A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.
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Complete series cast summary:
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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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(209 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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When Diff'rent Strokes became an instant hit, it was also at the time one of NBC's few viable series. As a result,Fred Silverman believed that the network could capitalize from a Diff'rent Strokes spin off. It was ultimately determined that Charlotte Rae had the proper ability and experience to be able to carry her own series. In addition, it was felt that since Mrs. Garret wasn't central to Diff'rent Strokes her departure wouldn't negatively effect the series. See more »

Quotes

Tootie Ramsey: There's gonna be trouble!
Natalie Green: Make that double.
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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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WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!
30 December 2000 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I LOVE THE FACTS OF LIFE!!!!!!! It is my favorite show in the whole world! My favorite characters are Blair (Lisa Whelchel) and Jo (Nancy McKeon). I have almost every single episode taped, so that shows you how much I like it! If you are ever having problems, you can watch one of these episodes, and I always feel better right away, because the show covers real life problems that real teenagers would have.


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