Blossom

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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'90s sitcom still offers strong role model, great messages.

Parents say

age 13+
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Kids say

age 9+
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Positive Messages

The show presents tough life issues with credence, dealing thoughtfully with divorce, substance abuse, and teen sex, among other topics. Although even difficult matters are wrapped up within the show's 30-minute time frame, the stories reflect the range of emotions that accompany each circumstance and don't gloss over the bad stuff. Making poor choices usually lands the doer in hot water. A strong family unit holds together even after one parent walks out, and sibling scuffles are overshadowed by obvious affection between them. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

A mixed bag, but Blossom's level head and unwavering self-esteem allow her to face challenges with confidence, and she usually makes good choices when faced with difficult situations. Offsetting her is her best friend, who's swayed by popularity and the attention of guys and who doesn't always err on the side of caution, which causes her trouble. The grown-ups in Blossom's life -- including her adult-age brother -- are always there for her. 

Violence

Most physical exchanges are more comical than they are realistic, but, even so, characters sometimes bear evidence of fights (a black eye or other bruises, for instance) that are said to have happened. Occasionally an episode deals with a violent issue such as abuse, but it's more a matter of discussion.

Sex

Teens and adults are shown kissing, and the ups and downs of dating is a common theme in the stories. Teen sex is an issue that comes up occasionally, and at least one character faces a pregnancy scare as a result of her actions. 

Language

No cursing, but some use of "shut up." 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Visible drinking and/or drug use is rare, but Tony's former addiction is a plot point that's often revisited. He talks about memories he's lost to drug use and drinking, and each day presents new challenges for him in his sobriety. Teen drinking comes up on occasion, always with consequences and positive messages about the importance of making good decisions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blossom is a '90s sitcom that often talks openly about tough issues such as drug addiction, alcoholism, divorce, and sex, as well as the ups and downs of being a teen. Though the series shows its age -- nowhere more so than in Blossom's iconic wardrobe -- its content is still relevant today, and families can use it to start discussions about these and other sensitive topics. Nick is a single father raising two teens and a recovering-addict adult son, and he copes with the breakup of a marriage that ended when his wife left him. Blossom and her friend, Six, face typical teen pressures, and their polar-opposite personalities cause them to face them differently, often with different results. Fortunately, Blossom emerges as a standout role model with a strong self-identity and the ability to stand up for what she believes in, which helps make this golden oldie one worth watching.  

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Parent Written byAlps5 July 7, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written bymassie11 October 21, 2014

We Need More Shows Like This !

I LOVE this show ! . Its a classic. Once you watch one epiosde you will get hooked. Blossom and Nick are Great role models. This is also a great alternatives to... Continue reading

What's the story?

BLOSSOM is a '90s sitcom starring Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teen living in an all-male household after her mother walks out on the family. Her father, Nick (Ted Wass), does his best to fill both parental roles for Blossom and her older brothers -- recovering addict Tony (Michael Stoyanov) and likable but dim sports standout Joey (Joey Lawrence). Blossom's exuberant best friend, Six (Jenna von Oÿ), also is a permanent fixture in the Russo household, where she spends most of her free time. The show explores the ups and downs of teen life, school, dating, and family relationships. Later episodes see the temporary return of Blossom's mother, Maddy (Melissa Manchester), and the eventual addition of Carol (Finola Hughes) as Blossom's new stepmom.

Is it any good?

Perhaps best known for her bold fashion statements that single-handedly popularized the floppy hat, Blossom remains an untarnished role model for tween girls even now, years after her baggy overalls faded from the style guides. The show's feminist themes are personified in her strong will and outspoken ways, but she never comes off as irritating. Rather she's often the voice of reason who grounds the show's other example of teen femininity, Six. Both characters have things to teach viewers, of course, but it's always Blossom who emerges as the paradigm of moral solidity, and her messages won't be lost on today's tweens.

Of course, this isn't a one-woman show, and Blossom is bolstered by a fantastic supporting cast and excellent writing that cuts to the heart of every issue it raises. During its run, the series dealt with some doozies, always with an air of real-life triumph and tribulation and a great lesson to impart. Bialik's performance made Blossom the gem she still is today, which in turn makes this series a winner for tweens and parents to watch together. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this show's messages. Are they still relevant today? Do teens face pressures similar to those the characters deal with? How has social media and other technology changed the nature of issues such as peer pressure and body image?

  • Is this show's age a deterrent to your tweens? Is Blossom still a model of feminism the way she was in the '90s? How, if at all, have our impressions and focus of social activism changed since then? What issues are most pressing today? 

  • Addiction and recovery is a common thread in this show. Why is there pressure to drink and/or try drugs? Do these issues concern your tweens? What new kinds of risky behavior are on teens' radars? What dangers do they pose? 

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