As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions.
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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)
 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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3 March 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the book Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age, Mitchell Kriegman had a rule that the color purple was not allowed anywhere in the show: Clarissa's clothes, furniture, scenery, etc.; though by his own admission it was often sneaked into the show. See more »


[repeated line]
Clarissa Darling: [a thunking sound is heard, and a ladder appears at Clarissa's window] Hi, Sam!
[Sam climbs the ladder, and the sound of a bluesy guitar strumming a chord is heard]
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Entertaining like you can't imagine
15 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was born in 1986, and this show came on Nick when I was five. I was a little young during its original run to seriously enjoy it, but now that it's back on Noggin (who are also reviving the genius classic 'The Adventures of Pete and Pete') I think it's one of the most fantastically entertaining shows out there. It may not be the most ground breaking and original show I've ever seen in my life, but it really doesn't matter for the fact that you just can't get enough of it!

Clarissa Darling is a hip and smart high school girl who has the coolest outfits (not to mention the coolest room!) and often finds herself in complicated situations (such as dancing in a talent show and going on a blind date). She also has a little brother from hell named Ferguson (AKA Ferg-face or Ferg-wad), who always tries hard to become a businessman, stand-up comic... you name it.

The parents are just kind of average, but Sam's awesome because it's not too often you see a girl's best friend who's a guy (on a TV show that is).

So all in all, give this show a shot if you get Noggin. It's a classic for all of us who were born in the '80s and grew up in the early '90s. : )

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