Plot: A family of five, the Seavers, live in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The father is Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who works from home, the mother is Maggie, a reporter, and three kids, Mike, Carol, and Ben. Jason takes care of the kids since he is home all the time. Mike tends to make a lot of trouble, Carol is an honor student, and Ben is a bit rambunctious. A few years after airing a fourth child was born, Chrissy. Jason tries his hardest to keep all the kids in check, but there always seems to be some problem he has to deal with.
Review: An ABC family sitcom from the eighties, this show portrays a family and all of the normal issues a family goes through. Each episode progresses as the kids get older and even going off to college, but they still deal with all of the issues that many American families go through. Growing pains is an apt definition for the show. The show takes an air of comedy while dealing with problematic situations, to keep the audiance laughing. Even if something serious comes up, Mike or one of the other characters will walk in and say something funny, it never fails. This is a great show for children because it covers many of the issues they will deal with while growing up.
Interest Level: 11+
Similar Materials: Step-by-Step, Full House
Reader’s Advisory: I used to love this show when I was a kid, I watched it every week. Even though it may be kind of old, I still think children should watch it, it covers a lot of issues children face while they are growing up, coming of age, and it would be a good reference for them. There are seven seasons to this sitcom series. This show can even be found on TV in at least six other countries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growing_Pains