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The Facts of Life 

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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lisa Whelchel ...  Blair Warner / ... 202 episodes, 1979-1988
Kim Fields ...  Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey / ... 202 episodes, 1979-1988
Mindy Cohn ...  Natalie Green / ... 202 episodes, 1979-1988
Nancy McKeon ...  Jo Polniaczek / ... 189 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. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Garrett's Girls See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(209 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Though the Facts of Life was a Norman Lear production, and though it was a popular and successful show, still the longest running program featuring an all female cast, Norman Lear never put his name on the credits, opting for the more generic "Tandem Productions," and he also never mentions it in interviews. 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

Blair Warner: Do you know what Jo's real name is? Joanna Marie!
Jo Polniaczek: Only my mother calls me Joanna Marie.
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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: Lindsay Lohan/Jack White (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Facts of Life
(title theme)
Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
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We Could Always Use the Facts of Life!
18 October 2006 | by SylSee all my reviews

The Facts of Life was an unusual comedy series on NBC because it lasted so long and in different environments. First, Charlotte Rae became so famous for playing Mrs. Edna Garrett on Different Strokes that she earned her own show. The first season was set with a large cast of characters including one girl who had a boyfriend named Roger. Molly Ringwald was a cast member before she became a movie star. There was the blonde pretty girl but not Blair played by Lisa Welchel. Then there was chubby Natalie Greene played by Mindy Cohn and roller skating Tootie played by Kim Fields. Jo played by Nancy McKeon joined the cast later on. The show kept changing it's cast and it got better. They narrowed it down to four girls, Blair, Natalie, Tootie, and Josephine (from the wrong side of the tracks). The cast got along better. I felt like I grew up with this show like many girls my age. Even when Mrs. Garrett left, she was replaced by Cloris Leachman. What a cast that included George Clooney at one time, Marj Dusay, Randee Heller, Alex Rocco, Mackenzie Astin, and others along the way.


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