The BEST Episodes of Clarissa Explains It All
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 27, 2021
Clarissa is an active girl with a unique perspective on teenage life who must deal with an annoying brother and wacky parents.
#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.
#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'.
#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.
#4 - The Flu
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 1993
Clarissa and Ferguson must run the household with their parents both ill.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#18 - Can't Buy Love
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 29, 1992
Ferguson's rich new friend uses him to get to Clarissa.
#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.
#20 - ESP R Us
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 1993
Clarissa and her friend become the victims of a mail scam.
#21 - Commitment
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 17, 1993
Clarissa becomes afraid of commitment in her relationship with her boyfriend.
#22 - Road Trip
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 8, 1993
Plans for a family vacation to the Grand Canyon go awry.
#23 - The Bicycle Thief
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 1993
Clarissa's bicycle is stolen.
#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.
#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.