6.8/10
4,718
37 user 25 critic

The Facts of Life 

A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.
Reviews
Popularity
226 ( 582)

Watch Now

on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

Episodes

Seasons


Years



9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1988   1987   1986   1985   1984   1983   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff
Silver Spoons (1982–1987)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ricky Stratton is a spoiled rich kid who lives the life that many kids dream of, but he still suffers from the problems that many teens do.

Stars: Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins
Punky Brewster (1984–1988)
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson
Eight Is Enough (1977–1981)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

Stars: Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham
Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano
Webster (1983–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The post-retirement season is suddenly disrupted for football player George Papadapolis and his wife Katherine when Webster, the orphaned son of a former teammate, moves in. Laughter, and life lessons, in every episode.

Stars: Emmanuel Lewis, Alex Karras, Susan Clark
Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
Family Ties (1982–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.

Stars: Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander
The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a divorcée marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
Charles in Charge (1984–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships, and duties to the family.

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...  Blair Warner / ... 202 episodes, 1979-1988
...  Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey / ... 202 episodes, 1979-1988
...  Natalie Green / ... 202 episodes, 1979-1988
...  Jo Polniaczek / ... 189 episodes, 1980-1988
...  Edna Garrett 155 episodes, 1979-1986
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life...

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garrett's Girls  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(209 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Alda, Alan Alda's father, played Mr. Garrett, Mrs. Garrett's x-husband. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett: [Mrs. Garrett is giving the girls their mail] And the rest is for Natalie.
Tootie Ramsey: *All* of those?
Blair Warner: Natalie... have you been writing to prisoners again?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.190 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Facts of Life
(title theme)
Written by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton
Performed by Gloria Loring
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of my all time favorites.
9 April 2000 | by See 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!


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 37 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Horror and Thriller Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular horror and thriller movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed