Clarissa Explains It All (Again)

Everyone’s favourite 90’s queen and style icon is coming back, 24 years after its last episode aired.

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by Emma Lowther |

For those of you who were born after 1994 or somehow missed the reruns that ran throughout the rest of the 90’s (seriously, where were you?) I’ve got all the deets for you.

Clarissa Darling was played by Melissa Joan Hart, yeah we’re talking pre Sabrina The Teenage Witch days, and she was the smart, sarcastic teenager we all wanted to be. She resided in Ohio with her Mum, Dad and devilish younger brother, Ferguson.

Season after season, Clarissa broke down the fourth wall and gave it to us straight. She talked honestly and openly about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. Trials such as getting your first set of lingerie (or stealing it in Clarissa’s case) commitment fears between parents or even falling for a best friend. Sam was my first ever crush, no judgments please.

The show ran for 5 seasons from 1991 to 1994 and was the first Nickelodeon series to feature a female lead and my, what a lead Clarissa was. With her unmistakable style and even more unmistakable wit, it’s about time she came back to our screens.

But where is she now?

A year after the show ended, the creators released a CBS pilot, which followed Clarissa going to college. Unfortunately, it wasn’t picked up. Like, at all. Creator’s said it was ‘too soon’ after the original show’s abrupt end.

See the failed 1995 reboot pilot below

Then, in 2015 series creator Mitchell Kriegman answered our prayers and wrote a novel Things I Can’t Explain: A Clarissa Novel which was dubbed a complete reimagining of the series. It offered a peek into the life of Clarissa in her mid-20’s living in New York. We don’t quite know whether the details in the book will cross over with the show, though.

However, the reboot of the show will apparently feature Clarissa in her 30’s as the matriarch of a family. Melissa Joan Hart is reportedly in early developments with Nickelodeon and is on board for reprising her role as the much-loved icon. Mitchell Kriegman is also returning to write and executive produce the show.

Fingers crossed, enough time has been left for this reboot to be successful. I’d say 24 years is definitely enough time.

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