The Facts of Life was a popular U.S. sitcom that originally aired on NBC from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, and then the reruns continued in syndication probably well into the late 1990s so for those of us in our thirties, it was an afterschool ritual, though younger readers may have never heard of it. I was reminded of the show because Alan Thicke just died (RIP) and he wrote the shows memorable theme song. The show launched the career of 80s teen star Molly Ringwald and even George Clooney.
The show was about a bunch of girls attending a New York boarding school under the protective care of loveable den mother Mrs Garrett (Charlotte Rae). The show is a throwback to a more innocent period in American life, and a simpler time, when no problem was too big to be solved by a cup of hot chocolate and a few wise words from Mrs Garrett.
It’s been decades since I’ve seen an episode, but there was one episode I could never forget. The one where the girls at the school discover their childhood IQ scores and all the harm it does to their relationships and self-esteem. And as usual the wise den mother Mrs Garret to the rescue.
If you have half an hour to kill, I recommend you enjoy this funny, innocent, wholesome bit of 70s television. You’ll be glad you did: