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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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Before she was a teenage witch, Melissa Joan Hart charmed viewers as Clarissa Darling, a bubbly, funny and smart high-schooler who takes breaks from her typical suburban life---which includes loving parents and an annoying little brother---to speak directly to the audience about her thoughts on all things adolescent.


Melissa Joan Hart
as Clarissa Darling
Jason Zimbler
as Ferguson W. Darling
Elizabeth Hess
as Janet Darling
Sean O'Neal
as Sam Anders
Joe O'Connor
as Marshall Darling
Heather MacRae
as Aunt Mafalda

Critic Reviews for Clarissa Explains It All: Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The quintessential '90s show.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

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