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Blossom was a teen comedy/drama sitcom from the early 90's. Whilst I wasn't an avid viewer, there was something about it that I loved.
The show aired on Channel 4 over here in 1990, but in later years would be repeated on the channel Trouble. I don't remember it being on very often, so I'd always watch if it was on.
Blossom wasn't your usual teen comedy show, it was a little bit edgier. It was more realistic. I think it must have been targeted for older teenagers, as it covered a wide range of subjects such as drug abuse, divorce and alcoholism, not just your average teen crushes or acne problems.
Blossom Russo (played by Mayim Bialik) wasn't the usual lead role type girl. She wasn't blonde, she wasn't perfect, in fact she had a rather long face, big features and a deepish voice. Although I suppose it made it easier to relate to her character as she was normal looking. I remember always thinking she had great hair, I was so jealous! Blossoms mother left her family to persue her dreams in the first episode. This meant Blossom had to adapt to being the only female in a house full of men.
Nick Russo (played by Ted Wass) was Blossoms sweet and understanding father. He was a musician who played many instruments, including the piano in the opening credits! Nick had to keep the family afloat after being left by his wife. In later series Nick eventually remarried.
Anthony Russo (Michael Stoyanov) was Blossoms eldest brother. He added the edge to the show, as he was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I don't remember thinking he was very funny, but then again, it was a long time ago that I watched this! I always used to think that Anthony and Blossom really looked like brother and sister and Joey must have been adopted as he was too good looking to be in their family!
Joey Russo (played by Joey Lawrence) was the middle child. He was the heart-throb of the show! Joey was the dumb baseball player, with a good heart. He was famous for his catchphrase "Woah!" that he'd say in a funny voice. Even though Joey played Blossoms older brother, he was actually a year younger than her in real life.
Six LeMeure (played by Jenna Von Oy) was Blossoms best friend. I always thought her name was ridiculous and the story was that she was named Six, as she was her parents sixth child. Six was a lot better looking then Blossom, but still had her fair share of drama (drug addiction and pregnancy scare for example!). She would talk really really fast without taking a breath and I would try and copy her! Still don't know how she managed it!
You must remember the opening credits, where Blossom would do different styles of dancing, in different outfits with the other cast members. As expected from my reviews, I will now get the theme tune to stick in your head!
Don't know about the future, that's anybody's guess.
Ain't no good reason for getting all depressed.
Buy up your pad and pencil, I'll give you a piece of my mind,
In my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine.
Stop all your fussin',
Slap on a smile
Come out and walk in the sun for awhile.
Don't fight the felling, you know you want to have a good time.
And in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine.
You know you'll be singing that all day now! Remember Blossom doing backbends and jumping around in those floppy flower hats, that you know you all used to own! Or tap dancing on the piano, which I was always worried she would break or fall off of!
I think, if you haven't seen Blossom, you haven't missed out on too much. It was never the most uplifting kids show, but it was entertaining never the less. I've got good memories of watching it and I hope I've brought back some memories to you too.