The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series
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Mrs. Garrett and her girls are ready to make you laugh (and make you think) all over again with The Facts of Life: The Complete Series! Join Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn), and Jo (Nancy McKeon) as they experience the highs and lows that we all experience on the road to adulthood. With the ever-developing friendship of our four young heroines and the gentle wisdom of Mrs. Garrett, The Facts of Life engaged audiences for nine seasons, and remains a favorite for countless fans to this day.
From Eastland School for Girls to Ednas Edibles…from hilarious Cousin Geri (Geri Jewell) to hunky George Burnett (George Clooney)… all 201 episodes of this quintessential 1980s sitcom are available for the first time in one convenient package on DVD. Who says "the world never seems to be living up to your dreams? ", Nobody who adds The Facts of Life: The Complete Series to their collection!
- Remembering The Facts Of Life - Featurette
- After The Facts - Featurette
- The Girls School - Diff'rent Strokes Episode introducing the girls of Eastlake Academy
- The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris - 1982 TV Movie
- The Facts Of Life Down Under - 1987 TV Movie
- Know The Facts - Trivia Game
- 2014 Cast Reunion At The Paley Center
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Video quality is about as good as can be expected for a DVD set. Of course, I would have preferred it on Blu, but I doubt it would have looked much better. As far as the extras go, they have included a couple of mildly informative featurettes, the Diff'rent Strokes episode, 'The Girls' School,' from which The Facts of Life was spun, and the two TV movies: The Facts of Life Goes to Paris, and The Facts of Life Down Under. Also included is a 2014 reunion, which is essentially a panel interview with a few of the original cast members, and a trivia game. Finally, there is a booklet that includes the names and descriptions of all of the episodes.
My only small complaint is that they didn't include the 2001 reunion movie. That, in my opinion, really would have rounded out the set. However, we can't have everything, can we? The bottom line is that the good far outweighs the bad, and if you are a fan of the series, then you really can't go wrong with this set. Highly recommended.
I grew up watching this series (I was Kim Fields'/Tootie's age, and the show ran from the time I was about 10 to when I was about 19), and I remember it so fondly. I admired all of the girls, but the Jo character was always my fave. Nancy McKeon is so naturally talented (she was EVERYWHERE in the 80s!), and I am still wondering why her later career did not bring her more visibility and an even higher degree of success. Would love to see her in another series. I am finding that watching these episodes makes me laugh even harder than it did when I watched them as a kid. The jokes are funnier, and the memories even sweeter. This was (and is) a show about female friendship - one of the strongest bonds you can experience in life. The experiences of these teenage girls are ones that most everyone whose ever BEEN a teenage girl can relate to, and the show never talked "down" to its audience. Great cast, great chemistry, and the stories hold up well. Even the occasional dated mention makes me smile, and anyone who grew up in the 80s will recognize it all - the hair, the fascination with Duran Duran and Springsteen, the approach to daily life in an age when cell phones and iPads were simply not in existence.
The extras in this set are also fun, but the one I really wanted to see was the 2014 cast reunion at The Paley Center. This reunion was live-streamed in September of 2014 on the night it took place. Be warned that the version of the event on the DVD is an EDITED version. If you watched the live-stream, you may notice that certain chunks are (unfortunately) missing. Even the edited version still runs about 40-45 minutes though, and contains plenty of feel-good moments. Kim Fields is missing, but she does send a video message to her former colleagues. Everyone really looks great, and Lisa Whelchel especially looks like she could put on her Eastland uniform tomorrow and resume production. She looks almost exactly the same! Great to see Charlotte Rae still going strong at 89, and it is heartwarming to see the way she interacts with the girls (now women) and they her. If you are a longtime fan of FOL, you really WANT this cast to like each other, and it is evident from the reunion piece that they truly do. Nancy and Lisa seem to have formed a lifelong bond of friendship, and it will put a smile on your face to witness it.
Overall, this is a lovely box set, and the show feels every bit as wonderful as I remember it. Buy it, and pop in some FOL when you're feeling blue and want to laugh and remember. Blair, Jo, Natalie, Tootie, and Mrs. G. are bound to make you smile all over again - over 35 years after they did it the first time!