Facts of Life

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  • TV-PG
  • 1979
  • 9 Seasons
  • 6.8  (7,440)

"The Facts of Life" is an American sitcom that takes place at a boarding school for girls in Peekskill, New York. The cast is led by Charlotte Rae, who plays Mrs. Edna Garrett; she goes from being a housemother in the first season to a school dietitian in the second season to four girls of various ages. The oldest girl, Blair Warner, is the daughter of rich parents and possesses an ego that sometimes clashes with the other girls. Jo Polniazec is a tomboy, a sharp contrast to Blair. Natalie Green and Tootie Ramsey are close friends and confidantes. Although these girls have different personalities and upbringings, they form a common bond that takes them through life's ups and downs over a nine-year period. During the show's run, the girls discover that growing up is not easy, but Mrs. Garrett is always around to give them advice. As a result, the girls see her as a surrogate mother; she helps them deal with issues such as alcoholism, racism, rape, and divorce.

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The Beginning of the Beginning
24. The Beginning of the Beginning
May 7, 1988
Blair makes herself the new headmaster and works on her first task, convincing a young girl to stay in school.
The Beginning of the End
23. The Beginning of the End
April 30, 1988
When Eastland threatens to close due to bankruptcy, Blair comes through and purchases the school in order to keep it open, but needs to interview for a new headmaster and round up students.
Big Apple Blues
22. Big Apple Blues
March 19, 1988
Natalie's new roommates are not as she had expected when she makes her move into a Soho apartment in New York City.
On the Edge
21. On the Edge
March 12, 1988
Jo's job at the social services center puts her into action when the supervisor for suicide prevention threatens to jump from the top of the building.
Present Imperfect
20. Present Imperfect
March 5, 1988
Jeff's grandmother gives Tootie a pendant as an engagement gift, which she feels is too ugly to wear. But when Andy and Pippa throw a wild party, the necklace is battered and causes Tootie to panic.
Till Marriage Do Us Part
19. Till Marriage Do Us Part
February 27, 1988
Everyone is excited when Rick proposes to Jo, all that is except for Jo, who has yet to say yes or no.
Less Than Perfect
18. Less Than Perfect
February 20, 1988
Blair is worried how she will be perceived after her forehead receives a cut in an automobile accident, ruining her perfect appearance.
Let's Face the Music
17. Let's Face the Music
February 13, 1988
A day at the spa does not turn out as expected when Jo and Blair get invited as guests of a musical sponsor.
The First Time
16. The First Time
February 6, 1988
Natalie and Snake spend their first night together, and she fears the reaction both her friends will give and what Snake is feeling.
A House Divided
15. A House Divided
January 30, 1988
Natalie and Tootie's boyfriends don't exactly see eye-to-eye when they meet for the first time. Meanwhile, Jo is furious over a repair job on her bike.
Peekskill Law
14. Peekskill Law
January 23, 1988
Blair becomes an intern at a law firm and is assigned a murder case. He appears to be guilty to everyone, except for Blair.
Something in Common
13. Something in Common
January 16, 1988
Jo's father isn't to pleased when he hears that her new boyfriend has a job as a piano player at a restaurant.
A Thousand Frowns
12. A Thousand Frowns
January 9, 1988
Andy's new big brother is hiding a secret, which maybe why his is living each day as if it was his last.
Golden Oldies
11. Golden Oldies
January 2, 1988
A look in the future, 40 years ahead to be exact, where the girls are older but still live together in the same place.
It's a Wonderful Christmas
10. It's a Wonderful Christmas
December 12, 1987
Beverly Ann has a glimpse of what life would have been like if she had never come to Peekskill. Blair's finances, Tootie's engagement, Natalie's freedom , Pippa's self respect, Andy's home life and Jo's life are all affected.
Adventures in Baileysitting
9. Adventures in Baileysitting
December 5, 1987
Blair runs off for tea with a friend, leaving her baby sister with the gang, only to return to find out no one is sure where she is.
A Rose by Any Other Age
8. A Rose by Any Other Age
November 28, 1987
Blair is awestruck when the honor student she invites over for a study session, seems more interested in Beverly Ann.
The More the Marrier
7. The More the Marrier
November 21, 1987
Tootie goes on a date with another man when her boyfriend says he can't make it to the winter carnival.
Up from Down Under
6. Up from Down Under
November 14, 1987
A girl arrives from Australia named Pippa, who claims to be an new exchange student at Eastland.
Sweet Charity
5. Sweet Charity
November 7, 1987
Jo enjoys her new job at the community center doing social work, but soon finds out there is no money left in the budget to pay her salary.
Before the Fall
4. Before the Fall
October 24, 1987
Natalie is assigned to do a feature story on the school's ROTC program, but she fears the job when it is discovered that she must make a parachute jump from an airplane.
Rumor Has It
3. Rumor Has It
October 17, 1987
A professor with a reputation as a playboy causes rumors to be spread around school when Blair starts spending time with him.
Down and Out in Malibu  (2)
2. Down and Out in Malibu (2)
October 3, 1987
Richard Moll returns home to find that a running bathtub has flooded his place while in Jo's responsibility.
Down and Out in Malibu  (1)
1. Down and Out in Malibu (1)
September 26, 1987
Jo is given a job house sitting for actor Richard Moll in Malibu, which is fortunate since she is unemployed and homeless at the moment.
Description

"The Facts of Life" is an American sitcom that takes place at a boarding school for girls in Peekskill, New York. The cast is led by Charlotte Rae, who plays Mrs. Edna Garrett; she goes from being a housemother in the first season to a school dietitian in the second season to four girls of various ages. The oldest girl, Blair Warner, is the daughter of rich parents and possesses an ego that sometimes clashes with the other girls. Jo Polniazec is a tomboy, a sharp contrast to Blair. Natalie Green and Tootie Ramsey are close friends and confidantes. Although these girls have different personalities and upbringings, they form a common bond that takes them through life's ups and downs over a nine-year period.

During the show's run, the girls discover that growing up is not easy, but Mrs. Garrett is always around to give them advice. As a result, the girls see her as a surrogate mother; she helps them deal with issues such as alcoholism, racism, rape, and divorce.

Facts of Life is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (201 episodes). The series first aired on August 24, 1979.

Where to Watch Facts of Life

Facts of Life is available for streaming on the The Minisode Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Facts of Life on demand at Apple TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    August 24, 1979
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (7,440)