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The Facts of Life - The Complete Third Season (1979)

Charlotte Rae , Kim Fields , Valentine Mayer , Jim Drake (II)  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Charlotte Rae, Kim Fields, Nancy McKeon, Lisa Welchel
  • Directors: Valentine Mayer, Jim Drake (II), Asaad Kelada, Nick Havinga
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 602 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HIVIOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Facts of Life - The Complete Third Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 24 episodes on three discs

Editorial Reviews

School is back in session as Mrs. Garrett and the girls of Eastland return for the third season of THE FACTS OF LIFE, one of the biggest TV hits of the ‘80s! Charlotte Rae (Emmy® nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) stars as school nutritionist Edna Garrett, who serves up her no-nonsense advice - and big laughs! - to Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn), and Jo (Nancy McKeon). The four girls are maturing into responsible young women, and yet there is still so much more to learn. Third season highlights include the girls' adventures in Manhattan, the cute boys of Bates Academy, the return of Cousin Geri, and even a special guest-star appearance by Jermaine Jackson! From the opening lines of the classic theme song, to every one of Blair's "brilliant ideas," enjoy the poignant and hilarious moments of THE FACTS OF LIFE’s third season, digitally mastered and on DVD for the first time! All 24 episodes on 3 discs.

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
By A.B.
Format:DVD
The Facts of Life was the longest running sitcom with an all female cast and of the 1980's. As years goes by the series evolves and just keeps getting better. Season three is by far better than the previous two, with the girls at Eastland (only one more year to go -- then comes 2 years of Edna's Edibles and 3 years of Over Our Head's Era's) they tackle more serious issues as the years go by and as the girls get older. In this season premiere, Tootie feeling left out because she is the youngest and is tired of getting picked on by Blair, Jo, and Natalie turns to alcohol to prove that she is 'just as grown up' as the other girls. As old as this series is, many issues are still current today with teens, and college problems. The stories are very well laid out and realistic (other than season two where it was kind of cheesy in many spots).

This season marks one of the most memorable episode of the series with the infamous Paint Fight, which gets the girls into more trouble and put on probation until graduation.

Sony has included all full length 24 episodes of season three in this box set. The run time is 602 minutes, which means that The Facts of Life Goes To Paris 2 hr movie (ran as episode numbers 54, 55, 56 and 57 in the series) will not be included in this set, but may be included in the Season Four set.

Episodes are as followed

30 28 Oct 81 Growing Pains

Tootie, tired of being treated like a little girl, turns to alcohol.

31 4 Nov 81 Fear Strikes Back

Natalie withdraws after being attacked while returning from a party.

32 11 Nov 81 A Baby in the House

Blair's married friend brings her baby for a visit and then disappears.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I just don't understand how these studios will wait so long to release classic shows like Alice, Maude, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Mary Tyler Moore, and the Facts of Life, but break their necks to release todays current crap shows at record speed??? It's like they wait so long in between releases then the tv show falls off the radar, which can cause poor future sales. I want to support these classic shows, but I see why there is a whole black market on the internet to buy these shows alot faster on dvd!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th season? 5th season? Whats the hold up!?!?!?! June 3, 2007
Format:DVD
Uummmm Yha you can only watch the 3rd season so many times before you know it word for word.... so what gives? where are the other season's on dvd?!?!? Bring on Beverly Ann and Andy already! "Over our heads" people!!! Talk about slow release's.

SOMEONES IN TROUBLLLLLE...........LOL

Just Hurry it up already!

Thank You!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time great TV sitcoms! November 1, 2006
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I grew up watching "The facts of life" when it originally aired back in the late 70's and early 80's. In my opinion it ranks among the best TV sitcoms of all time.

Some viewers may find the scripts and acting to be a bit "heavy handed", but just remember not to judge too harshly or you may find that your viewing sophistication has come with a very high price tag - a loss of innocence. Children of the late 70's and early 80's viewed many sitcoms from the 50's and 60's with the same type of scrutiny that is sure to be applied to "The Facts of Life" by today's viewing audience. But the fact remains that the same simple magic and wisdom that exists within a program such as "Leave it to Beaver" also exists within "The Facts of Life", no matter how "uncool" or "unhip" you may judge it to be. To those critics who label this series as "corny" or "dated" I would only say that I'd much rather live in a "corny" world filled with hope and inspiration than an uninspired, "reality tv" infested wasteland.

At the core of this series is a strong heartbeat that still resonates a very important message of love, caring, understanding, innocence, truth, honesty and hope. You'll laugh and you'll cry as you follow the youthful cast on a wonderful and sometimes painful journey. I actually feel very lucky to have been able to watch and APPRECIATE this series as a child and I can only hope that current and future generations of children will get that chance as well.

As far as the DVD set itself, the packaging is excellent and the picture quality is great! I do however wish that this set had "extras" like those included on the "season 1 & 2" set. I would love to hear episode commentary by cast members, especially Nancy McKeon who was absent from the extras on the previous set.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gulity Pleasure January 24, 2007
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I just love stuff about girls in boarding school. It's such a trip to see all the styles and stars of the eighties again. The show is just as good now as it was then. It's also nice to watch about teenagers where the kids are more innocent than todays teen shows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, get this one June 24, 2007
By Iceblue
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Imagine my delight when I saw all 3 seasons stocked at a mall department store. Amazon had them on sale, so I ordered them all online at once. Needless to say, I watched them all as soon they finally arrived in my mailbox. No bonus features here, but otherwise everything's closed-captioned. Kudos to the one responsible for this particular feature I truly, absolutely appreciate.

As I said here regarding seasons 1 and 2 (see separate review), I fell in love with it since it premiered despite the changes made for S2. I'd watch it every week if I get to remember, thru high school. I'd moved on, sometimes not realizing it was *still* around, but when I did I decided to stick with it again in later years til it went off in 1988.

TFOL finished 24th in the ratings a couple times in its 9-year run, in season 3 at 19.1 and 5 at 17.3. All other seasons, probably somewhere in the top 40 if not better. If I remember right, this show finished in the top 30 in the 9th and final season at 14.9, a very respectable number at the time if you ask me. Some shows crash and burn in the final season, but not this one. 0:)

I'll get future seasons as soon as they come out. Hopefully the DVD sales will still be good to ensure the rest to be released in due time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love watching these!
Published 16 days ago by Roxy
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb show
The show was superb.
Published 27 days ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great trip down memory lane!
Published 1 month ago by Mary G. Lapegna
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing profound. Just a decent 80s sitcom.
Nothing earth-shattering, just a classic 80's sitcom. You are either a fan or you're not. I was a fan, so it's just an old, corny TV show.
Published 2 months ago by Stacey Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Takes me back to my childhood.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle H.
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!
Remembered this vaguely when I was growing up and decided to rediscover it.Really really pleased.My sister had never seen it and now I think I've made her addicted!
Published 2 months ago by Felicia F
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite season
This has some of the best episodes in my opinion. The girls are all hitting their peaks and truly come across as best friends you can fight with but know you can make up with too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fun Facts Season 3
I grew up watching this show. Re-watching these episodes bring back a lot of memories for me. We all had our favorites. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Valero
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Facts of Life!!!
I've been waiting for years about The Facts of Life. Love these characters - I felt that I was back in high school again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annicken
2.0 out of 5 stars Sony drops the ball on Act III of this time-honored TV series
Facts of Life is a seminal 80's sitcom; memorably cast and expertly played. The comedy still works today. The transfer quality is sub-par. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nick Zegarac
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