If you grew up during the '90s and you watched Nickelodeon, you probably watched Clarissa Explains it All. And if you were a girl in the '90s, your wardrobe was probably influenced by Clarissa's funky and eclectic style (seriously, who can forget those fluorescent flower earrings, ripped high-waisted jeans, and leather jackets?!). And, if you were a true super fan, you probably begged your parents for a pet alligator, and yearned for your own video game and a friend who climbed up a ladder to your second-story window each time he dropped by for a visit.
This is all to say that Clarissa Explains it All was – and still is – one of the coolest '90s shows for kids. That's why it's still well loved by nostalgic fans who can't help but get the catchy "Na na na na na" theme song stuck in their head. So we've compiled a Clarissa-inspired "Special Report" to bring you these fun Clarissa Explains it All trivia facts you probably didn't know about the beloved and nostalgia-inducing Nickelodeon sitcom.
Ever notice how there was no purple anywhere in the show? How about the two Sams? Or how Elvis, Clarissa's pet alligator, gets a bit stiff halfway through Season 1? Dying to find out about these quirky Clarissa trivia facts? “All right, all right!” We'll tell you.
The Show's Creator Recruited His Wife, the Editor For Seventeen Magazine, To Help Write Clarissa
Clarissa Was Almost on Blossom
Melissa Joan Hart has mentioned that when she was trying out for Clarissa Explains It All, she was also auditioning for a role on Blossom as the ditzy sidekick character, Six. She decided that Clarissa was the best role for her, and has since claimed that she think's Jenna von Oy was wonderful as Six.
Melissa Joan Hart Learned How to Box for the Bully Episode
Melissa Joan Hart had to learn how to box to fight Ferguson's tormentor in the bully episode.
The Actor Who Played Ferguson Was a Lot Like His Character
Jason Zimbler (Ferguson) identified strongly with his character. He told Mashable that he's also "unrepentantly nerdy and proud of learning." He liked that Ferguson "made being bookish cool - or cool for being uncool."