Clarissa (TV series)

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Television series
German title Clarissa
Original title Clarissa Explains It All
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Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 1991-1994
length 25 minutes
Episodes 65 in 5 seasons
genre Comedy , youth series
idea Mitchell Kriegman
music Rachel Sweet
First broadcast March 23, 1991 (USA) on Nickelodeon
first broadcast
July 5, 1995 on Nickelodeon Germany

Clarissa (Original Title: Clarissa Explains It All ) is an American comedy series that is mainly aimed at teenage audiences . It was produced at the Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando , Florida . After 65 episodes, the series was discontinued in 1994.


The main role of Clarissa Darling is played by the young Melissa Joan Hart , who explains her problems, such as pimples, her annoying little brother, her first infatuation and problems at school, to her TV viewers in a very vivid way. Her family consists of her father Marshall, a fussy and adventurous architect who plans every building thematically (dental practice in a giant tooth or shoe shops in sneakers), her mother Janet, a caring mother in the tofu madness (almost every meal is made of tofu) and her know-it-all, talented brother Ferguson. In addition, her best friend Sam often appears, who comes in through the window with a ladder and only leaves Clarissa once in the entire series. When entering the house, a characteristic noise is always played as a running gag . This sound can also be heard when Sam enters the house for once through the door.


role actor Voice actor
Clarissa Marie Darling Melissa Joan Hart Katja Primel
Ferguson W. Darling Jason Zimbler Tim Sander
Janet Darling Elizabeth Hess Heike Schroetter
Marshall Darling Joe O'Connor Helmut Gauss
Sam Anders Sean O'Neal Sebastian Schulz


  • John J. O'Connor wrote in the New York Times in 1991 that the series used the basic recipe for sitcoms aimed at young audiences ("Recipe for sitcom aimed at young audiences"). Were among this hip pubescent , stupid parents and cool hip people ( "hip pubescents, dumb parents, cool fashions."). He counted Clarissa to the better current examples of this group ("Among the better recent examples is Clarissa Explains It All "). Furthermore, in contrast to other critics, who described it as a cultural revolution ("cultural revolution"), O'Connor classified the series as non-revolutionary except for the opening credits ("But except for some fairly standard electronic graphics [...] Clarissa Explains It All is not very revolutionary "). However, he called the series "reasonably promising", as it had components such as a female main character ("Its central character is female") and a normal friendship without romantic feelings between boy and girl ("Boys and girls can connect, it seems , without having to entertain thoughts of romance. ").


  • Melissa Joan Hart won three Young Artist Awards in different categories and years:
    • 1992: Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series
    • 1993: Best Young Actress Starring in a Cable Series
    • 1995: Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show

In 1994 she was also nominated for the Young Artist Award in the Youth Actress Leading Role in a Television Series category.

  • Sean O'Neal and Jason Zimbler were also nominated two and three times for a Young Artist Award.
  • The producers of the series ( Mitchell Kriegman (executive producer) , Chris Gifford (producer) , Neena Beber (co-producer) ) were nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Children's Program in 1994.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ New York Times, Review / Television; The Quintessential 'Pre-Woman' , John J. O'Connor