Growing Pains The Complete Second Season DVD Review
Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
I like the first season of course, but I think the show got funnier and was written better in seasons 2 and 3. The characters became better too. There are many memorable episodes in this season, including: when a popular girl befriends Carol in order to get to Mike; the first day of school when Ben stands up to a bully, and Mike gets surprised by a “new girl” at school; Carol dates a football player; Mike works at the fast food place; Maggie and Jason fight after a school meeting (hilarious when she leaves him at the movie theater); Ben invites a homeless girl for Christmas dinner; the “goofy glue incident”, which has a few funny sight gags; Mike pretending to be in college to impress a girl (and it doesn’t go well); Mike turning down drugs (and a special message at the end of the episode). One notably funny scene is when Mike and Carol are fighting over the phone, which again uses sight gags to good effect, and is also a reminder of days when teenagers didn’t have cell phones to carry everywhere.
Candace Cameron makes at least one guest appearance. My personal favorites this season are the episodes when the kids uncover a secret about their parents’ marriage (Mike is particularly funny in this one), and when Ben brings home a “magic rock”, leading to the whole family learning lessons on being conned–hilarious! This may be my favorite season of the entire series.
This show brings back a lot of memories, especially if you were a child or teenager in the 80s. I really miss 80s sitcoms, they just don’t make shows like this anymore. You can just laugh and enjoy yourself without tons of crude humor that is obvious and not even funny. I don’t care if it’s corny and silly at times–that’s part of it’s charm. These early seasons are also when Kirk Cameron was at the height of his teen heartthrob status. So many memories.
Movie Quality: 9/10
It’s easy to see why this show was such a hit in the 80s. It was really in at the time. They did a good job of teaching lessons without being too preachy, something I miss in TV today. It’s funny, heartwarming, soothing, nostalgic, cool, and even cheesy at times.
Overall Rating: 9/10