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Old 03-03-2006, 12:54 PM   #42
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The runtime is 707 minutes. I just checked with them on it. Also, the press release states it, too. And if it were 610 minutes, then they would be FOR SURE edited. But luckily it will be 707 mins.


Charlotte Rae, Nancy McKeon, Lisa Whelchel,
Molly Ringwald, Kim Fields, and Mindy Cohn Star in….
Arriving on DVD May 9 in a Four-Disc Set
Guest Stars include Oscar® Winner Helen Hunt, Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (February 27, 2006) – Mrs. Garrett and the girls from Eastland Academy make their DVD debut on May 9 when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons. The collection of 29 episodes from the popular, long-running series featuring an outstanding ensemble cast of young women will be available in a four-disc set and priced at $39.95 SLP.

The Facts of Life stars Charlotte Rae (TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes”), along with the young women who were every girl’s ideal and every boy’s first crush: Lisa Whelchel (Where the Red Fern Grows), Nancy McKeon (TV’s “The Division”), Mindy Cohn (TV’s “The Help”), Kim Fields (TV’s “Living Single”), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink), Felice Schachter (Zapped!), Julie Piekarski (TV’s “Best of Times”), and Julie Anne Haddack (The Great Santini).

Guest stars the first and second seasons include Conrad Bain, Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman and Dana Plato from “Diff’rent Strokes,” Helen Hunt (TV’s “Mad About You,” As Good As It Gets, Twister), Richard Dean Anderson (TV’s “MacGyver,” “Stargate SG-1”), Zsa Zsa Gabor (Touch of Evil, Queen of Outer Space), Robert Alda (Rhapsody in Blue, Imitation of Life), Alex Rocco (The Wedding Planner), and comedienne Geri Jewell. Jewell is particularly notable because she was the first person with a visible disability to become a recurring character on a primetime sitcom. During her long run on the show, Jewell broke important new ground by addressing issues of disability awareness.

Set in an exclusive East Coast boarding school, The Facts of Life never shied away from tackling tough subjects facing teenage girls during its 209 episode run. In the first two seasons alone, the series included storylines that dealt with dieting, adoption, athletic competition, divorce, drugs, shoplifting, teenage marriage, gossip, teen suicide, and plagiarism.

The Facts of Life first aired on August 24, 1979, on NBC as a spin-off from the network’s phenomenally-popular sitcom “Diff'rent Strokes” on which Charlotte Rae played Mrs. Garrett, housekeeper to Philip Drummond's household. On The Facts of Life, Mrs. Garrett becomes a dorm housemother at Eastland, an exclusive girl’s boarding school, where she acts as confidante and surrogate parent to the girls in her charge. The first season involved Mrs. Garrett adjusting to her new job and featured storylines involving the numerous issues besetting ‘tweens.

Needing to sharpen its broad focus, in the second season Mrs. Garrett became the school’s nutritionist and the series concentrated its attention on four girls in Mrs. Garrett’s charge: the wealthy and spoiled debutante Blair (Whelchel), the wisecracking Natalie (Cohn), the sassy Tootie (Fields) and the newly-introduced character of working class tough girl Jo (McKeon), who offered a dynamic counterpoint to the other upper-class teens and gave the series renewed energy and life.

After its somewhat slow start, The Facts of Life found its niche and became a success, ultimately becoming the longest-running sitcom of its time on television, despite numerous timeslot changes over the course of its nine seasons. The show also inspired the TV movies The Facts of Life in Paris (1982), The Facts of Life Down Under (1987) and The Facts of Life Reunion (2001).

DVD Special Features Include:
• Digitally Mastered Audio and Video
• Full Screen Presentations
• Audio: English (stereo)
• Bonus Previews
• Featurette: Remembering the Facts of Life
• Featurette: After Facts
• Closed Captioned

The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons episodes include:

First Season
Rough Housing
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Return of Mr. Garrett
The Date
Emily Dickinson
Facts of Love AKA Sex Education
Flash Flood
Molly's Holiday

Second Season
New Girl I
New Girl II
Double Standard
Who Am I?
Cousin Geri
Teenage Marriage I
Teenage Marriage II
Breaking Point
Sex Symbol
The Secret
Bought & Sold
Pretty Babies
Free Spirit
Brian & Sylvia

The Facts of Life: The Complete First and Second Seasons is from the broadcast years of 1979 – 1981, has a run time of approximately 707 minutes and is not rated.
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