Mrs. Edna Garrett, the Drummonds' former housekeeper, teaches a group of girls at a boarding school how to 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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Complete series cast summary:
Lisa Whelchel ...  Blair Warner / ... 201 episodes, 1979-1988
Kim Fields ...  Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey / ... 201 episodes, 1979-1988
Mindy Cohn ...  Natalie Green / ... 201 episodes, 1979-1988
Nancy McKeon ...  Jo Polniaczek / ... 188 episodes, 1980-1988
Charlotte Rae ...  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, the Drummonds' maid on Diff'rent Strokes. Later in the series, she is promoted to school dietitian, and four of the girls move into new quarters above the cafeteria. She eventually leaves the school and opens her own business, with help from the 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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Geri Jewell, George Clooney and Molly Ringwald all played characters named after them. See more »

Goofs

Though Nancy McKeon's character was penned as Joanna Marie Polniaczek, some called her by the name Joann, not Joanna as it was in the scripts. See more »

Quotes

[Tootie is a teen model and is ready for her photo shoot]
Tootie Ramsey: Am I a fox or what?
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Alternate Versions

Reruns of the series in the US are cut by two minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Green Day (2009) 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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One of my all time favorites.
9 April 2000 | by crisrabbSee all my reviews

This show aired when I was just entering my teens, and I can't think of a better time to have had such a wonderful show to watch. It was as if someone had asked my little-girl imagination what it's dream show would be, and then made it just for me. I've enjoyed the re-runs on USA, but can't quite understand why they never show the earliest episodes from 1979. Observant fans will remember those as the ones with the girls living in the dorm, prior to working in the cafeteria. Those were my favorites, and it seems like they never show them. Please get a clue USA. That's when the show was at it's best!


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA) See more »

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Garrett's Girls See more »

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(209 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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