was a sitcom that ran from 1991 to 1995 on NBC
as a midseason replacement series. The show centers on Blossom Russo, a girl living with her single musician father, Nick, whose wife left him
, and older brothers Tony (a recovering drug addict) and Joey (dumb jock
). Often visiting is gabby best friend Six LeMeure
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 episodes
and dream sequences
The series returned to U.S. television since 2014 through reruns on HUB Network
This show contains examples of:
- And You Were There: 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 the dog, but she actually meant the band.
- Bland-Name Product: 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).
- Breakout Character: Joey
- Calling the Old Man Out: Late in the series, Joey confronts his mom about all the times she let him down and for being a crappy mother in general.
- The Cameo: Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays Six's boyfriend in one episode; he's better known as Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell (another NBC show)
- Estelle Getty appears in character as Sophia in a dream sequence.
- Then NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield appears As Himself in the episode where Blossom dreams she's a singer
- Casting Gag: In the episode "Losing Your Religion," Blossom has to do a Social Studies project on Judaism—Mayim Bialik actually is Jewish.
- The Cast Showoff: 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.
- Catch Phrase: WHOA!
- Cousin Oliver: Kennedy, the daughter of the woman Nick marries in the show's later seasons.
- Dancing Theme
- Deadpan Snarker: Primarily Nick and Blossom
- Dream Sequence: Fairly frequent usage, including an appearance by Phylicia Rashad from The Cosby Show 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.
- Fever Dream Episode: The "Rockumentary" episode has Blossom falling asleep while watching the Madonna concert video of the "Truth or Dare" tour.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Six is asked about her name, she replies that her father says "that's how many beers it took".
- The Ghost: Six's father.
- Imagine the Audience Naked: 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 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.
- Marriage Before Romance: Tony and Shelly.
- Missing Mom: 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.
- Motor Mouth: Six, Sharon (Six's mom) and to a lesser degree Blossom herself.
- Newscaster Cameo: The episode "The Making of the President" features a class election between Blossom and Eddie Warwick covered by Keith Morrison, who was then chief anchor for KNBC, NBC's Los Angeles station.
- Nice Hat: Blossom went through several.
- No Periods, Period: Subverted, as the first episode concentrated on Blossom getting hers.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: 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.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Occasionally happened with Kennedy (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.
- Out of Focus: The emphasis on Joey during the second half of the show's run.
- Overprotective Dad: Nick, though not as much as other sitcom dads
- Parental Sexuality Squick: Blossom's parents meet after the divorce, and nearly sleep together again. Blossom and Tony discuss it later.
- Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: Used for scene transtitions.
- Pizza Boy Special Delivery
- Powder Gag: 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.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: 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.
- Saw It in a Movie Once: 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 Actor Allusion.)
- Seinfeldian Conversation: 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.
- She Is All Grown Up: "Blossom Blossoms" (see also No Periods, Period).
- Special Guest: Phylicia Rashad in aforementioned pilot, ALF, Mary Hart from Entertainment Tonight, John Ratzenberger from Cheers...to name a few. (This was toned down in later seasons, in contrast to other sitcoms.)
- Tampon Run: 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.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Blossom is a dead ringer for her grandmother, as revealed in the episode "Ruby".
- Vacation Episode: "Blossom In Paris."
- Very Special Episode: Notorious enough to get the show mocked due to the frequent very special Blossoms (such as on Friends).
- What Did I Do Last Night?: What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas, as Tony – after a night of heavy drinking and gambling – marries a complete stranger while in his drunken state. Eventually, Tony realizes what's happened and he and his new bride decide to make a go out of the marriage, even having a son together.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: 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?
- Tony and Shelly's son, Nash Metropolitan. Nash is a relatively common boy's first name, of course, but "Metropolitan" comes from the fact that Shelly went into labor (and eventually gave birth) in a late 1950s model of the famous compact car marketed by American Motors Corporation.
- You Are Number Six: Literally.
- You Look Familiar: Chris Demetral plays nerdy "Pinhead Fred" Fogerty in season one and then Blossom's friend Dennis in season two.