A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Blair Warner (202 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (202 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Natalie Green (202 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Jo Polniaczek (189 episodes, 1980-1988)
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 Edna Garrett (155 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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1.33 : 1
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Nancy McKeon appeared in a Hallmark commercial where she had to cry on cue in 1979-1980 when producers spotted her. The producers were retooling the show at this point and NBC Chairman Fred Silverman who had just seen the summer hit "Little Darlings" had suggested finding a Kristy McNichol type to round out the new cast, when the casting director spotted Nancy. It was at this point they decided to cast her as Jo. See more »

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Tootie Ramsey: There's going to be trouble...
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Referenced in Hollywood's Nailin' Palin (2010) 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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