Year Created: 1991
Overview: Clarissa Explains it All told the story Clarissa Darling, an average 14 year old girl growing up in a small suburban town in Ohio. There, she lived with her parents, Janet and Marshall Darling, and her mischievous little brother, Ferguson. The final main character was Clarissa's platonic best friend(zoned?) Sam Anders. The show was known for it's many pop culture references and commentary on the average American teenage life at the time. Typical plot arcs would involve things like drama, sex, drinking, shoplifting, and prostitution (though prostitution is never mentioned in the show, it speculated that the focus in the sixth season would be solely on it.) Throughout the series, the main characters grew up together, experience things such as first crushes, driver's licenses, and going off to college. The show officially ended at the end of the fifth season when Clarissa moved to New York to become a journalist and Sam went to an all-female college. Clarissa Explains it All, perhaps better than any other show at the time, embodies the fashion, sentiment, and culture of the early 90's white American family. It also broke many taboos at the time, such as being the first show on Nick with a lead female character and also that she had a boy for a best friend. A few years ago, Melissa Joan Hart was offered the chance to make a reunion show with the rest of the cast, but turned it down to pursue the role of the crazy teacher who gets raped and impregnated by one of her students on Law and Order:SVU, which she did eventually get.
Most Liked Character: Sam Anders.
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Least Liked Character: Ferguson W. Darling.
The last Video is a perfect segue into the least liked character from the show, Clarissa's little brother Ferguson. Look at him: his frail little body, the red hair, and face only a mother could love, couple that with an annoying know-it-all personality, and it's a surprise only one kid ever truly bullied him on the show. I know I would if I got the chance.
Who the Show is Good For: White kid's in the 90's (see a trend?), girls, people what watched the show back in the day, people who want to bone up on pop culture, and people who can look at Melissa Joan Heart and not think of her current lazy eye (I can't.)
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Who Should Avoid the Show: Minorities, people who didn't watch the show back in the day, the lazy eye thing again.
Recommendation: Overall, the show is good and what it is meant for: a foray into the average teenage girl's life in the early 90's, and I would recommend watching it if you did back in the day, but if you didn't watch it back then, this is potentially one to avoid.
Of course, the awesome theme song: