The Facts of Life is a sitcom which ran from 1979 to 1988 on NBC. Spun-off from Diff'rent Strokes, the Drummonds' former housekeeper Mrs. Garrett becomes housemother at the girls boarding school Eastland. The series often combined social issues with the antics of the diverse group of girls.
- Beginning in the second season episode "Gossip," a poster for The Muppet Show hangs over Tootie's bed.
- In the season two episode "The Secret," Jo says she'll make sure her soon-to-be paroled father doesn't talk about his past when he visits the school, "because I'll be next to him every minute doing all the talking." Mrs. Garrett responds, "Kind of like the Muppets, huh?"
- In the season six episode "With a Little Help From My Friends," Blair receives fuzzy and green "Muppet Bookends" from her boyfriend as a gift.
- Mindy Cohn played Natalie Green
- Kim Fields played Tootie Ramsey
- Geri Jewell played Geri Tyler (1980-1984)
- Cloris Leachman played Beverly Ann Stickle (1986-1988)
- Jenny O'Hara played Miss Mahoney (four episodes, 1979)
- Charlotte Rae played Mrs. Edna Garrett (1979-1986)
- Lisa Whelchel played Blair Warner