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The Facts of Life: Season 5 (2010)

Charlotte Rae , Lisa Whelchel , John Bowab  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon
  • Directors: John Bowab
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XL6EI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Facts Of Life Season Five: All 26 Original Episodes!

Blair, Natalie, Tootie and Jo: the girls are back in business in Season Five . . . literally.

Season Five finds Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) opening her own gourmet shop, Ednas Edibles, with some help from the girls. Meanwhile Blair (Lisa Whelchel) pledges a sorority, Tootie (Kim Fields) gets into an intense battle with her mother, Natalie (Mindy Cohn) experiences an unexpected death in the family, and Jo (Nancy McKeon) starts dating a rich kid! As the girls grew, so did the story lines and characters, making every season a unique chapter in each of their lives. They took the good, they took the bad and, well, you know the rest!

A spin-off of Diff rent Strokes, The Facts Of Life aired from 1979 1988, securing it a prime-time spot as one of the most adored sitcoms of all time.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Second Favorite of All the Seasons July 28, 2010
By Kasey G
In the last few years Shout! Factory have proven themselves to be THE people to rescue our favorite vintage programs from dangerously falling into obscurity as far as the DVD market is concerned.

After more than a three-year delay from Sony, they relinquished the DVD rights of "The Facts of Life" to the wonderful people at Shout! Factory. We got Season Four in May 2010, but the one I have been looking forward to the most (since Season Three) is this one, due out November 2, 2010.

Season Five originally aired on NBC Wednesday nights at 9pm during the 1983-84 TV season and was a milestone of sorts for the show.

First of all, in the fantastic one-hour season premiere (which I hope remains intact as an extended episode and does not include the syndicated two-part version), Mrs. Garrett makes the monumental decision to leave Eastland and open up her own gourmet food shop called Edna's Edibles.

Secondly, Jo and Blair are beginning their first semester at nearby Langley College.

The writers cleverly plot the premiere episode "Brave New World" in a way that has all four girls managing to be roommates away from Eastland, in a way that doesn't seem too contrived (well, in TV Land anyway).

The change of locale injects new life into the series, which was dragging a little in the fourth season, IMO.

The gourmet shop opens up a whole new can of plot possibilities and the writers take full advantage.

A new semi-regular character played by Grease 2's Pamela Segall doesn't make much of a splash overall, but her first appearance comes in one of the best and funniest episodes this season. (Blair: "I'm not afraid of you....anymore").
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts of Life: Season Five February 28, 2011
By Jules
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I had bought my daughter the first couple of seasons of this series because I had loved watching it growing up. I wasn't sure if it would hold her attention or not but she loves this show. Every time she finished a season she would ask when she could get the next. Very pleased with how the topics of this show are still what our children go through now and can learn from.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By A.B.
The Facts of Life: The Complete Fifth Season was announced 7/28/2010 by Shout Factory! This installment is released on November 2, 2010.

You have to take a bite out of 25 deliciously 30 minute "Edible" episodes. The Fifth Season (1983-1984) was the second major transition for the series, the first being the second season axe and addition of Nancy McKeon to the cast. Mrs. Garrett being very frustrated by Mr. Parker, Eastland's Headmaster, decides to quit Eastland and open her own gourmet food shop in nearby Peekskill, New York in the Season Premiere Hour Long Episode "Brave New World."

Natalie and Tootie gain permission from their parents to move in with Mrs. Garrett, while Jo lost a scholarship and can not afford the dorm. Mrs. Garrett lends a hand to let her work in the shop in effort to remain in college. Blair rushes Gamma Gamma Gamma and later learns that sorority sister Boots St. Clair (Jami Gertz - Still Standing, Square Pegs) tricked her into sweating about the election, even though she is a legacy, and then decides moves into Mrs. Garrett's house.

The show matures quite a bit this season since the primary focus is the store, Edna's Edibles, and not Eastland Academy. Mrs. Garrett and the girls experience vandalism of the shop by a trouble teen Kelly Affanto (Grease 2's Pamela Segall); visiting a male strip club where Blairs boyfriend is a dancer; illegal computer tampering with a competitive business; Mrs. Garrett learning she may be thrown on the street because her divorsing son's joint ownership, a very odd dream episode where the year is 2000, Mrs. Garrett being possessed and killing customers for much needed meat, Jo's sudden return of an old flame Eddie (Clark Brandon), and fights between the girls parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REQUEST FUTURE SEASONS or this is where it ends! August 21, 2013
By peterf
Buy Season 4 and 5 to show your support, preferably direct from the manufacturer.

The message I received today, August 21, 2013 from SHOUT Factory:


I have forwarded your interest in future seasons of The Facts of Life to the appropriate parties at Shout! Factory. Seasons 1 - 3 of the show were released by Sony and we released seasons 4 and 5. However, due to low sales and the costs for the music in the show, we don't have any current plans to release future seasons.


Antonio Lopez
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! October 18, 2011
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All I can say is that this TV show deserves a lot of respect and I can't wait til the rest of the seasons come out! I will be right there in line waiting to see Mrs. Garrett and the girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 5 December 19, 2013
By megan
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I have always loved this show. Its funny and I just love to watch it. I hope 6-9 comes out on dvd soon that would be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of the 80's. February 11, 2013
By Robbie
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I love seeing the fashions of the 80's brought back to life!!! The shows are corny but bring back great memories!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Facts Of Life Rules! August 16, 2012
THE FACTS OF LIFE was a popular sitcom that was a spinoff of DIFFERENT STROKES regarding the Drummond's former housekeeper Mrs. Edna Garrett(Charlotte Rae)who takes a job as the houseparent of an all-girls only private school boarding care called Eastland School in Peekskill, New York and under Mrs. G's care were spolied rich girl Blair Warner(Lisa Whelchel), tough, but streetwise Jo Polniaczek(Nancy McKeon), the chunky impressionable Natalie Green(Mindy Cohn), and the youngest and gossipy Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsay(Kim Fields).

This 1983-84 Season of THE FACTS OF LIFE is the season when Mrs. Garrett goes into business for herself by opening a gourmet food venture named "Edna's Edibles" and when Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie all start working for her and move out of the all-girls only Eastland School and move into a house attached to Mrs. G's store since Jo and Blair had graduated from the Eastland Academy in the Spring of 1983 in the Season Finale episode of THE FACTS OF LIFE's 4th Season.

This 1983-1984 Season also takes me back to memory lane to when I used to watch THE FACTS OF LIFE on NBC every Wednesday night at 9PM before watching FAMILY TIES at 9:30PM from September of 1983 to January of 1984 since NBC had moved FAMILY TIES to Thursdays in the Winter of 1984, plus this season takes me back to memory lane to when NBC's motto was BE THERE, which was NBC's slogan from the Fall of 1983 thru the Spring of 1984 when I was 11 years old in the 5th grade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special News for The Facts of Life fans
Hey guys ShoutFactory just announced at the 2014 Comic con that they are releasing The Complete Series in 2015 and this was mentioned along with a bunch of other upcoming Shout... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Received in good shape without any problems
Published 26 days ago by SUE OLIVER
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Great packaging and Great dvds. Very good quality with the recordings and i have enjoyed them for several viewings.. I think youll be happy if you love this show as I do.
Published 1 month ago by R. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i grow up watching the facts of life and i always liked it and the dvd season are great for gifts or what ever anyone who ever liked the facts of life would love this
Published 7 months ago by chris jones
5.0 out of 5 stars the Facts of Life Fifth season
One of my favorite eighty's shows. Just as I remembered it. Jo, Blair, Tootie, Natalie, and Mrs. Garrett still there.
Published 7 months ago by Carl G. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
Shows on tv just don't deal with this subject matter anymore..... with comedy thrown in..... it's the longest running sitcome of the 80's.
Published 9 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Received Thank you
Iterm brought for gift for my granddaughter who is at that age and I know she will really enjoy the series very much
Published 10 months ago by PatB
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I love the 80's. Makes me feel at hoe when I am at work. Puts a smile on my face.
Published 12 months ago by tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better...
I think with each season gets better and better. I can not wait to get the next season on dvd.
Published 14 months ago by Diana M Worobec
5.0 out of 5 stars The Facts of Life: The 5th Season
The show did a really good job of maturing the girls in this season. I love the relationship Mrs. Garrett has with the girls. A must see show.
Published 14 months ago by CYM
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