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The Facts of Life

Release Date 1988-05-07
Runtime 30 minutes
Genres Drama, Comedy
Stars Cloris Leachman, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon

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.

1. Down and Out in Malibu (1)


Jo is jobless and apartmentless in Malibu, where Richard Moll just happens to need a house sitter.

2. Down and Out in Malibu (2)


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.

3. Rumor Has It


Blair's after-hours visit with a professor reputed to be a womanizer stirs up a storm of vicious rumors on campus.

4. Before the Fall


Natalie jumps at the chance to do an inside story on ROTC and then learns she'll also have to jump from a plane.

5. Sweet Charity


Jo takes a job in social work at a community center that, she learns, has no funds to pay her salary.

6. Up from Down Under


A new girl arrives at Eastland in the wee hours, claiming to be an Australian exchange student.

7. The More the Marrier


Tootie's boyfriend says he can't make it to town for the Winter Carnival so Tootie decides to go with someone else.

8. A Rose by Any Other Age


Blair is dumbfounded when an honor student she invited over ostensibly to study takes a shine to Beverly Ann instead of her.

9. Adventures in Baileysitting


Babysitter Blair leaves her sister with the others while she attends a tea, and returns to find they somehow misplaced her.

10. It's a Wonderful Christmas


It's holiday time, and Beverly Ann feels unneeded, until a mysterious Santa shows her what Christmas in Peekskill would be like without her.

11. Golden Oldies


Imagine the whole gang the same people the same place, 40 years from now.

12. A Thousand Frowns


Andy latches on to a ""big brother,"" who's living for today because tomorrow may never come.

13. Something in Common


It's not music to his ears when Jo's dad learns that her boyfriend plays piano at a dinner joint.

14. Peekskill Law


Blair interns at a law firm that's defending an accused murderer, who seems to be guilty until proven innocent.

15. A House Divided


The fat hits the fire when Natalie and Tootie's boyfriends meet, and Jo blows a gasket over the repair job on her bike.

16. The First Time


Natalie deals firsthand with facts of life as she overnights with her boyfriend Snake, and faces the reactions of her friends and Snake.

17. Let's Face the Music


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.

18. Less Than Perfect


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.

19. Till Marriage Do Us Part


Rick proposes to Jo in his own crazy way, and everyone anticipates a wedding everyone, that is, except Jo, who still hasn't accepted.

20. Present Imperfect


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.

21. On the Edge


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.

22. Big Apple Blues


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.""

23. The Beginning of the End


Blair buys Eastland to save it from bankruptcy, and then must find a new headmaster and lots of new students.

24. The Beginning of the Beginning


As the new headmistress, Blair starts whipping Eastland students into shape, and she's particularly challenged by one who seems determined to get expelled.