'Facts of Life' cast will reunite at TV Land awards
March 16th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

'Facts of Life' cast will reunite at TV Land awards

Fact: TV Land is doubling the nostalgic fun at the network’s upcoming awards ceremony by not only featuring a reunion of the “Welcome Back, Kotter” cast, but also bringing the “Facts of Life” members together again.

Lisa Whelchel (Blair), Kim Fields (Tootie), Mindy Cohn (Natalie), Nancy McKeon (Jo) and of course Mrs. Garrett, as played by Charlotte Rae, will reunite for the first time in 20 years at the 2011 TV Land awards, Entertainment Weekly reports. "The Facts of Life" stars will be on hand to accept the Pop Culture Award.

If you're wondering where George Clooney will be, EW notes that his name wasn't included in the round-up. But perhaps he'll be added in before the show airs on April 17, like they've added to the list of those joining the "Kotter" reunion.

According to EW, it turns out Mr. Kotter, aka the show's co-creator Gabe Kaplan, will indeed join the Sweathogs as they accept the 35th Anniversary Award. John Travolta (Vinnie Barbarino), Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack), Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington) and Marcia Strassman (Julie Kotter), are already signed up for the ceremony.

Robert Hegyes, who portrayed Juan Epstein, has been added to the reunion as well.


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  1. Mia Swanson

    There is actually a dance song about Blair's cousin Geri!! Check it out: http://bit.ly/fb9EiJ

    It's awesome!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe the Plumber

    Joe was such the "Man of the House" with all her tools. I recall the episode where she drilled a hole in Ms Garrets bathroom and would watch her taking a dump.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Be Quiet

    I will only watch if they include Cousin Geri.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fratboy

    all of u guys r dirtbags who r making these comments but they should bring back small wonder

    March 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MFG

    @joe- that was Mackenzie Astin on "when they ran the bakery". Leo DeCaprio was on "Growing Pains" near the end. And for the record I don't recall Brad Pitt on TFOL either, unless it was one random guest appearance.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hot Tuna

    They should have the reunion start show start with Blair, Jo and that other fat girl walking in on Ms Garrett and Tootie in bed making out.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brandi

    Let's not forget Jerri Jewel. I saw her recently in The Night of the White Pants.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dawny

    I can't believe how disrespectful and rude some so-called adults are especially about a reunion for a TV show. Before you call someone washed up, fat and ugly, stop looking in your magic mirror and face reality.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenny Craig

      @ Dawny.

      I looked in my magic mirror an saw only your big fat rump. Is your nickname Hoggett? I bet it is. Come join us at Jenny Craig ya fat leg humper.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. joe

    Don't remember Brad Pitt on facts of life but Leonardo Dicaprio was on when they ran the Bakery

    March 17, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. joann

    I,Would love to see the reunion.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. str8l8ced

    Blair was hot. TV Land has better shows than todays tv. You could watch these shows as a kid or a adult. These days I cant think of one tv show that is appropriate for a youngster.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. dug

    Good for them! Loved the show!

    March 17, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jesus Padilla

    If there's going to be a "reunion", then Molly Ringwald should be a part of it because she was on the first season of "The Facts Of Life", remember?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Just me remembering

    Anyone remember the program by the name "Soap"? If so, did people enjoy it as much as I did? Since watching it way back when, I have found that I have encountered many crazy, funny and bizarre situations portrayed in the show while visiting some families i encountered throughout my lifetime. During these times I would chuckle to myself and think I would think "gee this is like being part of the program Soap"? Lol!! Anyone ever experience this?

    March 17, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. amanda

    i wish the shows Knight Rider, Chips, and Alf were back on. just like tv shows off the air, there are some toys i'd like to see come back

    March 17, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  16. ? my love

    I used to love watching The Facts of Life. It was a good show and it was on when people were still sane.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Geezee

    I welcome these's shows back. Those were good times. Get it.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  18. bossmama

    Loved all of these shows & yes indeed they taught life lessons that have remained with me to this day!Blair & Jo taught us how to accept people for who they are!!!!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  19. Rebel

    Well, if they include George Clooney they have to include Brad Pitt too! Facts of Life helped both of there careers! You mix the good...The Facts of Life! They are honoring The Cosby Show that night as well!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  20. tilly

    Oh this is the site i was looking for! hello out there is tv land!!!! how r u all doing tonight? im getting drunk and im going to find me a bear to fight with tee hee

    March 17, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  21. Kay/Kay/Kay All The Way

    @ Augy: We can tell that the kids from the show Different Strokes really learned all those lessons your talking about. F***ING IDIOT!

    March 17, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  22. Nush

    Always called it the "Fats of life"

    March 17, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  23. eufauxria

    lol, stones a'flyin', watch out for glass! *you're not*

    March 17, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  24. Keena

    @Cherub, I totally remember 'Just the Ten of Us'. I loved that show!

    March 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. c~b

    D and his homies would circle jerk Mindy, I mean Natalie.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  26. jojobloho

    mrs garrett is dead aint she?

    March 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  27. glenn c

    Funny tv lots of memories

    March 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dude

    Who cares? Ha Ha!

    March 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Crimsonrain

    Lol...the TV land awards are great. To the idiots that think that they are making a reunion special for either...get your facts straight.

    Oh and btw the "housekeeper" from Different Strokes is Mrs. Garrett. Facts of Life was a direct spinoff of Different Strokes.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. D

    I loved this show. Me and my homies would never miss it.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mer

    Love that they are reconvening after all of these years. It will be a fun filled show with flashbacks that will surely have me reminiscing.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. kmm

    If they are gonna bring back any show it better be Alf damnit!!!

    March 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Chad

    Is this award show televised?

    March 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Derpaderp

    Those shows sucked.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. BeyoncesEvilTwin

    The Different Strokes Reunion would be Willis, Mr. Drummond (is he still alive?) and the housekeeper...maybe the red head kid that came on the show later...oh and Arnold's friend Dudley.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. couch critic

    I'm not a grammar nazi but Lelee & Mary L need to learn how to type or learn the English language. Just sayin'...

    March 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      You are right, your not the grammar police. It's spelled saying, were you too lazy to type the g?

      March 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nebber

      Were you too lazy not to type the ' and the e? It is "you're".

      Nice job trying to look high and mighty only to reveal your own stupidity!

      March 17, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  37. nemo

    I wanna see the "different strokes" reunion..

    March 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mary L.

    I loved the facts of life nd welcome back kotter can't wait to see the show. Include George what harm can do.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. lorann

    20yr and 35yr reunion. It really doesn't seem that long ago that I was watching these shows. Oh boy, I'm old. Lol

    March 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Boring

    Just a bunch of washed up actors whose 15 min. of fame was over years ago. The shows sucked back the and theres nothing they can do today to make them any better. For reals now. Dont the network execs have anything better to spend their money on?

    March 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Augy

      @Boring. You just don't get it, so go soak your head. Those old Shows often taught lessons about Friendship, Morality, learning, growing and Cosequences. You know, the things most missing today?? Look at today's TV, Daaaaaaa !

      March 17, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • The Zoo

      Perhaps the reunion episode could take place at the zoo with all the fat tubs of lard wallowing around in the hippo lake. There they would fit right in.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  41. 8andSkate

    If they include George, he'll just talk about how he is saving the world.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. johnnyc

    Tootie had big tooties but now she only has a big booty!

    March 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Lelee

    I am very happy for them. I think they should do do a come.

    March 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Cw

    "the girls deserve it alone" as if they originally won the Nobel.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  45. linda

    No George, his part wasn't for as long as the girls.
    They don't need him to bob his head and get the glory.
    The girls deserve it alone.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Group of Fat fish

      They are all just a group of fat ole women...has beens with big fat guts. Talentless idiots.

      March 17, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  46. Cherub

    Remember "Just the ten of us" ? Lol

    March 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  47. pete

    Up your nose with a rubber hose

    March 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. justme

    I remember a reunion show, I don't think it was that long ago

    March 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honkers ( @ )( @ )

      I wanna see Tooties big ole Tooties....

      March 17, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Will JoeLez be at the reunion? I bet she will try to make LezJoe love to all their fat rumps.

      March 17, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      I love this show. I didn't care much for the first season, but I liked all of the others until Mrs. Garrett left. Then it kinda went downhill.

      March 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |

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