The Facts of Life (TV Series 1979–1988) Poster



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Followed by 

Spun-off from 

Diff'rent Strokes (1978) (TV Series)
Diff'rent Strokes: The Girls School (1979) sets up the premise.


The Facts of Life Down Under (1987) (TV Movie)

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Tom Hanks/Lynn Redgrave/Franklyn Ajaye (1982) (TV Episode)
Lynn Redgrave mentions that her kids watch the show
Night of 100 Stars II (1985) (TV Movie)
Part of the "TV Stars" segment
Back to Next Saturday (1985) (TV Movie)
Blair Warner is a main character
Newhart: Larry's Dead, Long Live Larry (1986) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Charles Grodin/Dom Irrera/Tommy Walton (1986) (TV Episode)
Johnny shows a fake diet-themed item based on the series
The Golden Girls: The Housekeeper (1987) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Small Wonder: The Fats of Life (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
during the campfire scene, in the beginning the said " I hear 2 stories 1: he's dead and 2: he's in hollywood playing the dark-haired girl on the facts of life".
Mama's Family: Mama's Layaway Plan (1989) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Mama Harper.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Psychic Fun-omenon Day (1990) (TV Episode)
Shirley looks into her crystal ball and sees a "Facts of Life" rerun.
Saturday Night Live: Michael J. Fox/Black Crowes (1991) (TV Episode)
Referenced on America's Most Wanted: Former Child Actors
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Just Infatuation (1991) (TV Episode)
Carlton said he had a crush on Tootie from this show.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Full Mental Jacket (1991) (TV Episode)
Parker says, "When a woman cries, a man can't help but respond. It worked for Ingrid Bergman when she cried for Bogey in 'Casablanca.' It worked for Demi Moore when she cried for Swayze in 'Ghost.' And it worked on a very special episode of 'Facts of Life' when Tootie cried for Blair."
Tiny Toon Adventures: Elephant Issues (Why Dizzy Can't Read/C.L.I.D.E. And Prejudice/One Beer) (1991) (TV Episode)
Babs: "Didn't this same plot line happen to Tootie on 'The Facts of Life'?"
Married with Children: Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2 (1991) (TV Episode)
Al can't find anything to watch on his new cable channels. He gets especially upset when the theme song for this show is heard.
Married with Children: The Goodbye Girl (1992) (TV Episode)
Kelly says this show's fan club pavillion is always empty.
Roundhouse: TV on Trial (1992) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in "Don't Make Me Give It Up" rap.
Married with Children: Mr. Empty Pants (1993) (TV Episode)
Peggy: "They still call the fat girls on ''The Facts of Life''... ''the fat girls on The Facts of Life''!"
Married with Children: Take My Wife, Please (1993) (TV Episode)
Al begs Death to spare him and take somebody who deserves it, "like Michael Bolton or whoever wrote that 'Facts of Life' theme."
Animaniacs: Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled/Moon Over Minerva/Skullhead Boneyhands (1993) (TV Episode)
The damned in Hell are forced to watch the show.
Married with Children: Dances with Weezie (1993) (TV Episode)
Bud: "Was the 'Facts of Life - Eating On Up' - Tour all sold out?"
The Simpsons: Bart Gets Famous (1994) (TV Episode)
In her daydream, Lisa mentions the show.
The Nanny: The Whine Cellar (1994) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Roseanne: Direct to Video (1995) (TV Episode)
Theme song is heard when the family is watching TV.
The Cable Guy (1996)
The Cable Guy admits he leaned about the birds and bees from this series
Animaniacs: One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced while Slappy is watching TV
Living Single: Moi the Jury (1996) (TV Episode)
Kyle mentions the character Tootie, whom Kim Fields (Regine) played on the series.
The Nanny: The Facts of Lice (1997) (TV Episode)
The episode title is in reference to the show.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
Observer: I, I, I believe it was a mediocre sit-com of the 1980's starring Charlotte Rae.
Step by Step: The Facts of Life (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1997) (TV Episode)
..Facts of Lifees...
MADtv: Episode #3.14 (1998) (TV Episode)
The Vancome lady calls a black girl "Tootie."
The Nanny: The Fran in the Mirror (1999) (TV Episode)
Fran mentions the characters Tootie, Blair and Natalie.
South Park: The Succubus (1999) (TV Episode)
Mr Garrison gives a lesson on this TV show (the joke is you think he's talking about the facts of life, only then you find out he means the TV show).
Family Guy: A Hero Sits Next Door (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter pitches the idea of Facts of Life transformers which tie in with this show.,
Family Guy: Running Mates (2000) (TV Episode)
theme song heard
The Bogus Witch Project (2000) (TV Movie)
The King of Queens: Hi-Def Jam (2001) (TV Episode)
Carrie and Pruzan watch on TV.
Family Guy: Peter Griffin: Husband, Father... Brother? (2001) (TV Episode)
While trying to convince the Quahog African American League that he is black, Peter references the experiences of black characters in the Jeffersons, Good Times, The Facts of Life, and Different Strokes to show that he was with them.
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002)
Tooty mentioned
Gilmore Girls: Richard in Stars Hollow (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says that, in a TV movie, "Nancy McKeon will be playing me. I am Jo."
Family Guy: Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 (2002) (TV Episode)
Peter demads that the towns people erect a statue of Blair Warner and Mrs Garrett
Saturday Night Live: Cameron Diaz/Jimmy Eat World (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Gilmore Girls: Teach Me Tonight (2002) (TV Episode)
Kirk compares his filmmaking abilities to Asaad Kelada's work on the series.
Scrubs: My Nightingale (2002) (TV Episode)
Ted's "band" shows how they have moved on from singing cartoon theme songs to "Primetime" by singing the theme to "The Facts of Life".
Saturday Night Live: Jeff Gordon/Avril Lavigne (2003) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Acces Hollywood skit
Girls Will Be Girls (2003)
Evie claims to have guest starred on Tabitha and The Facts of Life.
Ghost Master (2003) (Video Game)
Character names referenced as names in Haunting 101.
Chappelle's Show: Music Jump-Off (2004) (TV Episode)
Dave sings the theme song
Wonderfalls: Cocktail Bunny (2004) (TV Episode)
the title song is sung
Saturday Night Live: Queen Latifah (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Weekend Update
October Moon (2005) (Video)
"Blair, Tootie, and Mrs. Garrett" line in film.
Family Guy: The Griffin Family History (2006) (TV Episode)
Tootie and Blair mentioned
Family Guy: Bango Was His Name-O (2006) (TV Episode)
Tootie mentioned
Entourage: Crash and Burn (2006) (TV Episode)
Paul Haggis talks about "The Facts of Life"
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes' (2006) (TV Movie)
Dana Plato was going skying with the cast from this TV series
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XVII (2006) (TV Episode)
The Homer blob eats the cast of this show.
Psych: Psy vs. Psy (2007) (TV Episode)
Shawn quotes Mindy Cohn in "The Facts of Life."
Push (2007) (Short)
One of the characters makes a joke about Diane's "Mrs. Garrett weave."
Scrubs: My Jerks (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Scrubs: My ABC's (2009) (TV Episode)
J.D. calls Denise "Jo"
My Fake Fiancé (2009) (TV Movie)
Vince describes the show while fabricating his life story.
Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Green Day (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth & Amy during 'Really with Seth & Amy'
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,200 clue in the category "TV Themes in 'F'"
Supernatural: The Real Ghostbusters (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by chuck
Scrubs: Our Drunk Friend (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Blake Lively/Rihanna (2009) (TV Episode)
Facts of Live season 3 marathon mentioned during Kickspit Underground Rock Festival promo
Hollywood's Nailin' Palin (2010) (Video)
Sarah mentions the gall who played Joe from the Facts of Life got a part instead of her.
Community: Physical Education (2010) (TV Episode)
Britta says, "You should be like Jo from 'Facts of Life.'"
Saturday Night Live: Jude Law/Pearl Jam (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the Kickspit Underground Rock Festival ad
After Lately: Crudite (2011) (TV Episode)
Geri Jewell appearing on the show is mentioned.
Weeds: Une Mère Que J'aimerais Baiser (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Radiohead (2011) (TV Episode)
Natalie (Bobby Moynihan) from "The Facts of Life" does a screen test for "Top Gun."
The Nostalgia Chick: The Worst Witch (2011) (TV Episode)
mentions Charlotte Rae having been on this show.
Dave's Old Porn: Bill Burr/Nina Hartley (2011) (TV Episode)
Bill Burr calls NIna Hartley a 'sexy Mrs. Garret' in Sorority Pink
Dave's Old Porn: Jim Norton/Seka (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Jim Norton
House of Lies: Mini-Mogul (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Lindsay Lohan/Jack White (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Rude Buddha!" segment
Epic Rap Battles of History: Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley (2012) (TV Episode)
Tootie Ramsey briefly appears
The Cinema Snob: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (2012) (TV Episode)
A character speculates that Angela is now plying the dark-haired girl on this show, and Snob thinks the kid is referring to George Clooney.
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: Love and Monsters... (2012) (TV Episode)
Chloe plays the theme song
Survivor: Not the Only Actor on This Island (2012) (TV Episode)
Penner mentions that Lisa was on The Facts of Life
Survivor: Million Dollar Question (2012) (TV Episode)
Lisa mentions being on the show during a confessional
Survivor: Reunion (2012) (TV Episode)
numerous mentions of the show with Lisa
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.190 (2012) (TV Episode)
T.J. mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.10 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the show by name.
Cougar Town: Runnin' Down a Dream (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Laurie
Glee: Guilty Pleasures (2013) (TV Episode)
Santana and Kurt bonding over a marathon of the show
Saturday Night Live: Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix (2013) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Drunk Uncle sings part of "The Facts of Life" theme song.
Family Guy: Bigfat (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Blackcat Riffs: Sex Madness (2013) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner sings the theme song.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.116 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions the character of Tootie.
Raising Hope: Adoption (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Virginia
The Neighbors: Fear and Loving in New Jersey (2014) (TV Episode)
Marty uses the theme song lyrics in a speech to his extra-terrestrial neighbors.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.126 (2014) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
The Goldbergs: The Facts of Bleeping Life (2014) (TV Episode)
Bev plagiarizes the lyrics from the theme song for her wedding vows.
Allison and Stan's First Annual Christmas Frolic (2014) (Video)
The cast is supposed to take part in the show.
Inside Amy Schumer: 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer (2015) (TV Episode)
The jurors compare the relative attractiveness of the show's characters.
Halt and Catch Fire: SETI (2015) (TV Episode)
The fence refers to Donna as Mrs. Garrett.
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Drew Barrymore/Claire Crosby/Stephen 'tWitch' Boss (2017) (TV Episode)
Ellen makes a joke about the show.
You Can't Do That on Television: Jealousy (TV Episode)
Lisa compares Christine's entertainment career against kids in other shows

Featured in 

Married with Children: If I Could See Me Now (1991) (TV Episode)
Al watches it and sings along with the theme song.
America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998) (TV Movie)
clips from the show are used here
E! True Hollywood Story: The Facts of Life Girls (1999) (TV Episode)
clips tell the story of the show's production
Child Stars: Their Story (2000) (TV Movie)
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
I Love the '80s: 1985 (2002) (TV Episode)
Art School Confidential (2006)
the theme song to this tv show is playing on the tv in the background of the old drunk guys apartment
The Greatest: 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80's (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage from the TV series was featured in this mini-series.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The American/Going the Distance/Machete (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown while Ellen summarizes George Clooney's movie career
Survivor: Survivor Smacked Me in the Chops (2012) (TV Episode)
clip of Lisa Whelchel as Blair shown when she talks about her past
TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Spookiest Halloween Episodes (2014) (Video)
TV episode is featured in this DVD collection
The Goldbergs: The Facts of Bleeping Life (2014) (TV Episode)
Bev watches the show on TV.
The Goldbergs: So Swayze It's Crazy (2017) (TV Episode)
A clip of this show is shown.
The Goldbergs: The Goldberg Girls (2018) (TV Episode)
Title card shown in beginning of episode.

Spoofed in 

Stay Tuned (1992)
Family Guy: Brian Goes Back to College (2005) (TV Episode)
Brian watches a spoof of this show on TV
Family Guy: Prick Up Your Ears (2006) (TV Episode)
Stewie says "I'm prepared to fight the tooth fairy like Geri fought comedy on The Facts of Life". A clip follows where Geri speaks and the audience moans.
Robot Chicken: Celebutard Mountain (2007) (TV Episode)
The show's final episode is re-created.
The Facts of Life (2011) (Video)
Adult parody of the series.
Too Many Cooks (2014) (TV Short)
Theme song is similar
Transparent: Just the Facts (2016) (TV Episode)
Maura, Vicki, Davina and Sal go see a drag performance on a takeoff of the show.

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