Sitcoms have been around for decades, and the format has never failed to win over audiences. They’re as popular now as they were ten, twenty or thirty years ago, and that’s likely how things are going to stay. These shows generate their popularity by following the lives of an ensemble cast, the majority of whom have to resonate with the audience in some way for them to want to continue watching. Unlike other programs where the plot might be more pivotal to whether a series performs well, the action in sitcoms is generally not considered as important as how the characters respond to it and each other.
The first reported broadcast of a sitcom on US network TV was the 1947 premiere of Mary Kay and Johnny, starring Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns, who were married in real-life. Over the course of three years, the show produced an estimated 300 episodes and ignited the country’s love for situational comedy. In the decades that followed, sitcoms like I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Seinfeld all continued to advance the genre and bring in wave after wave of new fans. Nowadays, programs like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family are at the helm of sitcom success, the latter of which is a result of growing interest in the mockumentary sub-genre.
Blossom will always have a place in sitcom’s history, and no matter how much they grow up, we’ll always remember the actors exactly as they were when the show was still on air. Saying that, it’s still interesting to know what happened to them all once it ended.