The beloved television show “The Facts of Life” premiered on August 24, 1979, and ran for nine seasons on NBC until May 7, 1988. The American sitcom followed a group of young girls as they navigated through adolescence and adulthood at the Eastland School for Girls.
The show’s original cast consisted of Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) and four girls: Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel), Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon), Tootie Ramsey (Kim Fields), and Natalie Green (Mindy Cohn). The girls came from different backgrounds and personalities, but they all had to learn to live together and deal with the challenges of growing up.
“The Facts of Life” tackled various topics relevant to young people at the time (and still today!), including peer pressure, dating, drug use, and sexuality. The show was praised for its honest portrayal of these issues and its strong female characters who were unafraid to speak their minds. Despite its cancellation in 1988, the show remains a beloved classic and continues to be watched by fans worldwide.
Creation and Development of The Facts of Life Television Show
The show was created by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon and produced by Embassy Television (later Embassy Communications and ELP Communications) and TAT Communications Company. The idea for The Facts of Life came from a Diff’rent Strokes episode that featured Mrs. Garrett, the Drummond family’s housekeeper, taking a job as the housemother at a girls’ boarding school. The episode was well-received, and NBC executives decided to develop a spin-off series based on the concept.
The show was initially titled The Girls’ School, but the name was changed to The Facts of Life before the series premiered in August 1979. And honestly, can you even imagine the show called The Girls’ School rather than the perfectly titled The Facts of Life? Neither can we.
The show’s premise was simple: Mrs. Garrett (played by Charlotte Rae) becomes the housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York. She is responsible for a group of teenage girls who are roommates and classmates at the school. The show follows the girls as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood. As you might imagine, that meant there was more than enough content to return to week after week.
Why Was Season One of The Facts of Life So Different?
The show’s first season was not a ratings success and in fact, was NBC’s lowest-rated show of that period, but NBC executives decided to give it another chance. They changed the show’s format and cast, and it began gaining popularity in its second season.
Fans will remember how different season one looked from the subsequent seasons. The cast was much bigger, for one, with a large crew of young women featured each week. Blair was portrayed as more promiscuous and less pompous in season one, and Mrs. G had a less prominent role than she would later.
The biggest difference in season one? No Jo Polniaczek!
The changes definitely worked because the show’s popularity grew, becoming one of NBC’s most successful sitcoms of the 1980s.
The Facts of Life Cast
The cast underwent several changes throughout the show’s run, with new girls joining and others leaving. The main characters of the show remained the same (thankfully!) and they are:
- Blair Warner (played by Lisa Whelchel) – a wealthy, popular girl who initially clashes with the other girls but eventually becomes their friend.
- Jo Polniaczek (played by Nancy McKeon) – a tough, street-smart girl from the Bronx who is sent to Eastland after getting into trouble.
- Tootie Ramsey (played by Kim Fields) – a young, bubbly girl who is the group’s youngest member and loves gossip.
- Natalie Green (played by Mindy Cohn) is a smart, witty girl who is the school newspaper editor.
- Mrs. Edna Garrett (played by Charlotte Rae) – the housemother of the girls’ dormitory who serves as a mentor and mother figure to the girls.
It’s no surprise that we think of these women as our Fab Five. We will dig into their character development later in this article.
Fun Fact: Nancy McKeon came from an acting family, with brother Phillip starring as Tommy Hyatt on Alice.
Famous Stars Who Appeared Early On In The Facts of Life
Molly played the eponymous role of Molly Parker, an adorable young Eastland student in season one. Sadly, neither Molly made it through the show’s retooling for season two.
A very young but completely recognizable Helen Hunt appeared in the episode “Dope,” as the rebellious teen who tries to lure Blair and Sue Ann over to the dark side to smoke weed.
Funny man David Spade appeared in a final season episode called “Big Apple Blues,” as a Soho hipster. When Natalie makes a break for Manhattan, she crashes with Spade’s character and other boho pals.
Before Blossom, The Big Bang Theory, and Jeopardy, an 11-year-old Mayim Bialik played Jennifer Cole in the final season. She was in the same episode as Juliette Lewis.
We’re beginning to think that Eve Plumb was typecast as the less flamboyant sister. First, she was Jan to Marcia, Marcia, Marcia on Brady Bunch; then she was Blaire’s sister (an actual sister as in nun!) in the two-part episode “The Best Sister.”
Before there was 21 Jump Street, there was “Big Apple Blues” for handsome Richard Greico.
Juliette Lewis appeared in the series finale, in which a new group of girls entered Eastland, which Blair was now running. This was another attempt at a spinoff jumping point that never came to be.
Richard Dean Anderson
Before he was MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson was Tootie’s Uncle Brian in the episode “Brian and Sylvia.” Uncle Brian was married to Tootie’s Aunt Sylvie and their interracial marriage was designed for a spinoff of their own that never materialized.
Seasons and Episodes
The Facts of Life series ran for nine seasons and produced 201 episodes (don’t miss our epic episode guide that describes every episode in six words or less). Here is a breakdown of each season:
|Season||Episodes||Original Air Date|
|Season 1||13||August 24, 1979 – December 21, 1979|
|Season 2||22||November 21, 1980 – May 6, 1981|
|Season 3||24||September 30, 1981 – May 5, 1982|
|Season 4||24||October 13, 1982 – May 4, 1983|
|Season 5||26||September 28, 1983 – May 2, 1984|
|Season 6||26||September 26, 1984 – May 1, 1985|
|Season 7||24||September 18, 1985 – May 7, 1986|
|Season 8||24||September 24, 1986 – May 6, 1987|
|Season 9||24||September 22, 1987 – March 21, 1988|
Ratings and Awards
The Facts of Life consistently ranked in the top 20 in Nielsen ratings during its first five seasons and remained in the top 30 for the remainder of its run. The show’s highest-rated episode was the two-part season four premiere, “Brave New World,” aired on September 27, 1982.
The show also received critical acclaim and was nominated for several Emmy Awards. Charlotte Rae, who played the beloved housemother, Edna Garrett, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series twice, in 1982 and 1983. The show itself was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1983.
Behind the Scenes of The Facts of Life
Production and Filming
The show was filmed at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot in California. The set consisted of a replica of the Eastland School, where the girls lived and attended school. The set was designed to look like a real school and included a cafeteria, dormitory, and classrooms.
If you’re like our writing team, you can close your eyes and picture the common area where the girls gathered to study and chat and the shared dorm room.
Challenges and Controversies
The Facts of Life faced several challenges and controversies during its nine-year run. One of the biggest challenges was the departure of several cast members. The show featured a large ensemble cast in the first season, but several actors left the show in subsequent seasons. The departure of key cast members led to changes in the show’s storylines and character development.
Another challenge the show faced was criticism for portraying sensitive issues such as abortion and homosexuality. The show tackled these issues in a way that was considered controversial at the time. Some viewers felt the show was too liberal in its approach to these topics, while others praised it for its progressive stance. Here at Television Hits, we are huge fans of how the show approached these issues.
In addition to these challenges, the show also faced controversy over its portrayal of race. The show featured a predominantly white cast, and some viewers felt that the show did not accurately represent the diversity of American society.
Jo Facts of Life: What Was It About Jo Polniaczek?
Let’s talk Jo Polniaczek, perfectly played by Nancy McKeon. Disclaimer: if this section sounds super fangirl, that is because it is. We here at Television Hits ADORE Jo. More on that later….
Jo first appeared in the initial episode of season two, arriving ceremoniously in a denim jacket on a motorcycle. That entrance set the stage for the Bronx-born tough girl, who was sent to Eastland by her mother to keep her out of trouble (we know how that turned out, lol). A Polish-American young woman with a strong NYC accent, Jo was the antithesis of the “typical” Eastland girl. She is a tomboy, doesn’t obsess about her looks, and works at a garage.
Jo’s very first night at Eastland included a trip to the Chug-A-Lug with Blair (and tag-alongs Natalie and Tootie!). The night ends poorly, with the girls responsible for damage to the school van, which puts them right in the kitchen for an unspecified amount of time to work off the debt.
Jo’s love life gets a lot of attention on the show, starting with her teenage boyfriend, Eddie, who is in the Navy and wants Jo to marry him. In between Eddie and Jo’s eventual husband, Rick Bonner, there were a lot of guys in her life.
Jo’s professional path takes here down the path of social worker, teacher, and finally, police detective. We think Jo would be an amazing police detective, great fit!
Now, on to the personal opinion and true confession of this piece. What was it about Jo Polniaczek? Why did her character spark the interest of so many fledgling lesbians? Because we fledglings saw in Jo what we knew (or were beginning to know) about ourselves. She was a little different from “other girls.” She was okay with that. While there was never any direct (or even indirect) suggestion that Jo was gay, we all felt it. At least, we hoped it was true. Because Jo, for many young women (including this writer at that age), was a heartthrob. So, thank you, Jo, for giving so many of us something to hope for!
The Irrepressible Tootie Ramsey, A Bundle of Energy on Roller Skates
The energetic Tootie Ramsey, played by Kim Fields, got a lot of laughs on the show. She was the youngest of the four main characters and very often appeared on screen in roller skates. The show’s producers were trying to make her look taller, as Fields was only ten years old when she was cast, and her character was supposed to be twelve. Tootie also wore braces for three years, by default, because Kim Fields was in braces for that period.
Tootie’s given name is Dorothy and she was born in Washington DC to parents Harrison and Diane, both of whom were lawyers. She had one brother, Marshall. Tootie was the only African-American actor that appeared regularly on The Facts of Life and race was explored in several episodes.
Tootie and Nat are best friends and often concoct schemes and plans that invariably result in disaster (and laughs). Tootie loves her gossip and often gets into trouble because of her penchant for sharing the scoop. This is where her classic Tootie catchphrase, “We’re in troub-le,” came from. Her flair for the dramatic led Tootie on the path to becoming an actress, and a very successful one at that.
Kim Fields appeared as Tootie in several episodes of Diff’rent Strokes.
Did you know Tootie was part of virtually every storyline during the nine-year series?
Natalie Green, Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Her Best Pal?
Natalie Letisha Sage Green, masterfully played by Mindy Cohn, was a super-appealing character. She had it all: sharp wit, super smarts, confidence, a great sense of humor, and a passion for writing. “Nat” was Jewish (as is Mindy), from New York City, and lived with her adoptive parents, Dr. and Mrs. Greene. She was devastated when her father died unexpectedly.
Natalie’s best pal was Tootie Ramsey and the two paired well together, despite occasional spats. Natalie was a born writer, writing first for the Eastland school newspaper and later for the Peekskill paper. Her writing career eventually took her to New York City.
One of Natalie’s best-known episodes is “The First Time,” in which she becomes the first of the four main characters to lose her virginity. Interesting side note, that episode was written for Blair, but Lisa Whelchel refused to participate in the episode at all, the only episode in nine years that Lisa missed.
Mindy Cohn appeared as Natalie in several episodes of Diff’rent Strokes.
One-half of our writing team here at Television Hits said Natalie was their favorite Facts of Life character!
Blair Warner, the Archetype for Boarding School Girls
It’s hard to think of The Facts of Life without calling to mind Blair Warner, played by Lisa Whelchel. Blair captured the perhaps stereotypical persona of a prep school “snob.” She was rich, beautiful, entitled, and vain. However, she was also smart, funny, caring, and a good friend.
Blair’s family money came from her father’s massively successful Warner Textile Mills. She is, as she often reminds the crew, “an heiress.” Blair’s family includes her father, David Warner; her mother, Monica Warner; her half-sister, Bailey Warner; her step-sister, Megan Warner; and her cousin, Geri.
Blair had a go-to catchphrase, “I just had another brilliant idea.” Another common refrain was a weary “Jo, Jo, Jo” when she was lecturing her pal.
Speaking of Jo, Jo and Blair’s long-running friendly (ish) feud was a focal point of the entire series. Much was made of the stark differences in their personalities and background in the early seasons, but they grew closer over the years.
Blair dated a LOT during her time at Eastland, but ultimately married Tad Warner (no relation, lol), another rich kid from a rich family of hoteliers. Blair’s final episode (and the final episode of the series) has a satisfying conclusion when she becomes headmistress of the believed Eastland School. Now that is brilliant!
Fun Fact: Lisa Whelchel competed in Season 25 of Survivor: Philippines. She did very well, making it to the top three in the final Tribal Council. We were all rooting for her to be the Sole Survivor!
Mrs. G from Facts of Life: Can You Be Our Mom, Too?
Edna Garrett, played by the late great Charlotte Rae, was the conduit from Diff’rent Strokes to The Facts of Life. Moving from the Drummond household, where she was the housekeeper/quasi-mother figure to the housemother (and later dietician) at Eastland, she definitely had the mom vibe going.
She was tough when she needed to be but always kind and caring. She loved the girls as if they were her own, even if, at times, they absolutely exasperated her. So, a little about Edna…
Edna Garrett was known affectionately as Mrs. G. to her charges. She came from a big family in Appleton, Wisconsin and was twice married. Her first marriage ended in divorce and her second marriage left her a widow.
Notable Facts of Life Recurring Characters and Guest Stars
The handyman George Burnett was played by none other than a very young George Clooney. Clooney appeared in 17 episodes in the seventh and eighth seasons.
Comedian and actress Geri Jewell played Blair’s cousin Geri in 12 episodes. She inspired many and was the first recurring actor on a television series with a visible disability.
Beverly Ann Stickell
The fantastic Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett’s sister, Beverly Ann, when Mrs. G. decided to join the Peace Corps and move to Africa after season seven.
Mackenzie Astin played young Andy Moffett, a child in the foster system who worked at Edna’s Edibles. When Andy’s foster parents later divorced, Beverly Ann adopted him.
John Lawlor played season one’s Steven Bradley, the school’s headmaster. Like many other cast members, Mr. Bradley did not make it to season two.
Pamela Adlon played Kelly Affinado (credited as Pamela Segal), a short-lived character who had a rough start with the gang. She was caught shoplifting at Edna’s Edibles and later devised an extortion plot that Jo shut down. Kelly turned it all around, later becoming a newspaper vendor and doing the right thing.
The Facts of Life Theme Song
The show’s theme song, “You Take the Good, You Take the Bad,” is absolutely one of the most recognizable tunes of the 70s. We are sure our readers can belt out that iconic tune on demand; we sure can!
This beauty was written by Alan Thicke (yes, the same Alan Thicke who starred in “Growing Pains”) and his then-wife, Gloria Loring, and composer Al Burton. Loring sang the theme song and she definitely belted it out, making for an unforgettable anthem.
The Facts of Life Song Lyrics
You take the good
You take the bad
You take them both and there you have the facts of life
The facts of life
There’s a time you got to go
And show you’re growin’
Now you know about the facts of life
The facts of life
When the world never seems
To be living up to your dreams
Then suddenly you’re finding out
The facts of life are all about you, you
When there’s someone that you care about
It really isn’t fair, they’re out to slow you up
When you’re growing up
When you let them flirt and then you hurt waiting
‘Cause your date is late in showing up
Then you’re growin’ up
When it’s more than just the birds and the bees
You need someone telling you please
There’s only one conclusion
There will always be confusion over you, you, you
It takes a lot to get all ’em right
When you’re learning them all facts of life
You’ll avoid a lot of damage
And enjoy the fun of managing the facts of life
They shed a lot of light
If you hear ’em from your brother
Better clear ’em with your mother
Better get ’em right
Call her late at night
You got the future in the palm of your hand
Now all you gotta do to get you through is understand
You think you’d rather do without
You’ll never muddle through without the truth
The facts of life are all about you
Learn all the facts of life
All about you, you, you
They’re all about you
Oh, things about the facts of life
You’re never gonna learn them in just one night
Oh, things about facts of life
Oh, they’re all about you
Oh, things about facts of life
You’re never gonna learn them in just one night
Oh, things about facts of life
They’re all about you, all about you
Songwriters: Al Burton, Gloria Loring, Alan Thicke
The Facts of Life lyrics © Emi Belfast Music, Inc.
Best The Facts of Life Episodes
The show tackled a variety of issues that were relevant to teenagers at the time, such as peer pressure, self-esteem, relationships, family issues, schoolwork pressure, social pressure, dating, drugs, and sex. It also addressed more serious topics, such as eating disorders, sexual assault, and teen pregnancy.
Long list, right?
We take a deeper dive to identify great episodes that handled each topic. Take a look.
- Sex: “The First Time” was the classic episode about sex and losing one’s virginity.
- Dating: Jo’s relationship with her boyfriend is threatened when she falls for another guy in “Sweet Sorrow.”
- Drugs: In “Dope,” Blair and Sue Ann navigate their friends’ use of marijuana.
- Family issues: Jo’s father wins the lottery and showers her with money instead of the attention from him that she wants in “Big Time Charlie.”
- Social pressure: Jo attends a country club cotillion with a friend of Blair’s in “Double Standard.”
- Prejudice: Tootie’s boyfriend questions her white friends’ motive in “Who Am I?”
- Death: Natalie’s father dies suddenly in “A Death in the Family.”
- Suicide: Jo’s co-worker considers suicide in “On the Edge.”
- Divorce: In “Molly’s Holiday,” the girls devise a plan to reunite Molly’s divorcing parents.
- Teen pregnancy
- Relationships: Jo’s old boyfriend shows up on campus and the two plan to marry in “Teenage Marriage.”
- Schoolwork pressure: Tootie stirs things up by revealing the girls’ IQ scores in “I.Q.”
- Eating disorders: Sue Ann goes on a crash diet in “Dieting.”
- Adoption: In “Adoption,” Natalie searches for her birth mother. A later episode, “Dearest Mommie,” revisits the issue.
- Sexual assault: Natalie is attacked when returning from a party in “Fear Strikes Back.”
Even looking back more than 40 years later, the show wins high marks for its honest and realistic portrayal of these topics.
But Facts wasn’t always heavy on the subject matter. There were plenty of light-hearted, funny episodes as well. Some of our favorites include:
- “The New Girl”
- “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”
- “The Marriage Brokers”
- “From Russia With Love”
- “Bought and Sold”
- “The Four Musketeers”
We could go on and on with fave episodes, but we’ll leave it here for now. Check out our gigantic Episode Guide for a six-word synopsis of every single episode.
Spin-offs and Reboots
The show’s popularity led to several spin-offs, including “The Facts of Life Goes to Paris” and “The Facts of Life Down Under.”
Over the years, there have been several attempts to revive the show. In 2001, ABC aired a made-for-TV movie called The Facts of Life Reunion, which reunited the original cast members. In 2007, a pilot for a new version of the show was produced, but it was never picked up.
The Facts of Life Live
The Facts of Life was featured on one of Jimmy Kimmel’s series of live reunion shows recreating classic television shows. Diff’rent Strokes, Good Times, and All in the Family preceded The Facts of Life’s star turn.
The Facts of Life Live aired on December 7, 2021 and featured a star-studded cast. Jennifer Aniston played Blair Warner, Kathryn Hahn played Jo Polniaczek, Gabrielle Union was Tootie, Allison Tolman was Natalie Green, and the talented Kathleen Dowd played Mrs. Garrett.
If you missed the original showing, check out the ABC site and give it a watch, it’s definitely worth the time.
Cultural Impact and Legacy
The Facts of Life had a significant cultural impact during its run and continues to have a lasting legacy in television. The show tackled various important issues, including bullying, drug use, and teen pregnancy, which were not often addressed in other programs at the time. The show also provided a rare opportunity for young women to see themselves represented on screen in a positive and empowering way.
Another legacy of The Facts of Life is its impact on fashion. The show’s characters were known for their distinctive style, which included oversized sweaters, high-waisted jeans, and colorful accessories. This fashion trend became known as “preppy” and was popularized by the show’s young audience.
Launchpad for Great Actors
The show’s impact can also be seen in the careers of its cast members. Many of the show’s stars went on to have successful careers in Hollywood and beyond. Kim Fields, who played Tootie Ramsey, is still acting today, Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair, became a best-selling author and Christian speaker and Mindy Cohn, who played Natalie, became a successful voice actress and television host.
And George Clooney, who played a recurring character on the show, of course, became one of Hollywood’s most successful actors.
The Facts of Life has been recognized numerous times. Charlotte Rae received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in 1982. Four years later, the series was nominated for a technical Emmy in 1986. One year after that, it was nominated for another technical Emmy for the episode “62 Pickup.”
The Facts of Life received its highest accolade when honored with the 2011 pop culture icon award TVLand award.
The Facts of Life has a dedicated fan base that has kept the show alive long after it left the air. Fans have created websites, blogs, and social media pages dedicated to the show, where they share their favorite moments, trivia, and behind-the-scenes information.
The show’s fans have also organized conventions and meetups to meet the cast members and other fans in person. These events have become a way for fans to connect and share their love of the show.
The Facts of Life has inspired various merchandise, from t-shirts and mugs to action figures and board games. Fans can purchase official merchandise from the show’s website or other retailers.
In addition to official merchandise, fans have created custom items, such as fan art, jewelry, and clothing. These items are often sold on sites like Etsy and eBay and are popular among fans who want to show their love for the show uniquely.
Summing Up The Facts of Life
Overall, The Facts of Life remains a beloved and influential television show that continues to inspire and entertain audiences worldwide. We here at Television Hits count this among our very top shows!
Where To Watch The Facts of Life
You can watch this classic for free on Tubi. You can also watch by renting or buying on Amazon Video or iTunes.
The Facts of Life FAQs
Who was Trudy on The Facts of Life?
We get this question all of the time. We were perplexed at first until we figured out why. Many, many viewers thought they were hearing “Trudy” when they were actually hearing “Tootie.” Mystery solved!
Who was Nancy on The Facts of Life?
Nancy Olson was a student at the Eastland School in the first season. She was portrayed by Felice Schachter and appeared on Diff’rent Strokes prior to her episodes on Facts. Nancy was a well-rounded student known for her hours-long phone calls to her never-seen boyfriend, Roger Butler.
Who was Cindy on The Facts of Life?
Cindy Webster, played by Julie Ann Haddock, was featured in season one of Facts and also appeared in one episode of Diff’rent Strokes.
Cindy, a “tomboy,” was the focus of the series’ first episode, “Rough Housing,” in which it was implied that she was a lesbian. While even mentioning lesbianism during that period was unusual, time has shown that the show missed an opportunity to properly treat the issue. Instead of providing a positive and accepting environment for lesbians, the show offered an easy out by making Cindy become attracted to a boy at the episode’s end.
Who Was Mrs. Mahoney on The Facts of Life?
If you don’t remember the name Mrs. Mahoney, you can’t be blamed. Mrs. Mahoney, played by Jenny O’Hara, was the common-sense Eastland teacher who appeared in a mere four episodes.
Who was Carl on The Facts of Life?
Dan Frischman played Carl “Rocky” Price in the episode “Kids Can Be Cruel.” Carl’s fellow Bates classmates bullied Carl because of his severe acne. The episode is somewhat painful to watch even years later because of the mean-spirited “slam book” in which Bates and Eastland students make brutal comments about various students, the merciless bullying Carl endures, and Natalie’s cruel prank of setting up Blair with Carl.
The Facts of Life Ultimate Season by Season Episode Guide: Every Episode Summed Up In Six Words or Less!
Episode 1: Rough Housing
Cindy and Blair compete in pageant.
Episode 2: Like Mother, Like Daughter
Blair’s mother runs into old beau.
Episode 3: The Return of Mr. Garrett
Edna’s ex proposes … again.
Episode 4: I.Q.
Tootie reveals the girls’ IQ scores.
Episode 5: Overachieving
Tootie’s father wants her to return home.
Episode 6: Emily Dickinson
Blair’s plan jeopardizes Eastland’s reputation.
Episode 7: Dieting
Sue Ann goes on an extreme diet.
Episode 8: The Facts of Love
Blair practices her sex education knowledge.
Episode 9: Flash Flood
Mr. Bradley performs a flood rescue.
Episode 10: Adoption
Natalie seeks her biological mother.
Episode 11: Running
Mr. Bradley tries to keep championship title.
Episode 12: Molly’s Holiday
The gang tries reconciling divorcing parents.
Episode 13: Dope
The girls’ friends smoke pot.
Episode 1: The New Girl Part 1
Jo arrives at Eastland!
Episode 2: The New Girl Part 2
Mrs. G’s plan results in expulsion.
Episode 3: Double Standard
Jo attends a country club cotillion.
Episode 4: Who Am I?
Tootie’s boyfriend raises doubts about racism.
Episode 5: Cousin Geri
Blair’s cousin Geri arrives at Eastland.
Episode 6: Shoplifting
Jo five-finger-discounts a gift for Edna.
Episode 7: Teenage Marriage Part 1
Jo’s old beau proposes marriage.
Episode 8: Teenage Marriage Part 2
The girls try to delay Jo’s marriage.
Episode 9: Gossip
Tootie’s gossip jeopardizes Mrs. G’s job.
Episode 10: Breaking Point
Blair’s student council competitor is struggling.
Episode 11: Sex Symbol
Natalie’s first day goes wayward.
Episode 12: The Secret
Jo keeps her dad’s past secret.
Episode 13: Bought and Sold
Blair sells cosmetics to Tootie.
Episode 14: Pretty Babies
Fashion photog seeks covergirl at Eastland.
Episode 15: Free Spirit
Mrs. Garrett’s adult son interests Natalie.
Episode 16: Brian and Sylvia
Visit to Tootie’s aunt and uncle.
Episode 1: Growing Pains
Tootie tires of little girl treatment.
Episode 2: Fear Strikes Back
Natalie is attacked after a party.
Episode 3: Baby in the House
Former Eastlander visits with her baby.
Episode 4: A Friend in Deed
Blair discovers her mother is ill.
Episode 5: Front Page
Jo seeks revenge through newspaper article.
Episode 6: Give and Take
Mrs. G. has money problems.
Episode 7: Sweet Sorrow
Jo has two love interests.
Episode 8: From Russia With Love
Grandmother’s visit ruins Natalie’s weekend plans.
Episode 9: Dear Me
Tootie worries about co-ed camping trip.
Episode 10: Cousin Geri Returns
Blair worries about Geri’s date’s motives.
Episode 11: Legacy
Blair earmarks her inheritance for Eastland.
Episode 12: Green-Eyed Monster
Natalie desperately wants school play lead.
Episode 13: The Americanization of Miko
Jo meets an international student.
Episode 14: The Marriage Brokers
Blair investigates Mrs. G’’s new boyfriend.
Episode 15: Starstruck
Tootie meets her obsession, Jermaine Jackson.
Episode 16: The Four Musketeers
The girls consider their continued cohabitation.
Episode 17: The Affair
Blair sees father with another woman.
Episode 18: Runaway
Tootie goes to NYC without supervision.
Episode 19: New York, New York
Blair and Jo’s fighting escalates.
Episode 20: Kids Can Be Cruel
Natalie’s revenge ensnares innocent bystander Carl.
Episode 21: Mind Your Own Business
Blair battles for privacy rights.
Episode 22: The Academy
Blair dates cadet who is delinquent.
Episode 23: Jo’s Cousin
Cousin wants treated like a girl.
Episode 24: Read No Evil
Book banning strikes Eastland.
Episode 1: Ain’t Miss Beholden
Jo’s scholarship money is running out.
Episode 2: The Source
Natalie refuses to reveal her source.
Episode 3: The Sound of Silence
Tootie is losing her hearing.
Episode 4: The Oldest Living Graduate
Eastland’s oldest graduate fixates on Jo.
Episode 5: Different Drummer
Blair tutors a differently-abled student.
Episode 6: Dearest Mommie
Natalie seeks her biological mother.
Episode 7: A Woman’s Place
Jo faces dilemma at work.
Episode 8: Daddy’s Girl
Blair’s dad’s tax problems implicate Blair.
Episode 9: The Academy II
Natalie unwittingly enters cadet’s family feud.
Episode 10: For the Asking
Natalie boycotts a school dance.
Episode 11: September Song
Mrs. Garrett receives a marriage proposal.
Episode 12: A Royal Pain
New student is royalty and runaway.
Episode 13: Magnificent Obsession
Blair’s dating behavior threatens her self-respect.
Episode 14: Under Pressure
The girls reduce Mrs. Garrett’s stress levels.
Episode 15: Teacher’s Pet
Jo’s favorite teacher is leaving Eastland.
Episode 16: Let’s Party
Girls learn lesson partying with college guys.
Episode 17: Best Sister Part 1
Blair’s sister decides to become nun.
Episode 18: Best Sister Part 2
Jo also wants to become nun.
Episode 19: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Edna attempts to entertain French visitors.
Episode 20: Who’s On First
Tootie left out when Natalie dates.
Episode 21: Help From Home
Jo may quit school to work.
Episode 22: Take My Finals, Please
The girls pull an all-nighter.
Episode 23: Graduation Part 1
Blair and Jo poo-poo their graduation.
Episode 24: Graduation Part 2
Blair/Jo realize what they’ve learned.
Episode 1: Brave New World Part 1
Edna is furious, Jo faces expulsion.
Episode 2: Brave New World Part 2
Mrs. G’s new job causes issues.
Episode 3: Gamma Gamma or Bust
Blair fires the caterer, Mrs. Garrett!
Episode 4: Just My Bill
Jo’s new beau is rich.
Episode 5: What Price Glory
Tootie’s college-bound beau can’t read.
Episode 6: The Halloween Show
Edna’s customer disappears on Halloween.
Episode 7: Advance Placement
Natalie gloats about college class enrollment.
Episode 8: I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can
Edna visits strip bar on birthday.
Episode 9: Small But Dangerous
Gang gets tricked by street kid.
Episode 10: Store Games
Edna’s Edibles is in financial trouble.
Episode 11: The Second Time Around
Jo tries to reunite her parents.
Episode 12: The Christmas Letter
Blair tries to give Jo money.
Episode 13: The Chain Letter
Girls’ sloppiness threatens Edna’s Edibles’ survival.
Episode 14: Next Door
Little boy won’t leave during evacuation.
Episode 15: Crossing the Line
Natalie dates Tootie’s cousin, causing trouble.
Episode 16: All or Nothing
Jo is elected to Regents Board.
Episode 17: A Death in the Family
Natalie’s dad dies suddenly.
Episode 18: Big Fish, Little Fish
Blair annoyed at Jo’s rising popularity.
Episode 19: Star at Langley
Blair’s boyfriend moons over movie star.
Episode 20: Dream Marriage
Blair imagines the future.
Episode 21: Mother and Daughter
Tootie and her mom can’t communicate.
Episode 22: All By Herself
Blair takes Geri’s planning responsibilities away.
Episode 23: Seems Like Old Times
Jo’s old boyfriend shows up unexpectedly.
Episode 24: Joint Custody
Edna’s son’s shaky marriage threatens store.
Episode 25: The Way We Were Part 1
Girls reflect on school year ending.
Episode 26: The Way We Were Part 2
Jo and Blair’s feud needs intervention.
Episode 1: The Summer of ‘84
The girls share their summer exploits.
Episode 2: Slices of Life
Jo’s pizza business thrives.
Episode 3: Love at First Byte
Natalie writes paper about computer dating.
Episode 4: My Boyfriend’s Back
Tootie wants her boyfriend’s acceptance.
Episode 5: Cruisin’
Girls cruise Peekskill for Mr. Right.
Episode 6: Taking A Chance On Love Part 1
Jo dates her college photography professor.
Episode 7: Taking A Chance On Love Part 2
Jo’s relationship with professor gets serious.
Episode 8: E.G.O.C. (Edna Garrett on Campus)
Edna joins Blair and Jo’s college class.
Episode 9: Dear Apple
School computer advises Jo and Blair.
Episode 10: Talk, Talk, Talk
Jo hosts a 5-hour radio show.
Episode 11: Smile
Natalie’s big break threatens her relationship.
Episode 12: The Rich Aren’t Different
Jo breaks Blair’s watch.
Episode 13: Christmas In the Big House
Girls present Christmas show at orphanage.
Episode 14: Me and Eleanor
Tootie seeks Natalie’s opinion on her writing
Episode 15: Working it Out
Gang worries about Blair’s obsessive dating.
Episode 16: Jazzbeau
Tootie and Natalie recall meeting jazz singer.
Episode 17: Two Guys From Appleton
Edna’s high school boyfriend returns.
Episode 18: With A Little Help From My Friends
Blair’s boyfriend may be using drugs.
Episode 19: Gone With the Wind Part 1
Girls enjoy spring break in Florida.
Episode 20: Gone With the Wind Part 2
Love blooms on spring break.
Episode 21: A Man In The Attic
Edna offers Kevin an attic room.
Episode 22: The Last Drive-In
The girls enjoy drive-in’s last night.
Episode 23: Sisters
Jo’s dad and Blair’s mom date.
Episode 24: It’s Lonely At the Top
Blair manages shop during Edna’s absence.
Episode 25: Bus Stop
Natalie has a surprise college announcement.
Episode 26: The Interview Show
Former Eastlander interviews gang for novel.
Episode 1: Out of The Fire
Edna’s Edibles is destroyed in fire.
Episode 2: Into The Frying Pan
Contractor George Burnett (Clooney!) starts rebuilding.
Episode 3: Grand Opening
Snafus abound during grand opening day.
Episode 4: Teacher, Teacher
Jo decides between two job offers.
Episode 5: Men For All Seasons
Bates Boys beefcake calendar causes uproar.
Episode 6: A New Life
Blair’s mom is pregnant.
Episode 7: Doo-Wah
Andy enters the girls in band contest.
Episode 8: Come Back to the Truck Stop, Natalie Green, Natalie Green
Nat’s musical fantasy at a truckstop.
Episode 9: Born Too Late
Andy has a crush on Tootie.
Episode 10: 3, 2, 1
Blair and Jo stage a live newscast.
Episode 11: We Get Letters
Edna’s friend accuses her of betrayal.
Episode 12: Ballroom Dance
Jo takes secret dance lessons.
Episode 13: Christmas Baby
Blair serves as mom’s birthing coach.
Episode 14: Tootie Drives
Tootie prepares for driver’s test.
Episode 15: Stake-Out Blues
Police stake out Edna’s Edibles.
Episode 16: The Agent
Tootie acts as agent for campus comic.
Episode 17: The Reunion
Jo poses as George’s fiancee.
Episode 18: Concentration
Blair is trapped in an elevator.
Episode 19: Atlantic City
The girls travel to Atlantic City.
Episode 20: The Lady Who Came to Dinner
Unexpected guest at Blair’s birthday dinner.
Episode 21: The Candidate
Natalie runs for mayor of Peekskill.
Episode 22: Big Time Charlie
Jo’s dad wins big in stocks.
Episode 23: The Graduate
Tootie focuses on auditioning, not graduation.
Episode 24: The Apartment
Natalie and Tootie move into apartment.
Episode 1: Out of Peekskill Part 1
Edna’s choice: Peekskill or Africa?
Episode 2: Out of Peekskill Part 2
Mrs. G. moves to Africa.
Episode 3: Ready Or Not
Tootie and her boyfriend get serious.
Episode 4: Another Room
Jo struggles to pay renovation costs.
Episode 5: Off Broadway Baby
Tootie undermines her audition competition.
Episode 6: The Little Chill
Reunion sparks discussion of the future.
Episode 7: The Ratings Game
Jo throws off computer dating service.
Episode 8: Wedding Day
Jo considers marrying to help deportee.
Episode 9: Fast Food
Blair works retail for business degree.
Episode 10: Where’s Poppa?
Blair’s dad is indicted.
Episode 11: Write or Wrong
Mystery writer plagiarizes Nat’s work.
Episode 12: Seven Little Indians
Tootie has nightmare after scary movie.
Episode 13: The Greek Connection
Natalie’s article infuriates sorority pledge Tootie.
Episode 14: Post-Christmas Card
Natalie overdoes it with credit card.
Episode 15: A Star is Torn
Tootoe and gang support young singer.
Episode 16: A Winter’s Tale
Gang double-books into men’s hotel room.
Episode 17: Cupid’s Revenge
Old loves appear for everyone.
Episode 18: 62 Pickup
The gang relives the 60s with Fabian.
Episode 19: Boy About the House
Beverly Ann tries to adopt Andy.
Episode 20: Ex Marks the Spot
Beverly Ann’s ex wants to reunite.
Episode 21: Younger Than Springtime
Blair pairs Charlie with younger girl.
Episode 22: This Is Only A Test
Blair must test into law school.
Episode 23: Rites of Passage Part 1
Jo’s Polish grandfather attends her graduation.
Episode 24: Rites of Passage Part 2
The girls make vacation plans.
Episode 1: Down and Out in Malibu Part 1
Jo struggles financially in California.
Episode 2: Down and Out in Malibu Part 2
Actor has trespassers (and Jo!) arrested.
Episode 3: Rumor Has It
Blair quits law school after rumors.
Episode 4: Before the Fall
Natalie embeds as an ROTC cadet.
Episode 5: Sweet Charity
Jo saves her social worker job.
Episode 6: Up From Down Under
Visitor says he is from Australia.
Episode 7: The More the Marrier
Tootie gives boyfriend an ultimatum.
Episode 8: A Rose By Any Other Age
Blair’s classmate falls for Beverly Ann.
Episode 9: Adventures in Babysitting
Blair babysits her little sister.
Episode 10: It’s A Wonderful Christmas
Beverly experiences “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Episode 11: Golden Oldies
Girls imagine themselves in 40 years.
Episode 12: A Thousand Frowns
Andy meets man from the shelter.
Episode 13: Something in Common
Jo’s dad dislikes her irresponsible boyfriend.
Episode 14: Peekskill Law
Blair’s law clerk assignment is scandalous.
Episode 15: A House Divided
Nat and Tootie’s dates don’t jibe.
Episode 16: The First Time
Natalie loses her virginity.
Episode 17: Let’s Face the Music
The girls get unsuccessful beauty makeovers.
Episode 18: Less Than Perfect
Blair is scarred in car accident.
Episode 19: Till Marriage Do Us Part
Jo and Blair receive interesting proposals.
Episode 20: Present Imperfect
Tootie ruins Jeff’s family heirloom.
Episode 21: On The Edge
Jo’s co-worker threatens suicide.
Episode 22: Big Apple Blues
Natalie goes to NYC, for good.
Episode 23: The Beginning of the End
Blair saves Eastland from bankruptcy.
Episode 24: The Beginning of the Beginning
Blair becomes Eastland’s headmistress