Blossom 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 friendSix LeMeure.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 episodes and dream sequences.
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.
Directed by Cast Member: Ted Wass directed 18 episodes, getting that assignment more frequently as the show went on (particularly as Bill Bixby's health worsened).
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.
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.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: The series disappeared from syndication around 1998 and, save for a set of DVDs from the first 2 seasons released last year, has been little seen since.
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 longtime NBC newscaster Keith Morrison.
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.
The Other Darrin: Blossom's parents were played by Richard Masur and Barrie Youngfellow in the pilot (and were called Terry and Barbara).
Out of Focus: The emphasis on Joey during the second half of the show's run.
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.
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.)