One of the more sharply written sitcoms of the past five years, "Blossom" hits a surface bump celebrating its 100th stanza with Brenda Hampton's script. The bubbly brew's gone flat.
Phyllis Diller is around as Tony’s partner, but even she can’t wrestle much humor out of the feeble material. Stoyanov looks sincere, and Finola Hughes indicates that Carol’s a solid comedy character. Blossom’s suspended between the Carol-Nick and the Shelly-baby routines without much chance to show any strong comic invention. Series’ humor stumbles with this chapter. As Carol drawls, “I fail to find the humor in this.”
Blossom: Oh Baby
(Mon. (28), 8:30-11 p.m., NBC)
Taped at Sunset-Gower Studios by Impact Zone Prods. and Witt/Thomas Prods. Exec producers, Judith D. Allison, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Don Reo, Allan Katz; supervising producers, Susan Seeger, Jonathan Schmock; producer, Kenneth R. Koch; director, Ted Wass; writer, Brenda Hampton; creator, Reo; audio, William Kennedy; lighting designer, Alan Walker; production designer, Edward Stephenson.
Music, Frank Denson; main title, Mike Post, Stephen Geyer.
Cast: Mayim Bialik, Joey Lawrence, Michael Stoyanov, Jenna Von Oy, Samaria Graham, Courtney Chase, Kevin Jamal Woods, Finola Hughes, Ted Wass, Phyllis Diller, Brian George, Darion Basco.