Type
Scripted
Premiered
Aug. 24, 1979
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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The Facts of Life

A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett.

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09x24 The Beginning of the Beginning Aired: May. 07, 1988

Blair makes herself the new headmaster and works on her first task, convincing a young girl to stay in school.

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 9 seasons and 201 episodes air between 1979 and 1988.

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  • In early episodes Natalie and Blair had to tape down their developing chests so their appearance remained that of adolescents. Lisa Whelchel said later, "The facts of life were not allowed on…
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    In early episodes Natalie and Blair had to tape down their developing chests so their appearance remained that of adolescents. Lisa Whelchel said later, "The facts of life were not allowed on 'The Facts of Life'."
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  • According to a Biography documentary about The Facts of Life, when head writers Margie Peters and Linda Marsh were hired at the beginning of the second season to help revamp the show, they…
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    According to a Biography documentary about The Facts of Life, when head writers Margie Peters and Linda Marsh were hired at the beginning of the second season to help revamp the show, they had a list of complaints to Tandem Productions and NBC about the show during the first season that they wanted changed. First was that the girls were too "sexed up" during the first season; their clothing was too tight and revealing, and that the show almost looked like "kiddie porn" as a result. Second was that it was unrealistic that Tootie would wear roller skates 24/7 even in the house, and that her character came off as a racist caricature as a result. Third was that there were too many characters for the audience to keep track of, and that some of them had to be eliminated. Marsh and Peters were the main reason that much of the cast was fired from the first season, that Tootie lost the roller skates in Season 2, and that the girl's costumes and style of dress became more conservative in Season 2 as well.
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  • Even though Kimberly Drummond never ended up at Eastland like the original plot of the series had planned, the show still was connected to the "Different Strokes" universe with Mr. Drummond…
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    Even though Kimberly Drummond never ended up at Eastland like the original plot of the series had planned, the show still was connected to the "Different Strokes" universe with Mr. Drummond and Arnold making a few guest appearances. In addition, some of the Facts Of Life characters, mostly Tootie, made crossover appearances on Diff'rent Strokes in which they were seen visiting Kimberly.
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