History Series / TheFactsOfLife

12th May '18 1:51:35 PM Erin582
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* BigScrewedUpFamily: [[DownplayedTrope Strongly downplayed]] with Blair; while not every member of her family is a mess, it's obvious that the early divorce of her parents and other behavior and learned secrets had a great affect on her. The divorce itself caused her to [[HollywoodAtheist lose her faith in God]] to the point that she tried everything in her power to stop her stepsister from becoming a nun. Her father and paternal grandfather have their own demons that she was either horrified or heartbroken to discover; whereas the former's relationship with her is strongly tested by the revelations that he used her as a tax shelter and was guilty of tax evasion and will have to do prison time, the latter, whom she was named after, was a grand wizard of TheKlan. She also gains several stepmothers and stepfathers through both of her parents' many remarriages that left her groundedless and her mother's latest husband divorced her shortly after she told her daughter that she was pregnant with his child--and that he ''wasn't'' coming back.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: [[DownplayedTrope Strongly downplayed]] with Blair; while not every member of her family is a mess, it's obvious that the early divorce of her parents and other behavior and learned secrets had a great affect on her. The divorce itself caused her to [[HollywoodAtheist lose her faith in God]] to the point that she tried everything in her power to stop her stepsister from becoming a nun. Her father and paternal grandfather have their own demons that she was either horrified or heartbroken to discover; whereas the former's relationship with her is strongly tested by the revelations that he used her as a tax shelter and was guilty of tax evasion insider trading and will have to do prison time, the latter, whom she was named after, was a grand wizard of TheKlan. She also gains several stepmothers and stepfathers through both of her parents' many remarriages that left her groundedless and her mother's latest husband divorced her shortly after she told her daughter that she was pregnant with his child--and that he ''wasn't'' coming back.
11th May '18 4:07:36 PM Erin582
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* AttemptedRape: Jo & Natalie.

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* AttemptedRape: Jo & Natalie.Natalie in separate, early episodes.


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* BigScrewedUpFamily: [[DownplayedTrope Strongly downplayed]] with Blair; while not every member of her family is a mess, it's obvious that the early divorce of her parents and other behavior and learned secrets had a great affect on her. The divorce itself caused her to [[HollywoodAtheist lose her faith in God]] to the point that she tried everything in her power to stop her stepsister from becoming a nun. Her father and paternal grandfather have their own demons that she was either horrified or heartbroken to discover; whereas the former's relationship with her is strongly tested by the revelations that he used her as a tax shelter and was guilty of tax evasion and will have to do prison time, the latter, whom she was named after, was a grand wizard of TheKlan. She also gains several stepmothers and stepfathers through both of her parents' many remarriages that left her groundedless and her mother's latest husband divorced her shortly after she told her daughter that she was pregnant with his child--and that he ''wasn't'' coming back.
3rd May '18 12:39:40 PM Erin582
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* ProgressivelyPrettier: All of the girls got hit with this (except arguably Blair, who was ''already'' noticeably pretty to begin with and made sure everyone knew it!), but Natalie in particular stood out, as later seasons viewed her as sporting make-up, cutting her hair a more flattering length and wearing clothing to suit her more shapely figure.


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* RealityEnsues: There was an episode where Tootie was obsessed with Jermaine Jackson to the point of it overtaking everything else in her life and she cried and whined until Mrs. Garrett agreed to take her to his out of town concert. over the protests of the other girls (who were holding a fair for a friend of Jo's and she had previously agreed to help out at). Upon getting there and having to convince the security guards to let her through (as she was the president of one of his many fan clubs and was given a free ticket to his show by his business manager), although she was excited to meet him, believed herself to be special to him and made a clay bust of him to present for his birthday, the other guards took the gift away (believing it to be a bomb; they didn't know as it was put inside a box) and ''twisted her arm behind her back'', he himself was only able to sit down and talk with her for a few moments due to how busy he was and the same manager who called her to give her a ticket called someone else to use the same line that he used on her. And the bust was ruined due to it being placed in the shower to "defuse" it.
5th Mar '18 4:08:16 PM joannact
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* WhosWatchingTheStore: By seasons 8 and 9, the girls are rarely ever seen working there...despite continuing to live right upstairs.
5th Feb '18 5:56:50 PM nombretomado
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* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: seasons 2-4, right after the re-tool faced the girls with some rather harsh situations (teen suicide, child prostitution, racial tensions, elopement, censorship. poverty, cancer...) that wouldn't feel out of place in a typical NormanLear sitcom like ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', or ''Series/GoodTimes''. As the characters [[CharacterDevelopment grew up and learned to take on more responsibility]], they began to play less off of hot button teen issues and more off each other's personalities.

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* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: seasons 2-4, right after the re-tool faced the girls with some rather harsh situations (teen suicide, child prostitution, racial tensions, elopement, censorship. poverty, cancer...) that wouldn't feel out of place in a typical NormanLear Creator/NormanLear sitcom like ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', or ''Series/GoodTimes''. As the characters [[CharacterDevelopment grew up and learned to take on more responsibility]], they began to play less off of hot button teen issues and more off each other's personalities.
6th Dec '17 12:17:23 AM shamblingdead2
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* GenerationXerox: Jamie is the spitting image of Jo when she stomps in and peels off her motorcycle. She then proceeds to get in trouble the same way Jo did. The arresting cop remembers the girls from nearly 20 years before.
6th Dec '17 12:12:48 AM shamblingdead2
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** The episode where Natalie is attacked also counts. We get to see everyone in costume but not the party, as it's a VerySpecialEpisode about self-defense.
6th Dec '17 12:10:54 AM shamblingdead2
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** One episode is devoted to Natalie insisting the shop sell a "Men of Langley" swimsuit calendar. She eventually breaks up with her swim-team boyfriend because she realizes she's dating him because he turns heads, not because there's anything in his head.


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** Downplayed with Gauguin by the time of the reunion movie.
5th Dec '17 11:29:10 PM shamblingdead2
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** Inverted with The Sha-La-la-la-la-la-la-la-las. By the third or fourth time someone tries to say it, it's shortened to "Sha-la-la-whatever."
26th Nov '17 9:08:42 PM shamblingdead2
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** Kevin, who moved into the attic and was Brother Chucked at the end of Season Five without any explanation. In the eighth season the girls open up the attic into another bedroom, without any mention of his time there.
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