A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article praising the heartwarming (to me) and hilarious (again, to me) video redoing the opening credits from GROWING PAINS with the 70s and 80s legendary slashers Jason, Michael, Freddy, Leatherface, and Chucky. Giving it some additional thought (as I watched it for the seventy-second time) I remembered that this isn’t the only connection between GROWING PAINS and Freddy Krueger. The sitcom had introduced the character Graham Lubbock, a wisecracking PE teacher who served as foil to chronic screw-up Mike Seaver. Wanting a spin-off series, they introduced the audience to the rest of Lubbock’s family, all nine of them. Turns out he and his wife were Catholic and had a LOT of kids. One of those kids, Marie, one of the four teenage daughters who became the focus of the show as it progressed through its three-season run on ABC (hey, sex sells; I have such fond memories of the vacation episode in which the four girls wore bathing suits) was portrayed by none other than Heather Langenkamp. She was the nerdy, conservative one. You could tell because she always wore glasses. Heather appeared in the original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in 1984, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS in 1987, and the criminally underrated WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE in 1994.
Another of Coach Lubbock’s hot daughters, the boy-crazed blonde, Wendy, was portrayed by Brooke Theiss, who starred as Debbie the Roach-girl in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET IV: THE DREAM MASTER. JUST THE TEN OF US debuted on television in April of 1988, just four months before the fourth Freddy film hit theaters. So not one but two of Freddy’s girls went on to star in the comedy series, after first appearing on GROWING PAINS.