This is where I prove I am scary. This show was one of my guilty pleasures. Here is where the evidence lies, that I was a latch-key kid who grew up in the 80's.

This show is about the Seaver family. They reside on Long Island, in Huntington, New York. (a lot of references are made to towns around there)

Jason Seaver (played by that canadian Alan Thicke) is the father. He is a psychiatrist. His loving wife is Maggie (played by Joanna Kerns). She is a reporter for the local news station, using the name Maggie Malone.

They have four kids. The oldest is Mike (played bu teen pop icon, Kirk Cameron). Mike was always getting into trouble when he was in high school. He later became an actor, then he decided to become a teacher. He got jilted at the altar once, and then married a fellow actor named Julie (played by Chelsa Noble, and they got married in real life).

Carol (played by Tracey Gold, she was bulimic during the later 1/2 of the show, she puts part of the blame on the constant scripted jokes about her being chubby) was second born Seaver child. A genius, who was on homecoming court. She dated the high school football star, and a cute guy who died drinking and driving (this part was played by Matthew Perry, who wound up being a friend on Friends). After high school, she became went to Columbia Univ., and later dropped out for an proofing job.

Ben was the youngest child for a long time. He went from the cute kid, to a dorky high school student. Mediocre in every way.

About 10 years after Ben, the youngest child was born. A curly haired little girl named Chrissy. Annoying as hell in my opinion.

The Seavers being warm-hearted took in a foster child. His name was Luke (played by some guy named Leonadro DiCaprio). Luke was everything Ben wasn't. Popular, cute, and smart.

Unfortunately the Seaver family hasn't been heard of or seen since their early 90's move to Washington D.C.


My brain holds way too much useless information.. I have a photographic memory, too bad I don't have control over what I remember
I used to watch this show occasionally, mostly during the middle years. I didn't really watch the first season or two, and stopped watching around the time Chrissy was born. It was a typical 80s sitcom and fit right in with Family Ties, Who's The Boss, etc. I probably started watching this show more as Family Ties lost some of it's appeal. The show was aired from 1985 to 1992. And could be found in syndicate for quite some time after that.

I always thought Tracey Gold (Carol) was cute till she went scary thin and was part of the reason I started watching the show. Kirk Cameron's character, Mike, was probably best during his high school years and wasn't bad when he was still living above the garage. I think I related to Jeremy Miller's character, Ben, the most, it's too bad he always seemed to get the shaft in the show. Alan Thicke as Jason was a competent father though he wasn't without his flaws. Joanna Kerns, Maggie, was the struggling working mother, trying to fit work and family all in.

But one of my favorite things from this show was the spin-off Just the Ten of Us. Coach Lubbock sure had some cute daughters.

When I was younger, I used to frequently experience a dull ache in my legs. Between the ages of about 9 and 13, the area between my mid-thigh and just below my knee would ache. Ache is the best word for it. It wasn't a sharp, stabbing pain; it was a dull, mild ache. Perfectly bearable without resorting to painkillers, but irritating nonetheless. It would happen frequently but without regularity, in the evenings.

Once, I complained to my Mum that my legs hurt. She told me that it was probably growing pains. This made sense. I was growing, my legs were getting longer, and maybe nerve-endings were being moved about by the lengthening bones.

Puberty, adolescence and generally growing up are not easy times. In many ways I think that I had it easier as a boy than I would have done if I were born a girl. My voice breaking, wet dreams and growing pains were the worst I had to put up with. Of all of them, I hated growing pains most.

Growing pains affect many children, and I feel sorry for them all. If you're one of Everything's younger users, and are still going through this difficult stage, don't worry. Take encouragement from the fact that they won't last forever.

It's been 20 years, and our little MTV is all grown up.

It was once the new cable network that a 45-word article in the Wall Street Journal said would "feature tapes of contemporary musical groups singing or acting out their songs," (untitled, March 4, 1981). Today, MTV Networks has become a conglomeration of MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite.

Much more than just a corporate growth, MTV's increasing popularity has left a mark on popular culture. Few would have guessed the station's future influence as they saw The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," the first video aired on MTV, flicker onto their televisions.

From documenting great moments in musical history to delving into politics to creating national pop culture phenomena, MTV has become the icon of youth culture.

It all started in 1981 when the station played only music videos, all the music was rock and pop, and the artists were white. This state didn't last though. Before long, TV series began to dominate the programming, Michael Jackson broke into rotation, and several years later hip-hop and rap groups made their debut on the MTV scene.

After a few years, in 1984, the first of the long-lasting phenomena was born: the Video Music Awards. The show's highlight came when Madonna performed "Like a Virgin" in a wedding dress.

In the years that followed, this event would come to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion once, in 1992, a mistake that apparently MTV does not intend to repeat.

Objections from the music industry about parking and difficulty seeing the stage were so strong that MTV was forced to move the event back to Universal the next year.

"This year (1993), because of all the ramifications of the music industry being upset, and some of the informality we lost, I agreed to try it again at the Amphitheater," said the event's producer Joel Gallen, as reported in the Los Angeles Times ("MTV Video Music Awards; 10 Years of Heavy Rotation; a Bash that Puts the Rock in Raucous," Sept. 2, 1993).

The annual, out-of-control "Spring Break" show began in 1986, taking college students to Daytona Beach, Fla. for a party, the details of which their parents would probably rather not know.

Another MTV show that was not scoring points with parents was "Beavis and Butt-head." Episodes featured the animated duo sitting around in their AC/DC and Metallica T-shirts burning things, abusing animals and coming to the epiphany that a music video they were watching "sucks."

"They're so politically incorrect in a politically correct time that I thought it would be a breath of fresh air," said executive producer Abby Terkuhle, as quoted in Newsday ("Rude, Crude... and Cool," July 25, 1993).

A more recent phenomenon is "Total Request Live." With an emphasis on viewer participation, the show has become a marker of who is hot in pop music.

Even though many of the series focus on what could be called "MTV culture," taking a look at the viewers rather than the artists, there were also those shows that provided a new perspective of bands that had previously been seen only in their videos. One such series of shows was "Unplugged." Featuring acoustic performances from bands like Nirvana and R.E.M., the show proved that bands could sing and play, as well as rock.

Not to limit itself to just the musical world, MTV started getting involved in politics. "Rock the Vote," a non-profit organization made up of members of the recording industry, started running public service announcements urging 18- to 25-year-olds to register to vote.

"Young people feel the candidates don't speak to the issues they care about," said Becky Cain, president of the National League of Women Voters, as quoted in USA Today ("Rock the Vote pulls the MTV generation to the polls," Nov. 3, 1992).

This may have been the thinking behind then-governor Bill Clinton's appearance on the station in June of '92. He met with 200 young people and answered any questions they had.

This move was unique both for presidential candidates and for MTV.

"It's smart of MTV to cover politics, but it's even smarter of Bill Clinton to use MTV to reach young voters," said Howard Polskin on a CNN report on June 26, 1992.

Not everyone was as impressed with MTV's move toward politics, however. A USA Today article ("You shouldn't want your MTV News," Aug. 8, 1991) accused the station of being too leftist.

"The 10th anniversary revelry continues, culminating in a November ABC special. We are asked to join in celebrating a message to children that conservatives are evil, abortion is acceptable and religion should be dismissed. Parents should ask themselves: Do we really want our MTV?" the article read.

MTV also led the way into reality programming with "The Real World," which premiered in 1992, and influenced the influx of shows like "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

Along with the decision to increase programs rather than videos, there was a shift in the types of videos that were made.

In general, they have become more expensive, showier and laden with special effects. "It has forced us to raise our budgets and ... that ... affects which artists' videos we make and don't make," said Wendy Griffiths, vice president of video promotion for Reprise Records.

Overall, the videos have placed increasing pressure on bands to have an image. From boy bands to metal bands, the way the groups look in their videos influence their success.

"It did become form over substance and I think it affected the credibility of pop music," said Dave Wakeling of the 1980s bands The English Beat and General Public.

Taking another perspective, Romeo Dejai, of the KPWR afternoon show "Goodfellas and Tito," sees it as an opportunity for artists to show their unique style.

"It means so much in music," he said. "I think MTV allows artists to be trend-setters."

When that first video played on MTV, no one could have anticipated the way the station would grow and change, from a music video outlet to an icon.

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