Growing Pains Movie
A two-hour original ABC movie reunites the cast from “Growing Pains,” the long-running family sitcom (’85-’92). The comedy airs Sunday, 11/5/00 at 7:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.
The final episode of the highly rated series found the family packing up and moving to Washington, D.C., where Maggie had been offered a great job. Eight years later finds fast-talking Mike in the perfect job as an advertising executive and happily married to Kate (Chelsea Noble). Carol is now a ruthless corporate lawyer. Ben has failed in the dot.com business and is now cleaning pools in Beverly Hills. Teenaged Chrissy, the only kid still living at home, is about to be valedictorian of her high school class…if only she can keep from getting suspended. Jason has started a second career, writing mystery novels. And Maggie is press secretary for a millionaire who’s running for Congress.
But despite their love for one another, the family has drifted apart. Reluctantly, the kids come to visit for Jason and Maggie’s 30th anniversary. But they are in for a surprise when Maggie announces that the rich guy fired her and she has decided to run against him in the upcoming primary. Soon, the entire family becomes involved in her campaign.
Some made-for-TV movies are meant to teach, propagandize, knock your socks off with dynamic drama, or simply to fill a two-hour prime time slot. But every once in awhile, a film is designed to whisk the audience back in time. With an engaging and nostalgic script, plus agreeable performances from a nice bunch of actors, ABC has a winner with this delightful reunion show. We remember the Seavers family as decent people who displayed devotion to family and regard for their fellow man. This two-hour reunion does not disappoint. It’s a feel-good movie that reminds viewers that, once upon a time, TV families loved one another.