible game show he hosted after this show. Another complete cheese 80s show that never did much for me. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on November 30, 2011, 7:52 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 John, I'm not sure how you get these confused. I mean, Michael J. Fox became a much bigger star than did Kirk Cameron. Also, Alex Keaton was likable but covered it up by pretending to be obnoxious whereas it was vice versa with Mike Seaver. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on November 30, 2011, 7:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 I always got this show and Family Ties mixed up, they seem so similiar -- Submitted By: (John63btf) on November 30, 2011, 4:44 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Actor Andrew Koenig, who had been missing since February 14, committed suicide, his father told reporters after his son's body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia. -- Submitted By: (Hikariu) on February 26, 2010, 9:08 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 Well, Andrew "Boner" Koenig was found dead today. Because of this show the poor guy probably spent every day of his life having to answer to the name "Boner". No wonder he got depressed. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on February 25, 2010, 11:03 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Boner as gone MIA: http://thecomicscomic.typepad.com/thecomicscomic/2010/02/has-anyone-seen-andrew-koenig-boner-from-growing-pains-missing-since-214-in-vancouver.html -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on February 20, 2010, 10:20 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 The fact that Kirk was a born again Christian is not a problem, it was just that fell into the Hollywood mentality of being over zealous for a cause. Celebrities finding religion are usually some of the worst. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on November 7, 2009, 2:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I think it's great that Kirk became a Christian...that's cool, but he was so self-righteous about it. According to "E True Hollywood Story", where the cast members were interviewed, he threw a fit when a guest-star actress who'd posed for Playboy years before, was being written into the script. From what I gathered from the interviews, he was just so over-zealous about his faith to the point where he wasn't the same person...and not in a good way. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on November 6, 2009, 6:56 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
18 Hmmm... two rather snarky comments towards Cameron's faith. Maybe someone could provide evidence that Kirk was trying to influence the scripts or push the show in a different direction? It was always a fairly wholesome show ("Boner" nonwithstanding), I don't recall any drastic shift in the tone. Yeah, Mike went from being a good hearted but self-absorbed kid to a responsible adult, but isn't that how most decent people with loving parents eventually end up? -- Submitted By: (SmoothT) on November 4, 2009, 6:43 am - (-3 votes) - Login to Vote
19 To me, no matter how much Kirk Cameron insisted on reworking the scripts to reflect his claimed 'born again' status, it's interesting how Mike ALWAYS was a snot to his family and friends. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on October 11, 2009, 3:30 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 When Kirk Cameron became an annoying born again christian, it sort of Boned ever watching him as a fun partying "bad boy" teenager. How could you suspend belief of this guy ever again now that he was the spokesman for "Left Behind"? -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on April 1, 2009, 8:17 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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