The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Blair Warner (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
 Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
 Natalie Green (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
 Jo Polniaczek (188 episodes, 1980-1988)
 Edna Garrett (155 episodes, 1979-1986)


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garrett's Girls  »

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(209 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Edna and Beverly Ann were sisters on the show. In real life, Charlotte Rae is older than Cloris Leachman by only 8 days. See more »


Tootie Ramsey: There's going to be trouble...
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The Facts of Life
(title theme)
Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
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21 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

I LOVE this show! It's dramatic and funny simaltaneously. The Facts of Life focuses on serious issues that teens have to face and it also has a humorous twist.

Mrs. Garret, who is played by the very talented Charlotte Rae, is a housekeeper turned housemother turned dietician. She watches out for four girls, Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Jo (Nancy McKeon), Tootie (Kim Fields) and Natalie (Mindy Cohn). She plays the peacemaker and always tries to resolve problems that the girls are dealing with. She calls them "her girls" and is always there for them when they need her.

The episodes with Mrs. Garret are the best. However, the ones later on into the show where she is gone and her sister Beverly Ann is around are horrible. And the cast additions that took place in the last two years of the show, Makenzie Astin as Andy and Sherry Krenn as Pippa, totally ruined The Facts of Life.

I suggest that you watch the episodes that are from the first several years of this show because they feature an excellent cast. But don't watch the last two years of this show because the new cast was horrible, with the exception of the four original girls that remained on The Facts of Life from the very beginning.

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