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Blossom – Seasons One & Two (1991 – 3/Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C-



Sometimes a comedy comes along that is sop bad, you can not believe it is a hit, but by the time the 1990s rolled around, sitcoms became so bad that they were unfunny joke in themselves.  Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas had made some of the most important, groundbreaking TV around, but producing Blossom is the nadir of their work together.  Blossom – Seasons One & Two are now on DVD from Shout! Factory and they are now digital proof of how bad this show really was.  More shocking, it was a hot for five seasons!


Don Reo came up with this nightmare about the title character (Mayim Bialik) as the daughter of a widowed father (Ted Wass of Soap) who wants to record her diary on tape among other things and juggles two brothers (Michael Stoyanov, who’s character eventually becomes a drug addict (did his sister drive him to it?) and Joey Lawrence in his second hit after Gimme A Break!, becoming even more popular) in a show that wants to be funny, but never is.  Then it wants to take on social issues, but none of the shows could ever focus on them enough to work.  Even after the problem was or was not resolved, it is amazing how the characters never really grew, developed and remained flat.  Add the guest appearances shtick and you have a show that makes Degrassi Jr. High and its continuations look like Room 222.  They make Welcome Back, Kotter look like The Paper Chase.


39 episodes over six DVDs are included here and they are all bad.  The pilot is also included and it turns out to be a better show than the one they landed up with, including Richard Mazur (One Day At A Time) as the father and It’s A Living’s Barrie Youngfellow as the adult leads.  It is not perfect, but the producers zigged when they should have zagged, resulting in a bad nostalgia trip and a time capsule showing us how quality network TV slowly died.  Yet the show did not.


If you are a fan or non-fan who has not seen it for years, brace yourself.



The 1.33 X 1 image is poor and harsh as has been the case with many analog NTSC videotaped sitcoms from the Disney vault.  These are strident digital copies.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is better, but shows its age in some distortion and harshness, extending to the goofy theme song.  Extras include that early pilot, audio commentary on two episodes by Bialik, Reo, Lawrence & co-star Jenna von Oy and three “A Very Special” featurettes (Show, Friendship, Style) that are for fans only.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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