The BEST Episodes of Clarissa Explains It All

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Network: Nickelodeon

Clarissa is an active girl with a unique perspective on teenage life who must deal with an annoying brother and wacky parents.

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Clarissa's Crush

#1 - Clarissa's Crush

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 1992

Clarissa gets a major crush on local weatherman Flip Fontana. Her rational head is horrified by the foolish state of her heart. Despite her best efforts, she can't stop daydreaming about him and trying to concoct ways to meet him.

star 8.33
3 votes
Brain Drain

#2 - Brain Drain

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 18, 1991

Ferguson does an IQ test and, when he finds out that he is in the top 5% of the country, he becomes even more obnoxious, convinced that he is a genius. To make money, Ferguson decides to go on a TV game show called 'Brain Drain'.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Maureen Thorp
Writers: Mitchell Kriegman, Neena Beber
Total TV

#3 - Total TV

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 15, 1992

Clarissa attempts to watch television continuously for 24 full hours for a science project, but she finds the task more difficult than she imagined.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Flu

#4 - The Flu

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 1993

Clarissa and Ferguson must run the household with their parents both ill.

star 8.00
3 votes
Editor In Chief

#5 - Editor In Chief

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 13, 1993

After becoming editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, Clarissa learns that power is accompanied by responsibility.

star 8.00
1 votes
No T.V.

#6 - No T.V.

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 30, 1991

Ferguson and Clarissa have been fighting for control of the TV when Clarissa's mother decreed no TV for a week. The problem then becomes about how to fill in the time without getting on each other's nerves.

star 7.93
44 votes
Directors: Maureen Thorp
Writers: Mitchell Kriegman, Thad Mumford
Parents Who Say No!

#7 - Parents Who Say No!

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 15, 1991

Clarissa wants a job at the Baxter beach carnival but her parent's think she is too young and say no. She then sets out to get them to change their mind. They finally say yes, but the job doesn't quite work out how she expected.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Chuck Vinson
Writers: Alexa Junge, Mitchell Kriegman, Neena Beber
Haunted House

#8 - Haunted House

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 13, 1991

Clarissa finds her Aunt Mafada's overly affectionate mannerisms annoying. She decides to haunt the house to encourage her to leave early. It backfires when it turns out that Aunt Mafada is interested in the supernatural.

star 7.28
36 votes
Directors: Maureen Thorp
Writers: Mitchell Kriegman, Tim Burns
Clarissa Makes a Cake

#9 - Clarissa Makes a Cake

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 25, 1991

Clarissa tries to help celebrate her parents' anniversary by making a cake, but Janet and Marshall stop talking to each other over what to stro on the night.

star 7.25
4 votes
Directors: Maureen Thorp
Writers: Alexa Junge, Mitchell Kriegman, Neena Beber
Clarissa News Network

#10 - Clarissa News Network

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 6, 1991

Clarissa decides to produce her own news network CDNN. Her family figures prominently in her news reports. Clarissa's biggest scoop turns out to be her mother's mid-life crisis.

star 7.24
37 votes
Directors: Maureen Thorp
Writers: Alexa Junge, Ellis Weiner, Mitchell Kriegman
Urge to Drive

#11 - Urge to Drive

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 4, 1991

Clarissa wants to buy a car but needs to get the money first. She then sets out to raise the $1500 needed. When Clarissa has no success getting the money out of her parents, she decides to sell Christmas cards, in the middle of the year.

star 7.11
37 votes
Directors: Maureen Thorp
Writers: Mitchell Kriegman, Patricia Marx

#12 - Revenge

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 23, 1991

Ferguson embarrasses Clarissa at school and so she is out to exact revenge using a straight jacket and balloons. Sam's father wants him get into the football team and he is determined to not be in it, with Clarissa's help.

star 7.10
49 votes
New Addition

#13 - New Addition

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 20, 1991

Clarissa is convinced that her parents are trying to have another baby. To help persuade them to not have a new baby, she enlists the aid of Ferguson. Sam needs to come up with a new science investigation and Clarissa gives him an idea.

star 7.09
35 votes
Directors: John Ferraro
Writers: Alexa Junge, Becky Hartman Edwards, Neena Beber
School Picture

#14 - School Picture

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 27, 1991

Clarissa decides to rebel by wearing an outrageous outfit for her class picture, which Janet is horrified over.

star 7.00
6 votes
Cool Dad

#15 - Cool Dad

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 8, 1991

Marshall is invited to speak at Clarissa's school's career night, which she finds embarrassing. Clarissa tries to convince him not to go, unsuccessfully. Marshall decides to become 'cool' to fit in.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Chuck Vinson
Writers: Glenn Eichler, Mitchell Kriegman, Peter Gaffney
Sick Days

#16 - Sick Days

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 1, 1991

Clarissa doesn't want to go to Ancient Greece pageant day at school so she fakes being sick. Her parents don't believe her until she really does become sick. Then the pageant is revamped and suddenly Clarissa wants to go.

star 7.00
3 votes
Sam Darling

#17 - Sam Darling

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 1, 1992

Sam stays with the Darlings while his father is away and becomes the perfect son. Sam and Clarissa are working on a school project, but he spends so much time being polite to her parents, that he never has time for Clarissa, and she feels left out.

star 7.00
2 votes
Can't Buy Love

#18 - Can't Buy Love

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 29, 1992

Ferguson's rich new friend uses him to get to Clarissa.

star 7.00
2 votes
The Darling Wars

#19 - The Darling Wars

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 1992

After being left alone for the night, Clarissa and Ferguson take turns scaring one another. Over the course of the evening, the Darling war continues escalate until an unexpected guest frightens them both.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Liz Plonka
Writers: Jennifer Morris, Mitchell Kriegman, Neena Beber

#20 - ESP R Us

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 1993

Clarissa and her friend become the victims of a mail scam.

star 7.00
2 votes

#21 - Commitment

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 17, 1993

Clarissa becomes afraid of commitment in her relationship with her boyfriend.

star 7.00
2 votes
Road Trip

#22 - Road Trip

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 8, 1993

Plans for a family vacation to the Grand Canyon go awry.

star 7.00
2 votes
The Bicycle Thief

#23 - The Bicycle Thief

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 1993

Clarissa's bicycle is stolen.

star 7.00
2 votes
Boy Thoughts

#24 - Boy Thoughts

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 19, 1993

Clarissa's boyfriend develops an ego after starring in Ferguson's cable-access TV show.

star 7.00
2 votes
Hero Worship

#25 - Hero Worship

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 26, 1993

A new girl in school copies Clarissa's style and then steals her idea for a newspaper article.

star 7.00
2 votes