'Show Me That Smile Again...'
Nick at Nite Launches Hit Family Comedy Growing Pains Beginning Sunday,
NEW YORK, Jan. 8 -- Nick at Nite will add the popular
family comedy Growing Pains to its sitcom line-up beginning Sunday, January
21 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT), it was announced today by Tom Ascheim, Executive
Vice President, General Manager, Nickelodeon Television. The series, which
ran for seven seasons, was an immediate hit with viewers and launched the
careers of teen heartthrobs Kirk Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio. The
30-minute series kicks off with an all-night, nine-episode marathon on
Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. which will repeat from 1:30 until 6:00
a.m. Beginning Monday, January 22, the network will air an hour of Growing
Pains with two back-to- back episodes every Monday through Thursday from
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. Growing Pains will also air Friday and Saturday at 10:30
p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 p.m. (*All times (ET/PT).
"Kids grew up watching Growing Pains in primetime and now, we are
really excited for them to start enjoying it again with their own kids on
Nick At Nite," said Ascheim. "The classic family comedy features a talented
and witty cast and is a favorite that everyone can watch together."
Growing Pains aired from 1985 to 1992 on ABC and revolves around The
Seaver family in Long Island, NY. Jason (Alan Thicke) is a psychiatrist
married to Maggie (Joanna Kerns), a former newspaper reporter, and the two
head up a family of three kids. Mike (Kirk Cameron) is a bit of a slacker
and is constantly up to shenanigans; Carol (Tracey Gold) is the brainy
middle child and Ben (Jeremy Miller) is the youngest Seaver who idolizes
his older brother, Mike. Maggie's desire to go back to work prompts Jason
to move his practice back home, allowing him to watch the kids. Most of the
stories revolve around standard family issues such as bad grades, dating
and missed curfews, though over time the series did address serious topics
like drunk driving, teen suicide and peer pressure. In 1988, Maggie gave
birth to a daughter, Chrissy (Ashley Johnson), and the family also took in
a homeless teenager -- Luke (a young Leonardo DiCaprio). As the series
progressed, Mike found himself taking on more responsibility as a teacher
and eventually fell in love, Carol began her studies at Columbia University
and Ben began to turn into another version of Mike. Much of the series'
success can be attributed to Kirk Cameron's status as a teen heartthrob,
gracing the covers of various magazines in the late 1980s.
Nick At Nite is Nickelodeon's night-time programming block that
features timeless hit comedies including the Emmy Award-winning series The
Cosby Show, the popular family comedy Full House, the Fresh Prince Of Bel
Air and Roseanne, one of the most talk-about and celebrated sitcoms in
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