Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The One Where No One Recognizes Lisa Whelchel

I was a child in the 80's.  I grew up wearing acid washed jeans and dancing around to Material Girl.  I had big spiral permed hair (I will have to share some pictures with you one day), and I loved The Facts of Life.  If you are unfamiliar with the series, it is about a group of girls living at a boarding school and dealing with your average teenage angst.  They were much older than I was, and therefore, they were glamorous and worldly in my eyes.  What can I say?  It was a simple time in my life.

Imagine my excitement 20 years later, when I find out that Lisa Whelchel from The Facts of Life was going to compete on one of my current favorite shows, Survivor.  I anxiously tuned in the first night to see how the other contestants would react to having her compete against them.  I figured they would try to get rid of her quickly, thinking that because she was once a tv star, she wouldn't need the million dollar prize the winner of the show receives.  

Then something surprising happened.

Almost no one recognized her.

You take the good, you take the bad...


I started to wonder, did the whole generation of 20-somethings that came after mine not grow up watching The Facts of Life reruns?  It hadn't ever occurred to me that this could be possible.  If you did watch, who was your favorite character?  Is there another show that you watched as a child that you think kids growing up today are missing out on?  

Just in case you need a refresher, here is the intro to the show.  I dare you not to sing along. 


fluff and fripperies said...

I never saw this show so I wouldn't have recognised her either - I feel sad cos it sounds like I missed out! xo

A BRIT GREEK said...

Unfortunately I don't this show made it across the pond and if it did, I totally missed it! So can't relate love!

In the previous post, are those all your pups? Sooooo cute!

Mandy Crandell said...

Loved that show! My favorite character was Jo (plus, that's my middle name).


Heather said...

OMG, I loved watching this show in reruns when I was a kid! My favorite character was Jo. I really miss feel-good shows like this. Nowadays, it's all about sex, drama and deception.

Beauty Follower said...

Didnt know that series althought I was a kid at 80's an use to watch all of them.

Anouka said...

I don't remember this show being on on French or German TV (where I would have seen it). Would have loved to have watched it.


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Emmy said...

Oh my gosh! I grew up in the 80's too. Didn't really watch this show, but how can anyone not recognize her?!?!? Even I know who she is!

Lorena said...

I watched this show.
I loved Jo.
I did not recognize her either.... so don't feeel bad.

Stephanie said...

I totally know the facts of life but I don't know that I would've recognized her had I watched Survivor. She kinda went from being hot sexy Blair to Midwest mom.

Also, did you happen to see Mindy Cohn when she was on What Not to Wear? I definitely recognized her right when I saw her, but it was unfortunate.

Shoe Bell(i)e said...

How can you not sing along?!? LOL I wasn't really a fan of the show but I remember Tootie:p

trishie said...

I'm an 80s kid too but don't know this show at all! I guess it wasn't showing in Singapore.

Erin said...

I've never seen this show-so I wouldn't have recognized her sadly-I did like the mini intro though! :)


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Stephanie @ henry happened said...

so many good shows kids are not watching anymore! but I guess that's just the way things go in the age of internet!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i grew up in the 80's too! watched this show faithfully. hahaha Lisa's character was my hero. She had the best hair and spiffy uniform. hahaha the last time i "saw" her she married a preacher and had a young family. it's great to see her back!

honey my heart said...

i heart the facts of life. i don't know if i would recognize her, but in that photo i would definitely think that she had a familiar face!

shooting star said...

i dint know about this show at all!!


Punctuation Mark said...

I loved that show... It was hilarious!

SizzleandZoom said...

You won't believe this or not but I didn't watch this show.

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