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The Facts of Life 

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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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the first season there was always clapping at the end of the first segment. This was the format for all Norman Lear sitcoms, where the first segment was treated like the first act of a play; the clapping was supposed to signify the end of that first act. Then, as with all his other sitcoms in 1980, Lear changed his format, and they stopped adding pre-recorded clapping at the end of each segment. You can see the change in format on all his shows that season, Archie Bunkers Place, The Jeffersons, Different Strokes, and One Day at a Time. 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 Ramsey: There's going to be trouble...
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) 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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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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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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