Clarissa Explains It All
A total of 65 episodes were produced and aired from March 23, 1991 to October 1, 1994. From August 1992 onwards, the series headlined the popular SNICK (Saturday night Nickelodeon) lineup. Reruns of the show have appeared intermittently on TeenNick's channel block The '90s Are All That (now NickSplat) since July 25, 2011
In the series, Clarissa Darling, played by Melissa Joan Hart, is a teenager who addresses the audience directly to describe the things that are happening in her life, dealing with typical adolescent concerns such as school, boys, pimples, wearing her first training bra and an annoying little brother.
Why It Rocks
- The show uses fourth-wall breaking and fake interactivity in the creative way that is not annoying to the viewer, similar to The Loud House.
- Talks about stuff that are relatable to the target audiences like first crushes, getting a driver's license, and preparing for college and working.
- Good acting from Melissa Joan Hart.
- The theme song is very catchy.
- Clarissa herself is a very likable main protagonist. The other characters such as Sam and Ferguson are likable as well.
- Clarissa has a tendency to tackle the episode's central theme by creating her own video game, which is a creative concept.
- The series was credited with becoming the first Nickelodeon series to feature a female lead, which led the network to create other shows such as The Secret World of Alex Mack, The Amanda Show and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Its popularity among both boys and girls also helped to debunk a myth that a children's series with a female lead would not appeal to boys.
The Only Bad Quality
- Sometimes there's inappropriate words for a kids' show like "hell" and "sex drive".