The Facts Of Life




The Facts of Life Cast


Series Description

The Facts Of Life TV show was a 30 minute situation comedy series on NBC about the lives of teenage girls at a boarding school. Just about every topic you'd expect was covered in one episode or another. At what age is makeup or dating appropriate? Jealousy and fights occur but so do many good times! At every turn in their turbulant teenage lives, the lovable Mrs. Garret (their housemother) was there to guide them through the rough times and support them during the good ones!

Facts Of Life Cast

Charlotte Rae .... Edna Garrett
Lisa Whelchel .... Blair Warner
Nancy McKeon .... Jo Polniaczek
Mindy Cohn .... Natalie Green
Kim Fields .... Tootie Ramsey
Felice Schacter .... Nancy Olsen
Julie Ann Haddock .... Cindy Webster
Molly Ringwald .... Molly Parker
Julie Piekarski .... Sue Ann Weaver
Cloris Leachman .... Beverly Ann Stickle
George Clooney .... George Burnett
MacKenzie Astin .... Andy Moffet


Facts Of Life Trivia

The Facts of Life TV show was a "spin-off" of the 1978 series, "Diff'rent Strokes". On that series, Charlotte Rae played the role of the Drummond's housekeeper.

Cloris Leachman was the first actress to wim five Emmy Awards all in different categories. She won the title of "Miss Chicago" in the 1946 Miss America competition. She is perhaps best known for her role of "Phyllis Lyndstrom" on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970)". That series also "spin-off series" of its own titled, "Phyllis" 0n which Cloris starred for two seasons.

The Facts Of Life was the longest running TV show with an all female main cast.

Charlotte Rae's nickname is "Maude". She starred in the original run of the Broadway musical, "Lil' Abner" in the role of "Mammy Yokum.

Kim Fields was only 9 years old when she portrayed "Tootie" (who was supposed to be 12 years old) on the series. In order to make her appear older, during the first season of the Facts Of Life, she wore roller skates to increase her height on camera.

Actor Alan Thicke wrote the theme song for the Facts of Life and "Diff'rent Strokes" but not for his own series, "Growing Pains".

Lisa Whelchel got her big break when she was selected to be a "Mouseketeer" on the "Mickey Mouse Club" TV show. She sponsored several Mouseketeer reunions for former Cast. Her daughter appeared as an extra on the "Facts of Life Reunion" TV movie that aired on ABC in 2001.

Kim Fields was the first female, minority child star. She is also a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in communications.

Nancy McKeon got her start in show business at the age of two by modelling baby clothes in the Sears catalog. She and her brother did more than 65 commercials! She decided to not take part in the Facts of Life reunion movie. Like many others, she felt that reunion shows just don't live up to one's memories of the series and since she won't watch such TV shows, she wouldn't appear in one either.


Theme Song

Title: "The Facts of Life"

By: "Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton"

You take the good, you take the bad,
you take them both and there you have
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

There's a time you got to go and show
You're growin' now you know about
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

When the world never seems
to be livin up to your dreams
And suddenly you're finding out
the Facts of Life are all about you, you.

It takes a lot to get 'em right
When you're learning the Facts of Life (Learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life (Learning the Facts of Life)
Learning the Facts of Life.


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1
  1. Rough Housing (8/24/1979)
  2. Like Mother, Like Daughter (8/31/1979)
  3. The Return Of Mr. Garrett (9/7/1979)
  4. I.Q. (9/14/1979)
  5. Emily Dickinson (3/14/1980)
  6. The Facts Of Love (4/4/1980)
  7. Flash Flood (4/11/1980)
  8. Dope (4/25/1980)
  9. Running (5/2/1980)
  10. Adoption (8/8/1980)
  11. Dieting (9/5/1980)
  12. Molly's Holiday (10/3/1980)
  13. Overachieving (10/10/1980)
Season 2
  1. The New Girl - Part 1 (11/19/1980)
  2. The New Girl - Part 2 (11/26/1980)
  3. Double Standard (12/10/1980)
  4. Who Am I? (12/17/1980)
  5. Cousin Geri (12/24/1980)
  6. Shoplifting (12/31/1980)
  7. Teenage Marriage - Part 1 (1/7/1981)
  8. Teenage Marriage - Part 2 (1/14/1981)
  9. Breaking Point (1/28/1981)
  10. Sex Symbol (2/4/1981)
  11. The Secret (2/25/1981)
  12. Pretty Babies (3/4/1981)
  13. Bought And Sold (3/11/1981)
  14. Free Spirit (3/18/1981)
  15. Brian And Sylvia (3/25/1981)
  16. Gossip (6/3/1981)
Season 3
  1. Growing Pains (10/24/1981)
  2. Fear Strikes Back (11/4/1981)
  3. A Baby In The House (11/11/1981)
  4. A Friend In Deed (11/18/1981)
  5. Front Page (11/25/1981)
  6. Give And Take (12/2/1981)
  7. Sweet Sorrow (12/9/1981)
  8. From Russia With Love (12/16/1981)
  9. Dear Me (12/23/1981)
  10. Cousin Geri Returns (12/30/1981)
  11. Legacy (1/6/1982)
  12. Green-Eyed Monster (1/13/1982)
  13. The Americanization Of Miko (1/20/1982)
  14. The Marriage Brokers (1/27/1982)
  15. Starstruck (2/3/1982)
  16. The Four Musketeers (2/10/1982)
  17. The Affair (2/17/1982)
  18. Runaway (2/24/1982)
  19. New York, New York (3/3/1982)
  20. Kids Can Be Cruel (3/17/1982)
  21. Mind Your Own Business (3/24/1982)
  22. The Academy (3/31/1982)
  23. Jo's Cousin (4/14/1982)
  24. Read No Evil (5/5/1982)
Season 4
  1. The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris - Part 1 (9/25/1982)
  2. The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris - Part 2 (9/25/1982)
  3. The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris - Part 3 (9/25/1982)
  4. The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris - Part 4 (9/25/1982)
  5. Ain't Miss Beholden (9/29/1982)
  6. The Source (10/6/1982)
  7. The Sound Of Silence (10/27/1982)
  8. The Oldest Living Graduate (11/3/1982)
  9. Different Drummer (11/10/1982)
  10. Dearest Mommie (11/17/1982)
  11. A Woman's Place (11/24/1982)
  12. Daddy Girl (12/1/1982)
  13. The Big Fight (12/8/1982)
  14. For The Asking (12/15/1982)
  15. September Song (12/22/1982)
  16. A Royal Pain (1/5/1983)
  17. Magnificent Obsession (1/12/1983)
  18. Under Pressure (1/19/1983)
  19. Teacher's Pet (1/26/1983)
  20. Let's Party (2/9/1983)
  21. Best Sister - Part 1 (2/16/1983)
  22. Best Sister - Part 2 (2/23/1983)
  23. Guess What's Coming To Dinner? (3/9/1983)
  24. Who's On First (3/30/1983)
  25. Help From Home (4/6/1983)
  26. Take My Finals, Please (4/27/1983)
  27. Graduation - Part 1 (5/4/1983)
  28. Graduation - Part 2 (5/4/1983)
Season 5
  1. Brave New World - Part 1 (9/21/1983)
  2. Brave New World - Part 2 (9/21/1983)
  3. Gamma Gamma Or Bust (9/28/1983)
  4. Just My Bill (10/12/1983)
  5. What Price Glory? (10/19/1983)
  6. Halloween (10/26/1983)
  7. Advanced Placement (11/2/1983)
  8. I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can (11/9/1983)
  9. Small But Dangerous (11/16/1983)
  10. Store Games (11/30/1983)
  11. The Second Time Around (12/14/1983)
  12. The Christmas TV Show (12/21/1983)
  13. Chain Letter (12/28/1983)
  14. Next Door (1/4/1984)
  15. Crossing The Line (1/11/1984)
  16. All Or Nothing (1/18/1984)
  17. A Death In The Family (2/1/1984)
  18. Big Fish/Little Fish (2/8/1984)
  19. Star At Langley (2/15/1984)
  20. Dream Marriage (2/22/1984)
  21. Mother And Daughter (2/29/1984)
  22. All By Herself (3/14/1984)
  23. Seems Like Old Times (3/21/1984)
  24. Joint Custody (5/2/1984)
  25. The Way We Were - Part 1 (5/9/1984)
  26. The Way We Were - Part 2 (5/9/1984)
Season 6
  1. The Summer Of '84 (9/26/1984)
  2. Slices Of Life (10/3/1984)
  3. Love At First Byte (10/17/1984)
  4. My Boyfriend's Back (10/24/1984)
  5. Cruisin' (10/31/1984)
  6. Taking A Chance On Love - Part 1 (11/7/1984)
  7. Taking A Chance On Love - Part 2 (11/7/1984)
  8. E.G.O.C.: Edna Garrett On Campus (11/14/1984)
  9. Dear Apple (11/21/1984)
  10. Talk, Talk, Talk (11/28/1984)
  11. Smile (12/5/1984)
  12. The Rich Aren't Different (12/12/1984)
  13. Christmas In The Big House (12/19/1984)
  14. Me And Eleanor (1/2/1985)
  15. Working It Out (1/9/1985)
  16. Jazzbeau (1/16/1985)
  17. Two Guys From Appleton (1/23/1985)
  18. With A Little Help From My Friends (1/30/1985)
  19. Gone With The Wind - Part 1 (2/13/1985)
  20. Gone With The Wind - Part 2 (2/20/1985)
  21. Man In The Attic (2/27/1985)
  22. The Last Drive-In (3/13/1985)
  23. Sisters (3/20/1985)
  24. It's Lonely At The Top (3/27/1985)
  25. Bus Stop (5/8/1985)
  26. The Interview TV Show (5/15/1985)
Season 7
  1. Out Of The Fire... - Part 1 (9/14/1985)
  2. Into The Frying Pan - Part 2 (9/21/1985)
  3. Grand Opening - Part 3 (9/28/1985)
  4. Teacher, Teacher (10/5/1985)
  5. Men For All Seasons (10/19/1985)
  6. A New Life (10/26/1985)
  7. Doo Wah (11/2/1985)
  8. Come Back To The Truck Stop, Natalie Green, Natalie Green (11/9/1985)
  9. Born Too Late (11/16/19985)
  10. 3, 2, 1 (11/23/1985)
  11. We Get Letters (11/30/1985)
  12. Ballroom Dance (12/7/1985)
  13. Christmas Baby (12/14/1985)
  14. Tootie Drives (12/21/1985)
  15. Stake-Out Blues (1/11/1986)
  16. The Agent (1/18/1986)
  17. The Reunion (2/1/1986)
  18. Concentration (2/8/1986)
  19. Atlantic City (2/15/1986)
  20. The Lady Who Came To Dinner (2/22/1986)
  21. The Candidate (3/1/1986)
  22. Big Time Charlie (3/29/1986)
  23. The Graduate - Part 1 (5/3/1986)
  24. The Apartment - Part 2 (5/10/1986)
Season 8
  1. Out Of Peekskill - Part 1 (9/27/1986)
  2. Out Of Peekskill - Part 2 (9/27/1986)
  3. Ready Or Not (10/4/1986)
  4. Another Room (10/11/1986)
  5. Off Broadway Baby (11/1/1986)
  6. The Little Chill (11/8/1986)
  7. The Ratings Game (11/15/1986)
  8. The Wedding Day (11/22/1986)
  9. Fast Food (11/29/1986)
  10. Where's Poppa? (12/6/1986)
  11. Write & Wrong (12/13/1986)
  12. Seven Little Indians (1/3/1987)
  13. The Greek Connection (1/10/1987)
  14. Post-Christmas Card (1/17/1987)
  15. A Star Is Torn (1/31/1987)
  16. A Winter's Tale (2/7/1987)
  17. Cupid's Revenge (2/14/1987)
  18. The Facts Of Life Down Under - Part 1 (2/15/1987)
  19. The Facts Of Life Down Under - Part 2 (2/15/1987)
  20. The Facts Of Life Down Under - Part 3 (2/15/1987)
  21. The Facts Of Life Down Under - Part 4 (2/15/1987)
  22. 62 Pick-Up (2/21/1987)
  23. Boy About The House (2/28/1987)
  24. Ex Marks The Spot (3/7/1987)
  25. Younger Than Springtime (3/21/1987)
  26. This Is Only A Test (4/18/1987)
  27. Rites Of Passage - Part 1 (5/2/1987)
  28. Rights Of Passage Too - Part 2 (5/9/1987)
Season 9
  1. Down And Out In Malibu - Part 1 (9/26/1987)
  2. Down And Out In Malibu - Part 2 (10/3/1987)
  3. Rumor Has It (10/17/1987)
  4. Before The Fall (10/24/1987)
  5. Sweet Charity (11/7/1987)
  6. Up From Down Under (11/14/1987)
  7. The More The Merrier (11/21/1987)
  8. A Rose By Any Other Age (11/28/1987)
  9. Adventures In Baileysitting (12/5/1987)
  10. It's A Wonderful Christmas (12/12/1987)
  11. Golden Oldies (1/2/1988)
  12. A Thousand Frowns (1/9/1988)
  13. Something In Common (1/16/1988)
  14. Peekskill Law (1/23/1988)
  15. A House Divided (1/30/1988)
  16. The First Time (2/6/1988)
  17. Let's Face The Music (2/13/1988)
  18. Less Than Perfect (2/20/1988)
  19. Till Marriage Do Us Part (2/27/1988)
  20. Present Imperfect (3/5/1988)
  21. On The Edge (3/12/1988)
  22. Big Apple Blues (3/19/1988)
  23. The Beginning Of The End - Part 1 (4/30/1988)
  24. The Beginning Of The Beginning - Part 2 (5/7/1988)




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