The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

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 Natalie Green (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Blair Warner (200 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (200 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Jo Polniaczek (188 episodes, 1980-1988)
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 Edna Garrett (147 episodes, 1979-1986)
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A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett. Later in the series, Mrs. Garrett is promoted to school dietician, and four of the girls move into new quarters above the cafeteria. Eventually she leaves the school and opens her own business, with help from her girls. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life...

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24 August 1979 (USA)  »

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During the course of the show it was revealed that Mrs. Garrett and Beverly Ann hailed from Appleton, Wisconsin; Blair and Natalie hailed from Manhattan; Jo hailed from the Bronx, and Tootie from Washington D.C. See more »

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[after Blair goes crashing through the bedroom wall]
Tootie Ramsey: Excuse me, Mrs. Garrett, did Blair come crashing through here?
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Featured in Married with Children: If I Could See Me Now (1991) See more »

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The Facts of Life
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Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
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24 August 2006 | by (TCM's Basement) – See all my reviews

Unlike many people on here, I never really liked the first season. It was downright bad. They got it right when the show was drastically overhauled for the second season and shifted the focus to a much smaller group of girls. Charlotte Rae was a great asset to this talented cast and her character grounded everyone but also evolved far from being the Drummond's maid. This show is superior from it's predecessor. The series seemed to loose focus again when they shifted the location from Eastland to running a specialty shop. It should have ended upon the girls graduating from the school. A good show for it's time with many fond memories.


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