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Growing Pains: Season 1 (2006)

Alan Thicke , Joanna Kerns , Joanna Kerns , Jonathan Weiss  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
  • Directors: Joanna Kerns, Jonathan Weiss, Dan Guntzelman, Nancy Heydorn, Don Amendolia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 527 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C6NPHC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Growing Pains: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on four discs
  • Scenes from the original unaired pilot--Elizabeth Ward plays the role of "Carol" to be later replaced by Tracey Gold
  • "Seaver Family Reunion: S'mores and More"--A newly produced documentary, in which the original cast reunites around a campfire to reminisce
  • Gag reel

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This four-disc set offers two welcome opportunities to be reunited with the Seaver family. The first is all 22 episodes of this 1985 sitcom's inaugural season, which resurrected the career of failed talk-show host Alan Thicke, and catapulted Kirk Cameron to teen-idol status. The second is a near-half-hour present-day campfire chat with all the cast members, including Joanna Kerns (conflicted working mom Maggie), a hearty and seemingly healthy Tracey Gold (brainy daughter Carol), and Jeremy Miller (precocious younger son Ben). Joined by writer Tim O'Donnell, they share memories of how each was cast, their fond memories of the show and dealing with fan adulation. Growing Pains did not really suffer any. It cracked the Top Ten in its first season, and while the cast members are not the most natural comic actors, by season's end their bond is palpable and the characters really do seem like family. Thicke's Dr. Jason Seaver is a sitcom anomaly: a work-at-home dad. He has moved his psychiatric practice into the den after Maggie takes a job as a journalist. His belief system is put to the supreme test by his three children, especially 15-year-old Mike (Cameron), whom Maggie calls "a hormone with feet." In the pilot episode, no sooner does Jason agree to give Mike more independence, then Mike is jailed for joyriding in his older friend's car.

Growing Pains does have a tendency to go for the easy laugh by having the kids--especially 9-year-old Ben--spout age-inappropriate jokes ("It was all so clinical," he complains at one point to Maggie after Jason bandages a scrape). But the series did admirably touch on some hot button family issues. In "The Seavers vs. the Cleavers," Annette Funicello guest stars in a rare mean role as a parent who disapproves of Maggie choosing to work "just when her children need her the most" (a nifty little retro joke: "Ward, I'm worried about the Seavers"). In "Superdad!," Maggie is upset that Carol turns to the ever-present Jason and not to her for advice. Refreshingly, not all problems are solved by episode's end. In the same episode, a boy the esteem-challenged Carol has an unrequited crush on does not miraculously materialize to ask her to the dance. In addition to the cast reunion, this set contains an interesting extra: the unaired version of the pilot with a less telegenic (but perhaps more in character) Elizabeth Ward in the role of Carol. For those who grew up with the Seavers, and in need of a retro blast of '80s nostalgia, Growing Pains will still, to quote the theme song, show you that smile again. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Meet the Seavers in this hilariously successful late eighties sit-com about a family of five living out on Long Island. Maggie has recently rejoined the workforce as a journalist, leaving Jason, a psychiatrist, to juggle his responsibilities to his patients and his three kids by working from home. Mike's the oldest and possibly the most difficult to handle! Whether it's for girls, dirt bikes or The Boss, Mike uses his charming smile to finagle his way into trouble. The youngest, Ben, tries to tag along with his big brother learning to be a little con-artist in his own right. And amid the chaos, Carol, the middle child, tries to keep her head on straight and maintain her straight-A status at school. Join the Seavers as they experience the growing pains of family life, including a few disputes sprinkled in among lots of love and laughter.

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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
Format:DVD
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 playbook..you can see this when you watch these episodes

Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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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
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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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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??

GET IT!
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12 of 14 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
Format:DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did Warner Brothers abandon this show? August 17, 2006
Format:DVD
Sometimes I hate big studios, and their poor decisions. In a recent online chat with the WB about their tv shows on dvd, a good question came up. The question was if they were going to continue with Growing Pains on dvd. Their response "NO plans for Growing Pains".

This is so sad. Why would they not release the other seasons? They should at least give it a chance, and release the second season. Horrible news.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 13 days 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 months ago by bsblurr
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's cheese at it's best
Fun interactions and old adages make this a decent show for today's kids. Some of the themes will remind parents how the 80's were raunchy blip in history, and that made its way... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Workman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of a Wonderful TV Series
This was very popular in the 1980s. Kirk Cameron was looking like the next Michael J. Fox.

Special Features:
22 episodes on four discs
Scenes from the original... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MacheteJason
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Fun
Hard to find family friendly programing these days but this fills the spot wonderfully. It shows character, morals, family relationsips and a happy marriage. Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Harder
4.0 out of 5 stars I used to watch this show!
It has been a flash back in every episode, to watch the family dynamics with the Seavers.
I do so recall this show, I am glad the theme song didn't get clipped, and glad all... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Mark
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