‘You take the good, you take the bad..’ , if you were a die-hard fan of The Facts of Life, then you must know that these lyrics are taken from the catchy theme song of the successful show which was running throughout the eighties. The show was set at the all-female Eastland School for Young Women, where the school’s housemother, Mrs. Edna Garrett, played by Charlotte Rae, becomes the mother figure and role model for the show’s four main characters, who couldn’t be more different from one another. You had the complaisant Natalie who always wanted to please everyone. There was the spoiled and rich Blair (does that name ring a bell from a different show?), you had Jo, the tough one and Tootie who loved the gossip. All four were almost like a reflection for many young girls around the country and even around the world.
All of the storylines followed the lives of these young girls and how they were entering adulthood, each in her own special way. From boy problems to school work and internal conflicts (among each other and within their own selves), the long-running sitcom from the eighties provided just the right amount of drama mixed with comedy. It was everything a young girl or a teenager would want to watch on TV. It was funny, real and very much relatable.
The show first aired in August, 1979 and ran until May, 1988, so it’s safe to say that there were some groundbreaking television moments. For instance, it was the first time that a disabled person was featured as a regular on TV. Just like anything else in Hollywood, it can’t all be good, and in fact, The Facts of Life had a lot going on behind the scenes. Here are the details, secrets and facts that will surprise even the biggest fans of the show.