Facts of Life
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the hit show that became a staple of the NBC 80s television line up. The Facts of Life was a female-centric spinoff of the popular show Diff’rent Strokes. It ran for nine seasons and became a cultural touchstone. This special Behind Closed Doors offers an inside look at the show that gave us Tootie, Blair, Natalie, Jo, and of course Mrs. Garrett. Cast members and the creatives behind the series—including the casting director, producers, writers, and its longtime director—offer a peak and how the show came together. From its initial concept, to its early unwieldly cast, to the painful decision to whittle that cast down, the early days of the series were tumultuous and success was by no means a given.