The Facts of Life

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

Original Release

08/24/1979 on NBC

Cast

Mindy Cohn Natalie Green
Lisa Whelchel Blair Warner
Kim Fields Tootie Ramsey
Nancy McKeon Joanne Jo Polniaczek
Charlotte Rae Edna Garrett
Alex Rocco
Mackenzie Astin Andy Moffett
Cloris Leachman Beverly Ann Stickle
George Clooney George Burnett
Sherrié Austin Pippa McKenna
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Down and Out in Malibu: Part 1 Saturday, 26 September 1987
2 Down and Out in Malibu: Part 2 Saturday, 03 October 1987
3 Rumor Has It Saturday, 17 October 1987
4 Before the Fall Saturday, 24 October 1987
5 Sweet Charity Saturday, 07 November 1987
6 Up from Down Under Saturday, 14 November 1987
7 The More the Marrier Saturday, 21 November 1987
8 A Rose by Any Other Age Saturday, 28 November 1987
9 Adventures in Baileysitting Saturday, 05 December 1987
10 It's a Wonderful Christmas Saturday, 12 December 1987
11 Golden Oldies Saturday, 02 January 1988
12 A Thousand Frowns Saturday, 09 January 1988
13 Something in Common Saturday, 16 January 1988
14 Peekskill Law Saturday, 23 January 1988
15 A House Divided Saturday, 30 January 1988
16 The First Time Saturday, 06 February 1988
17 Let's Face the Music Saturday, 13 February 1988
18 Less Than Perfect Saturday, 20 February 1988
19 Till Marriage Do Us Part Saturday, 27 February 1988
20 Present Imperfect Saturday, 05 March 1988
21 On the Edge Saturday, 12 March 1988
22 Big Apple Blues Saturday, 19 March 1988
23 The Beginning of the End Saturday, 30 April 1988
24 The Beginning of the Beginning Saturday, 07 May 1988
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Directors

John Bowab, Asaad Kelada, Valentine Mayer, Bob Claver, Lee Lochhead, Judi Elterman, Marian Deaton, Jim Drake, Mark W. Travis, Selig Frank, Stuart Wolpert, Gary Shimokawa, Steven Robman, Ellen Gittelsohn, Dolores Ferraro, Nick Havinga, Linda Day, Norman Cohen, Alejandro Rey

Writers

Ben Starr, Jenna McMahon, Dick Clair, Howard Leeds, Jerry Mayer, Linda Marsh, Margie Peters, Stuart Wolpert, Deidre Fay, Paul Haggis, Bob Myer, Bob Young, Martha Williamson, Kimberly Hill, Ross Brown, Michael Maurer, Michael Poryes, Phil Doran, Ann Gibbs, Joel Kimmel, Douglas Arango, Irma Kalish, Andy Borowitz, Austin Kalish, Mark Tuttle, Jack Elinson, John Boni, Jane Anderson, Matt Geller, Glenn Padnick, Bob Colleary, Lou Messina, Gail Honigberg, Jerry Jacobius, Migdia Chinea, Richard Gurman, Diane Messina Stanley, Howard Meyers, Lawrence H. Levy, Katherine Green, Martin Ragaway, Peter Noah, Bruce Ferber, Cherie Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner, Bob Bendetson, Jerry Mayer, Patrick Cleary, Howard Leeds, David Lerner, Racelle Friedman, Bill Shinkai, Howard Bendetson, Sally Sussman Morina, Jane Gould, Harvey Weitzman, Paul L. Friedman, Gayle MacDonald, Robyn Knapton, Warren S. Murray, Brad Rider, Vida Spears, Arnie Wess, Rick Shaw, Bernard Burnell Mack, J.P. Duffy, Steven Gore, Hendrik VanLeuven, Mike Mayer, Larry Swimer, Emily Mayer, Howard Liebling, Bart Lindsay, Robert Billson, Micki Raton, Barbara Berkowitz, Jeri Barchilon, Renee Orin, Kathy Lette, Susan Perkis Haven, Bob Peete, Philip Ross, Mark Miller, Marvin Braverman, Brian Pollack, Ruth Bennett, John Markus, Bob Brush, Janis Hirsch, Jim Geoghan, Stephen Spears, David Chambers, Jake Weinberger, Larry Strauss, Susan Beavers, Lloyd Turner, Stan Dreben, Sara V. Finney, Neil Rosen, George Tricker, Michele Gendelman, Barry Vigon, Milt Rosen, Dave Digregorio, Shelly Landau, Skip Usen, Fredi Towbin, Sandra Kay Siegel, Bob Underwood, Rick Lombardo, Jerry Winnick, Nick Gore, Marilyn Anderson, Albert E. Lewin, Linda Elstad, Mike Weinberger, Rowland Barber, Carlo Allen, Stephen Neigher, Shirley Brown, Alan Spencer, Mitch Markowitz

Creators

Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon

Cast

Mindy Cohn Natalie Green
Lisa Whelchel Blair Warner
Kim Fields Tootie Ramsey
Nancy McKeon Joanne Jo Polniaczek
Charlotte Rae Edna Garrett
Alex Rocco
Mackenzie Astin Andy Moffett
Cloris Leachman Beverly Ann Stickle
George Clooney George Burnett
Sherrié Austin Pippa McKenna
Mackenzie Astin
Jenny O'Hara Miss Emily Mahoney
John Lawlor Steven Bradley
Felice Schachter Nancy Olson
Julie Anne Haddock Cindy Webster
Julie Piekarski Sue Ann Weaver
Molly Ringwald Molly Parker
Pamela Adlon Kelly Affinado
Geri Jewell Geri Tyler
Alex Rocco Charlie Polniaczek

Producers

Irma Kalish Executive Producer
Jack Elinson Executive Producer
Deidre Fay Executive Producer
Stuart Wolpert Executive Producer
Jerry Mayer Executive Producer
Linda Marsh Executive Producer
Margie Peters Executive Producer
Paul Haggis Executive Producer
Richard Gurman Executive Producer
Rita Dillon Producer
Margie Peters Producer
Linda Marsh Producer
Jerry Mayer Producer
Douglas Arango Producer
Irma Kalish Producer
Phil Doran Producer
Jack Elinson Producer
Deidre Fay Producer
Stuart Wolpert Producer
Paul Haggis Producer
Kimberly Hill Producer
Ross Brown Producer
Bruce Ferber Producer
Bob Young Producer
Bob Myer Producer
David Lerner Producer
Sue Nevens Producer
John Maxwell Anderson Producer
Richard Clayman Producer
Ron Bloomberg Producer
Richard Gurman Producer
Katherine Green Producer
Jerry Mayer Producer

Editors

Ken Denisoff, Barry Cohen, John Doutt, Kelly Sandefur, Gregory Bennett, Tom Klemesrud, Bill Petty, John Bowab, Vida Spears, Andy Zall

1987 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series Nominated
1986 Emmy Outstanding Technical Direction/Electronic Camerawork/Video Control for a Series Nominated
1982 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
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