So why was this hit TV series such a perfect metaphor for the female bond, and what can we learn from these archetypes today? Let’s start with the fact that the show was a spin-off of Diff’rent Strokes, which itself taught us some pretty radical and crucial truths about race in America. This tells us that the creators of these shows, while obviously wanting to make us laugh, clearly also wanted us to learn something. To begin with, the four femmes of The Facts of Life could not have been more different from one another, and yet their reality had them confined to sharing space and coexisting in an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, NY, with only Edna Garrett—an older woman with life experience—as their axis of balance. Though their tales were fictionalized, the paradigm was very much in the spirit of the more contemporary Real World model, where a slew of varying personalities are thrown together as part of an entertainment-driven experiment. In Facts, the girls not only face issues relevant to young adulthood, such as drugs, peer pressure, sexuality and eating disorders, but they must also face them together as a collective, at once juggling their personal experiences, perspectives, vulnerabilities and their differences.