Clarissa Explains It All

Nickelodeon (ended 1994)


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Clarissa Explains It All was a classic Nickelodeon sitcom that ran for 5 seasons and produced 65 episodes. Clarissa, as some preferred to call it, featured plot lines that teenagers can relate to. Clarissa's family members were her annoying little brother (Ferguson), her health nut mom (Janet), and her architect dad (Marshall). Her next door neighbor, Sam, was always welcome in her room. In fact, he used a ladder to climb through her window at any time pleased. Clarissa also had, for a short time, a pet aligator named Elvis.

The series aired on Nickelodeon in the United States as part of their SNICK line-up from 1991-1994, lasting for 5 seasons (and continuing on in reruns for years). In 1994, the series received an Emmy nomination for 'Outstanding Children's Program'. In addition, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean O'Neal, and Jason Zimbler also received multiple Young Artist Award nominations, Melissa won 3 for her role as Clarissa.

FAQ Is it true that there was a planned Clarissa spin-off? Yes, a spin-off was in the works called Clarissa NOW, where she was a newspaper editor and living her life in New York City. The pilot was aired but no other episodes of the new series were ever produced.

What is Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa) doing now? After Clarissa, Melissa Joan Hart made appearances in many different projects, the most well known being the role of Sabrina Spellman on the hit series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Does the series currently air in the US? The series was airing on Noggin until April 2003. However, it no longer can be seen anywhere in the States.moreless

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    • Melissa's first breakout role I remember

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    • I miss this show..

      I miss clarissa explains it all.. I mean look at the junk they have on nickelodeon these days! LOVE
    • You gotta love...

      old school nick man. She's not Sabrina she's Clarissa man! She could explain everything. I findthis show very under rated. Fergusin he was very funny. The only part is that I did'ntlike Sam. I'm sorry but I had a little crush on Clarissa and I always felt like they had something going on and I just did'nt like it.
    • It was good when i was 5 well... times CHANGE

      Lets just say that when I was a kid I liked it and when I watch it know (thanks to the DVD) I remember it wasnt that good in the first place.

      The plots suck... thats all i have to say...

      But the acting isnt that bad for a show mostly played bye 10 year olds...

      i give it a 5/10
    • I miss this show!

      This show tells the story of Clarissa Darling and how she faces everyday life as a teenager with her mom and dad, little brother Ferguson and her friend, Sam. It stars Mellissa Joan Heart before her "Sabrina" days. This show used to be on Nickalodeon, then, it came 'The N' or 'Noggin'. It was one of my favorite shows growing up. Season One came to DVD from Paramount but sadley, out of the 5 seasons that they made, the first season is the only one that got released. It's really hard to find copies of it. If you see a copy of it, pick it up. Let the 90's live in our hearts...forever.moreless

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    Comedy, Kids


    Sitcoms, laugh track, Family Comedies, observational humor, pressures of high school