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The Facts of Life (1979)

The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it the longest running sitcom of the 1980s. A spin-off of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, the series' premise focuses on Edna Garrett as she becomes a housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, New York.

Writing:
  • Norman Lear
  • Dick Clair
  • Jenna McMahon
Stars:
Release Date: Fri, Aug 24, 1979

Country: US
Language: En
Runtime: 30

Cloris Leachman
Beverly Ann Stickle
Lisa Whelchel
Blair Warner
Kim Fields
Tootie Ramsey
Mindy Cohn
Natalie Green
Nancy McKeon
Joanne Jo Polniaczek
Mackenzie Astin
Andy Moffett
Sherrié Austin
Pippa McKenna

Season 9:

Down and Out in Malibu  (1)
Episode 1: Down and Out in Malibu (1) (Sep 26, 1987)
Jo is jobless and apartmentless in Malibu, where Richard Moll just happens to need a house sitter.
Down and Out in Malibu  (2)
Episode 2: Down and Out in Malibu (2) (Oct 03, 1987)
Richard Moll returns to the home he left in Jo's care to find it's been flooded: someone left the water running in the hot tub.
Rumor Has It
Episode 3: Rumor Has It (Oct 17, 1987)
Blair's after-hours visit with a professor reputed to be a womanizer stirs up a storm of vicious rumors on campus.
Before the Fall
Episode 4: Before the Fall (Oct 24, 1987)
Natalie jumps at the chance to do an inside story on ROTC and then learns she'll also have to jump from a plane.
Sweet Charity
Episode 5: Sweet Charity (Nov 07, 1987)
Jo takes a job in social work at a community center that, she learns, has no funds to pay her salary.
Up from Down Under
Episode 6: Up from Down Under (Nov 14, 1987)
A new girl arrives at Eastland in the wee hours, claiming to be an Australian exchange student.
The More the Marrier
Episode 7: The More the Marrier (Nov 21, 1987)
Tootie's boyfriend says he can't make it to town for the Winter Carnival so Tootie decides to go with someone else.
A Rose by Any Other Age
Episode 8: A Rose by Any Other Age (Nov 28, 1987)
Blair is dumbfounded when an honor student she invited over ostensibly to study takes a shine to Beverly Ann instead of her.
Adventures in Baileysitting
Episode 9: Adventures in Baileysitting (Dec 05, 1987)
Babysitter Blair leaves her sister with the others while she attends a tea, and returns to find they somehow misplaced her.
It's a Wonderful Christmas
Episode 10: It's a Wonderful Christmas (Dec 12, 1987)
It's holiday time, and Beverly Ann feels unneeded, until a mysterious Santa shows her what Christmas in Peekskill would be like without her.
Golden Oldies
Episode 11: Golden Oldies (Jan 02, 1988)
Imagine the whole gang the same people the same place, 40 years from now.
A Thousand Frowns
Episode 12: A Thousand Frowns (Jan 09, 1988)
Andy latches on to a ""big brother,"" who's living for today because tomorrow may never come.
Something in Common
Episode 13: Something in Common (Jan 16, 1988)
It's not music to his ears when Jo's dad learns that her boyfriend plays piano at a dinner joint.
Peekskill Law
Episode 14: Peekskill Law (Jan 23, 1988)
Blair interns at a law firm that's defending an accused murderer, who seems to be guilty until proven innocent.
A House Divided
Episode 15: A House Divided (Jan 30, 1988)
The fat hits the fire when Natalie and Tootie's boyfriends meet, and Jo blows a gasket over the repair job on her bike.
The First Time
Episode 16: The First Time (Feb 06, 1988)
Natalie deals firsthand with facts of life as she overnights with her boyfriend Snake, and faces the reactions of her friends and Snake.
Let's Face the Music
Episode 17: Let's Face the Music (Feb 13, 1988)
A sponsor of a musical benefit invites Jo and Blair to visit his beauty spa, where they are transformed but not in the way they expected.
Less Than Perfect
Episode 18: Less Than Perfect (Feb 20, 1988)
One evening, a tired Blair falls asleep at the wheel and has a car accident landing her in the hospital with a gash in her for-head. This leads her to begin worrying about how her once ""perfect"" self will recover from this tragedy.
Till Marriage Do Us Part
Episode 19: Till Marriage Do Us Part (Feb 27, 1988)
Rick proposes to Jo in his own crazy way, and everyone anticipates a wedding everyone, that is, except Jo, who still hasn't accepted.
Present Imperfect
Episode 20: Present Imperfect (Mar 05, 1988)
Tootie recieves a hideous pendant as an engagement present from Jeff's formidable grandmother, and it's pulverized at Andy and Pippa's wild party just before the woman arrives.
On the Edge
Episode 21: On the Edge (Mar 12, 1988)
Jo's job at the social services center gets a bit hairy when her supervisor, a suicide prevention counselor, threatens to leap off a building.
Big Apple Blues
Episode 22: Big Apple Blues (Mar 19, 1988)
Natalie's first bite of the Big Apple is hard to digest: she overnights in a Soho loft with ""the four weirdest people I've ever met.""
The Beginning of the End
Episode 23: The Beginning of the End (Apr 30, 1988)
Blair buys Eastland to save it from bankruptcy, and then must find a new headmaster and lots of new students.
The Beginning of the Beginning
Episode 24: The Beginning of the Beginning (May 07, 1988)
As the new headmistress, Blair starts whipping Eastland students into shape, and she's particularly challenged by one who seems determined to get expelled.

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