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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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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 <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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Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garrett's Girls  »

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(209 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett: [Mrs. Garrett is giving the girls their mail] And the rest is for Natalie.
Tootie Ramsey: *All* of those?
Blair Warner: Natalie... have you been writing to prisoners again?
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Referenced in Entourage: Crash and Burn (2006) See more »


The Facts of Life
(title theme)
Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
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I used to like The Facts of Life as a kid. I recently saw it on Nick at Nite during the Revenge of the 80s week and I have to wonder why. As my girlfriend so rightly said, the show's idea of comedy is adding a laughtrack to a totally normal saying. "Hey, how's it going" followed by a laughtrack passes for comedy with Mrs. Garrett and the gang.

Still, it's hard to hate the show. The cast is amiable enough and unlike, say, Full House, it's not saccharine enough to sap you of your will to live. It's earnest "issue" episodes are screamingly hilarious- unintentionally so, natch- and it did run in the two greatest decades ever (the 70s and 80s). All the same, it feels as if it was written by aliens desperately guessing what humans might find funny based on second hand info and failing miserably. Worth checking out if just for it's totally bizarre nature.

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