Charlotte Rae, Mrs. Edna Garrett herself, made a surprise cameo last week on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, which makes perfect sense when you think about it. After all, don't Eastland's goody two shows and Rosewood's little vixens have a lot of common? Sure, they come from different economic backgrounds, but both groups of girls know what it's like to feel that the world never seems to be living up to your dreams. And despite their scheming, the Liars do have good intentions while Edna's gang have juicy little secrets of their own. In fact, the closer we looked, the more we realized how similar the characters were.
You take the good, forget the bad and there you have The Facts of Life. OK, let's face facts, some shows just do not age well. Some of my favorite '80s shows look horribly dated now with the bad hair, tacky clothes, lame plotlines, laugh tracks and the cornball jokes. Clearly, I'm not alone in this thinking. That's why they've invented minisodes of shows like The Facts of Life, which allows me to indulge in a little bit of nostalgia, without becoming all depressed about how much I really loved the show and faithfully watched each and every week hoping that I'd learn how to become more of a Blair and less of a Natalie (which never happened...thankfully). The best blast from the past I've found, is this four minute condensed episode of George Clooney's first appearance as the handyman who just returned from building hot tubs in Kuwait (see what I mean about lame plotlines?) But four minutes of George with wispy hair and that impish grin was enough to brighten my day...though now I'm stuck with the Facts theme song in my head.
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