Life as seen through the eyes of
a sassy and adventure-some 13-year-old, 90's style.
Though the youngest of the three Russo
children, Blossom was mature beyond her years.
Her family was distressingly modern: Dad was divorced, eldest brother, Anthony,
a recovering substance abuser, and Joey, a teenage Lothario. In an early
episode, Nick, her studio musician Dad, was served with final divorce papers
which the kids tried to keep from him - hardly the sort of comic situation
viewers would have seen in the 1960's! Joining the family in the fall of 1991 was Grandpa Buzz,
a free-wheeling oldster undergoing a delayed midlife crisis.
herself was not the prettiest girl on the block. She dealt with life and
the fracturing of her family partly through spunk, and partly through fantasies in which she got hilarious advice
from celebrities including: Phil Donahue, Little Richard, Sonny Bono, ALF! Her thoughts were related each day to her
"video diary." Six was her teenage best friend (so-named because she
was the sixth child in her family) and Vinnie, her hip, streetwise
boyfriend. Rhonda was Anthony's girlfriend for a season.
the 1993-1994 season, Anthony, who worked as a paramedic, began dating a black
girl named Shelly.
They were eventually married and had a baby, Nash, during the November
1994 ratings period. For a time, they lived in a garage apartment, but in March
1995, they moved back east. Close on the heels of the marriage of his oldest
son, Nick began seeing a worldly British woman
named Carol. They were married in the fall of 1994, whereupon the household
gained a new youngster in Carol's six-year-old daughter, Kennedy. Joey
whose cheerfulness was exceeded by his incredible denseness, somehow graduated from high school
and went on the road with a minor-league baseball team, while becoming engaged
to girlfriend Melanie.
in the May 1995 series finale,
dumb Joey abruptly proposed to Melanie, who said yes. Carol announced that she
was pregnant, and Nick arranged to sell the house so that he and Carol could
move into a place of their own. Blossom, seeing the family as she knew it coming
to an end, at first tried to sabotage the deal, but finally realized that it was
all about "moving on".
Blossom was first seen
in a single pilot telecast on July 5, 1990.