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 h... more »is 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.« less
"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 "
Pls Release Growing Pains!
Growing Pains Fan | Singapore | 06/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!!!"
Why did Warner Brothers abandon this show?
Bryan Holwerda | Muskegon, Michigan United States | 08/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
WOW, Even Better Than I Thought
ktk3438 | Midwest United States | 06/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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??
The benchmark of '80s sitcoms!
Joanna Mechlinski | CT, USA | 03/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."