'Growing Pains' Turns 30 -- See How the Seavers Have Aged (PHOTOS)

Jenny Erikson | Sep 25, 2015 TV
'Growing Pains' Turns 30 -- See How the Seavers Have Aged (PHOTOS)

Can you believe that Growing Pains came on the air 30 years ago? We watched the Seaver kids grow up over the seven years they were on the air ... but where are they now? Let's take a trip down memory lane, and see what they looked like then, and where they've gone since this iconic show.

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  • Alan Thicke Then


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    Who would've thought that psychiatrist dad Jason Seaver would raise Robin Thicke in real life? We're pretty sure Mike wold never twerk Miley on stage.

  • Alan Thicke Now


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    Since the show ended, Thicke, 68, has appeared on a number of TV specials, short-lived shows, and guest appearances. His most recent credit is for Scream Queens, which makes sense because basically everyone is in that.

  • Joanna Kerns Then


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    Mom Maggie was a journalist who did her best to balance work and kids. She was a great working mom role model for the '80s!

  • Joanna Kerns Now


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    These days, 62-year-old Kerns spends her time behind the camera as a director. She's directed episodes of ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Army Wives, and Pretty Little Liars, and is currently working on Jane the Virgin.

  • Kirk Cameron Then


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    The eldest Seaver child always seemed to be getting into some sort of trouble. Who knew he'd grow up to become the Christian activist he is today? Here he is in 1990, pictured with actress Brooke Holland.

  • Kirk Cameron Now


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    Poor Kirk. The 44-year-old seems nice enough, but he's known for saying dumb things about homosexuality and evolution. You can respectfully disagree with someone without putting your foot in your mouth, you know. Plus his Christmas movie last year was voted the worst film of all time. At least he has his family -- he's married to Chelsea Noble, and they have six children.

  • Tracey Gold Then


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    The second Seaver child had OCD, amirite? Maybe we didn't call it that in the '80s, but Carol had some sort of perfectionism disorder. Maybe it was to make up for big brother Mike's shenanigans? Here's a shot of her with her TV family back in the day.

  • Tracey Gold Now


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    The now 46-year-old famously battled anorexia in the early '90s, opening up about her struggles to overcome it. She's now married to Roby Marshall, and they have four sons.

  • Jeremy Miller Then


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    Ben Seaver was the youngest son in the family, and acted like it. Adorable little hooligan.

  • Jeremy Miller Now


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    The 38-year-old former child star battled alcoholism when he realized he was scaring his three sons with wife Joanie. He got help, and is now a patient advocate in a California clinic.

  • Ashley Johnson Then


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    Remember baby Chrissy Seaver? The adorable child who was a small toddler at the end of one season, and a 5-year-old at the beginning of the next? Pure TV magic, I tell ya.

  • Ashley Johnson Now


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    The child star is still working (didja catch her in The Avengers?) but she's also a super cool, down-to-earth, somewhat normal 32-year-old. Well, that's the impression I get from her awesome Instagram.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Then


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    Of course we had to include Leo's first big role, even though he only appeared in 24 episodes. He played a homeless boy named Luke, whom the Seavers took in.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Now


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    The 40-year-old has become a genuine A-lister in Hollywood since then, although sadly, he has never won an Oscar.


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