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Growing Pains: The Complete First Season

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1419819208
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Grow Up April 17, 2006
If Father Knows Best had been revised in 1980's , It would have been called Growning Pains-Tim Brooks, Prime Time Guide to Network Shows

One of the two staples of the 1980's sitcoms was Growing Pains> the Other is (the unleased to DVD at this time) Family Ties (with Micheal J. Fox).

Alan Thicke does his best TV work playing Jason Seavers, a home office Psychiatric doctor working at home and a SUPERDAD. He is a shrink who doesn't understand his three kids. His wife Maggie (Joanna Kerns) returns to the work world as a report for the local paper.The three kids... Mike (Kirk Cameron) who is a con man, slacker and a huster, always looking for the newest deal...Carol (Tracie Gold) who is the brainy intelligent one and Ben (Jeremy Miller) who as the youngest child tries to act like both Mike and Carol with limited success.

What makes this TV show work is the interplay between the characters. Its the writing that makes this show.

The extras on this set is a cute documentary of the cast talking of the show (S'mores and more) and the Original pilot with another actress playing Carol. What is missing is cast commentaries on any episodes in this set.

Is it worth it? Yes and it barely dates itself...King of The Hill and the Simpsons took pages from the Growing Pains's can see this when you watch these episodes

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, Even Better Than I Thought June 13, 2006
By ktk3438
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Has it been over 20 years? Time flies. If you watched this show when it aired, then this is a MUST HAVE!

This was everything I imagined, and more. Seeing the un-aired pilot was awkward with the other young lady, and I can see why they changed. The show would not have been the success that it was without all of the cast they ended up with.

It was great seeing episodes I have not seen in years, and even better to see ones I have never seen. Although like anything older, it is dated in some ways, but it really brought me back to a great time in this country, and in television.

This had to be the tops for that time frame, and the length of it's run time proves it.

I liked the bloopers, but wanted more afterwards, there are not many. The campfire extra they throw in is nice as well. It's nice to see everyone as they are now. Although it a little was scary seeing Tracey Gold try to sing the theme along with everyone, she did not know the words? Imagine that! I know she's been through a lot, but she grew up on that show, those words should be as easy to repeat as her own name. It made me feel sorry for her, but I guess she's had her mind on more important things.

All in all, this was a welcome addition to my collection of DVD's, and probably my most respected. I cannot wait for the other seasons to come out, how long must we wait??

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark of '80s sitcoms! March 25, 2007
Born in 1980, I grew up with the Seavers, who seemed to me the essence of a closeknit family...

With mom Maggie a journalist, dad Jason works from home -- something of a novelty in '80s television, and maybe even today. His kids need his attention, in different ways: 15-year-old Mike's a hormonal troublemaker with an engaging personality, while 14-year-old Carol is studious and a worrier, while 9-year-old Ben's struggling to grow up and come into his own.

"Growing Pains" also features something else that's something of a rarity now...a great theme song! To this day, it's one of my favorites, and included in the TV theme playlist on my iPod.

Whether you grew up with this show and want to reminisce, or want to introduce it to you kids, definitely pick up this box set! You'll be sure to get lots of laughs, and even learn the inevitable moral or two along the way.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pls Release Growing Pains! June 7, 2005
I'm writing 'cause I agree with all the reviews here! Growing Pains is an all-time best sitcom ever! Great acting, humour, drama and plots with good moral - what more could you ask? Please release Growing Pains on DVDs - all the 7 seasons! I've got friends and relatives who will definitely buy them too!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 2nd Family Returns! March 30, 2006
By Jedi4JC
Back in 1985, the Seaver Family became my "2nd family." I was 15, and as any teen knows, it can be a challenging age. Trying to find my place in the world. Dealing with my own family problems. Needing a place of refuge. Back then, I didn't know that God alone could give me the peace I needed, so I hid from my problems by immersing myself in Growing Pains. Admittedly, I was "obsessed". Kirk became my "idol". Alan was the dad I always wished I had. And Tracey and Jeremy reminded me so much of my own brother and sister, that I felt like a perfect fit. Watching this Season One, brought back so many memories.

I'm actually gratefully now for the part the Seavers played in my life. It was an exceptionally well written show and the acting, in my opinion was top rated. They were all pros, and as the above review stated, you really did feel like they were a real family. I was blessed with the opportunity to meet several of the cast over the years and I look forward to more seasons to share with my sons and wife, who also love the show! Thanks for bringing the Seavers back!!!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well its about Time November 20, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Eventhough I was to young to original watch "Growing Pains" durring its inital seven-season run on ABC, the show is still forever linked to my childhood through the miracle of syndication. I remember every weekday after school coming home and watching this wonderful seris on the Disney Channel. I really don't know what originally hooked my 5-year-old self, but even today I can still watch these reruns and smile.

The show follows the misadventures of the Seaver Family and all the escapades that life throws them into. First there are the parents: Maggie the new working mother and her partnet in crime, the stay-at-home-father. And then there is Mike who always seems to find himself in trouble, and yet uses his good looks to get out of it. And then there is Carol, book-worm and all-around girl-next-door nerd. Finally (atleast this season) comes Ben the annoying little brother.

This is a family sitcom about a family, and despite a persons age I honestly cannot see how anyone could not giggle and be entertaining with a trip with the seavers.

Getting this show to DVD has been a real chore. For years fans have been asking, bugging, and doing many different things to see the shiney discs for Growing Pains, and now it has finally paid off. Although the extra are pretty sparse, this is a most-have set for any child of the 80s.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try
Kids love the series even though the early years were fairly goofy. Disks work great and menus are good.
Published 20 days ago by Randy McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
met expectations
Published 1 month ago by Josh Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by betty
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't remember how funny little Ben was
Brand new. Hilarious. I didn't remember how funny little Ben was!
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Chezem
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Trina Ammons
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic
My all time favourite TV drama! watched it when i was a kid... And why is the first season of all TV dramas the best?
Published 8 months ago by Fang Hua
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Pains Season 1
My wife and really made sure to see this program when it was on the air back when. Still enjoy Kirk Cameron's Mike Seaver antics. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary G. Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
OMG I wish they would come out with ALL the seasons. WHERE IS LEO? HMMM? Le sigh, I can satisfy my 90's sitcom bloodlust with this, but C'MON. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for daughter
Daughter was so happy to get this; she loved the show as a teen and now can share it with her own daughters.

Arrived on time, exactly as ordered.
Published 9 months ago by Morningstar12357
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
It's okay and a little dated, sappy and tedious to get through. Of course I loved this growing up but now I'm forty and I just find this cutesy stuff is not for me at all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bsblurr
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