The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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

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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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 Natalie Green (200 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Jo Polniaczek (188 episodes, 1980-1988)
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 Edna Garrett (145 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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The character Jo was inspired by then NBC Chief Fred Silverman after he had seen the film Little Darlings. He felt a streetwise scholarship student would contrast well, and add conflict, against the rich, spoiled Blair character. See more »

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Natalie Green: Who wants to be a skinny pencil? I'm happy being a magic marker!
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Referenced in The Nanny: The Facts of Lice (1997) 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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We Could Always Use the Facts of Life!
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Facts of Life was an unusual comedy series on NBC because it lasted so long and in different environments. First, Charlotte Rae became so famous for playing Mrs. Edna Garrett on Different Strokes that she earned her own show. The first season was set with a large cast of characters including one girl who had a boyfriend named Roger. Molly Ringwald was a cast member before she became a movie star. There was the blonde pretty girl but not Blair played by Lisa Welchel. Then there was chubby Natalie Greene played by Mindy Cohn and roller skating Tootie played by Kim Fields. Jo played by Nancy McKeon joined the cast later on. The show kept changing it's cast and it got better. They narrowed it down to four girls, Blair, Natalie, Tootie, and Josephine (from the wrong side of the tracks). The cast got along better. I felt like I grew up with this show like many girls my age. Even when Mrs. Garrett left, she was replaced by Cloris Leachman. What a cast that included George Clooney at one time, Marj Dusay, Randee Heller, Alex Rocco, Mackenzie Astin, and others along the way.


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