YMMV: Growing Pains

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Coach Lubbock, who eventually got a spin-off.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In one episode Ben learns that the morality of celebrities should not be a factor in whether or not we enjoy the art they produce. It wasn't why we became their fans in the first place.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Any instance of Carol being teased about her weight. Hollywood Pudgy actress Tracey Gold, who played her, would go on to have a well-known (and near-fatal) battle with anorexia.
    • Almost any appearance of Boner, given the character's Unfortunate Name and actor's tragic death.
    • A few early-season plots with Mike (him and Ben illegally betting on racehorses, throwing unsupervised parties) don't at all jibe with the adult, born-again Christian Kirk Cameron—or the Mike of the final season that was influenced by Cameron's newfound faith.
      • And pretty much any scene with Mike being a fun, normal member of the family when in fact the actor's newfound fundie tendencies made him the kind of guy who'd do things like demanding that the actress playing his character's girlfriend be fired because she was once in Playboy, or denouncing the producers as "pornographers" for having pretty much your standard family sitcom level of occasional suggestive humor. Far from sharing the laughter and love with anyone by this point, he pretty much turned it into a Troubled Production singlehandedly and it's probably not a coincidence that the show was not around for very long after. His scenes take on a very different tone upon rewatch because of this.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Matthew Perry, years before Friends, played Carol's doomed boyfriend, Sandy. Also, as mentioned above, Leonardo DiCaprio as temporary family member Luke. Brad Pitt and Hilary Swank also had small one-off roles.
  • What Could Have Been : Bruce Willis was considered for Alan Thicke's role.