Growing Pains

1985, TV Show

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Blurred Lines: Alan Thicke's Unusually Thicke Is Not Your Average Reality Show

Robin Thicke might hate these blurred lines, but his father sure doesn't. (Not like that!)

Alan Thicke, the erstwhile patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, returns to TV on Wednesday on Unusually Thicke (10/9c, TVGN), his reality-sitcom hybrid that's real, but not really. The series follows Thicke, 67, and his self-professed modern family, 16-year-old son Carter from his second marriage, and his third wife Tanya, who is 28 years his junior. It's authentic in that every interaction and piece of dialogue on the show is unscripted, but not totally legit in that they semi-stage the situations the trio finds themselves in.

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"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke tells TVGuide.com. "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed ...
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Growing Pains -- Love can be deceiving

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Season 5, Episode 21
Bernie and Wanda try to help Vanessa improve her SAT scores, but Vanessa seems more interested in working at the coffee shop.

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Season 4, Episode 1
In the Season 4 premiere, Elena awakens on the morning after the accident to find the thing that she dreaded most has come true.

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A couple's different ideas on how to rear their kids: his belief that kids have unlimited potential, and her practical approach--lead to "growing pains" in this half-hour of family fun.

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Blurred Lines: Alan Thicke's Unusually Thicke Is Not Your Average Reality Show

Robin Thicke might hate these blurred lines, but his father sure doesn't. (Not like that!)

Alan Thicke, the erstwhile patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, returns to TV on Wednesday on Unusually Thicke (10/9c, TVGN), his reality-sitcom hybrid that's real, but not really. The series follows Thicke, 67, and his self-professed modern family, 16-year-old son Carter from his second marriage, and his third wife Tanya, who is 28 years his junior. It's authentic in that every interaction and piece of dialogue on the show is unscripted, but not totally legit in that they semi-stage the situations the trio finds themselves in.

The most loathed TV characters

"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke tells TVGuide.com. "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed ...
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Alan Thicke to Star in TVGN Reality Show Unusually Thicke

Alan Thicke, best known for playing Growing Pains patriarch Jason Seaver, will star in a TVGN reality sitcom showcasing his real-life family, the network announced Wednesday.

Unusually Thicke, which will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c, will follow Thicke, his "spicy" younger wife Tanya and their 16-year-old son Carter. Though his son Robin Thicke will not be a cast member, the "Blurred Lines" singer will be featured on the series, which blends aspects of reality television and scripted sitcoms.

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Top Videos: Veronica Mars First Look, "Blurred Lines" Parodies, Aubrey Plaza Plays Daria

This week, it seemed like everyone jumped on the "Blurred Lines" parody bandwagon, creating alternate versions that featured everything from reversed gender roles to the cast of Growing Pains. CollegeHumor released a trailer for a Daria movie (here's hoping!) starring Aubrey Plaza as the title character, and Veronica Mars fans got their first glimpse of the upcoming movie. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Jeffersons and Silver Spoons Director Jack Shea dies at 84

Inveterate TV sitcom director and Directors Guild of America chief Jack Shea died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 84.

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Annette Funicello Dies at 70

Annette Funicello, the Beach Party star, singer and former teen icon who rose to fame on the original Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday. She was 70.

Funicello died from complications of multiple sclerosis and was taken off life support after being in a coma for years, her family told Extra. She was diagnosed with the disease in 1987.

Her death was first announced by the official Disney fan club Twitter page.

Born in upstate New York and raised in California, Funicello was discovered in ...
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Premiered: September 25, 1985, on ABC
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: Easy-to-take sitcom about a mild-mannered psychiatrist keeping an eye on his precocious kids from his home office while his wife is off at work as a reporter. Belying its innocent appearance, `Pains' did occasionally address teen social issues, but mostly it stuck to the Seaver kids' growing pains (and the youngest, Chrissy, literally shot up: growing from toddler to 6-year-old in two seasons). Leonardo DiCaprio (then 16) joined the cast in the final season as a homeless teenager.

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