History Series / GrowingPains

12th Jun '16 1:09:22 AM Morgenthaler
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Behind-the-scenes turmoil shaped the series' later years. In early seasons, Mike and Ben had often teased Carol for being overweight, which was cited as a factor when Carol's portrayer, Tracey Gold, left the show to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment get treatment for anorexia]]. Another source of controversy emerged when Kirk Cameron became a born-again Christian. He [[WagTheDirector started requesting script changes]] to [[{{Bowdlerized}} eliminate risqué content]], and insisted that fellow cast member Julie [=McCullough=], who played the family's nanny (and Mike's fiancee), Julie, be fired due to her past appearances in ''{{Playboy}}''. In 1991, executive producers Dan Guntzelman, Mike Sullivan, and Steve Marshall [[CreativeDifferences quit]] after Cameron telephoned Bob Iger, who was then president of ABC Entertainment, and accused them of being "pornographers". The show was cancelled the following year.

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Behind-the-scenes turmoil shaped the series' later years. In early seasons, Mike and Ben had often teased Carol for being overweight, which was cited as a factor when Carol's portrayer, Tracey Gold, left the show to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment get treatment for anorexia]]. Another source of controversy emerged when Kirk Cameron became a born-again Christian. He [[WagTheDirector started requesting script changes]] to [[{{Bowdlerized}} eliminate risqué content]], and insisted that fellow cast member Julie [=McCullough=], who played the family's nanny (and Mike's fiancee), Julie, be fired due to her past appearances in ''{{Playboy}}''.''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''. In 1991, executive producers Dan Guntzelman, Mike Sullivan, and Steve Marshall [[CreativeDifferences quit]] after Cameron telephoned Bob Iger, who was then president of ABC Entertainment, and accused them of being "pornographers". The show was cancelled the following year.
2nd Jun '16 11:12:10 PM TheShadow
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* OneCrazyNight: One episode starts out as a supply run for a class project and turns into a night on the town chasing girls.
13th Apr '16 12:30:21 PM ChaoticNovelist
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27th Feb '16 2:47:42 PM palmer7
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* TruncatedThemeTune: If you hear B.J. Thomas and his partner at the time harmonizing on "Don't waste another minute on your crying", odds are good it's from the syndicated package.

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* TruncatedThemeTune: If you hear B.J. Thomas and his partner at the time harmonizing on "Don't waste another minute on your crying", odds are good it's from the syndicated package. More noticeable with Jennifer Warnes than with Dusty Springfield.
27th Feb '16 11:59:32 AM morenohijazo
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* UnexpectedPositive: Maggie is doing a series of news reports about regular medical checkups, and thus undergoes all the usual tests. This is how she discovers she's pregnant.

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Maggie is doing a series of news reports about regular medical checkups, and thus undergoes all the usual tests. This is how she discovers she's pregnant.


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** In another episode, Jason allows a pediatrician to examine him to show a teenage boy it's no big deal. This is how his hernia is discovered.
15th Feb '16 3:52:35 PM TitoMosquito
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* GainaxEnding: "Happy Halloween" ends with Carol dating the Grim Reaper.


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* TemptingFate: In "Happy Halloween", Jason and Maggie were about to take Chrissy trick-or-treating when they noticed a storm coming. Chrissy assures them it's only a little storm, then a lightning bolt hit a tree right next to them.
3rd Feb '16 5:43:55 AM palmer7
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* TruncatedThemeTune: If you hear B.J. Thomas and his partner at the time harmonizing on "Don't waste another minute on your crying", odds are good it's from the syndicated package.
14th Jan '16 1:12:45 PM DrOO7
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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Maggie's father is unbelievably rude and nasty to Jason, despite Jason being the kind of son-in-law one would pick out of a catalogue (a doctor, well-off, etc). It appears he's still angry at the two for running off and eloping, but given how long ago that was and that the two are clearly happy together, he just comes off like a jerk. It's especially bad given that Maggie's mother, while TheDitz, adores Jason, and Maggie and Jason's mother get along fine.
16th Nov '15 10:45:33 AM FF32
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''GrowingPains'' was also notable for its use of both SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome and CousinOliver to combat the aging of the series regulars. Jeremy Miller, who played Ben, outgrew the role of precocious child, but didn't seem able to replace now-adult Kirk Cameron as a teen heartthrob. Chrissy, the baby the Seavers had in 1988, went from infant to school-age over the summer of 1990. In the show's last season, Mike went into teaching and brought orphaned teen Luke (played by Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]) home for the Seavers to adopt.

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''GrowingPains'' was also notable for its use of both SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome and CousinOliver to combat the aging of the series regulars. Jeremy Miller, who played Ben, outgrew the role of precocious child, but didn't seem able to replace now-adult Kirk Cameron as a teen heartthrob. Chrissy, the baby the Seavers had in 1988, went from infant to school-age over the summer of 1990. In the show's last season, Mike went into teaching and brought orphaned teen Luke (played by Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]) Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) home for the Seavers to adopt.



** A variation was used in the final season. The previous year, the theme song was revamped as an acapella version. Fans did not approve, so while retaining the opening titles of the previous season (with Leo DiCaprio added in), the familiar BJ Thomas/Jennifer Warnes version of the theme returned, last used in 1988. However, for somber episodes, as well as the series finale, the acapella theme was used.

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** A variation was used in the final season. The previous year, the theme song was revamped as an acapella version. Fans did not approve, so while retaining the opening titles of the previous season (with Leo DiCaprio [=DiCaprio=] added in), the familiar BJ Thomas/Jennifer Warnes version of the theme returned, last used in 1988. However, for somber episodes, as well as the series finale, the acapella theme was used.
27th Sep '15 7:16:13 AM kchishol
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* CheatersNeverProsper: In one episode, Mike prepared cheat notes on the soles of his shoes for an important test. However when doing the test, Mike found that he was able to do the test honestly since he legitimately knew the answers. However, Mike's notes are discovered at the end and the teacher logically assumes he used them to cheat and it takes the rest of the episode for Mike to convince his parents and teacher of the truth. Both to allow him to prove that he knows the material and for his parents and teacher to drive home the point that preparing to cheat is wrong in itself, Mike retakes the test, on top of the desks, barefoot and his underwear to make sure he is using no unauthorized materials.
** In another episode, this philosophy is seriously subverted. Ben has the opportunity to cheat on a test, but does not; he ends up getting a bad grade, and is scolded by his parents. His friends ''do'' cheat, get ''excellent'' grades, and are rewarded by their parents. Ben's father is forced to concede that, in reality, cheaters prosper and win very often (saying that "in some cases, they even win the White House", an obvious reference to Watergate), although he does say that being honest can be far more rewarding in the long run.
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