Popular 90s kids show Clarissa Explains It All is getting a reboot from Nickelodeon, with original star Melissa Joan Hart returning. For those that grew up in the 90s, there tend to be a few kids shows that resonated enough to become a permanent source of nostalgia. Shows like Saved by the Bell, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Goosebumps, for instance. For those who grew up watching a lot of Nickelodeon, one such show is likely Clarissa Explains It All, which served to introduce future TV mainstay Melissa Joan Hart to the masses.
The premise of Clarissa Explains It All was simple, the titular teenager (Hart) shared the comedic ups and downs of her life with the viewer, often stopping to speak directly to the audience. Clarissa was constantly surrounded by her family, much to her frequent dismay. Said family included dad Marshall (Joe O'Connor), mom Janet (Elizabeth Hess), and annoying little brother Ferguson (Jason Zimbler). Respite from her wacky clan came in the form of Clarissa's best friend Sam (Sean O'Neal), who would normally make his entrance through her bedroom window.
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Clarissa Explains It All was Nickelodeon's first original series with a female lead, and its huge success was seen as a counterpoint to the popularly-held industry belief that boys wouldn't tune in to watch a show starring and about a girl. This led the way to future female-fronted Nick shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack. Clarissa signed off for good in December 1994, after producing five seasons. Now, THR reports that Nickelodeon is developing a Clarissa Explains It All reboot, with Melissa Joan Hart set to come back and reprise her role, this time as the mother to her own crazy family.
If the Clarissa reboot becomes a reality - development is reportedly still in the early stages, and deals aren't done yet - Hart would not only star, but also executive produce under her Hartbreak Films banner. Clarissa creator Mitchell Kriegman is also in talks to return as both a writer and executive producer, and would presumably function as showrunner should the project get picked up. Details beyond that are scarce, and it's unclear at present if any other original cast members would return alongside Hart.
This actually isn't the first attempt at continuing Clarissa Darling's story. In 2015, series creator Kreigman published a follow-up novel entitled Things I Can't Explain. The book focused on Clarissa in her 20s, and gave fans a glimpse at the adult she grew up to be. One wonders if this book will be considered canon by a potential reboot, as Melissa Joan Hart is now in her early 40s, and thus it wouldn't be too difficult to reference the book's events as things that occurred prior to the new show.