''Blossom'' was a sitcom that ran from 1991 to 1995 on Creator/{{NBC}} as a midseason replacement series. The show centers on Blossom Russo, a girl living with her single musician father, Nick, [[MissingMom whose wife left him]], and older brothers Tony (a recovering drug addict) and Joey ([[TooDumbtoLive dumb jock]]). Often visiting is gabby [[DropInCharacter best friend]] [[YouAreNumberSix Six LeMeure]].

[[Series/TheIncredibleHulk Bill Bixby]] served as director for 30 episodes, finishing out his career before his untimely death due to cancer.

Midway through the show's run, the writers put more emphasis on the Joey character (played by pop music 'sensation' Joey Lawrence).

Also infamous for its frequent use of {{very special episode}}s and {{dream sequence}}s.

The series returned to U.S. television since 2014 through reruns on [[http://www.hubnetwork.com/shows/blossom HUB Network]].
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!!This show contains examples of:

* AndYouWereThere: When Nick wakes her up from the dream where she's a singer, Blossom says that he was there, as were Joey, Anthony and Toto. Nick asks if she means [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the dog]], but she actually meant the band.
* BlandNameProduct: The Russos can be seen at several points with a can of "Shasa" cola (a knock-off of Shasta Cola; a minor, value-brand soft drink brand currently popular mainly in the West Coast).
* BreakoutCharacter: Joey
* CallingTheOldManOut: Late in the series, Joey confronts his mom about all the times she let him down and for being a crappy mother in general.
* TheCameo: Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays Six's boyfriend in one episode; he's better known as Zack Morris on ''[[Series/SavedbytheBell Saved by the Bell]]'' (another NBC show)
** [[Series/GoldenGirls Estelle Getty]] appears in character as Sophia in a dream sequence.
* CastingGag: In the episode "Losing Your Religion," Blossom has to do a Social Studies project on Judaism--Mayim Bialik actually is Jewish.
* TheCastShowoff: The opening credits had Mayim Bialik showing off her dance training.
** In addition, Mayim, Ted Wass, Joey Lawrence and Jenna von Oy were all given several opportunities to show off their singing talents.
* CatchPhrase: WHOA!
* CousinOliver: Kennedy, the daughter of the woman Nick marries in the show's later seasons.
* DancingTheme
* DeadpanSnarker: Primarily Nick and Blossom
* DreamSequence: Fairly frequent usage, including an appearance by Phylicia Rashad from ''TheCosbyShow'' as Blossom's "ideal mother" in the pilot, an episode where Blossom dreams she becomes a singer, and one which doubles as the vehicle for Joey Lawrence's "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" video.
* FeverDreamEpisode: The "{{Rockumentary}}" episode has Blossom falling asleep while watching the Madonna concert video of the "Truth or Dare" tour.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Six is asked about her name, she replies that her father says "that's how many beers it took".
* TheGhost: Six's father.
* ImagineTheAudienceNaked: Blossom is panicking over having to debate the captain of another school's debate team, until she takes this advice. She loses the debate on a technicality due to [[ItMakesSenseInContext breaking an unspoken taboo about mentioning vomit]], but is extremely pleased with her newfound confidence, nonetheless. The situation is subverted when Blossom's older brother is struck mute meeting a dozen Playboy Bunnies. When Blossom's eldest brother tells him to "picture them naked," the boy predictably faints from the overpoweringly sexy visual image.
* MarriageBeforeRomance: Tony and Shelly.
* MissingMom: In this case, by way of divorce, when Maddy runs off. Unlike many series, Maddy is heard from several times, and actually shows up more than once at the Russos. (When Maddy is featured, she is played by singer Melissa Manchester.)
** The trope figures heavily in the Season 4 episode "Kiss and Tell," when Maddy shows up wanting to reconcile with her family. Joey is very upset and refuses to allow his mother to explain why she was never there for the important moments of his life.
* MotorMouth: Six, Sharon (Six's mom) and to a lesser degree Blossom herself.
* NewscasterCameo: The episode "The Making of the President" features a class election between Blossom and Eddie Warwick covered by longtime NBC newscaster Keith Morrison.
* NiceHat: Blossom went through several.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Subverted, as the first episode concentrated on Blossom getting hers.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Nick isn't very fond of Buzz Richman, his ex-wife's father and Blossom's maternal grandfather. In an unusual twist, though, Buzz doesn't seem to have anything against Nick. His obnoxiousness comes more from the way he sometimes sponges off the Russo family and the fact that his daughter ditched Nick and their children.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Occasionally happened with Kennedy (''[[BritishNewspapers The Daily Mail]]'' quipped "(There) is never any explanation as to why the precocious Kennedy, who is meant to be English, sounds Chinese"). Later in the show's final season, the writers threw in the towel and ditched the accent altogether.
* OutOfFocus: The emphasis on Joey during the second half of the show's run.
* OverprotectiveDad: Nick, though not as much as other sitcom dads
* ParentalSexualitySquick: Blossom's parents meet after the divorce, and nearly sleep together again. Blossom and Tony discuss it later.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Used for scene transtitions.
* PizzaBoySpecialDelivery
* PowderGag: Blossom and Six use this trick (blowing powder under the bottom of a window) to blind what they think is a homicidial maniac attempting to break into the house on Halloween. It actually turns out to be one of Blossom's brothers.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: To a certain extent. The intros for the first two seasons simply had Blossom dancing by herself, but the intro for the third and fourth seasons featured Joey, Anthony, Six and Nick each appearing with Blossom as their actors were credited.
* SawItInAMovieOnce: Blossom blinds an intruder (who turns out to actually be her brother) by blowing talcum powder in face. When Six asks her where she learned that trick, Blossom replies "MacGyver". (Also an ActorAllusion.)
* SeinfeldianConversation: Done a few times. One specific example that comes to mind is a conversation between Blossom and Six about how people on tv never seem to need to use the bathroom. This discussion ends when Six announces that she has to go to the bathroom.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: "Blossom Blossoms" (see also NoPeriodsPeriod).
* SpecialGuest: Phylicia Rashad in aforementioned pilot, ''Series/{{ALF}}'', Mary Hart from ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'', John Ratzenberger from ''Series/{{Cheers}}''...to name a few. (This was toned down in later seasons, in contrast to other sitcoms.)
* TamponRun: Blossom did it to herself when she had to go buy tampons for the first time. She chickened out when she saw that a cute boy from school was the clerk.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Blossom is a dead ringer for her grandmother, as revealed in the episode "Ruby".
* VacationEpisode: "Blossom In Paris."
* VerySpecialEpisode: Notorious enough to get the show mocked due to the frequent ''very special Blossoms'' (such as on ''Series/{{Friends}}'').
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Six.
-->'''Blossom:''' You have to admit your parents gave you a pretty weird name.
-->'''Six:''' My Dad says that's how many beers it took.
** And then there was the time that Six met Blossom's grandfather Buzz:
-->'''Six''': Hi, I'm Six!
-->'''Buzz''': Awful tall for your age, aren't you?
* YouAreNumberSix: ''Literally''.
* YouLookFamiliar: Chris Demetral plays nerdy "Pinhead Fred" Fogerty in season one and then Blossom's friend Dennis in season two.
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