5 thoughts on “When Did The Facts of Life Jump the Shark?

  1. How come Mackenzie Astin isn’t considered a show killer like Ted McGinley? (I’m joking!)

  2. When they moved from Eastland to Edna’s Edibles. The stretching to keep the gang together was too much.

  3. I agree with Cloris Leachman’s addition as the spot when the show jumped the shark. As stated, she did a fine job, but the show lost its soul when Charlotte Rae left. And I have often wondered if they considered bringing Rae back for Jo’s wedding, since it would seem unlikely that Mrs. G would miss that. Ironically, Charlotte Rae’s final appearance on Diff’rent Strokes was many years after she left and it was for the episode where Mr. Drummond got re-married.

    On a separate note, while Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes has continuity issues, Mrs. Garrett once mentioned her sister Beverly Ann in Season 1 of Diff’rent Strokes. And Bingo, there she is Season 8 of Facts of Life. Good job, Tandem Productions!

  4. I think it was when Jo moved to Los Angeles! That show was East Coast all the way. There was something off about that episode. It turns out it was the very first episode of that particular season.

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