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Celebrate the History of Sadie Hawkins Day – in Real Life and on TV

Celebrate the History of Sadie Hawkins Day – in Real Life and on TV

Originally posted 11/11/2015 03:25PM

Everyone knows that a Sadie Hawkins dance is the yearly high school tradition in which the girls ask guys out – even if they have no idea who Sadie Hawkins is. In fact, most people probably know this even if their particular high school didn't offer any such opportunity to reverse gender norms.

Why, then, is it so celebrated? Well, for one it's long been a staple of pop culture and of teen-centered TV shows in particular. In fact, a lot of people may have only ever experienced a Sadie Hawkins dance through TV. And TV shows are still doing it today, even if we've gotten to a point in American society where it wouldn't be all that strange for a girl to ask a guy to prom, homecoming or any other major dance. (Actually, it wouldn't be so out of left field for a girl to ask a girl, a guy to ask a guy, or any other combination these days either.)

In honor of Sadie Hawkins Day, which is generally celebrated in early November, we're recounting its history and its long life as a plot device in TV shows.

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Spooky Sitcoms: 9 Classic Halloween-Inspired TV Episodes

Spooky Sitcoms: 9 Times Classic Shows Got Creepy, Scary or Downright Weird

Originally posted 10/24/2014 09:15AM

Sitcoms have given us so much – laughs, convoluted misunderstandings and even life lessons. But on occasion, they also broke from the typical formula and gave us a few scares. Sometimes they did it to celebrate Halloween. Sometimes they just did it to freak out children in the audience who might not be in on the joke.

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The Facts of Life Turns 35! See the Cast Reunite (Sans Tootie and George)

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The Facts of Life Cast Members Reunite for the Show's 35th Anniversary

Originally posted 09/16/2014 02:30PM

Thirty-five years after The Facts of Life made its TV debut, the stars are still taking the good and taking the bad – though they admit there's been a whole lot more of the former.

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Full House Goes to Hawaii: Take a Vacation with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms

UpdatePosted 07/28/2014 04:30PM

Need a Vacation? Take It Online with Your Favorite Classic Sitcoms!

Originally posted 07/28/2014 02:55PM

Summer means two things for most Americans: A family trip and a lack of decent TV. However, if you're currently stuck at home, wishing you could find something better to watch, we've got an easy, free solution. You can just ride along with your favorite sitcom of choice!

Remember when sitcoms regularly had group vacations, played out over a series of episodes or even over two-hour movie events?

Sure, Modern Family still does an "away" adventure about once per season, but there was a time when a vacation episode was a full-fledged TV event. Shows you loved would ditch the multi-camera set-up and studio lighting for foreign locales and – gasp! – outside scenes that were actually filmed outside.

Some of these TV adventures happen to be viewable online, and we've collected all the ones we could find.

Bon voyage!

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Kim Fields & Lisa Whelchel Reunite in New TV Movie: 'It's Like Old Times'

Facts of Life's Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel Reunite in New TV Movie: 'It's Like Old Times'

Originally posted 07/19/2014 04:25PM

When Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields landed starring roles on The Facts of Life in 1979, they had no idea that their characters would become '80s icons – or that they'd become such close friends.

After Facts ended in 1988, the girls (along with Nancy McKeon and Mindy Cohn) went their separate ways but always kept in touch.

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The Facts of Life's Lisa Whelchel Is Queen of the Throwback Selfie | The Facts of Life, Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel

The Facts of Life's Lisa Whelchel Is Queen of the Throwback Selfie

Originally posted 06/26/2014 01:30PM

Over the course of nine seasons on The Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel was an expert at taking the good with the bad.

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You Take the Young, You Take the Old: The Facts of Life Cast, Then and Now

Originally posted 05/12/2014 05:15PM

Happy birthday, Kim Fields!

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See Lisa Whelchel Mud Wrestling on Survivor – And with Vintage George Clooney


Lisa Whelchel Competes in the Mud on Survivor

Originally posted 10/24/2012 03:50PM

Blair would not approve.

On Wednesday night's episode of Survivor: Philippines, Lisa Whelchel – who played the prim and proper Blair Warner on The Facts of Life – gets down and dirty in a mud-based challenge.

During a reward challenge, the newly single actress, 49, (who's become a surprisingly resilient competitor) ends up wrestling with sex therapist Denise Stapley, who is arguably the strongest woman in the entire competition.

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Facts of Life Star Lisa Whelchel Is Divorced

Lisa Whelchel Is Divorced

Originally posted 09/20/2012 01:30PM

As she left her Texas home to compete on Survivor: Philippines, Lisa Whelchel was hiding a secret that only her close friends knew: Her 24-year marriage to Steve Cauble was ending.

"The divorce was final on March 1, and [I] went out to be on Survivor on March 10," Whelchel tells PEOPLE exclusively. "Going out to Survivor was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss."

"I just never thought it would happen to me," says Whelchel, who has worked in Christian ministry with Cauble since The Facts of Life ended in 1988. "It was painful to realize that it wasn't going to work out."

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Will Survivor's Celebs Be Too Worried About Public Image to Win?


Stephen Fishbach Blogs: My Take on Survivor's Celebs and Returning Contestants

Originally posted 09/19/2012 02:15PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009.

"I played every minute to win this game, and to have my body fail me is utterly demoralizing." – Russell Swan, Survivor: Samoa

Survivor's back, and the big news this season is that three previously medevacced contestants are returning to the game for another shot at the million bucks. Mike Skupin from Australia, Russell Swan from Samoa, and Jonathan Penner from Cook Islands and Micronesia are back as team captains for three separate tribes. These guys couldn't even take care of themselves – now they're supposed to provide for five other people?

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