Cheesy Song of the Day, September 24:
The Facts of Life theme song, various versions
I watched the entire series. I stayed with the show during the George Clooney and Cloris Leachman years — even though I loved Mrs. Garrett. I remember the story of why Kim Fields‘ character Tootie wore roller skates during the first season — she was so much shorter (I think younger too) than the other cast members and the producers decided to put her on skates so the height difference wouldn’t be so noticeable. Yes there were episodes that had a very heavy Afterschool Special vibe — I didn’t care. It was a solid 30 minutes of getting full on girl time from TV. And a show set at a boarding school focused on the lives of four very different girls (eventually women) is more multiethnic than Sex and the City and Girls, two shows set in New York City!