History YMMV / TheFactsOfLife

7th Jun '18 7:33:15 AM Erin582
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** One episode began with Jo coming back from playing field hockey and Blair expressing skepticism towards the sport saying that the physical contact [[InsaneTrollLogic will ruin her bone structure]], to which the former jokes that plastic surgery is in her future anyway. A season nine episode, "Less Than Perfect", had Blair get into a car accident due to falling asleep behind the wheel and getting a laceration on her face that will require plastic surgery to fix.



* ValuesDissonance: Modern audiences will find it highly unsettling to hear the subject of suicide in "Breaking Point" (like when Jo was talking about a friend of hers who jumped to her death and described the girlfriend as ending up "splattered on the sidewalk") being met with ''laughter''.

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Modern audiences will find it highly unsettling to hear the subject of suicide in "Breaking Point" (like when Jo was talking about a friend of hers who jumped to her death and described the girlfriend as ending up "splattered on the sidewalk") being met with ''laughter''.''laughter''.
** Similarly, in "Baby in the House" when former student turned teenaged mother, Allison, says that for her 17th birthday she received a playpen. Although the audience laughed, the line was never meant to be funny and looks even less so nowadays (but otherwise it was generally understood by them the gravity of teen parenthood.)
** In "Different Drummer" where Blair tutors a mentally disabled young man, Mrs. Garrett uses the term "retarded" to describe him. Although considered acceptable back then (the episode first aired in 1982), it would gather quite a bit of controversy if used today.
27th May '18 4:50:50 PM Erin582
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* HarsherInHindsight: The episode "The Secret" has Jo upset that her father's criminal record being exposed and at one point she asks Blair, who is trying to calm her down and convince her to forgive her father, if her father or one of her stepfathers had spent time in prison, to which she said no. In the season eight episode "Where's Poppa?", her real father pleaded guilty to insider trading and is likely to do prison time.

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The episode "The Secret" has Jo upset that her father's criminal record being exposed and at one point she asks Blair, who is trying to calm her down and convince her to forgive her father, if her father or one of her stepfathers had spent time in prison, to which she said no. In the season eight episode "Where's Poppa?", her real father pleaded guilty to insider trading and is likely to do prison time.
** "The Interview Show" has Tootie expressing her wish to reunite with the girls after they're all married and with children. This is doubly so, because not only was Jo unable to reunite with them due to her commitments to the police department, [[spoiler: but her own husband, Jeff, would die prior to it, leaving her widowed with a young daughter.]]
26th May '18 7:07:04 AM DeepRed
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* HollywoodPudgy: Joan Rivers infamously dubbed the cast members "The '''Fats''' of Life" following an appearance at the Emmys one year.

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* HollywoodPudgy: Joan Rivers infamously dubbed the cast members "The '''Fats''' of Life" following an appearance at the Emmys one year. This was attributed to having large amounts of snacks on set during frequently long breaks between video-taping.
25th May '18 6:12:39 AM Erin582
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** In "Baby in the House", Blair dreamily tells their former classmate's daughter a fairytale about Prince Charles leaving his then-recent marriage to Princess Diana for her. Years later, it would come out that the couple had been unfaithful to each other throughout the marriage and that early in the marriage, the former was still involved in an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who eventually became his second wife.
** In the second part of "The New Girl" as the four girls are sitting in jail, Natalie stressed about her mother's reaction to her predicament and believing she would have a heart attack and need a coronary. A little over three years later, she really would lose a parent this way, but it was her father who died rather than her mother.
* HarsherInHindsight: The episode "The Secret" has Jo upset that her father's criminal record being exposed and at one point she asks Blair, who is trying to calm her down and convince her to forgive her father, if her father or one of her stepfathers had spent time in prison, to which she said no. In the season eight episode "Where's Poppa?", her real father pleaded guilty to insider trading and is likely to do prison time.
* HilariousInHindsight: The girls are in awe about an upscale Italian restaurant they're visiting in "The Affair" and Natalie and Tootie say that it looks just like the pictures in ''People'' magazine, only in color. The magazine began using color photographs around 1994.
1st May '18 3:57:49 AM Erin582
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** Of the four girls themselves, Tootie tends to be the least popular. Even as being the youngest of the quartet (which already limited her on storylines at the time), her naiveté can come off as irritating at times. Examples include the episode where her older brother drove her, Natalie and Blair home while drunk and even with the evidence staring her in the face, she stubbornly refused to believe he had a problem or the episode after Natalie's father died and she couldn't understand ''why'' she wanted to call her mother all the time or why she didn't want to hang out with her.

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** Of the four girls themselves, Tootie tends to be the least popular. Even as being the youngest of the quartet (which already limited her on storylines at the time), she occasionally comes off as a selfish troublemaker and her naiveté can come off as be irritating at times. Examples include the episode one time her gossiping almost got Mrs. Garrett fired and it was like pulling teeth to get her to admit what she did, the other time where her older brother drove her, Natalie and Blair home while drunk and even with the evidence staring her in the face, she stubbornly refused to believe he had a problem or the episode after Natalie's father died and she couldn't understand ''why'' she wanted to call her mother all the time or why she and didn't want to hang out with her.
9th Apr '18 11:55:32 PM randomguy399
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** Nancy [=McKeon=] played the title character's single mom in ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' many years later.
14th Feb '18 7:17:26 PM Erin582
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** Any regular character outside of the four girls due to their CousinOliver tendencies (save for [[MrFanservice George.]])

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** Any regular character outside of Mrs. Garrett and the four girls due to their CousinOliver tendencies (save for [[MrFanservice George.]])
28th Jan '18 2:28:33 PM glickmam
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** In reality, Lisa Whelchell had gained a bit of weight early in the show, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a teenage girl. Mindy Cohn, on the other hand, was, incidentally, losing weight and had to be hidden under baggy clothes.

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** In reality, Lisa Whelchell had gained a bit of weight early in the show, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a teenage girl. Mindy Cohn, on the other hand, was, incidentally, losing weight due to an interest in dance and had to be hidden under baggy clothes.
8th Jan '18 6:52:01 AM Erin582
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* TheScrappy:
** Any regular character outside of the four girls due to their CousinOliver tendencies (save for [[MrFanservice George.]])
** Of the four girls themselves, Tootie tends to be the least popular. Even as being the youngest of the quartet (which already limited her on storylines at the time), her naiveté can come off as irritating at times. Examples include the episode where her older brother drove her, Natalie and Blair home while drunk and even with the evidence staring her in the face, she stubbornly refused to believe he had a problem or the episode after Natalie's father died and she couldn't understand ''why'' she wanted to call her mother all the time or why she didn't want to hang out with her.
5th Dec '17 11:46:24 PM shamblingdead2
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** The sudden reveal of [[spoiler: Jeff's death]] in the reunion movie.
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