The Facts of Life

NBC (ended 1988)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 25

    The Facts of Life Reunion

    Aired 11/18/01

  • S 9 : Ep 24

    The Beginning of the Beginning

    Aired 5/7/88

  • S 9 : Ep 23

    The Beginning of the End

    Aired 4/30/88

  • S 9 : Ep 22

    Big Apple Blues

    Aired 3/19/88

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    On the Edge

    Aired 3/12/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • Charlotte Rae

    Edna Garrett (1979-1986)

  • Lisa Whelchel

    Blair Warner

  • Kim Fields

    Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey

  • Mindy Cohn

    Natalie Green

  • Nancy McKeon

    Joanne "Jo" Polniaczek (1980-1988)

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  • show Description
  • The Facts of Life began in August of 1979 and aired on NBC. It was a spin-off to the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes on which Charlotte Rae played Mrs. Garrett, housekeeper to Philip Drummond's household. In The Facts of Life, Mrs. Garrett has become headmistress to an exclusive girls school, Eastland. Although the series had a rocky start, including low ratings and a cast overhaul. The series went on to becomes one of the longest running sitcoms of the 80's. In the first season the stories revolved around Mrs. Garrett and her adjustment to her new job. The first season also introduced to us seven girls, Nancy, Blair, Sue Ann, Cindy, Molly, Natalie and Tootie. At the beginning of the second season, the cast was trimmed down to Mrs. Garrett and four primary girls, Blair, Tootie, Natalie and a new girl, Jo. These four girls would remain until the end of the series with Mrs. Garrett re-marrying and leaving in 1986 and Cloris Leachman coming in to play Mrs. Garrett's sister, Beverly Ann from 1986-1988. On November 18, 2001, ABC aired The Facts of Life Reunion, in which Mrs. Garrett, Natalie, Blair and Tootie reunite. First Telecast: August 24, 1979 Last Telecast: September 10, 1988 Episodes: 209 Color Episodes Theme Song: "The Facts of Life" Written by: Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton Sung by: Charlotte Rae (Season 1) and Gloria Loring (Seasons 2-9) Spin-off of : Diff'rent Strokes NBC Broadcast History August-September 1979----Fridays----8:30 p.m. March-May 1980----Fridays----8:30 p.m. June-July 1980----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. August-October 1980----Fridays----8:30 p.m. November 1980-October 1981----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. October 1981-August 1985----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1985-June 1986----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. June 1986-May 1987----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. June-July 1987----Wednesdays----9:00 p.m. July 1987-September 1988----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 35 or Better) #26 in the 1980-1981 Season #24 in the 1981-1982 Season #24 in the 1983-1984 Season #32 in the 1984-1985 Season #27 in the 1985-1986 Seasonmoreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (501)

    • Garth: Come on, in Paris everyone has wine with lunch. Natalie: Does everyone has lunch at ten thirty in the morning?

    • Garth: No one understands how difficult it is being a man of artistic intensity. Natalie: You mean being a lush!

    • Jo: Baloney! You were just being gentlemanly and suave and... French. David: Forgive me, some habits are hard to break.

    • (After Cindy tells Mrs. Garrett her time clock started) Cindy: And the best thing of was, Greg winked at me. Blair: He what?

    • (After Cindy comes down the steps) Blair: Look. I'm going to do something that I've never done before in my life. I'm not going to be very good at it. (Looking at Mrs. Garrett) I apologize. I was really rotten. Cindy: I guess someone who can admit that they're rotten, really isn't.

    • (After Mrs. Garrett calls Blair out on talking a good game) Mrs. Garrett: Well, you know what they say, "If you're advertising, you must be selling." Blair: I'm not that kind of girl. You can ask any guy that I've dated. I'm a tease. Mrs. Garrett: (Laughing) A tease. Boy oh boy oh boy. You sure could have fooled me.

    • Cindy: Maybe Blair is right. I don't feel nervous around girls. You know me. I'm always hugging and all that junk. I gotta stop that. Mrs. Garrett: Don't you dare? Up here at the school, these girls are your family. There's nothing wrong with hugging and touching. It shows that you're a loving person and that's good. The only people who'll you that it's wrong, are the ones who can't reach out and do it themselves.

    • (Referring to Blair) Cindy: She was right about me. Mrs. Garrett: Right about what? Cindy: About me hugging and touching girls all the time. Not caring about boys. Mrs. Garrett. Maybe Blair is right. Maybe I'm not normal.

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    Notes (318)

    • In other episodes, Chip Hard played Tootie's mom.

    • This episode was videotaped on August 14, 1979.

    • Although Kimberly Drummond (of Diff'rent Strokes) is a student at Eastland, this is the only episode in which she is featured.

    • This episode used an extended version of the opening credits, which also included the cast of Diff'rent Strokes as guest stars.

    • This episode was videotaped on August 28, 1979.

    • This episode was videotaped on September 04, 1979.

    • This episodes features the first instance of Tootie's catchphrase: "We are in trou-ble!"

    • This episode was videotaped on September 11, 1979.

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    Trivia (45)

    • Notice at the end, Todd Bridges spilled a drink on the table.

    • No one notices the similarities between Blair's poem and Dickinson's original, not even the judges of the poetry contest. One would naturally assume that an English teacher or judges of a poetry contest would notice this.

    • Felice Schachter & Greg Bradford would later reunite in the 1982 movie Zapped! with fellow actor Scott Baio.

    • The character of Natalie Green was born September 2nd, 1966 making her 13 years old in this episode.

    • When Mr. Bradley and the girls are pointing out that Natalie doesn't look like her parents, the eye color and hair color, it doesn't seem to stop them despite all the photos being in black and white.

    • Notice the clock in the common room, it always has the same time on it.

    • This episode was deemed too controversal and was consequently banned on "Nick at Nite."

    • In this episode, Geri is introduced as "Geri Warner". However, in subsequent episodes, she is known as "Geri Tyler"

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    Allusions (26)

    • This "mini-series" was referenced in the Golden Girls when Bea Arthur's character Dorothy refered to "The Facts of Life Go to Australia."

    • Mr. Bradley: I was the Sigmund Freud of Sigma Phi. Sigmund Freud was the father of modern psychology.

    • Mrs. Garrett: You should get rid of that little white mustache. You look like Colonel Sanders. Colonel Sanders was the creator of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He is famous for his white bushy mustache.

    • Blair: Where should I put Quasimodo? Blair is comparing her painting to the hero of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    • Tootie: (Putting on a blonde wig) I always wanted to know what I look like as a blonde. Natalie: You look just like Suzanne Sommers. Suzanne Sommers is an actress famous for being on the TV show Three's Company and later a spokeswoman for the Home Shopping Network.

    • Tootie: You got to teach me to pluck my eyebrows. Mrs. Garrett: Not today, dear. Tootie: But if I do it, I'll look like Mr. Spock. Mr. Spock is a character from the original Star Trek TV series and movies.

    • Mrs. Garrett: He's a regular Longfellow. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a nineteenth-century poet famous for such works as Paul Revere's Ride and The Song of Hiawatha.

    • (Mrs. Garrett is eating a carrot.) Jo: What's up, Doc? Jo is referencing the famous image of Bugs Bunny nibbling on a carrot and saying "What's up, Doc?" to either Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam.

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  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • i like this show even though I watched it first time in 2013

    By sram1008, Apr 01, 2014

  • "I'm losing a bolt! I'm working at half-wattage here!" - Natalie - "Take my finals please!"

    By lynngriswold94, Jan 20, 2014

  • You take the good, you take the bad...

    By piccolomaster, Jun 27, 2010

  • The Facts Of Life. A private boarding school centering on a Matron,Mrs.Garret & her 4 teenage girl charges.

    By kazandrew, May 27, 2010

  • The annoying blond episodes

    By danagirl1980, Dec 18, 2008

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