This is the theme song to the TV series Growing Pains
, which ran on ABC for seven seasons from 1985-1992. The wholesome sitcom drew strong ratings and launched the career of Kirk Cameron, who starred as oldest son Mike Seaver. A young Leonardo DiCaprio was added to the cast in season 7, but by then the show had jumped the shark.
This was a time when 30-minute comedies (23 minutes minus ads) were willing to devote a full minute to the opening themes
, so the song was crucial. Many of the top shows - Cheers
, The Golden Girls
, Family Ties
- had songs viewers knew by heart. Producers of Growing Pains
commissioned two seasoned songwriters to compose the theme: John Bettis and Steve Dorff. Bettis had co-written hits for The Carpenters, including "Top Of The World
" and "Yesterday Once More
." Dorff's credits included "I Just Fall in Love Again
" by Anne Murray and "Through The Years" by Kenny Rogers.
Another trend at this time was to leave the show title out of the lyrics so the song could focus on the feeling - it would be hard to convey much emotional depth in a song called "Growing Pains." Bettis and Dorff came up with a song called "As Long As We Got Each Other," which dialed in on the bonds that held the Seaver family together - no matter what happens, they're there for each other.