Throwback Thursday: The Facts of Life Reunion (2001)

When we face a dilemma, the first people we often turn to are our friends.

The Facts of Life Reunion (2001) aired 13 years after the original series ended. Natalie (Mindy Cohn) has spent the last decade living and working abroad as a reporter. After working and living abroad as a reporter, she comes back to the States with a dilemma. Blair (Lisa Whelchel) is a wealthy businesswoman who believes that her husband is cheating on her. Tootie (who now goes by her given name, Dorothy) (Kim Fields) is turning to a career as a talk show host after failing to make it as an actress. Jo (Nancy McKeon) is balancing her job as a cop and her home life as a wife and mother.

Reuniting with her friends (sans Jo, represented by her husband and daughter) and Mrs. Garrett (the late Charlotte Rae), Natalie has to make a decision. She has received two marriage proposals and has not made a decision about which one to say yes to.

What I like about this TV movie is that it is a nice piece of nostalgia. There is enough of a narrative to keep the story moving along while building on what made the television series special. Each individual storyline feels appropriate, giving the viewers a nice follow-up to where we left them in 1988.

Do I recommend it? Yes.


Throwback Thursday-1980’s Girl Power-The Facts of Life

Let’s face it, being a teenage girl is not easy. But sometimes it’s a little bit easier if we can see ourselves reflected on screen.

In 1979, a new television show premiered centered on the lives of young women living in a boarding school in upstate New York. The Facts Of Life introduced television audiences to four new female characters. Natalie (Mindy Cohn), Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Tootie (Kim Fields) and Jo (Nancy McKeon) are led by housemother Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae).

This show is 36 years old and it still holds up, despite the sometimes what were they thinking 1980’s fashion. There is something timeless about being a teenage girl and going through the changes that we all go through during that stage of life.

I recommend it.

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