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Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)

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As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Clarissa Darling (65 episodes, 1991-1994)
 Ferguson Darling (65 episodes, 1991-1994)
Elizabeth Hess ...
 Janet Darling (65 episodes, 1991-1994)
 Marshall Darling (65 episodes, 1991-1994)
Sean O'Neal ...
 Sam Anders (65 episodes, 1991-1994)


As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions.

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Release Date:

23 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clarissa  »

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(65 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the book Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age, Mitchell Kriegman explained the concept of Sam climbing in Clarissa's window removed the need for him to interact with Clarissa's parents downstairs and "was a way to get him in her bedroom and start interacting faster. And it was also a way to show that they had this real friendship that wasn't about anything sexual. They were friends, and I wanted to keep it pre-sexual." See more »


Marshall Darling: Your mother and I aren't fighting. We're having a discussion.
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Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Mixed Doubles (2012) See more »

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The pretty blonde was only the "hook".
20 February 2010 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

Man! those were the days of my early like for Nickelodeon. It was around 1993 when got cable and spent hours watching this particular channel.

"Clarissa Explains it All" was one of the most popular shows because most puberts felt identified with Clarissa. To be honest with you, I had a huge crush on Melissa Joan Hart and that's why I watched the show. She was the most perfect female blonde on t.v.!

Then, on the entertainment factor, the show had it all. It was good for kids, puberts, and probably some teens.

I can't really determine if the show could fit in today's standards for teenage fun. The show was somewhat cheesy, naive, and felt uncomfortable while trying to add a moral message when Clarissa solved her "situations". It's a new generation people!

Still, I had fond memories towards this one.

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