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5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better from here on! Episodes with Descriptions, August 12, 2006
This review is from: The Facts of Life - The Complete Third Season (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.

33 18 Nov 81 A Friend in Deed

Blair learns her mother has been hiding her breast cancer from the family.

34 25 Nov 81 Front Page

Jo's hot news story has serious repercussions for her journalism teacher.

35 2 Dec 81 Give and Take

The girls help Mrs. Garrett when she suffers a financial crisis.

36 9 Dec 81 Sweet Sorrow

Jo begins to fall for her class-project husband as her boyfriend Eddie comes to visit.

37 16 Dec 81 From Russia With Love

Natalie has romantic plans for the weekend when her adoring grandmother comes to visit.

38 23 Dec 81 Dear Me

Worried about camping with boys from Bates, Tootie invents an imaginary boyfriend.

39 30 Dec 81 Cousin Geri Returns

The girls question Geri's date when he asks her out again.

40 6 Jan 82 Legacy

Receiving a bequest from her grandfather, Blair learns a surprising secret about her family.

41 13 Jan 82 Green-Eyed Monster

Natalie becomes jealous when Tootie gets the lead in the school play.

42 20 Jan 82 The Americanization of Miko

A Japanese student's eagerness to learn American ways upsets her traditional father.

43 27 Jan 82 The Marriage Brokers

Blair is surprised by what she learns about Mrs. Garrett's new beau.

44 3 Feb 82 Starstruck

Tootie's friends are concerned about her obsession with singer Jermaine Jackson.

45 10 Feb 82 The Four Musketeers

Released from custody, the girls must decide whether to go on being roommates.

46 17 Feb 82 The Affair

Natalie has a painful confrontation with her father after seeing him with another woman.

47 24 Feb 82 Runaway

Tootie decides to go to New York unchaperoned and encounters teenage prostitution.

48 3 Mar 82 New York, New York

Vacation trips home seem to make Blair and Jo's feud worse.

49 17 Mar 82 Kids Can Be Cruel

Natalie's revenge on Blair hurts an innocent bystander.

50 24 Mar 82 Mind Your Own Business

Secrecy becomes all-consuming after Natalie learns that Blair peeked into her diary.

51 31 Mar 82 The Academy

Blair's blind date for a military school dance is actually a delinquent.

52 14 Apr 82 Jo's Cousin

Jo's 14-year-old lovesick tomboy cousin back home needs her help.

53 5 May 82 Read No Evil

Jo takes up the battle when Mrs. Garrett and Natalie get nowhere on the issue of banned books.

Remember to order the latest release to get more seasons/era's on dvd!!!!! A great sales for the 1st/2nd seasons made this season come out very early!!! A great Facts of Life site is at

[...] -- The Facts of Life Site
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Apr 22, 2009 9:27:27 AM PDT
No extras? I adored the earlier documentary about how the show morphed from a Felice Schachter vehicle into its more successful incarnation.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 10:53:02 AM PST
Chris Ohsiek says:
"The Four Musketeers" was one of the early episodes filmed for season 3 but it doesn't air until mid-season. The same type of confusion was made 5 years earlier w/"Charlie's Angels." "Angels on Wheels" was one of the early 1st season episodes made but didn't air until the end of '76.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 10:54:07 AM PST
Chris Ohsiek says:
Also, why a season 2 photo instead of season 3?
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