The BEST Episodes of The Facts of Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: NBC

Charlotte Rae stars as a dietician and house mother at a private girls' boarding school, watching over students Blair, Tootie, Natalie and Jo.

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The Christmas Show

#1 - The Christmas Show

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 21, 1983

The holidays bring joy to the girls when they all plan on going home for Christmas but when Jo's mother temporarily moves to Miami, Jo is stuck in Peekskill.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Out of the Fire...

#2 - Out of the Fire...

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 14, 1985

After returning from their summer vacation, the girls discover that Edna's Edibles has burned down. This leads the girls to discuss rebuilding and opening up a new business.

star 8.30
10 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Paul Haggis
Breaking Point

#3 - Breaking Point

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 28, 1981

Blair is running for class president but things get out of hand when one of the candidates commits suicide.

star 8.25
16 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Linda Marsh, Margie Peters
Runaway

#4 - Runaway

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 24, 1982

Tootie becomes lost in New York City and befriends a young prostitute in a coffee shop.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Bernard Burnell Mack
A Death in the Family

#5 - A Death in the Family

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 1, 1984

The girls are shaken by the sudden death of Natalie's father and wonder how to ease her pain.

star 8.17
12 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Linda Marsh, Margie Peters
Let's Party!

#6 - Let's Party!

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 9, 1983

Tootie is excited about the impending visit of her brother Marshall, however is stay becomes one of fear when he invites the girls to a college party where beer is being served. After the party, a drunk Marshall, insisting that he isn't drunk, offers to drive Blair, Natalie and Tootie home. However, their trip home is interrupted by an accident.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Dearest Mommie

#7 - Dearest Mommie

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 17, 1982

Natalie is excited about a job offer to write a weekly column for a New York newspaper. The fact that the job would make her miss school as well as bring her unnecessary pressure causes her to get into an argument with her mother. During the argument, Natalie brings up the fact that she's adopted, this leads her adopted mother to give her the name of her birth mother.

star 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Deidre Fay, Stuart Wolpert
Next Door

#8 - Next Door

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 4, 1984

A young boy enters Edna's Edibles and Tootie befriends him and learns that he lives next door. She also learns that his mother works all day and leaves him home alone and tells him never to leave their apartment and when a gas leak is detected on the block the young boy won't budge.

star 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Glenn Padnick, Milt Rosen
Jo's Cousin

#9 - Jo's Cousin

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 14, 1982

Jo's cousin, a 14-year-old lovesick tomboy, seeks her help, and others of Jo's family are introduced in this backdoor pilot attempt.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Linda Marsh, Margie Peters
Christmas in the Big House

#10 - Christmas in the Big House

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 19, 1984

For the Christmas season, Blair and some of her snobby friends plan on putting on a Christmas show at a home for boys. Her Christmas spirit quickly changes when she discovers that the home for boys is really a home for convicts.

star 8.07
14 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Legacy

#11 - Legacy

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 1982

A large sum from Blair's grandfather's estate is being donated to build a new library. But Natalie uncovers a shocking secret about the benefactor.

star 8.00
11 votes
A Royal Pain

#12 - A Royal Pain

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1983

A new student arrives at Eastland claiming to be a royal princess. All seems to go okay, but then Tootie catches her with a boy. Since it is against the rules to have an uninvited guest, Tootie starts to become suspicious.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Magnificent Obsession

#13 - Magnificent Obsession

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 12, 1983

Blair's latest boyfriend, Chad, means everything to her and she goes all out trying to please him. However, one evening when he takes her out to a dance, he leaves with another woman. This leads Blair to contemplate breaking off this "controlling" relationship with a man she claims to "love".

star 8.00
14 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Linda Marsh, Margie Peters
Take My Finals, Please

#14 - Take My Finals, Please

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 27, 1983

It's finals week at Eastland and the girls are planning an all night study session. They soon find out that studying is going to be hard with so many distractions, including Blair and Jo's fears of the future in college and Natalie's fear of an upcoming Chemistry exam in which she must memorize the atomic symbols.

star 8.00
13 votes
Small but Dangerous

#15 - Small but Dangerous

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 16, 1983

Streetwise Kelly alleges that the vandalism of Edna's Edibles was the work of a local gang, but Jo decides to investigate.

star 8.00
10 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Andy Borowitz
Seems Like Old Times

#16 - Seems Like Old Times

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 21, 1984

Jo is surprised when her ex-boyfriend, Eddie, who just got out of the Navy, makes a surprise visit. However, Jo isn't the only one who's in for a surprise when Tootie discovers a shocking secret that Eddie's been keeping.

star 8.00
12 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Linda Marsh, Margie Peters
Slices of Life

#17 - Slices of Life

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 1984

Jo begins a pizza business with her mom's secret pizza recipe that has everyone's mouths watering, including a fraternity house that buys pizzas in bulk. However, the business begins running Jo and her workers, Natalie and Tootie ragged which leads Jo to make a business decision on how to make pizzas faster and cheaper.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Cruisin'

#18 - Cruisin'

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 1984

On a dateless Saturday night, the girls cruise downtown Peekskill in hopes of finding Mr. Right. However, a string of bizarre events leads the girls to hideout in their car at a closed gas station.

star 8.00
10 votes
With a Little Help From My Friends

#19 - With a Little Help From My Friends

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 30, 1985

Blair is concerned when she discovers her date is doing cocaine.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Deidre Fay, Stuart Wolpert
The Last Drive-In

#20 - The Last Drive-In

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 13, 1985

The local drive-in theatre is closing and the girls decide to pay it one last visit on the final night it's open. However, chaos reigns when people begin to loot the theatre and Blair gets into a cat fight.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Kimberly Hill, Paul Haggis, Stuart Wolpert
From Russia with Love

#21 - From Russia with Love

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 1981

Natalie's romantic escapade is cancelled when her meddling grandmother drops in unexpectedly.

star 7.91
11 votes
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Graduation (1)

#22 - Graduation (1)

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 4, 1983

Blair and Jo share a common feeling of disdain toward their graduation from Eastland.

star 7.91
11 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Kimberly Hill
The Marriage Brokers

#23 - The Marriage Brokers

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 27, 1982

A mysterious visitor from Mrs. Garrett's past appears, and when Tootie catches them kissing, Blair becomes determined to discover how serious the relationship is.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Alejandro Rey
Writers: Mitch Markowitz
The Summer of '84

#24 - The Summer of '84

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 1984

Mrs. Garrett and the girls share their summer vacations: Natalie and Tootie at a Cape Cod resort, Mrs. Garrett and Jo on a musical fling in Atlantic City and Blair down on a farm in Iowa.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Linda Marsh, Margie Peters
Shoplifting

#25 - Shoplifting

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 31, 1980

It's Edna's birthday and the girls want to buy her a shirt, but Jo steals it instead. When Mrs. Garrett returns the shirt, she discovers it was stolen.

star 7.89
19 votes
Directors: Lee Lochhead
Writers: Sally Sussman