The Facts of Life started in 1979 as a spin off of Diff'rent Strokes. The setting is in Peekskill, New York. Mrs. Garrett played by Charlotte Rae took over as school nutritionist and then became mother to 4 girls: Natalie, Jo, Blair, and Tootie. The show ran nine seasons on NBC from 1979-1988 and was a huge hit. During the span of the show, the girls graduated Eastland School and moved in with Mrs. Garrett to help her run her shop called "Edna's Edibles." Later, the shop burned to the ground and they built a gift shop, called "Over Our Heads" and remodeled the house. The following year Mrs. Garrett fell in love again and moved to Africa to join the Peace Corps. Her sister, Beverly Ann, moved to Peekskill to help the girls and take over the shop. The last episode aired in September of 1988 where Blair became headmistress of bankrupt Eastland School.
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