The BEST Episodes of Clarissa Explains It All
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
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 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - New Addition
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 20, 1991
When her parents start planning to add a new room to the house, Clarissa thinks they're about to have a baby. Hoping to convince their parents not to have another child, Clarissa and Ferguson start to act like babies themselves.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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!
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - She Drives Me Crazy
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 23, 1992
In order to win a brand new car, Clarissa enters herself and Ferguson in a contest for siblings that have extraordinary relationships. When the editor for the magazine comes to interview the close siblings, it becomes a struggle for them to pretend to be friends.
#16 - 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.
#17 - President Ferguson
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 8, 1992
There's chaos in store when Ferguson runs for school President and turns the Darling household into his campaign headquarters.
#18 - The Return of Aunt Mafalda
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 12, 1992
Clarissa's plans for a slumber party are ruined when her parents go away and ask overbearing Aunt Mafalda to stay with the kids.
#19 - The Great Debate
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 5, 1992
Clarissa becomes worried about her parents' marriage when a debate starts between the two of them. Marshall wants to follow his dream of building a brand new mall, while Janet is more concerned about saving the trees on the same piece of property.
#20 - ME 101
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 7, 1992
After failing a magazine quiz on 'How Well Do You Know Your Daughter?', Janet attempts to get to know Clarissa better. But Clarissa gets fed up when her mom plans to take her to a concert and even dresses like her.
#21 - The Understudy
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 22, 1992
Clarissa gets chosen as the understudy for the lead in the school play. She is extremely happy about this 'easy job' until the lead comes down with sore throat on opening night. Ferguson tries to 'help' Clarissa learn her lines in time, but secretly has her memorizing the lines to several other different plays.
#22 - 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.
#23 - Misguidance Counselor
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 14, 1992
Clarissa's school guidance counselor, Ms. Cheesebrow, makes Clarissa try more 'normal' activities, such as Home Ec and Cheerleading. But Clarissa soon learns that one person's normal is another's abnormal.
#24 - Sam in Love
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 28, 1992
After helping Sam to land a new girlfriend, Elise Quackenbush, Clarissa feels left out when Sam cancels his plans with her to spend more time with Elise.
#25 - The New Look
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 12, 1992
After a commercial producer spots Marshall in line at the grocery store, she chooses him as 'the perfect face.' However, Marshall starts taking his new role as a male model a bit too seriously.