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The Facts of Life : Complete First and Second Seasons

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  • Actors: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon, Charlotte Rae
  • Directors: Asaad Kelada, Bob Claver, Gary Shimokawa, Jim Drake, John Bowab
  • Writers: Albert E. Lewin
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 9 2006
  • Run Time: 707 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ45BU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,655 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have THE FACTS OF LIFE... A spin-off of the tremendously popular Diff'rent Strokes, THE FACTS OF LIFE is the hilarious series that follows Mrs. Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) and her mission as housemother to instill values in the girls of Eastland School. The large first season cast included John Lawlor, Jenny O'Hara, Lisa Whelchel, Felice Schachter, Julie Piekarski, Kim Fields, Molly Ringwald, Julie Anne Haddock, and Mindy Cohn. By the second season, the show focused on Mrs. Garrett and just four Eastland girls - spoiled Blair, gossipy Tootie, wise-cracking Natalie, and rebellious Jo. Under Mrs. Garrett's guidance, these four go from wide-eyed school girls to mature young women...all while learning THE FACTS OF LIFE. Guest stars include the cast of Diff'rent Strokes, Helen Hunt and Richard Dean Anderson of TV's MacGyver. Includes all 29 laugh-packed episodes from Seasons One and Two.

Before Degrassi Junior High and Seventh Heaven, there was The Facts of Life--a feel-good sitcom where a lesson was learned at the end of each episode. Set in an all-girl boarding school, the series spanned nine seasons, countless hairdos, and an array of cast members and guest stars--some of whom (George Clooney, Helen Hunt, Molly Ringwald) would become very, very famous in the future. But in the 29 episodes that cover the first two seasons, the series introduces TV viewers to characters that represent girls everyone knows--Blair, the rich, spoiled girl; Natalie, the chubby smart aleck; Jo, the rebellious tomboy; and Tootie, the rollerskating tattletale.

A spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life was designed as a showcase for Charlotte Rae, who played jack-of-all-trades den mother Edna Garrett. But the show's central plots all revolved around the girls. Back in 1979, certain words weren't common on television. So when Blair tries to make a schoolmate feel bad, insinuating that the girl is a lesbian, she uses the word "strange" instead of the "L" word. The series is a coming-of-age story that plays to its target audience of teenage girls. While much of the humor isn't very sophisticated, the homespun messages the show spread are right on target, whether it's dealing with eating disorders, sexual promiscuity, or acknowledging that handicapped people are people, too. From 1979 to 1988, the girls would grow into young women who go to college, get jobs, and lose their virginity (not necessarily in that order). But in the early seasons, there's a sweet innocence that still rings true today. --Jae-Ha Kim

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O Canada on Aug. 30 2009
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic show and should be watched by all young girls today. The importance of female friendships is missing from so many shows today. Natalie, Tootie, Blair and Jo, along with their housemother and school dietitian, Edna Garett face issues relevant to all teenage girls but do so with a great sense of humor! Season 2 sees a significant cast change with several of the characters from season 1 not appearing but the three girls that remain and with the introduction of Nancy McKeon as Jo in Season 2 truly makes for a charming comedy. My only issue with Amazon is the pricing. For Canadians with Loblaws or Superstore grocers, you can find the dvd on for 14.99 and that goes for a lot of the dvds you find here on amazon. Hope the networks decide to release season 4-9 soon and all three movies!
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By E. Valero TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13 2014
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I grew up watching this show. Re-watching these episodes bring back a lot of memories for me. We all had our favorites. My older sister loved Jo, my younger sister loved Natalie, I - being the only male in the household, favored Blair. Although I didn't follow the show from the beginning (I was far too young during the shows first couple of seasons), I did catch most of these episodes on re-runs in the late 80's. Today, watching these episodes as an adult brings a whole new perspective. Many deals with very serious topics- sexuality, divorce, bullying, shoplifting, suicide, and are discussed in a light-hearted manner while throwing in some laughs as well. The first season is an almost different show. Before the show was re-tweaked for Season 2, the cast had far too many characters, but at the centre of it all was the always gracious and motherly, Mrs. Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae). Season 2 brought on a more focused show with the cast reduced to Blair Warner (Lisa Welchel), the pretty, rich blonde; Natalie Green (Mindy Cohn), the comedic, aspiring writer; her best friend, Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey (Kim Fields), who despite her childish charm, created some mild chaos in several episodes due to her constant gossiping; and the no-nonsense, in-your-face Joanne "Jo" Polniaczek (Nancy McKean), who despite her rough exterior ended up getting along with most of the girls with the exception of the resident rich girl Blair.

Although most of these episodes are worthy of a view and contain more than a few laughs, my personal favorites from Season 1 are:

Rough Housing - In this episode, we are shown the nasty side of Blair Warner.
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"You take them both and there you have the Facts of Life"
I remember growing up watching this show and I loved it!!!
I still do...What a trip down memory lane.
Although it didn't get good reviews when it was on television, This show was adored by fans and quickly gathered a cult following.
The first season is based around The girls at Eastland and their housemother Edna Garrett. The second season most of the girls from the first were cut from the cast and the main focus was on the four girls. Jo the tomboy, Tootie the gossip, Natalie the funny one and who could forget Blair the orginal "Trust Fund Baby" (the orginal.. step aside Paris Hilton!!)
This show dealt with the issues of growing up like, peer pressure,drugs,dieting.
All my friends had a faveorite character, mine was Jo played by the very beautiful and talented Nancy Mckeon.
I would recomend this DVD to everyone. Sure it's set in the late 70's early 80's but the messages still transend to todays young women.
The only fault I have with it is in the bonus features it would have been nice to see and hear from Nancy McKeon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Okechuku on June 4 2006
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Wow... talk about bringing the past into the present. Lots of memories. I used to love this show and now it's bringing me and my sister new hours of fun and laughs. Please let us know when the next installment is to be released. We can't wait!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lolli1972 on Sept. 5 2011
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I grew up watching The Facts of Life. Now, thanks to these DVDs, I can share memories and create new ones with my daughter who also loves this show!
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