Friday, July 5, 2019

Show Notes Episode 6-5: Growing Pains

*The two episodes we discuss on the podcast are Season 2 Episode 15. Thank God It's Friday, which aired 8:30 on February 10, 1987; and Season 3 Episode 10, This Is Your Life, which premiered November 10, 1987.

*Growing Pains edged Valerie and Who's the Boss to win our listener's choice poll. The series aired 7 seasons (1985-1992) and 166 episodes on ABC.

*Tracy Gold's sister Missy was the governor's daughter on Benson.

*Kirk Cameron's feature film career included 1987 body-switching comedy Like Father Like Son with Dudley Moore and 1989 debate-team drama Listen to Me.  The latter flopped after attempting to capitalize on the fact that it featured a debate about abortion!

*We didn't mention it on the pod, but Cameron also headlined the two-season WB sitcom Kirk.

*Thick of the Night was a late-night syndicated talk show that lasted less than a year. Before that, however, Alan Thicke did have a popular daytime show in Canada.

*Keep watching this site for more info on the CD by Steve Dorff that we talk about in this episode!

*Andrew Koenig (Richard "Boner" Stabone) (1968-2010) was the son of Star Trek's Walter Koenig.

*Want more fun facts about Growing Pains? We recommend this cool Mental Floss article.

*College guy and party maven Roland Taylor on Thank God It's Friday is portrayed by Justin Williams, who also appeared as a contractor in season 5's two-parter The New Deal.

*Kristy Swanson was Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the 1992 film.

*Nancy Reagan's appearance on Diff'rent Strokes was April 30, 1983's The Reporter.

*It's difficult to find precise tonsillectomy rates, but the incidence of the procedure declined in a major way in recent decades--both in real life and, more importantly, on sitcoms.

*Alan Hale Jr., AKA Jonas "The Skipper" Grumby, was 66 at the time This Is Your Life aired.

*Cast member Jeremy Miller is active in the media discussing a Growing Pains revival, but there are no firm plans right now. The series is complete on DVD and is in reruns on Antenna TV.

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