Ah The Facts of Life, for many it brings back memories of walking home from school, waiting until it was time for it to start on TV (with dials) and laughing out loud at the hilarity that ensued in each episode. It was one of the most successful spin-off programs – and one of the most watched TV series of all time. The cast was littered with great talents, many of whom went on to have significant careers on the small and big screens. The Facts of Life followed Mrs. Garrett and a group of prep school girls whose daily tribulations and coming of age crises – provided endless plot twists, humor and warmth on set.
Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek
Jo was the beloved tomboy in a house full of women on The Facts of Life. If everyone was busy doing their nails then Jo was off perfecting her batting average or kicking a ball around. Jo’s character was a great counterfoil to Blair, the ultimate young lady whose hair was always done. Some say Jo was a kind of early on screen feminist.