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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Comedy | Family

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24 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Garrett's Girls  »

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1.33 : 1
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At the end of "Cupid's Revenge" Natalie, after waiting all episode for her date Snake to appear, and when he finally beeps her in his car off screen at the tail end, breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience. She says "You'll just have to trust me!" to the audience that suspects that she might have made up Snake like Blair accused her of; ala Jan Brady's George Glass; or like Tootie did in the "Dear Me" episode. This is the only time someone breaks the fourth wall in the series. See more »

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Blair: Whoever said it was lonely at the top was looking from the bottom.
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Referenced in Animaniacs: One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock (1996) See more »

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The Facts of Life
(title theme)
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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