Mayim Bialik started out playing an eerily convincing version of a young Bette Midler in Beaches, but it was her role on Blossom that made her a pop-culture icon.
She then became a well-known Surprisingly Normal Person for a former child star — she retired (mostly) from show business, though she's popped up recently on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bones, and studied neuroscience, and had kids.
And now, rather amusingly, she's the subject of tonight's season premiere of TLC's What Not To Wear. (See a sneak peek here.) Given that Blossom is one of the show's go-to references for bad '80s fashion, it's a surprisingly witty meta-reference to make Bialik — now a mom, much like many of the other women who appear — the next makeover.
Based on a little sneak preview I got of the episode, Bialik looks to be incredibly game, happy to josh about Blossom and her ugly clothes and the way she danced on that show at the drop of a hat. It looks like it might actually be a lot of fun — perfect for an '80s TV nerd on a lazy Friday night in summer.