A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.
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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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Blair Warner: Do you know what Jo's real name is? Joanna Marie!
Jo Polniaczek: Only my mother calls me Joanna Marie.
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Referenced in Dave's Old Porn: Bill Burr/Nina Hartley (2011) 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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Stupefying

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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