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The Facts of life
(1979 - 1988)
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Posted 6 years 10 months ago
To be honest, I prefer season one. I really liked Cindy's character and related to her a lot. I love the show, just the characters from season 1 were better.
Posted 9 years 10 months ago
I downloaded it and went through every episode within a week. A girl in the Navy introduced it to me since I missed out. It was neat seeing a young George Clooney. Blair is my favorite and she turned into a good Christian woman and runs a home ministry now. I always thought Jo would make the best girlfriend.
Posted 9 years 11 months ago
I agree with pajemi this was an excellent show. I have seasons 1-3 on dvd I can't wait till they add more seasons I'd collect em all I loved this show too. Tv now is all about reality & I am so sick of it I like them old school shows they were the best. I think Hollywood is losing creativity
Posted 10 years 1 month ago
This show really brings back some memorys i wounder if they will every be a real movie like the one's ya see on weekends at the movie house. lets hope so with a swist in it
Posted 10 years 4 months ago
The Facts of Life was an awesome show! I was glued to the tv when it came on. The neighbourhoods kids & I even had a club where we were each a character from the show ... somehow I got Blair (when I really wanted to be Jo!!) Why don't they make shows like this anymore?!
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Posted 10 years 7 months ago
Posted 11 years 3 months ago
I love this show. Tootie is my favorite!
Posted 11 years 5 months ago
More Trivial facts on the "facts of Life": The Eastland School for girls was located in a countryside town of Peekskill, NY (a third of the way on up to Albany from NYC). Anytime the girls were on vacation, or wanted to see a movie or go shopping - they always talked about taking a train into the city.
Although formerly addressed as a "Mrs", Mrs. Garret's husband or his memory thereof... was never seen or mentioned. Mrs. Garret was actually not the Eastland School's headmistress. Later episodes revealed her official title as the school's Nutritionist/Dietitian - a rather easy job as she didn't even have to cook! There were some episodes where a man (name not known to me) posed as the cafeteria chef (in full uniform). He was rather quite "chummy" with the already married (or widowed - who knows) "Mrs. Garret". However, when the first season aired, her character was concentrated on a multi-tasked faculty member with such duties as: dormitory "House Mother", cook, seamstress, nurse, even a substitute teacher when in one episode - she taught a sex education class. Generally, the first season (maybe the second as well) portrayed her as a general source of advice, counsel and nurturing for the overcast of adolescent girls in the show (yes, including Molly Ringwald's character). When the girls in the show usually dealt with "growing up" issues such as Innocent crushes, parental disputes, divorce, puberty, etc. she was always there for them. Issues involving boyfriends and sex were always targeted to the older girls in the group, basically Nancy and Blair in the first seasons and then to Jo whenever she came along.
In the first season, the Eastland School actually had a "Headmaster" (Mr. Stephen Bradley) who was kind of hot-looking in a geeky kind of way. He and his administrative assistant (Miss Emily Mahoney) ran the school.
By the time Jo came along in the second season, the show's cast was watered down. Joining Mrs. Garret's flock... All but the fab four group of Natalie, Blair, Tootie and Jo were written out of the show (although they made several appearances in the second and third seasons). The way it was portrayed in the storyline...
The girls (jo, Nat, Blair and Tootie) stole the school van for a joyride, wrecked it and got busted for it as well as landing in jail for fake ID's that they used to get into a bar and buy alcohol. To keep from being expelled, they had a conditional future admission to the school if they agreed to be separated from the other girls, mandated to work in the cafeteria and live together outside of the dorm in a spare store room right across the hall from Mrs. Garrett's bedroom.
From that point on, the entire focus of the show's characters Centered around Mrs. Garret and the four itinerant girls; rather than the entire student body and faculty (which included Mr. Bradley, other teachers, coaches, etc.). The action and setting shifted from to the school and dormitory house to the School's Cafeteria, lounge and bedrooms where Mrs. G. and the Girls stayed.
Lastly, let's not forget how the show came about. It was actually a Spin-off from the successful sitcom "Differrent Strokes" which aired from 1978 to 1986. In short, the cast of Different Strokes consisted of a wealthy NYC, Park Avenue family headed by a widowed Mr. Drummond, Mrs. Garret the housekeeper, Kimberly the oldest and only daughter and Arnold and Willis - two brothers who became Mr. Drummond's adopted addition to the family. Before the Facts of Life pilot show aired... Kimberly (On Different Strokes), attended The Eastlake School in upstate New York, Tootie's character made a couple of appearances on Different Strokes as Kimberly's schoolmate visiting often for sleepovers, schoiol events, etc.
The plotline for the FOL pilot had Kimberly Drummond requesting that Mrs. Garrett (Her housekeeper) help her sew costumes for a student play at "East Lake" School for Girls, the school Kimberly attended in upstate New York, as her dorm's housemother had recently quit. Mrs. Garrett agrees to help, and we then meet more of Tootie, Blair, Molly, Nancy, Sue Ann, Jennifer, Laura, and Mr. Crocker, the school's headmaster. Mrs. Garrett helps put on a successful play, while also solving a problem for Nancy. Totally impressed, the school's authorities that be ask her to stay on as the new housemother.
While Mrs. Garrett states she would rather remain working for the Drummonds at the end of the Pilot, it can be assumed that she later changed her mind (The Drummonds eventually, replace Mrs. garret with Adeline and then Pearl In other Different Strokes Seasons). Following the pilot, the name of the school was changed to Eastland and the characters of Jennifer, Laura, and Mr. Crocker were replaced with Natalie, Cindy, and Mr. Bradley. This episode also features more girls living in the dorm than were seen previously. Although Kimberly Drummond is featured as a student at East Lake, her character did not cross over to the spinoff series with Mrs. Garrett. Instead, she remained with Diff'rent Strokes, and occasionally characters from the Facts of Life would "visit" her.
One more piece of Trivial Reference to the facts of Life for ya... Kim Fields who portrayed Tootie in the Facts of Life, starred in another sitcom "Living Single" which for five seasons, aired from 1993 to 1998 on the FOX network. Her character was Regine Hunter. In one episode, Maxine (Erika Alexander) has an Ex-boyfriend who somehow gets invited to a dinner she is also attending. The ex is bringing his new girlfriend.
Maxine, in desperate competition, unwillingly gets Kyle (T.C. Carter), her pompous, refined, bud/male chauvinistic rival whom she can't stand - to play the role of her rich and powerful boyfriend/successful replacement to her ex. The ex's new hot looking girlfriend, in dinner conversation, is asked by Regine (Kim "Tootie" Fields) what school she attended. She answered that she attended a private school for girls in upstate NY called "Eastland", Regine snubs her off in a sophisticated kind of way replying: "Hmmm, Never heard of it..." The studio audience (if any) gives off a long winded laugh, even Kim fields for a split second - quickly smiles at the end of her sassy reply. FOL buffs I'm pretty sure got it right away and loved the reference.
Posted 11 years 8 months ago
I loved the Facts of Life. I grew up with them. I agree with the other person that TV was funnier back then, they had real hunor.
Posted 11 years 10 months ago
Im grateful that I can still watch a couple of episodes on youtube, I think that older shows are better than all of the newer shows. Back then all the shows were funnier.
Posted 11 years 10 months ago
The show was dubbed "The Fats of Life" in mockery of the girl's increasing weight gain
Lisa Whelchel aged the most ungracefully.
Nancy McKeon's brother Phillip played Tommy in Alice.
Nancy was Michael J. Fox's first Tiger Beat romance.
Posted 12 years 30 days ago
Jo was my fav character. I loved her attitude and how she didn't put up with anyones crap. I also loved George the handyman, I thought he was a hottie and of course that unknown actor is now known as George Clooney who is still very sexy.
Posted 12 years 1 month ago
Thanks to Youtube, I recently discovered this show and Diff'rent Strokes.
Posted 12 years 3 months ago
This show dealt with a lot of real issues. It wasn't fluff at all. Great show. I used to like Jo, but she was really hardcore....it seemed at the time.
Posted 12 years 7 months ago
I loved this show. Jo, Tottie, and Natalie were my favorte. I didn't like Blare she was a witch. I loved Mrs. Garrett, she was the sweet mother type for the girls. she helped with their problems. she also let them get out of the mess they made for themselves
Posted 12 years 8 months ago
loves me some tootie!
Posted 12 years 9 months ago
I like the theme song.
Posted 13 years 20 days ago
As the series went on, Joe mellowed out a lot.
Posted 13 years 6 months ago
Bit of trivia:
Both Kim Fields and Lisa Welch were the targets of practical jokes in the '80s show "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes"
Posted 13 years 10 months ago
"A thermos's job is to keep things hot or cold. Question is, how do it know?"
What episode is that from? That is from Facts of Life, but i don't remember which episode.
Posted 13 years 10 months ago
this IS the Quintessential 80's show. I loved this show as a child, and i still love it. Grew up with it as a matter of fact, seeing as it was on for 11 years and i was 3 when it aired originally.
Posted 14 years 25 days ago
i remember when nick @ nite aired this. this was such a good show
Posted 14 years 26 days ago
I loved Mrs. Garrett...rock that red hair! Jo was my favorite before she turned, well, you know, feminine. I always liked Natalie.
Posted 14 years 1 month ago
This was a pretty cool show, although, I felt that the first and second seasons were the best. Of course, I only watched the earlier seasons in reruns. I was born in 1981. lol
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