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Clarissa Explains It All: Season 1 (1991)
Critic Consensus: Decked out in her signature Dr. Martins, Clarissa Explains it All shows teenagers how to deal with their everyday problems in this refreshing Nickelodeon sitcom.
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As Clarissa, a '90s girl with a mall-derived fashion sense, Melissa Joan Hart does a fine job of tempering her cynicism with insouciance. She makes this silly but hip show into a sort of post-Pee-wee sitcom.
Not surprisingly, this series shows its age in the predictable areas of wardrobe and special effects, but it's not so dated that it would be an impossible sell for today's tweens.
Clarissa often featured a little more maturity in its storylines than most Nick shows... It was sort of Nickelodeon's beta-testing of sitcoms for kids, but it was funny and entertaining enough for that not to matter.
Light-hearted and bubbly, [Clarissa Explains It All] nonetheless addressed real teen issues in a way that few kids shows had done up to that point.
Clarissa Explains It All left a nation of young women safe in the knowledge that things would work out just fine, as long as they stayed true to themselves.
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