Blossom Gee, here's something television hasn't had enough of — a single dad coping with a clutch of smart, sassy children. Blossom 's banal premise features… Blossom Gee, here's something television hasn't had enough of — a single dad coping with a clutch of smart, sassy children. Blossom 's banal premise features… 1991-01-03 Comedy Joey Lawrence Mayim Bialik Jenna von Oy NBC
TV Review

Blossom (1991)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Start Date: Jan 03, 1991; Genre: Comedy; With: Joey Lawrence and Mayim Bialik; Network: NBC

Gee, here's something television hasn't had enough of — a single dad coping with a clutch of smart, sassy children. Blossom's banal premise features Ted Wass (Soap) as a divorced father overseeing the upbringing of his newly teenage daughter, Blossom (Beaches' Mayim Bialik), as well as two sons played by Michael Stoyanov (Gross Anatomy) and Joey Lawrence (Gimme a Break).

Bialik is sort of the Debbie Gibson of sitcoms; she's not conventionally pretty, she's got a lot of talent and personality and a maturity beyond her years that's never obnoxious. The same cannot be said of her TV brothers; Lawrence is your standard-issue teen hunk, while Stoyanov's character is nothing less than appalling. Described in an NBC press release as ''a recovering substance abuser,'' he has lines like ''Believe me, Dad, I know everything there is about drugs — buying...selling...kicking.'' Stoyanov's Anthony makes drug addiction seem like a stage we all go through, a teenage lark.

It would be easier to ignore this if the scripts for Blossom were funnier. An early episode involved Blossom's first period (lots of tampon jokes); another concerned Blossom's crush on an older boy. In short, there's nothing here that showcases Bialik's charm; Blossom wilts quickly. C-

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Originally posted Jan 18, 1991 Published in issue #49 Jan 18, 1991 Order article reprints