Joanna Kerns (b. 1953) is an actress and director best known for playing mom Carol Seaver on Growing Pains. After the series ended, she was a frequent star of TV movies of the week. She was heard in the Aliens in the Family episode "Bobut Conquers All," as a TV voice-over, spoofing her roles in TV movies.
Kerns guest starred on episodes of Hill street Blues, The Closer, The Love Boat, Laverne & Shirley, and Hunter and appeared in the miniseries V. After Growing Pains, apart from TV movies, she worked primarily as a television director, helming episodes of ER, Nashville, Pretty Little Liars, Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Ally McBeal, Dawson's Creek, and Judging Amy.