It looks like another 1980s sitcom is coming back and getting the reboot treatment. It has been announced that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel are in talks to executive produce The Facts of Life reboot, which is currently seeking a writer to bring the beloved show back to the small screen. It was really only a matter of time before The Facts of Life made its way back after it was announced that ALF is getting a reboot as well. If ALF can do it, pretty much any show can.
The Facts of Life, which was a spinoff of Diff'rent Strokes, was one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s, running from 1979 to 1988 on NBC. The popular show was nominated for three Emmys over the course of its 9 year run, but never won anything. The series starred Lisa Whelchel as Blair, Kim Fields as Tootie, Mindy Cohn as Natalie, and Nancy McKeon as Jo. Charlotte Rae starred as Edna Garrett, who was the housemother at Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in New York.
On Diff'rent Strokes, Charlotte Rae portrayed the former Drummond family housekeeper, Edna Garrett. The Facts of Life started when Garrett left to become the housemother of the private all-girls school. Upon its debut in 1979, the series was far from a hit, landing at number 74 out of 79 in the ratings, which did not bode well for a second season. However, the show was re-tooled and then switched from Friday nights to Wednesday nights, where it began to flourish right away. The second season quickly saw The Facts of Life become the fourth highest rated show in 1981 for NBC.
By the time The Facts of Life started its third season, it was NBC's highest rated comedy series and its second highest rated show overall. And when it was time for the seventh season, the show was moved to Saturday nights to boost the ratings of The Golden Girls, where it was also successful. By the eighth season, the show was brought back a half hour, to the toughest Saturday night spot at 8 PM, and was still able to dominate, though it took some time to recalibrate. The Facts of Life ended in 1988 and has since been hailed as one of the best shows in television history, even earning the TV Land award for Pop Culture Icon in 2011.
While there isn't any other information about The Facts of Life reboot available now, Sony TV recently successfully rebooted One Day At A Time, which is heading into its third season on Netflix. So, we could see The Facts of Life heading to a streaming platform as opposed to the network route. Whatever the case may be, it looks like the reboot is a sure thing, so fans of the original series are either going to be excited or pretty bummed out about the news. This story originated from Deadline.