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"The Facts of Life" The First Time (1988)

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Original Air Date:
6 February 1988 (Season 9, Episode 16)
Natalie goes to bed with her boyfriend, Snake. See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Marian Deaton 
Writing credits
Howard Leeds (developed by) &
Ben Starr (developed by) &
Jerry Mayer (developed by)

Dick Clair (created by) &
Jenna McMahon (created by)

Ross Brown (written by)

Produced by
Douglas Arango .... supervising producer
Ross Brown .... producer
Rita Dillon .... producer
Phil Doran .... supervising producer
Irma Kalish .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ray Colcord 
Cinematography by
Mark J. Levin 
Film Editing by
Ken Denisoff (video tape)
Casting by
Marc Hirschfeld 
Meg Liberman 
Art Direction by
Scott Heineman 
Costume Design by
Diana Eden 
Makeup Department
Betty Niecy Alexander-Lawson .... hair stylist
Lorraine Polak .... makeup artist
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... hair stylist
Production Management
Fran McConnell .... production supervisor
Ed Rossi .... unit manager
Ken Stump .... in charge of production
Art Department
Artie Contreras .... scenic artist
Robert Devicariis .... property master
Sound Department
Joyce Grossman .... audio
Rick Himot .... re-recording
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording mixer
Vic Ortiz .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Carlson .... camera operator
Thomas W. Markle .... lighting consultant
Rocky Parkhurst .... lighting consultant
Casting Department
Tim Flack .... executive in charge of casting
Music Department
Al Burton .... composer: theme music
Gloria Loring .... composer: theme music
Alan Thicke .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Barbara Brace .... production coordinator
Jeanie Bradley .... production consultant
Gerry Bucci .... technical director
Michelle Burrage .... production services coordinator
Bob Colleary .... executive story editor (as R.J. Colleary)
Deborah Curtan .... production consultant
Christina Gunderson .... production associate
Chris Klausen .... stage manager
Kathy Lette .... program consultant
Michael Poryes .... story editor
C.J. Rapp Pittman .... stage manager
Horace Scott .... technical manager
Mark Tuttle .... executive script consultant
Martha Williamson .... story editor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Clair  creator
Howard Leeds  developed by
Jerry Mayer  developed by
Jenna McMahon  creator
Ben Starr  developed by

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Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The episode "The First Time" (ep. #9.16) in which Natalie lost her virginity was originally written for Blair. But Lisa Whelchel refused to appear in this episode as it conflicted with her strongly held values. Whelchel, a practicing Christian, did not want to appear to condone sex before marriage. This was the only episode of the series in which Blair did not appear.See more »
Tootie Ramsey:Lately things have been so much quieter around here.
Jo Polniaczek:I like to think it's because Blair's out of town.
Tootie Ramsey:Jo, Blair doesn't talk that much.
Jo Polniaczek:No, it's just that her hair is so loud.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Why couldn't she have lost it to George Clooney?!?!?!, 24 October 2007
Author: jay-976 from United States

Not a terrible episode. I finally got to see it on youtube, after years of waiting to see this controversial infamous "Facts of Life" episode. I cannot believe all the years I have watched and loved this show, and up until now I never saw this one episode. I have heard about it and read about it, but now is the first time - no pun intended - I've ever watched the full episode. Well, it wasn't as sappy as I was expecting it to be. One of the better episodes from this particular season. Many accuse this of being the "Jump the Shark" episode of "Facts of Life". What bothered me is that I always thought for some strange reason that the guy who Natalie sleeps with for the first time was the George Clooney character. I always sensed some sexual tension especially between George and Natalie for some reason. The guy playing Snake wasn't terrible, but I remember him from "Fast Times at Rigemont High" where he played the sleezy Damone, who impregnaned Jennifer Jason Leigh's character, then ditches her. So, even though the character of Snake is a little nicer than Damone, just the thought of the same actor who stole Jennifer's virginity in "Fast Times" and in the process knocked her up, being the guy who takes Natalie Green's virginity was a little disturning. Nonetheless, the episode does offer a happy ending, and some nice little life lessons thrown in, without being preachy. I was expecting a high-in-drama episode after the build-up, kind of similar to the episode in one of the earlier seasons where Tuttie becomes overly obsessed with Jermaine Jackson to the point of having a meltdown over not being allowed to go to his concert. But, this was a pretty decent episode about sexuality and the pros and cons, as Jo points out while eating a bowl of Grape Nuts.

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