The Facts of Life

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Wholesome '80s coming-of-age sitcom tackles serious issues.

NBC Comedy 1979

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

Will appeal to teens who keep an open mind.

I'd put the green light at 13 rather than 11 because, as you said there are themes that are unsuitable for younger viewers. Having said that, this show teaches good lessons, and there's always a lesson to be learned. One of the most recurring and overt lessons is when to say no to peer pressure. Including someone with a disability for a regular, recurring role was also positive for this show, as, up until that time, to my knowledge, no other show except SESAME STREET had done so. Consequences for misbehavior are also shown. Sometimes the writers were really creative, such as the time the girls were all caught shoplifting. Mrs. Garrett really drove the point home. The show also took a realistic look at life, more so than the average sitcom. In short, THE FACTS OF LIFE was less serious than the dramas but more serious than the sitcoms. Teens who are used to watching shows from another era will enjoy this one. And if your teens aren't used to 80s tv, this might be a good show to start with.
age 9+

A Little Dated Now

This show had much to recommend it such as an inter-racial cast and mature adults counseling teens. The language and settings are now outdated and not appealing to today's kids.

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