The Facts Of Life

Season 3
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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 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.
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Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Give And Take
    February 2 1981
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    An unexpected financial disaster befalls Mrs. Garrett and she finds herself on the brink of an emotional breakdown when the girls prove totally insensitive to her personal crisis.
  2. 2. Growing Pains
    October 28 1981
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    The pressures of adolescence become painfully clear to Tootie when older girls Blair, Natalie, and Jo exclude her from their revelry and begin to treat her like a little kid.
  3. 3. Fear Strikes Back
    November 4 1981
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    The ugliness of sexual violation rocks the Eastland School when "unlikely" target Natalie is assaulted on her way home from a campus party.
  4. 4. Baby In The House
    November 11 1981
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    Blair is forced to re?examine her friend's "perfect" life when the ex"Eastland student"turned teenage wife and mother stops by for a visit.
  5. 5. A Friend In Deed
    November 18 1981
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    Blair's unique kinship with her mother Monica is shattered when Blair inadvertently learns that her mother has a lump in her breast.
  6. 6. Front Page
    November 25 1981
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    Jo painfully learns the ropes of journalism when her enthusiasm for writing a "hot" news story turns into an opportunity for revenge against her journalism teacher.
  7. 7. Sweet Sorrow
    December 9 1981
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    A class in simulated marriage teaches Jo some lessons in love when she suddenly finds herself more attracted to her class "beau" than to her longtime boy friend.
  8. 8. From Russia With Love
    December 16 1981
    25min
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    Natalie has cooked up plans for a private weekend, until a surprise visit from her over-adoring grandmother threatens to spoil her recipe.
  9. 9. Dear Me
    December 23 1981
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    Wild plans for the girls to go on a weekend camp?out with the boys from Bates Academy have young Tootie apprehensive about going along.
  10. 10. Cousin Geri Returns
    December 30 1981
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    Blair fears that her "inexperienced" cousin Geri is being set up for a crushing romantic fall when she lands the catch of the year, Eastland's attractive French teacher.
  11. 11. Legacy
    January 6 1982
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    Blair's decision to donate part of an inheritance from her "noble" grandfather's estate to build a school library uncovers family news she doesn't know how to deal with.
  12. 12. Green Eyed Monster
    January 13 1982
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    Natalie wants the lead role in the school play and she's not about to let anything or anyone stand in her way - including best friend Tootie.
  13. 13. The Americanization Of Miko
    January 20 1982
    25min
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    Jo finds herself caught in the middle of an international "conflict" when she befriends a new Japanese student who's eager to become Americanized.
  14. 14. Marriage Brokers
    January 27 1982
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    Mrs. Garrett and her handsome visitor are more than just friends - and Blair intends to uncover exactly how "meaningful" their relationship really is.
  15. 15. Starstruck
    February 3 1982
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    Tootie can't believe her ears when she's "personally" invited to the concert of her biggest idol, rock star Jermaine Jackson, for being his "number one fan."
  16. 16. Four Musketeers
    February 10 1982
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    The decision to continue to live together perplexes the girls when the end of their probation period gives them an opportunity to go their separate ways.
  17. 17. The Affair
    February 17 1982
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    Natalie is crushed when she catches her father romancing a strange woman.
  18. 18. The Runaway
    February 24 1982
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    Tootie goes off to New York City unescorted to meet with friends at a theatre, only to get mixed up with the "cast" of an ugly Broadway "scene."
  19. 19. New York, New York
    March 3 1982
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    A feud between Jo and Blair is hoped to be calmed by their individual visits home, but instead the trip has all the makings of disaster.
  20. 20. Kids Can Be Cruel
    March 17 1982
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    Natalie's determination to get even with Blair entangles an innocent victim in her scheme - an "ugly duckling" boy.
  21. 21. Mind Your Own Business
    March 24 1982
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    Blair starts a battle over individual rights of privacy when she "innocently" sneaks a peek into Natalie's personal diary.
  22. 22. The Academy
    March 31 1982
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    Jo coerces Blair into a date with a "well?connected" military cadet who turns out to be a delinquent from New York City streets, intent on playing taps over her noble reputation.
  23. 23. Jo's Cousin
    April 14 1982
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    Jo's 14"year"old cousin Terry, on the verge of womanhood, asks Jo to help battle her overprotective father and brothers, who refuse to recognize her femininity.
  24. 24. Read No Evil
    May 5 1982
    25min
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    The Eastland school becomes embroiled in the issue of book banning when the school board "reevaluates" several classic books from the library.

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1982
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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309 global ratings

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Conservative MomReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best TV series ever for tweens and young girls
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Best TV series ever for tweens and young girls. Every episode handles some real life issue--suicide, eating disorders, body image, drugs and alcohol, too young- too soon relationships, peer pressure, self esteem, etc. Each topic is handled so deftly, and with humour. I love watching with my daughter so we can talk about stuff more deeply than they delve. And it's one of the few shows I feel confident allowing her to binge watch on a Saturday. Wish this were still on air--a lot of kids today could use more of this kind of media.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
You take the good, you take the bad....
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When you reach a certain age, you find yourself waxing nostalgic more and more often. You find yourself seeking out things that remind you of a simpler, more carefree time. That's what 'Facts of Life' does for me. I was in high school when this was on the air. Watching it brings back all kinds of happy memories. True, the writing is cheesy and the acting is over the top. (Check out those 80s fashions/hairstyles!!) But you can't deny the chemistry of the cast and let's face it, who didn't want to live over the cafeteria at Eastland school and hang out with Mrs G and the girls?
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IceblueReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show, get this one
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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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M CaseyReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great family viewing
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This is one of the most enjoyable and funny programs on Amazon. I wish I could get more than season 3 . It has great life lessons, presented in a wonderful, family type format that I would recommend for family viewing.
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J. M.Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the all time great TV sitcoms!
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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. I guess we can only hope for the future!

My only complaint is that I can watch an entire box set a whole lot faster than Sony can release them :) I'm hoping that Sony doesn't let this series "stall" and continues to release each season at a fast rate!

HOW CAN YOU HELP TO MAKE SURE FUTURE SEASONS ARRIVE QUICKLY?

By purchasing the product "NEW" from Amazon (or another legitimate retailer) your purchase will "count" and Sony will hear the message. When you purchase any item "used" you'll probably be saving money but your purchase will mostly go unheard by the releasing studio. Sony (and other DVD releasing studios) are in the business of making money, so make every one of your purchases COUNT and remember to BUY IT NEW!

- JM
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Dennis W. BartlettReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Golden Age of This Wonderful Show
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After a less than spectacular first season, we moved on to a much better second season with a trimmed down cast the addition of street smart Jo to the cast. Now, for the third season the show really starts to pick up steam and become the wonderful show that lasted for such a long time on televison. Each of the characters get ample time to be in the spotlight during this exciting and dramatic season.

In this season...

Find out how Blair reacts when she learns that her grandfather whom she loved and respected was not who she thought he was. Will Tootie and Natalie's friendship survive when Tootie wins the lead in the school play that Natalie so badly wanted? Will Mrs. Garrett be forced to leave her job at the school when she finds herself in a financial bind? See what happens when one of the girls discovers that her father is having an affair. When the school decides to censor some of the books in the library, will the girls and Mrs. Garrett be able to win their fight to get them back?

All this and more in The Facts of Life--The Complete Third Season.
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Dan_RitchieReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The gang is back for season 3
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This is a great season. Lot of fun to watch and great for the kids over a certain age as it teaches a lot of life lessons.
Nick ZegaracReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sony drops the ball on Act III of this time-honored TV series
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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. Sony seems to have given up on remastering TV for DVD. This one has video noise a plenty, some wobble and some fluctuations in color. Not terrible, perhaps, but nowhere near what Seasons 1/2 combo pack looked like. Liked the content. Not loving the transfer.
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