Nov 10, 2021
“The New Girl, Part One” and “The New Girl, Part Two” (November 19 and 26, 1980)
True, the first episode of The Facts of Life is the one that comes closest to addressing LGBT issues, but so much of Jo and Blair’s relationship treads close that we are returning to discuss Nancy McKeon’s two-part introduction to the show. Librarian and Facts of Life scholar Erin Fletcher joins us to discuss the many layers to Jo and many lines that, upon second thought, seem like they might be double entendres.
Listen to our first Facts of Life episode, “Blair Warner Is a Homophobe”
Read The L Chat, a message board charting a longstanding history of queer women shipping Jo and Blair
Watch Facts of Life co-creators Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon playing hetero husband and wife on The Ed Sullivan Show
Watch Sara Gilbert tell Lisa Whelchel on The Talk that yep, Jo was gay
Buy the first issue of Drew and Glen’s new comic anthology, Beyond Sunset.
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