Published On: Dec 09 2011 10:30:16 AM CSTUpdated On: Jan 05 2016 04:02:31 PM CST
In the early 1990s, Mayim Bialik won the hearts of viewers nationwide with the sitcom "Blossom." With Jan. 3 marking the 25th anniversary of the show's debut, what better time to check in to see what its stars are up to today?
After the show, Mayim Bialik (Blossom Russo) appeared in guest roles on TV shows like "The John Larroquette Show," "Fat Actress" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Bialik also earned a doctorate in neuroscience since "Blossom" and now has a regular role on "The Big Bang Theory," earning four Emmy nominations since joining the show's cast in 2010.
Joey Lawrence played Blossom's older brother, the middle child in the family, Joey Russo, most known for his drawn-out "Whoa" catchphrase.
Lawrence starred in the ABC Family sitcom "Melissa & Joey," along with fellow '90s sitcom star Melissa Joan Hart for four seasons between 2010 and 2015. His other recent credits include earning third place on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2006 and hosting the reality TV competition shows "Master of Dance" and "Splash."
Jenna von Oÿ played Six LeMeure, Blossom's best friend.
After "Blossom," von Oÿ made guest appearances on such shows as "Chicago Hope," "7th Heaven," "Moesha," and had a starring role in the sitcom "The Parkers." In October 2010, she married computer data consultant Brad Bratcher in Newton, Connecticut. Von Oÿ and Bratcher have two daughters, Gray Audrey, born on May 21, 2012, and Marlowe Monroe Bratcher, born on Nov. 1, 2014.
Ted Wass (pictured, bottom right) played Blossom's father, Nick Russo. He retired from acting after "Blossom." Since then, Wass has worked nonstop as a television director on such shows as "Cristela," "Mom," "Spin City," "Two and a Half Men," "Rules of Engagement," "2 Broke Girls," "Sullivan & Son" and Joey Lawrence's sitcom "Melissa & Joey."
Michael Stoyanov (left) played Anthony Russo, Blossom's oldest brother. His character, a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, eventually became a paramedic.
Stoyanov has had minor roles on shows like "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Prison Break," "Reno 911," "The Mentalist," "Monk" and "Justified" since "Blossom." He also had small part as one of the Joker's clown-masked goons in "The Dark Knight" and has written for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Dana Carvey Show" and "MADtv." He also recently had a role in the indie sci-fi comedy "Space Station 76."
Bialik, von Oy and Stoyanov reunited in 2010 to play themselves in an episode of the sitcom "'Til Death."
David Lascher played Vinnie Bonitardi, Blossom's on-again-off-again boyfriend in 48 episodes of the show.
Since "Blossom," Lascher has continued to work in TV, appearing on such shows as "Clueless," "Veronica's Closet" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." In 2014, he had a three-episode stint on "Blossom" co-star Joey Lawrence's sitcom "Melissa & Joey."
Finola Hughes played the character of Carol, who married Nick and became Blossom's stepmother. Hughes is a veteran soap opera actress perhaps best known for playing Anna Devane on "General Hospital" on and off since 1985. She also spent four years between 1999 and 2003 playing Devane and the character's identical twin sister, Dr. Alexandra Devane Marick, on "All My Children." She also had a recurring role on the TV series "Charmed" and has starred in movies such as "Staying Alive," "Above Suspicion" and the 2011 indie romantic drama "Like Crazy."
Samaria Graham (upper left) played the character of Shelly, who ended up marrying Tony while the two were drunk in Las Vegas. She has had minor TV roles following "Blossom" and was a regular on "Providence." She most recently served as vocal director for the School of Rock in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Courtney Chase played Kennedy, Carol's daughter and Blossom's younger stepsister. Chase's biggest roles after the show included co-starring with Johnny Depp in "Nick of Time" and playing Dan Aykroyd's daughter in the short-lived TV series "Soul Man."
Melissa Manchester appeared in nine episodes as Blossom's mother, Maddy Russo. The role was one of only a handful of acting roles for the singer, who is still performing today. In 2011 she dueted with Barry Manilow on the song "You've Got a Friend" for his album "Barry Manilow Duets" and contributed the song "Rainbird" to the soundtrack for the indie drama "Dirty Girl." She released her 20th studio album, "You Gotta Love the Life," in February 2015.
Matthew Lawrence, Joey Lawrence's real-life younger brother, appeared on "Blossom" as the younger version of Joey on two episodes in 1991 and one in 1994. After the show, Lawrence starred in "Boy Meets World" and had guest TV roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Boston Public," and starred in the comedy "The Hot Chick." More recently he's played -- what else? -- the brother of Joey Lawrence's character on several episodes of "Melissa & Joey" and reprised his "Boy Meets World" character on an August 2015 episode of the sequel series "Girl Meets World."
Neil Patrick Harris, then starring in "Doogie Howser, M.D.," made an appearance in a dream sequence as Blossom's rock star boyfriend.
Several actors guest-starred on "Blossom" before hitting big in Hollywood. Here are some of them, starting with "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire, who played a bit role on the show in 1991.
Future "Friends" star David Schwimmer, seen here in 2013, appeared as Sonny Catalano in two "Blossom" episodes in 1993.
Tori Spelling ("Beverly Hills, 90210") played herself in two episodes of "Blossom," in 1991 and 1993.
Leah Remini ("The King of Queens") played Ellen in an episode of "Blossom" in 1992.
Giovanni Ribisi ("Avatar," "Saving Private Ryan") has the distinction of appearing on the first episode of "Blossom's" first season, playing the character Mitchell.
Will Smith was just starting out on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" when he appeared as his "Fresh Prince" character on one episode of "Blossom" in 1991.
Bill Bixby, better known as The Hulk's alter ego Dr. David Banner on the TV show "The Incredible Hulk," directed 30 episodes of the show in 1992-93 before dying shortly thereafter from complications from prostate cancer.
The Boy Scouts of America is founded, the gas chamber is first used in the United States, the first NFL Draft is held, "Good Times" premieres, and women's ice hockey debuts as an Olympic sport, all on this day.