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 The Facts of Life - The Complete First & Second Seasons

 The Facts of Life - The Complete Third Season

 The Facts Of Life - Season Three / Online Video Download

 Facts of Life Cast 8x10 Photo


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: August 24, 1979

Last Telecast: September 10, 1988

Theme Music: "The Facts of Life," by Alan Thicke, Gloria Loring and Al Burton; sung by Gloria Loring

Broadcast History:

August 1979 - September 1979, Friday 8:30-9:00 on NBC

March 1980 - May 1980, Friday 8:30-9:00 on NBC

June 1980 - July 1980, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

August 1980 - October 1980, Friday 8:30-9:00 on NBC

November 1980 - October 1981, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

October 1981 - August 1985, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 on NBC

September 1985 - June 1986, Saturday 8:30-9:00 on NBC

June 1986 - May 1987, Saturday 8:00-8:30 on NBC

June 1987 - July 1987, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 on NBC

July 1987 - September 1988, Saturday 8:00-8:30 on NBC


Edna Garrett (1979-1986)..... Charlotte Rae

Blair Warner..... Lisa Whelchel

Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey..... Kim Fields

Natalie Green..... Mindy Cohn

Jo Polniaczek (1980-1988)..... Nancy McKeon

Steven Bradley (1979-1980)..... John Lawlor

Miss Emily Mahoney (1979)..... Jenny O'Hara

Nancy Olson (1979-1980)..... Felice Schacter

Sue Ann Weaver (1979-1980)..... Julie Piekarski

Cindy Webster (1979-1980)..... Julie Anne Haddock

Molly Parker (1979-1980)..... Molly Ringwald

David Warner..... Nicolas Coster

Monica Warner..... Marj Dusay

Charlie Polniaczek..... Alex Rocco

Rose Polniaczek..... Claire Malis

Howard (1980-1981)..... Hugh Gillin

Mr. Harris (1980-1983)..... Kenneth Mars

Mr. Charles Parker (1981-1983)..... Roger Perry

Geri Warner (1981-1984)..... Geri Jewell

Kelly Affinado (1983-1984)..... Pamela Segall

Cliff (1983-1984)..... Woody Brown

George Burnett (1985-1986)..... George Clooney

Andy Moffet (1985-1988)..... MacKenzie Astin

Beverly Ann Stickle (1986-1988)..... Cloris Leachman

Pippa McKenna (1987-1988).... Sherrie Krenn

Jeff Williams (1987-1988)..... Todd Hollowell

Snake Robinson (1987-1988)..... Robert Romanus

Casey Clark (1987-1988)..... Paul Provenza

Rick Bonner (1988)..... Scott Bryce


This spin-off from the popular NBC comedy Diff'rent Strokes originally focused on Mrs. Garrett, who had been the Drummonds' housekeeper prior to taking a job as housemother at the prestigious Eastland school for young women. Mrs. Garrett was kind and understanding, serving as both confidante and surrogate parent to the girls in her charge, who at the start of the series ranged in age from 11 to 15. Blair, 15, was wealthy, attractive and spoiled; Nancy, 14, was well-rounded; Sue Ann, 14, was cute and boy-crazy; Tootie, 11, was the resident gossip; and Natalie, the other principal student, was plump and impressionable. The headmaster at Eastland was Mr. Bradley, and Miss Mahoney was a teacher seen only during the tryout run of The Facts of Life in the summer of 1979.

As the season passed, the series evolved. By 1980 Mrs. Garrett had taken on the additional responsibilities of dietician at Eastland, and two new cast members:  Jo, a 16-year-old street kid from the Bronx who maintained a tough exterior to hide her insecurities; and Howard, the cook at Eastland. Mr. Bradley was succeeded as headmaster by the seldom-seen Mr. Harris (Kenneth Mars), and then by Mr. Parker. It was Parker's callousness towards Mrs. Garrett that led to a major change in 1983. Frustrated at having been underpaid and taken for granted for so long, Edna vented her frustrations to her beloved son Raymond, an accountant who stunned her by offering to buy a run-down store in the nearby town of Peekskill, New York, and letting her reopen it as a gourmet food shop. Thus was born Edna's Edibles. Blair and Jo (who were now attending nearby Langley College) and Tootie and Natalie (still at Eastland) moved in, and their good times continued.

In 1985, a fire destroyed the store and Mrs. Garrett and the girls rebuilt it into a completely new business - an updated version of a 1950's malt shop, selling everything from ice cream to records and T-shirts, and called it "Over Our Heads." It was the perfect hangout for students at Langley, and the girls were all partners. Young Andy was the errand boy, and George the good-looking young carpenter who helped with the rebuilding. The following year, Mrs. Garrett remarried and tearfully moved away; she was replaced by her chatterbox sister, Beverly Ann, who became the new "housemother" and stepmother to Andy.

By 1987-1988 the "girls" had become young women. It was announced that this would be The Facts of Life's last season, and each of the regulars were seen embarking on adult life, each in her own way. Natalie, the aspiring author, got her first taste of a writer's life in New York City, and was also the first to lose her virginity when she spent the night with her boyfriend Snake. Shortly thereafter Jo, who headed for a business career, was married to freewheeling musician Rick. Tootie, who was engaged to Jeff, planned to become an actress, and enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. But the most surprising was wealthy Blair, by now enrolled at Langley Law School. Watching in despair as her alma mater Eastland went steadily downhill, she decided to do something about it. Putting all her assets on the line, she bought the school and assumed the position of headmistress, planning major changes - including a coed student body - to put Eastland back on the map.

The stories on The Facts of Life were funny, but also often touching. the girls faced problems with their parents, including lack of communication, divorce, and death; they also experienced growing pains in a realistic way (it seemed as if teenager Tootie's braces would never come off). Blair's 23-year-old cousin Geri, who was determined to become a comedienne despite the handicap of cerebral palsy, was occasionally seen (played by Geri Jewell, a real-life CP victim). Also seen infrequently were Blair's divorced parents, David and Monica Warner (played by Nicolas Coster and Marj Dusay), and Jo's folks, Charlie and Rose Polniaczek (Alex Rocco, Claire Malis).

NBC aired reruns of The Facts of Life on weekdays from December 1982 until June 1985.