Great Job, Internet!: 25 years after premiering, Blossom’s floppy hat game remains on point

Twenty-five years ago, the first episode of Blossom aired on NBC. Although the pilot had some marked differences from the way the series unfolded (among other things, different actors played Blossom’s parents, and they weren’t divorced), precocious teenager Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) possessed the same spunk and worldly demeanor that made her an eventual hero to pre-teens and teenage girls.

When Blossom returned six months later, in January 1991, the show’s premise had crystallized: Blossom and her older brothersrecovering addict Tony (Michael Stoyanov) and dolitish jock Joey (Joey Lawrence)were dealing with their parents’ divorce and absent mom (Melissa Manchester). More often than not, the sitcom focused on Blossom trying to navigate adolescence, but in real, relatable ways. In fact, Blossom resonated so much because it didn’t sanitize or gloss over the things she dealt with: getting her period, becoming interested in sex, being physically …

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