A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »
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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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24 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Garrett's Girls  »

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(209 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David Coburn would play Carl, Tootie's dance partner and Fred's rival in the "Who Am I" episode. He would also play Jimmy in the Different Strokes episode "The Slumber Party", where he was Willis's friend and one of Tootie's rivals. He would also go on to play Captain Planet in the Captain Planet TV series for many years. See more »

Quotes

Blair: Whoever said it was lonely at the top was looking from the bottom.
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Spun-off from Diff'rent Strokes (1978) 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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I greatly enjoy this classic, durable series.
23 July 2005 | by (Crestview, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

The Facts of Life ran on network TV during my early years but I have seen it in syndication and I really, really like what I have seen. The series is intensely entertaining to say the least. My favorite character is none other than Jo Polniaczek, portrayed by the ever-gorgeous Nancy McKeon. From the way I look at it, the series' best episodes are those that revolve around the Jo character. The other cast members are also terrific but McKeon will always be my top favorite from the classic NBC show.

I really hope that entire Facts of Life series gets released on DVD eventually. Hopefully, when this finally happens, retail stores will be able to keep the boxed sets in stock. Also, I really hope that the first two seasons get released as one set, as those two were only half-seasons. I am very anxious to view this incredible show again!


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