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- 9 Seasons
The Facts of Life is a beloved sitcom that aired on NBC from 1979 to 1988. The series follows a group of girls attending the Eastland School, a prestigious all-girls boarding school. The show was a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes and was created by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon. The show initially focused on Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae), the girls' housemother, and her efforts to mentor and guide the young women under her care. Over the course of the series, the show evolved to tackle a range of issues faced by teenagers in the 80s, such as peer pressure, body image, dating, drugs, and even rape. The ensemble cast was a major draw for the show, featuring Lisa Whelchel as Blair, the wealthy and popular mean girl who learns to become more compassionate; Kim Fields as Tootie, the youngest and most energetic of the group; Mindy Cohn as Natalie, the witty and sarcastic best friend to Tootie; and Nancy McKeon as Jo, the tough and independent tomboy who often clashes with Blair. The show also featured a number of notable guest stars, including Molly Ringwald as Molly Parker, a new student at Eastland who struggles with fitting in; Mackenzie Astin as Andy Moffett, a student at a nearby all-boys school who becomes close to Tootie; and George Clooney as George Burnett, a handyman at Eastland who briefly dates Blair. Later seasons of the show saw a number of changes, including the departure of Charlotte Rae and the introduction of new characters like Cloris Leachman as Beverly Ann Stickle, Mrs. Garrett's sister who takes over as the girls' housemother. The show also saw a change in setting, with the girls leaving Eastland to start their own business in a store called Over Our Heads. Throughout its run, The Facts of Life remained a popular and influential show, earning several Emmy nominations and even inspiring a popular rap song. The show tackled important issues of the time in a way that was both entertaining and informative, and its characters and storylines have remained beloved by fans for decades.