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Whelchel played spoiled rich girl Blair Warner for all nine seasons of The Facts of Life, while Aniston played spoiled rich girl Rachel Green for all 10 seasons of Friends. Aniston may in fact (of life) be overqualified for this role. Brrr! It's cold in here! There must be some Tootie in the atmosphere! Fields skated to stardom as the youngest of Mrs. Garrett's girls, Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey, in 1979, while Union cheered her way to icon status in 2000's Bring It On.
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ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes’: TV Review

When Jimmy Kimmel conceived of the Live in Front of a Studio Audience format back in 2019, it was designed as a simultaneous tribute to The Great Norman Lear and the resilient appeal of some classic, boundary-pushing sitcoms. The first iteration tackled episodes of All in the Family and The Jeffersons, while the second paired All in the Family and Good Times installments. The casting, while not without a wee bit of wink-and-nudge, was mostly pure. Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei are and were plausible 21st-century versions of Archie and Edith Bunker. And, strange bald cap aside, Jamie Foxx seemed likely enough...
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Who swore on live TV? Who kept laughing? What you missed from ABC’s ‘Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ reenactments.

At the beginning of ABC’s latest “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special on Tuesday night, in which celebrities reenacted episodes of classic sitcoms, executive producer and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel offered a reminder for the audience: “The show is live,” he said. “If it goes off the rails, it goes off the rails.”
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Live in Front of a Studio Audience

Two classic sitcoms, one all-star cast. ABC on Tuesday will revisit the 1980s by way of Live in Front of a Studio Audience, recreating memorable episodes of Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff, The Facts of Life, using A-list actors to fill roles originated by child stars. The 42-year-old Kevin Hart,...
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Live in Front of a Studio Audience

For the third time around, Live in Front of a Studio Audience successfully combined the heart and laughter of Norman Lear's classic sitcoms with great casting and performances for a true gift to television lovers this holiday season. Check out five of the best moments from the Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes episodes recreated by the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Kathryn Hahn, and Damon Wayans, to name a few.
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Find Out Which of Your Favorite Stars Are Appearing in Tonight's The Facts of Life: Live in Front of a Studio Audience—And Who the Surprise Guests Are!

You take the good, you take the great, you take the A-list and there you have… the Facts of Life live cast! On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Jimmy Kimmel and legendary sitcom creator Norman Lear are bringing back their live re-creations of classic TV episodes, this time with episodes of the oh-so-’80s sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life airing 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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The Facts of Life original cast members reunite on Live in Front of a Studio Audience

It takes a lot to get 'em right, when you're learning the facts of life... By now, original The Facts of Life cast members Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn, and Kim Fields have mastered learning the facts of life. But they stopped by ABC special Live in Front of a Studio Audience to impart some of that wisdom to new cast members bringing their beloved 1980s sitcom to life.
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Jon Stewart cast in mystery role on ‘Facts Of Life’ live with Jennifer Aniston

You take the good, you take the bad — and you take the totally unexpected. In a bizarre cameo for the ages, “Daily Show” alumnus Jon Stewart will be playing a “surprise role” on Tuesday’s live “Facts Of Life” revival episode. The program is part of the ABC’s third installment in the nostalgic “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special, produced by Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. EST, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
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Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart star in ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ special: How to watch ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ and stream for free

TV is taking a trip back in time this week, with the recreation of ‘80s sitcoms “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes” airing on ABC. You can also watch it on FuboTV (7-day free trial). “Live in Front of a Studio Audience”: “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes”...
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Norman Lear on Reintroducing the Classics

Like most Gen-Xers, Jimmy Kimmel was introduced to the world of Norman Lear — and sitcoms in general — courtesy of local afternoon TV. Before Nick at Nite and TV Land launched in the 1980s, Kimmel says, “I remember coming home from school and watching these shows in syndication back-to-back on Channel 5 Las Vegas. It was just part of my day. I’d come home from school, and I had a very busy schedule of TV shows to watch.”
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‘Diff’rent Strokes’ and ‘Facts of Life’ Next for ABC’s ‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’

Live in Front of a Studio Audience will be recreating episodes of Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life when it returns to ABC for its third installment next month. The show’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, made the announcement on his late-night show on Thursday, revealing that the 90-minute special will re-enact iconic episodes of the Gary Coleman-starring sitcom and its Charlotte Rae-centered spinoff. The live event airs from 8-9:30 PM on Tuesday, December 7.
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