Blossom was a very popular American sit-com in the early 90s and gained huge audiences in both the US and across the pond in the UK.
The show focused on the Russo family, and concentrated mostly on their youngest child, Blossom. Let’s take a look back at this classic comedy with some facts about the show you may not have known…
1. Blossom wasn’t the youngest!
In spite of the fact that the show focuses on Blossom, who is the youngest sibling, actress Mayim Bialik was actually four months older than her older “brother”, actor Joey Lawrence!
2. This was a last for one of the actors
Ted Wass, who played Nick Russo in Blossom, retired from acting following the show and has gone on to start a directing career instead.
3. It almost starred Sabrina
Sabrina the Teenage Witch star, Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Six but was unsuccessful in landing the role.
4. Six was named in an unusual way
As if Six wasn’t an unusual enough name anyway, in the Pilot of Blossom we find out she was named after the number of beers consumed on the night of her conception!
5. This was changed
As the series became more popular, the fact she was named after a number of beers was downplayed and changed to being the number of the order in which she was born in to the family!
6. It was set in the same universe as other hits
During the run of the show, there were often references to other popular hits with audiences, such as Seinfeld and Vice Versa.
7. The show also featured aliens (well, alien)
In one episode, “Geek, The”, ALF the Alien Life Form who had his own show made a credited guest appearance as himself.
8. The star was not happy
During the filming of Blossom, actrss Mayim Bialik has referred to this time as The Dark Years as she felt she was very unpopular and was at her most unhappy during this time.
9. One actor was requested by the star
Mayim Bialik decided that Michael Stoyanov looked more like her than her own brother did, and requested that he be cast as Anthony as a result.
10. Six was originally supposed to be a different actress
The role of Six was originally given to Jada Pinkett Smith, but she had second thoughts about being an 18 year old playing a 12 year old and withdrew her interest in the role.
11. One director cut his teeth
Ted Wass who played Nick Russo on the show, also directed 18 episodes of the show as it went on, cutting his directorial teeth.
12. This actually led to Wass accepting the role
The promise of being able to direct some episodes of the show was what got Ted Wass to accept the role of Nick, as he originally turned it down as he wanted to concentrate on directing instead.
13. The star does not look back on the show fondly
To say that Mayim Bialik is not a fan of the show when she looks back on it is an understatement, as she has been credited with saying the show was one big unending embarrassment!
That’s not a great thing to say!
Were you a fan of Blossom? Is it a show you like to go back and watch today and how does it stand up against more modern shows? Is it still as funny today or has it aged badly? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments as always!