When Blossom premiered in 1990, you’d be hard-pressed to find a show on television that centered on a teenage girl. Inspired by J.D. Salinger’s classic tale of adolescent angst The Catcher In the Rye, the show was initially meant to star a boy. Thankfully, the creators realized an opportunity, and with that came one of the wittiest, most real coming-of-age sitcoms to grace ’90s television. Click through the gallery to see what the cast has been up to since we first were welcomed into the Russo home.
Mayim Bialik (Blossom Russo)
Since Blossom went off the air, Bialik went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from UCLA, and eventually a Ph.D. in 2007 from the institution. She has also returned to TV in an equally beloved role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, garnering four Emmy nominations in the process.
Joey Lawrence (Joey Russo)
Actor and singer Joey Lawrence has recently found success back on the small screen as one half of the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey, alongside fellow ’90s TV icon Melissa Joan Hart. He also appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago and has dipped his toe back into the music industry with singles like 2011’s “Rolled.”
Michael Stoyanov (Anthony Russo)
Haflway through the final season of Blossom, Stoyanov left to join the writing team on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and he later wrote for MadTV and Mr. Show. He also played one of the Joker’s goons in The Dark Knight and recently appeared on Showtime’s Billions.
Ted Wass (Nick Russo)
The dedicated patriarch of the Russo family eventually moved behind the camera and into the director’s chair, working on shows with his former TV children like The Big Bang Theory and Melissa & Joey.
Jenna von Oy (Six LeMeure)
After playing the best friend of Blossom’s title character, Von Oy went on to star in The Parkers from 1999 to 2004. She has also made appearances on 7th Heaven and Family Guy, but was most recently seen as herself on this past summer’s Battle of the Network Stars. In addition, Von Oy just released her second book, Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom.
Mayim Bialik (Blossom) and Joey Lawrence (Joey)
“I think it was a precursor to a parental-guidance thing,” Lawrence tells EW about the social legacy of the show. “Because we would talk about condoms and drugs.” Bialik then corrects her TV brother: “We couldn’t talk about condoms. … But there was an ample abundance of Playboy Bunnies on the show, which the network never seemed to have a problem with.”
Mayim Bialik (Blossom) and Jenna von Oy (Six)
“A very smart female executive suggested he make it about a girl,” Bialik tells EW of the decision to not make Blossom about a teenage boy. “Which at the time, in 1989-1990, was unheard of. ‘Why would you make a show about a girl?’”