Growing Pains: Season 1
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Join the fun as a typical, upwardly mobile family rediscovers the comic pains of parenthood when mom Maggie Seaver returns to work as a journalist and dad Jason Seaver moves his psychiatric practice into their home to be with the children in this warmhearted comedy.]]>
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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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
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??
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.
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!!!
Ties, Newhart, Perfect Strangers... shows like that. Not that this show is bad... it's just not a favorite for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i am a teenager of today and my mom was a teenager of then and since this is a great teen show my mom thought i would really like the show. She was right. Read morePublished 1 day ago by annie
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My kids have watched this over and over and we all enjoy the timeless story lines.Published 3 months ago by x10eho
I loved Watching this Show Growing Up but as a kid back in the 80's and only having Beta or VCR's we couldn't Just DVR it or sit down an binge watch it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tragedyeliotness
I love Curt Cameron's adult work and watched this as a kid. I thought this would be good for my kids to watch. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin S. Caster
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