This website has been open since November 28th, 1998 and is my tribute to the American Sitcom The Facts of Life; which, was produced for the NBC Network from 1979 to 1988 and is currently distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Long-time visitors have seen the site undergo many changes since it's inception, and in that time has aquired over 450,000 visitors since its launch. In a world where internet sites come and go every second, we are proud to have existed for over twenty years. We are currently the largest and #1 source for The Facts of Life anywhere!

The last update was on April 13th, 2018.

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THE FACTS OF LIFE spun off of Diff'rent Strokes and debuted on August 24th, 1979. School Dietian Mrs. Edna Garrett, played by actress Charlotte Rae, mentored and guided 4 girls: the snobby-rich Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel), gossiping 'Tootie' Ramsey (Kim Fields), impressionable Natalie Green (Mindy Cohn), and street-wise Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon) at the all exclusive private boarding school, Eastland Academy. After somewhat of a slow start, the show found it's audience and became a definitive popular culture icon of the 1980's. In television history, it was the first show to feature an all-female-cast.

It was the longest-running sitcom of that era and evolved over time. The girls graduated from Eastland Academy. Mrs. Garrett opened her own gourmet food shop 'Edna's Edibles' which later evolved into the 1950's style malt shop called, 'Over Our Heads.' The show tackled many issues such as: infidelity, abortion, rape, homosexuality, divorce, sex, drugs, and suicide. Although the show covered many social issues, it never had the status of being an 'issue' show since comedy was added to the formula. After 209 episodes, nine seasons, several spin-off attempts, cast additions/changes, and two movies the show was cancelled on September 24th, 1988.

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
The Facts of Life Coming To TV Land
"Tootie!" Yep, Mrs. Garrett and the girls from Eastland are going to spend Labor Day with you all. The Facts of Life is coming to TV Land and will launch with a Labor Day marathon on Monday, Sept. 7 from 9am-8pm! But wait, there's more! The Facts of Life will also air regularly on TV Land every weekday from 6-8pm following Gilligan's Island at 5. No other schedule changes will be made, except Gilligan's evening slot moves to 5-6pm instead of 6-8pm, cutting Bonanza by an airing. The Facts of Life has been airing on Viacom for some months now on sister network Logo, where it has done pretty well...and it will continue to also air on Logo as well. So it's double the fun for The Facts of Life!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
George Clooney Joins the Facts of Life in The Complete Seventh Season
Garrett's girls are back! Join Blair, Natalie, Tootie, Jo, and Mrs. G for 24 Fact-astic episodes of laughs and life lessons in The Facts of Life: Season Seven. Every Facts fan knows that big changes are always in store for our heroines, but Season Seven knocks the girls for a loop when they return home from summer vacation and find that Edna's Edibles has been destroyed in a fire!

Employing the services of hunky contractor George Burnett (Academy Award winner George Clooney {2005: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Syriana; 2013: Best Picture (Producer): Argo} in an early role), they set out on a bold new business model, and from the ashes of Edna's Edibles rises the gift shop, Over Our Heads! Featuring Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields and Nancy McKeon, The Facts of Life: Season Seven delivers all the heart and hilarity fans have come to expect from a sitcom classic that became a cultural touchstone for any young adult of the eighties.In a season full of guest stars - including Armin Shimerman (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Jason Bernard (Herman's Head), singer El DeBarge (as himself), singer Charo (as herself), Elizabeth Kerr (Mork & Mindy), Tonight Show with Johnny Carson producer Jim McCawley (as himself), Nehemiah Persoff (Yentl, An American Tail), and Alex Rocco (The Godfather), among others - no star shone brighter than a new recurring cast member: a pre-A-list George Clooney!

Clooney joined Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon, and Mackenzie Astin in a role as "George Burnett," a character who would appear in 13 of the 24 episodes this season, and then in 4 more episodes during Season 8. This was in 1985-87, before Clooney appeared on Roseanne (1988-91) or Sisters (1993-94), and before his breakout role in 1994 as "Dr. Doug Ross" in ER.

On October 20th, Shout! Factory will release The Facts of Life - The Complete 7th Season on DVD as an individual season set (it's already available as part of The Complete Series). This 3-disc package will cost $29.93 SRP, and includes closed captioning.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Alex Rocco, dead at the age of 79.
Alex Rocco (2/29/1936 - 7/18/2015), a longtime character actor, has died at the age of 79, according to the Alex Rocco was born Alexander Federico Petricone in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He moved to California and started out working as a bartender, and began taking acting classes with such teachers as Leonard Nimoy and noted acting teacher Jeff Corey. One of his best-known roles would be as casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather,” who had the famous line, "Do you know who I am?" The New York Times reported that Rocco died of cancer.

He appeared in many films including “Freebie and the Bean, “Cannonball Run II” and “Dream a Little Dream” (1989), which was directed by his son Marc Rocco, who preceded his father in death, in 2009. He also appeared in such popular movies as “Get Shorty” in 1995 and in “That Thing You Do” in 1996.

Rocco also had a prolific career on television. He appeared on numerous shows, including as Jo’s father on “The Facts of Life” and as the executive who produced the classic Itchy and Scratchy cartoons on “The Simpsons.” Rocco’s most recent appearances were on the TV shows “Episodes” last year and “Maron” earlier this year. At the time of his death, he was scheduled to appear in the horror movie “The Other.”

Rocco is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, his daughter, Jennifer, sons Lucien and Marc Rocco, and a grandson. His death was first reported by his daughter on her Facebook page.

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