Clarissa Explains It All is one of the most classic and brilliant Nickelodeon shows of the golden era in the '90s.
Melissa Joan Hart will forever be in our hearts as the sassy, free-spirited, and confident Clarissa!
While Clarissa claims to have explained it all in her show, there are some things we still don't know.
Mitchell Kriegman, the show's creator, had a crazy career before Clarissa.
via: Getty ImagesBefore he created Clarissa Explains It All, Kkriegman wrote for big-time shows and publications like Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon, and The New Yorker. No wonder his show was so beloved by smart kids everywhere!
Clarissa was only the second sitcom on Nickelodeon.Back in the day, Nickelodeon was mostly game shows and Nick at Nite programming. The only sitcom they had before Clarissa was Hey Dude.
Kriegman got input from his wife when writing Clarissa's character.Kriegman strove to make Clarissa as real and nuanced as possible. Luckily, he had a great source of information about young girls from his wife, who was an editor at Seventeen magazine at the time.
Kriegman will not reveal why he named her Clarissa.Kriegman told Mental Floss, "That's a secret that's going to go to my grave with me. The only thing I can say is that I intentionally picked a name that she could say she hated." The next one might seem obvious once you read it.
Kriegman did reveal the inspiration for Clarissa's last name...Clarissa Darling is an homage to Peter Pan, of course! You can totally see it — the show has that same whimsical quality to it.
Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for a role on Blossom.In her book, Hart explains that she auditioned for the role of Blossom's best friend, Six, at the same time she was in the process of auditioning for Clarissa. She decided that Clarissa was the perfect role for her, thank goodness!
There was another girl up for the role of Clarissa.Could you imagine Clarissa in the hands of anyone other than Melissa Joan Hart?! It almost happened. Kriegman said there was another actress who very much was Clarissa, but that he ended up choosing Hart because "she was so charming and she just lit up the screen."
Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age: "I was there for a few minutes, possibly had read a scene, and then Mitchell asked me to leave the room. Before I stepped out, though, he asked me to mess up my hair. "I was a nutcase when I was in school and a little bit of a class clown, so I always used to rub my heavy-duty cowlicks, which made my hair stand on end. When I left the room and messed up my hair, I came back in and Mitchell said, 'Yeah, you've got the job.'"