Get ready for annoying brothers, window-climbing BFFs, and lots of fourth-wall breaking. Clarissa Explains It All looks to be returning to Nickelodeon with a sequel series, with Melissa Joan Hart reprising the role that made her a star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, show creator Mitchell Kriegman and Hart are in talks to reprise the series, which originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1991-1994. This new take would cast Clarissa as the mother of the family (similar to what Girl Meets World did on the Disney Channel). It’s unclear how the show’s signature format would work, since Hart’s Clarissa would regularly talk to the audience as she worked through her teenage problems (she was breaking the fourth wall before Deadpool made it his “thing”). Would she continue to perform that function or would her kid do it? Seems most likely to be the latter... unless both of them talk to the camera, which would be weird.
This might seem like yet another splash in the wave of ‘90s reboots, like Charmed and Blue’s Clues, but this one’s actually been talked about for awhile. Both Kriegman and Hart have said on several occasions that they weren’t done telling Clarissa’s story. For example, Hart hinted at a possible new show in the works back in 2016, one year after Kriegman released a sequel book called Things I Can’t Explain, which showed Clarissa as a 20-something struggling to make it as a journalist in New York City. This followed the general trajectory of Clarissa’s life story, as shown in CBS’s 1995 unaired pilot Clarissa Now.
Clarissa Explains It All was actually a pretty landmark show for children’s television. It was Nickelodeon’s first series starring a woman, and it helped pave the way for other shows like The Secret World of Alex Mack, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Veronica Mars. And given how Hart’s other hit show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, is getting a Netflix reboot that’s—let’s just say—starkly different from her version, it’d be nice to see one of Hart bring back one of her most iconic roles. Here’s just a small taste of the awesomeness the show had to offer: