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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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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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Storyline

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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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

In a Huffington Post article, Mindy Cohn lamented that she could not audition for Saint Elmo's Fire while she was on Facts of Life in 1985 because NBC would not let her out of her contract. She was up for Wendy Beamish, the role that went to Mare Winningham. She said she missed out on many opportunities because of Facts of Life's rigorous schedule for nine years. 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

Jo Polniaczek: There are people who in this world get shoved around and there are people who do the shoving!
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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 »

Soundtracks

The Facts of Life
(title theme)
Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
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Wonderful
21 April 2001 | by LiLPrincessSee all my reviews

I LOVE this show! It's dramatic and funny simaltaneously. The Facts of Life focuses on serious issues that teens have to face and it also has a humorous twist.

Mrs. Garret, who is played by the very talented Charlotte Rae, is a housekeeper turned housemother turned dietician. She watches out for four girls, Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Jo (Nancy McKeon), Tootie (Kim Fields) and Natalie (Mindy Cohn). She plays the peacemaker and always tries to resolve problems that the girls are dealing with. She calls them "her girls" and is always there for them when they need her.

The episodes with Mrs. Garret are the best. However, the ones later on into the show where she is gone and her sister Beverly Ann is around are horrible. And the cast additions that took place in the last two years of the show, Makenzie Astin as Andy and Sherry Krenn as Pippa, totally ruined The Facts of Life.

I suggest that you watch the episodes that are from the first several years of this show because they feature an excellent cast. But don't watch the last two years of this show because the new cast was horrible, with the exception of the four original girls that remained on The Facts of Life from the very beginning.


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