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Clarissa Explains It All

title card
Format comedy
Created by Mitchell Kriegman
Starring Melissa Joan Hart
Jason Zimbler
Elizabeth Hess
Joe O'Connor
Sean O'Neal
Narrated by Melissa Joan Hart
Opening theme Rachel Sweet
Ending theme Rachel Sweet
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mitchell Kriegman
Marjorie Cohn
Brown Johnson
Camera setup Clarissa
Running time 30 minutes
(with commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format NTSC
Audio format stereophonic sound
Original run March 1, 1991December 3, 1994
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Clarissa Explains It All was an American situation comedy television series from Nickelodeon starring a then unknown Melissa Joan Hart. Sixty-five episodes were shown during the five seasons. The teen sitcom ran from March 1, 1991 to December 3, 1994. In the series, Clarissa, a teenager, breaks the fourth wall and describes the things that are happening in her life (dealing with typical teen concerns such as school, pimples and an aggravating little brother) to her television audience. Image File history File links Ceia. ... In motion pictures, an intertitle is a piece of filmed, printed text edited into the midst of (i. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Mitchell Kriegman is a writer, producer, and actor associated with numerous popular television shows. ... Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress who is best known for playing the title roles in two successful television series, Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. ... Jason Zimbler (born July 27, 1977) is an actor who is best known for the role of Ferguson Darling in the television show Clarissa Explains It All, which he played from 1991 to 1994. ... Elizabeth Hess (b. ... Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress who is best known for playing the title roles in two successful television series, Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. ... Rachel Sweet (born July 28, 1962 in Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and actress. ... Rachel Sweet (born July 28, 1962 in Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and actress. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is a list of episodes for the Nickelodeon childrens comedy Clarissa Explains It All, which aired from 1991 to 1994. ... Mitchell Kriegman is a writer, producer, and actor associated with numerous popular television shows. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... NTSC is the analog television system in use in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, and some other countries, mostly in the Americas (see map). ... Label for 2. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress who is best known for playing the title roles in two successful television series, Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. ... “Adolescent” redirects here. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1994 in television involved some significant events. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... Look up Pimple in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Contents

Plot and background

The main characters in the show are Clarissa Darling, her family (consisting of her father Marshall, her mother Janet and her brother Ferguson Darling) and her best friend Sam. Clarissa and Sam's relationship was a novelty on television at the time, due to few television series allowing a girl and a boy to be merely friends without romance blossoming. (One episode featured the idea of their having a romance, but ultimately ended without their getting together.) Clarissa also had a pet baby alligator named Elvis (after Sonny Crockett's pet alligator on Miami Vice), which she kept in a kiddie-sandbox in the left corner of her room. For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ...


The show was credited with becoming the first Nickelodeon series to feature a female lead, which led the network to create other such shows, namely The Secret World of Alex Mack and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, and later Unfabulous , and Zoey 101. The Secret World of Alex Mack is an American television series that ran on Nickelodeon from October 8, 1994 to January 15, 1998, replacing Clarissa Explains It All on the SNICK line-up. ... The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo was a youth-oriented action Mystery fiction television series that ran on Nickelodeon between 1996 and 1999. ... Unfabulous is an American childrens television series on Nickelodeon about an unfabulous junior high school student, played by Emma Roberts. ... Zoey 101 is an American live-action situation comedy television show on Nickelodeon starring Jamie Lynn Spears. ...


The show was filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida. It was an enormous success, generating some of the highest ratings for a cable production, remarkable given its status as a "kids" TV show. The final two seasons of the show headlined the popular SNICK (Saturday Night-Nick) lineup, which was a lead-in to shows like All That, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? Despite its seemingly innocent reputation, in hindsight Clarissa probably pushed a few boundaries at the time, even making subtle references to sex and teen partying, though in a light-hearted, contemporary fashion. In one episode in the series, Clarissa even shoplifts lingerie--albeit accidentally. It was also one of the few Nickelodeon shows to actually say and spell out the words "hell" and "sex" on screen. Grand Opening Day, June 7 1990 Nickelodeon Studios (opened June 7, 1990 – closed April 30, 2005) was an attraction at Universal Studios Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... Snick is also the colloquial name of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon) is a two-hour programming block on the American cable television network Nickelodeon, geared toward general audiences, that ran from 1992 until mid-2004, Saturdays starting at 8 p. ... All That was an American live-action sketch comedy-variety show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network. ... Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a horror/drama-themed television series for children. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Hell (disambiguation). ...


Unique to the program was its representation of each episode's theme by showing Clarissa tackling the issue of the episode through a fictional computer game. Clarissa's computer was an Amiga. A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... This article is about the family of home computers. ...


The show's unique theme tune was sung by comedian/actress Rachel Sweet. The song consisted entirely of "Na, na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na, na-na", punctuated with the occasional "Way cool!" or "All right! All right!", and underscored by rhythmic instrumentation, ending with a resounding "Just do it!". Rachel Sweet (born July 28, 1962 in Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and actress. ...


A pilot for a follow-up series, Clarissa Now, was shot for CBS in 1995, but was not picked up. However, the pilot was shown on a few occasions on Nickelodeon after the original series had ended production. The series would have revolved around Clarissa's internship at a New York City newspaper. Comedian Robert Klein co-starred as the newspaper's crusty editor, Hugh Hamilton. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ...


In 2002 Hart said that she would not be interested in a cast reunion project; "No. Shirley Temple taught me one thing. And that was once you finish a career, you move on." Also see: 2002 (number). ... Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an American former child actress. ...


In May 2005, the show's first season was released on DVD as part of the Nickelodeon Rewind Collection by Nickelodeon's sister company, Paramount Pictures. The second season was scheduled to be released a few months later, but has been postponed indefinitely. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Wikimedia Commons has media related to: May 2005 Deaths in May May 26: Eddie Albert May 25: Ismail Merchant May 25: Sunil Dutt May 25: Graham Kennedy May 22: Thurl Ravenscroft May 21: Howard Morris May 21... Nickelodeon Rewind Collection is a collection of retro products from Classic Nick shows. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


In 1994 The Series Won An Emmy Award For Outstanding Children's Program In Addition Melissa Joan Hart Sean O'Neal And Jason Zimbler Also Received Mutiple Young Artist Award Nominations Melissa Won 3 For Her Roll Of Clarissa


Cast

Guest players on the show, although relatively infrequent, included future stars Michelle Trachtenberg, James Van Der Beek and Megyn Price. Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress who is best known for playing the title roles in two successful television series, Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. ... Jason Zimbler (born July 27, 1977) is an actor who is best known for the role of Ferguson Darling in the television show Clarissa Explains It All, which he played from 1991 to 1994. ... Elizabeth Hess (b. ... Little Jimmy Urine (born James Euringer, 7 September 1969 ) is the lead singer of the band Mindless Self Indulgence. ... Tony Mendoza was born in 1941 in Havana, Cuba. ... Michelle Christine Trachtenberg (born October 11, 1985) is an American television and film actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Megyn Price (born March 24, 1971 in Seattle, Washington) is an American actress. ...


Crew

  • Created by Mitchell Kriegman
  • Editor: Rick Fernandes
  • Graphics: Don St. Mars
  • Construction Coordinator: Ed McMillian
The Complete First Season on DVD
The Complete First Season on DVD

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Episodes

This is a list of episodes for the Nickelodeon childrens comedy Clarissa Explains It All, which aired from 1991 to 1994. ...

Clarissa and music

In the first episode, Clarissa states that she likes John Linnell of the band They Might Be Giants. In addition to this, posters of the band are featured prominently in Clarissa's room. In a later episode, Clarissa mentions that she is a fan of Pearl Jam and is trying to duck out of a family party early that night to attend their concert. In the same episode, Marshall mentions that he is a fan of Vanilla Fudge, who is also playing at the concert. Another episode of the series had Sam defending the band The Violent Femmes to Clarissa's parents, explaining that they are neither violent nor femmes. The band also made an appearance on Hart's later show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. A promotional photograph from the late 1990s. ... This article is about the musical group. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Vanilla Fudge was an American psychedelic band that recorded albums from 1967 to 1970. ... The Violent Femmes are a rock and roll band, originally forming in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early 1980s. ...


In popular culture

The band The Number Twelve Looks Like You has a song titled "Clarissa Explains Cuntainment," based on the title of the programme. Mindless Self Indulgence wrote a song called "Clarissa", which makes references to the show. The Number Twelve Looks Like You (also known as The Number Twelve) is a six-piece mathcore band from Bergen County, New Jersey. ... Mindless Self Indulgence (commonly referred to as MSI) is an American-based band. ...


Trivia

  • As a sign of affection, Marshall will usually call Clarissa "sport".
  • A guitar lick was played throughout the series whenever Sam would come through Clarissa's window. The audience would first only hear a thump or see the top of a ladder appear underneath the window sill, following with Clarissa saying, "Hey, Sam!", before the lick was played.
  • In the Season 2 premiere of Nick Arcade, Melissa Joan Hart and Jason Zimbler (as the red team) took on Elizabeth Hess and Joe O'Connor (as the yellow team) in a special charity episode. While Hess and O'Connor won, every one of the players were invited to go into the video zone to battle the game wizard of the day, "Merlock".
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Clarissa Explains It All
  • Sean O'Neill and Melissa Joan Hart were contestants on the Nickelodeon game show Get The Picture.
  • In the episode No T.V., Clarissa is watching television. Sounds are used from Ren and Stimpy's pilot, Big House Blues, another Nickelodeon show.
  • Melissa Joan Hart was late to the set several times due to late night encounters with her then-current love interest, Joseph Burwell. She eventually ended their relationship due to Burwell's drug abuse problem. He died in 1992 of a heroin overdose.

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