(dedicated to Nina W.)
There are many television shows that have captured the hearts and minds of Jewish Young Adults over the years, from obvious favorites like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm to more subtle preferences like Frasier. But hidden underneath the layers of sitcom blockbusters there are a few gems that have gained cult classic status with the JYA community, one particular example being Blossom.
Blossom was aired for five seasons in the early Nineties and chronicled the trials and tribulations of the Russo family through the eyes of their teenage daughter, Blossom, played by proud Jewess Mayim Bialik. Even though the Russo family is not Jewish, Bialik’s character is so flagrantly in the Jewish closet that it is easy to pretend the whole show is about the Rabinowitz family and not the Russo family.
Female JYA’s dig Blossom because of her smart yet funky yet wholesome yet strong willed yet cool yet sophisticated vibe, and the fact that she always got the quality men. Male JYA’s dig her next door neighbor, Six, played by covert hottie Jenna van Oy.
Even though the show was never a huge smash when compared to othe shows of that era, namely Rosanne and Home Improvement, JYAs still harbored a certain kinship to the lead character due to her blatantly Jewish heritage, as exemplified by her Hebrophilic name. Soon after, Ms. Bialik left Hollywood to pursue academia, completing her PhD in 2008 and popping out Conservative babies along the way. Unfortunately, the show has not reached syndication, yet.