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Blossom's Boys - Joey vs. Tony - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Mar 15th 2009 9:02AM
blossom mayim bialik nbc sitcom 90'sShould Blossom be considered classic sitcom? Mmmprobably not. But to many a 20-something, the NBC sitcom was an unlikely success that, through a blend of irreverence and quirkiness, lasted five seasons and proved culturally resonant in its approach to covering "realistic topics" relevant to teenagers of the nineties.

Of course, the show was culturally resonant for another reason: Joey Lawrence. As Joey, Blossom's hot dum-dum of an older brother (whose requisite catchphrase - "Whoa!" - became an effortless audience pleaser), joey lawrence and michael stoyanov on nbc's 90s sitcom blossom with mayim bialikLawrence quickly filled the show's role of teen idol. A shaggy-haired beefcake whose sleeveless flanel shirts and R&B jams were considered attractive at the time, Lawrence was the teenybopper's dreamboat of choice, plastered across bedroom walls far and wide.

But what many have since forgotten is that Blossom had another brother: Tony, the recovering alcoholic/EMT driver.

Gynomite points out that, although she was part of the minority, she was much too busy crushing on Michael Stoyanov's character than to have paid any attention Joey Lawrence's mimbo. And she's glad she took the road less taken, because, as it turns out, Stoyanov is an accomplished comedy writer whose credits include Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mr. Show, and TV Funhouse. He's also since appeared on Reno 911!, The Mentalist, and even had a minor role in The Dark Knight. Not bad, eh?

Each, of course, is entitled to his or her own opinion, so we're curious: were you a Joey or Tony girl (or guy - hey, it was the nineties)? Let us know in the comments.



[via Gynomite]

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Yorkiegirl

Tony- no doubt. Michael Stoyanov was incredibly sexy in Blossom. I never even noticed Joey Lawrence.

April 09 2009 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vijay

Also worth mentioning is that the show gave us the still-extant meme: "Tonight, on a Very Special Blossom."

March 16 2009 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DB Kate

For my money, it was all about Blossom's boyfriend played by David Lascher also of Hey Dude fame. Like you said, it was the 90s...

March 15 2009 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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aaron

I always liked Jena von Oy. God I had a crush on her.

Anyway, kudos on the reference for Hey Dude. People remember that show much better than that soapy, craptastic "Fifteen".

March 16 2009 at 4:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laura

I preferred Tony. Sure, Joey was good looking but he was thick as a brick. Joey was just too one dimensional to hold my interest. Tony was cute and layered. He was more than eye candy.

March 15 2009 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

Must we choose? Admittedly, I was physically attracted to the ol' JL. But, I really, really liked Tony's character and was upset that JL initially received more post-Blossom attention than MS. Seriously, he was one of the more layered characters what with the alcoholism, EMT position, and minority girlfriend, as you mentioned. I wish sitcoms today could have that veneer of reality without obvious 1-line jokes.

March 15 2009 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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