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"Growing Pains" Comes to Nick at Nite

"Growing Pains" Comes to Nick at Nite


For a brief period in the '80s, "Growing Pains" was one of the coolest shows on TV. It had so many things going for it. There was the cynical but loving dad (Alan Thicke) who somehow managed to maintain patient confidentiality while running a psychiatric practice out of his home; a curly-haired smart-aleck hottie (Kirk Cameron); his sassy and exasperated sister (Tracey Gold); guest appearances by a young Leonardo DiCaprio; and, of course, a friend named Boner.

I remember the show fondly, and I've always wondered if it would hold up today. Well, I'll soon find out, because on Jan. 21, "Growing Pains" is coming to Nick at Nite. The channel will start by airing a "Growing Pains" marathon on from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on the 21st. After that, the show will air at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at 10:30 on Saturdays, and at 9:30 on Sundays.

Now I'm starting to recall all sorts of awesome stuff about the show, including the opening-title sequence that featured the actors' actual baby photos. What do you guys remember about "Growing Pains"?

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