Growing Pains: Season 1

1985 NR 4 discs

Growing Pains: Season 1

1985 NR 4 discs
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In the first season of this beloved, long-running 1980s sitcom, Maggie Seaver (Joanna Kerns) dumps the stay-at-home-mom formula and goes back to work as a journalist, while husband Jason (Alan Thicke) keeps the home fires burning as a work-from-home psychiatrist. Meanwhile, their children -- hormone-driven teenager Mike (Kirk Cameron), esteem-challenged Carol (Tracey Gold) and quirky, charming Ben (Jeremy Miller) -- keep things interesting.
Tracey Gold, Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller
Full Screen 1.33:1
French, Spanish (Neutral), English
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this '80s sitcom is about a strong nuclear family headed by loving parents who communicate well with each other and their kids. It's heavy on positive messages about self-esteem, personal responsibility, and making good choices, all of which are delivered in storylines that are relatable for tweens and teens. Most episodes deal with typical issues for families with kids who are coming of age: budding romantic relationships, popularity woes, and adolescent mischief. Some topics can be emotional, including encounters with prejudice and the death of family members and friends. Teen characters face peer pressure to drink, smoke, and do drugs, but they always make the tough choice and do the right thing.

Sexual Content

Some kissing scenes among teens, and lots of dating and relationship issues. Terms like "sexy" are used very rarely, and there are occasional jokes at the expense of bisexuality, transsexuality, and homosexuality. One of the supporting characters has the nickname "Boner."


Playful scuffles (mostly among feuding siblings) never result in injury.


Very rare use of "damn" and "hell."

Social Behavior

Jason and Maggie Seaver are compassionate parents who communicate well and always offer first-rate guidance to their kids. Every episode includes positive messages about themes like self-esteem, reliability, and finding a passion in life. Parents and kids share in all household tasks. Siblings do often argue and pick on each other, including jokes at the expense of sister Carol's weight (the actress who played here, Tracey Gold, battled eating disorders in real life).


Brandless soda and junk food (chips, candy).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasional social drinking by adults. Underage drinking, smoking, and drug use are addressed, but the message is always "don't do it," and the consequences are negative.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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