Creator: Neal Marlens
Here’s another show I watched every episode of before I reached the age of rational thought. It’s certainly better acted and scripted than Saved By the Bell, but that doesn’t say much. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that if I watched some episodes I might still find some things not-awful. Robin Thicke and Joanna Kerns are fun and have good chemistry. Tracey Gold is occasionally a good foil for her brother. And, if I’m being honest with myself, I liked pre-crazy Kirk Cameron. He was never that great of an actor, but he could be charming. And who cannot love his friend Boner? I mean, seriously. Prime time. 1980s. Boner.
I just learned Boner committed suicide five years ago. Dumb.
I suppose I could rank this a few spots higher, but the behind-the-scenes stuff angers me so much that it’s getting placed here. And that’s only partially based on Kirk Cameron becoming an asshole and ruining all the scripts and getting Julie McCullough fired. The worst is the shows producers who allowed the scripts to contain numerous fat jokes at Tracey Gold’s expense, even AFTER they knew she was suffering from anorexia. Fuck those people, whoever they are.
I also find it hilarious when a sitcom introduces a baby one season, and then all of the sudden they’re six years old the next season. Growing Pains is certainly not the only culprit here, but they’re one of the worst in the non soap-opera division.
Fun fact: my wife could have played Chrissy. She participated in the same beauty pageant that Ashley Johnson was plucked from. Instead, she bypassed fame and fortune and became my wife. I think we all know who won that end of the deal.