The BEST Episodes of Clarissa Explains It All
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Clarissa is an average teenage girl living in suburban America. She dreams of one day getting her drivers license, killing her annoying little brother, and going to college. As events unfold in her life, Clarissa explains to the viewer the motivations behind people's actions.
#1 - Clarissa's Crush
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 1992
Clarissa gets a major crush on local weatherman Flip Fontana. But she's in for a big disappointment when she finally meets him.
#2 - No T.V.
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 23, 1991
Janet decides a no TV week is in order so while the rest of the family have the times of their lives, Clarissa struggles to see her beloved TV again.
#3 - Brain Drain
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 18, 1991
After taking an IQ test, Ferguson has himself convinced that he's a genius. Attempting to prove him wrong and show him up, Clarissa joins him on the game show Brain Drain.
#4 - Total TV
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 15, 1992
Clarissa finds a topic for her school project- TV. She has to watch for 24 hours in order to make observations for her report. However, a plot created by Ferguson makes her think she's lost her mind from watching so much television.
#5 - The Flu
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 1993
When Marshall and Janet come down with the flu, it's up to Clarissa and Ferguson to take care of the household chores. But trouble ensues when Ferguson buys nothing but chocolate from the grocery store and a big snowstorm leaves them snowed in the house without any water or real food.
#6 - Editor In Chief
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 13, 1993
Clarissa learns a few lessons about responsibility when she becomes the editor in chief for her school newspaper.
#7 - The Bully
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 11, 1991
When a bully bullies Ferguson into giving him Clarissa's walkman, Clarissa meets up with the bully to get her stuff back.
#8 - School Picture
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 27, 1991
Clarissa and her friend Jody want to wear the most unique clothes to school for Picture Day. However, Clarissa has to convince her mom to let her wear something out of the ordinary.
#9 - Sick Days
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 1, 1991
Trying to get out of a part in a school pageant, Clarissa plans to fake sick and miss it. However, trouble ensues when the pageant turns out to be better than expected, including an appearance by Queen Latifah, and Clarissa ends up getting sick for real.
#10 - Urge to Drive
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 1991
While trying to buy a 1976 Gremlin, Sam and Clarissa take on jobs selling Christmas cards door to door in July.
#11 - Clarissa Makes a Cake
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 25, 1991
Clarissa plans to help celebrate her parents' anniversary end in disaster. After arguing about what to do for their special evening, Janet and Marshall stop speaking to each other. Then Clarissa's homemade cake for the event almost explodes.
#12 - Clarissa News Network
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 6, 1991
Clarissa dreams about being a TV journalist like her idol, Jane Pauley. Meanwhile, Janet faces her old dance school friend who steals one of Janet's best moves. Ferguson cons Marshall into buying a rock music casette by pretending to have purchased a tape that will help him learn Swahili.
#13 - Clarissa's Revenge
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 1, 1991
After Ferguson brings Clarissa's training bra to school for show and tell, Clarissa and Sam hatch a plot to get rid of Ferguson using a straight jacket and a bundle of helium balloons.
#14 - Haunted House
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 13, 1991
When annoying Aunt Mafalda visits from Canada, Clarissa tries to scare her off by pretending the house is haunted. The haunting doesn't work quite the way Clarissa had hoped, so she sets up a seance to contact Aunt Mafalda's deceased husband.
#15 - Parents Who Say No!
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 15, 1991
Bored with 'kiddie' jobs like babysitting, Clarissa asks for permission to apply for a job at the Baxter Beach Carnival. But even after her parents say no, she still goes ahead and applies.
#16 - Cool Dad
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 8, 1991
Clarissa is embarrassed when her dad plans to speak at her school's career night. Things get worse when her dad tries to get hip, quick!
#17 - Sam Darling
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 1, 1992
While staying with the Darlings for a weekend, Sam seems to be spending all of his time with Mr. and Mrs. Darling, making Clarissa jealous. Both Ferguson and Clarissa plan how to get rid of Sam.
#18 - Can't Buy Love
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 29, 1992
Ferguson's new friend, J. Elliot Fundsworth III is the founder of the Junior Yacht Club and Ferguson will do anything to join. However, trouble ensues when Ferguson realized that J. Elliot is really only interested in Clarissa.
#19 - The Darling Wars
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 1992
Clarissa and Ferguson are left home for the night and try to scare each other with a huge war of spooky pranks. However, they both end up being scared out of their wits when someone tries to come inside the house.
#20 - ESP R Us
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 1993
Olivia believes that she has psychic powers, but Clarissa doesn't believe it. After Olivia takes an ESP test and unknowningly committs herself and Clarissa to receiving psychic-related items in the mail, they have to figure out how to pay for the merchandise.
#21 - Commitment
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 17, 1993
Clarissa starts to have commitment fears in her relationship with Clifford. Meanwhile, Ferguson tries to get into the Guinness Book Of Records by making the world's largest rubber band ball.
#22 - Road Trip
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 8, 1993
The annual family vacation to Lake Winnemucca is usually filled with doom and disaster. This year the family decides to give the Grand Canyon a try as a change of pace. Trouble ensues when all plans for the upcoming vacation start to go wrong.
#23 - The Bicycle Thief
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 1993
After leaving her bike out in the front yard, Clarissa finds that it's been stolen. She soon finds out that while it may not have been a car, it was her only mode of transportation.
#24 - Boy Thoughts
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 19, 1993
Ferguson convinces Clarissa's boyfriend Clifford to star in his cable access show called 'Boy Thoughts'. But once the show is a hit, Clifford doesn't have time for Clarissa.
#25 - Hero Worship
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 26, 1993
Clarissa has a problem when Eve, the meek and mousy new girl in school, starts copying her style and taking over her life. Clarissa is annoyed but flattered until Eve steals her idea for a newspaper article. Then it becomes war.