The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

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 Blair Warner (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Natalie Green (201 episodes, 1979-1988)
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 Jo Polniaczek (188 episodes, 1980-1988)
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 Edna Garrett (154 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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Julie Piekarski who played Sue Ann Weaver and Lisa Whelchel who played Blair Warner were Mousekateers together before starring on the show. They both were featured in The New Mickey Mouse Club (1977) along with Molly Ringwald who also starred in the first season of The Facts of Life (1979) as Molly Parker. 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 Mama's Family: Mama's Layaway Plan (1989) 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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PURE 80's
25 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

If you want to see another example of why the 80's were the greatest decade of the 20th century, here's a prime example. Although I was a male, me and my brothers loved this show. I don't why, I guess it was a "what were we thinking" kind of deal. I guess as fans of "Diff'rent Strokes", we would watch the spin-offs. Granted, no one in the cast of females would cause the S Club 7 girls to lose sleep in the beauty department (sorry Lisa), but the character development was superb. Natalie Green, Jo Polnochek, Tootie Ramsey, Blair Warner, and the young girls that would come and go were all so appealing. You cared about them all. Charlotte Rae's Mrs. Garrett was the kind of women we all wish we could have known and befriended. Heck, I even miss Pippa, she was a cute, headstrong kind of girl. The acting was always good, it felt like it was real life instead of an act. I would like to check this show out again, just to see why I watched it. Oh, and Mrs. Garrett, Oingo Boingo's music is still very cool.


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