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, Nick Havinga, Dolores Ferraro, Ellen Gittelsohn, Linda Day, Gary Shimokawa, Steven Robman, Norman Cohen, Alejandro Rey

Writers

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

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