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The Facts of Life
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Cast of 'The Facts of Life'

  • Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett
  • Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner
  • Kim Fields as Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey
  • Mindy Cohn as Natalie Green
  • Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek
  • Cloris Leachman as Beverly Ann Garrett

The Facts of Life

``You take the good, you take the bad ... .'' Originally set at the prestigious Eastland School for Young Women, housemother Mrs. Garrett is the caretaker and confidante of a special group of girls. Over time, this group shrinks to be centered on only four young women: wealthy and spoiled Blair, gossipy Tootie, eager-to-please Natalie and tough girl Jo. Over the years, the girls graduate from school, and the story lines evolve with them.

Premiere:
Aug 24, 1979
Original Network:
NBC
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Jo's Cousin

S03, E23  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 1982)
Jo's 14-year-old cousin wants her overprotective father and brothers to recognize her femininity.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
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Read No Evil

S03, E24  (First Aired: May. 5, 1982)
The issue of book banning arises at Eastland.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 179
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The Facts of Life Goes to Paris

(First Aired: Sep. 25, 1982)
Mrs. Garrett and the girls head for a vacation in Paris.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
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The Facts of Life Goes to Paris

(First Aired: Sep. 25, 1982)
The girls escape from boarding school to seek adventure in Paris.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 179
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The Facts of Life Goes to Paris

(First Aired: Sep. 25, 1982)
While in Paris, Mrs. Garrett attends a French culinary school, and the girls meet the local people.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 179
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The Facts of Life Goes to Paris

(First Aired: Sep. 25, 1982)
Jo finds it difficult to leave Paris and her new boyfriend.
  • Wed 8/23
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 179
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I.Q.

S01, E04  (First Aired: Sep. 14, 1979)
Tootie discloses her friends' I.Q. scores.
  • Thu 8/24
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Ain't Miss Beholden

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 29, 1982)
Jo's future at Eastland is in jeopardy when she learns her scholarship funds are drying up.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 179
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The Source

S04, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 6, 1982)
Natalie could be suspended from Eastland when she refuses to reveal her source for a controversial article in the school paper.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 179
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The Sound of Silence

S04, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 1982)
Geri tries to give Tootie sound advice when she learns that Tootie is losing her hearing.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
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The Oldest Living Graduate

S04, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1982)
Jo wins the heart and money of Eastland's oldest living graduate.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
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Different Drummer

S04, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1982)
Blair tutors a mentally impaired young man.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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Dearest Mommie

S04, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1982)
Natalie embarks on a desperate search for her natural mother after an emotional confrontation with her adoptive mother.
  • Thu 8/24
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 179
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Overachieving

S01, E05  (First Aired: Mar. 12, 1980)
Tootie's father wants to remove her from Mrs. Garrett's care.
  • Fri 8/25
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A Woman's Place

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 24, 1982)
Jo is forced to make a difficult decision when her exceptional ability at her new job gains her a quick promotion.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
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Daddy's Girl

S04, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1982)
Blair discovers she's the unsuspecting victim when a tax audit reveals her father has done some questionable accounting.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 179
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The Big Fight

S04, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 1982)
An unsuspecting Natalie becomes the pawn in a young military cadet's battle to win his father's respect.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 179
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For the Asking

S04, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 15, 1982)
Natalie may end up the odd woman out when she boycotts a school dance.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 179
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September Song

S04, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 22, 1982)
Mrs. Garrett receives a marriage proposal.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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A Royal Pain

S04, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 5, 1983)
Tootie discovers that the new student, a young princess, plans to run away.
  • Fri 8/25
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 179
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Magnificent Obsession

S04, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 12, 1983)
Blair's behavior toward her new boyfriend could cost her her self-respect and her best friends.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 12:00AM-12:30AM
  • 179
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Under Pressure

S04, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1983)
The girls are determined to do everything in their power to spare Mrs. Garrett unnecessary stress.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 12:30AM-1:00AM
  • 179
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Teacher's Pet

S04, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 26, 1983)
Jo is furious when she learns that a favorite teacher is planning to leave Eastland.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 1:00AM-1:30AM
  • 179
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Let's Party

S04, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 1983)
The girls learn a valuable lesson when they join Tootie's college-aged brother and his roommate for a night on the town.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 1:30AM-2:00AM
  • 179
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Best Sister

S04, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 1983)
Blair is stunned by her socialite sister's decision to become a nun and then by a shocking announcement from Jo.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 2:00AM-2:30AM
  • 179
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Best Sister

S04, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1983)
Blair believes that she is the only one capable of keeping her sister and Jo from becoming nuns.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 2:30AM-3:00AM
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Guess What's Coming to Dinner?

S04, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 9, 1983)
A series of events disrupts Mrs. Garrett's attempts to entertain French visitors.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 3:00AM-3:30AM
  • 179
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Who's on First

S04, E20  (First Aired: Mar. 30, 1983)
Tootie feels ignored when Natalie devotes all of her time to her new boyfriend.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 3:30AM-4:00AM
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Help From Home

S04, E21  (First Aired: Apr. 6, 1983)
Jo returns home for a visit and announces that she has decided to get a job instead of attending college.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 179
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Take My Finals, Please

S04, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 27, 1983)
Despite Mrs. Garrett's objections, the girls settle in for an all-night study session.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
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Graduation

S04, E23  (First Aired: May. 4, 1983)
Blair and Jo share a common feeling of disdain toward their graduation from Eastland.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
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Graduation

S04, E24  (First Aired: May. 4, 1983)
Blair and Jo come to realize that they have learned more at Eastland than just academics.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
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Brave New World

S05, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 21, 1983)
Mrs. Garrett is angry; Jo faces expulsion.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 179
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Brave New World

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 21, 1983)
Mrs. Garrett's move causes new problems.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 179
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Gamma Gamma or Bust

S05, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 28, 1983)
Blair fires sorority-party caterer Mrs. Garrett.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 12:00PM-12:33PM
  • 179
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Just My Bill

S05, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 1983)
Jo's new boyfriend turns out to be wealthy.
  • Sat 8/26
  • 12:33PM-1:05PM
  • 179
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What Price Glory?

S05, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 1983)
Tootie learns that her college-bound boyfriend is illiterate.
  • Sun 8/27
  • 4:00AM-4:30AM
  • 179
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The Halloween Show

S05, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 26, 1983)
A customer mysteriously vanishes on Halloween.
  • Sun 8/27
  • 4:30AM-5:00AM
  • 179
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Advance Placement

S05, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 2, 1983)
Natalie feels superior when she is allowed to take a course at Langley College.
  • Sun 8/27
  • 5:00AM-5:30AM
  • 179
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I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

S05, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 9, 1983)
Jo and Blair bring Mrs. Garrett to an exotic dance club for her birthday.
  • Sun 8/27
  • 5:30AM-6:00AM
  • 179
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
  • Sun 8/27
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 179
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  • 7:30AM-8:00AM
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Emily Dickinson

S01, E06  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 1980)
Blair's solution to a problem puts the honor of the school at stake.
  • Mon 8/28
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
  • Mon 8/28
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 179
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  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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Dieting

S01, E07  (First Aired: Mar. 21, 1980)
Sue Ann goes on a dangerous crash diet.
  • Tue 8/29
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
  • Tue 8/29
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 179
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  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
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  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
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The Facts of Love

S01, E08  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1980)
Blair decides to put a sex-education lesson to use.
  • Wed 8/30
  • 6:00AM-6:30AM
  • 33
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
  • Wed 8/30
  • 9:00AM-9:30AM
  • 179
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  • 9:30AM-10:00AM
  • 179
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Flash Flood

S01, E09  (First Aired: Apr. 11, 1980)
Mr. Bradley attempts to rescue Blair and Tootie from a flood.
  • Thu 8/31
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
  • Thu 8/31
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  • 179
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Adoption

S01, E10  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1980)
Adopted Natalie wants to find her natural mother.
  • Fri 9/1
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
  • Fri 9/1
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Running

S01, E11  (First Aired: May. 2, 1980)
Mr. Bradley sets out to keep the school's championship track title.
  • Mon 9/4
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Molly's Holliday

S01, E12  (First Aired: Jun. 4, 1980)
The girls plan to reconcile Molly's divorcing folks.
  • Tue 9/5
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Aug. 24, 1979)
A housemother guides four girls at a school for young women.
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