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5 Shows like Clarissa Explains It All: Keeping it Real

samar2The sarcastic and witty teenage host, Clarissa, knows how to keep it real.

Check out some of my recommendations for TV shows like ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ that tackle coming-of-age issues. ~ Samar N

Shows Similar To ‘Clarissa Explains It All’

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‘The Secret World of Alex Mack’ (Nickelodeon, 1994 – 1998)

Reflecting topical concerns of risky modern drugs, ‘Alex Mack’ begins when a junior high kid, Alex, is accidentally contaminated by a top-secret chemical from a corporate chemical plant.

Though under development as a radical new weight-loss drug, the contamination gives Alex telekinetic powers.

She takes a moral stand, refusing to use her powers to gain an unfair advantage over others. Though occaisonally, and at the behest of her science nerd sister, Annie, and best friend, Ray, she gives in when she realizes her influence could serve a greater good.


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A junior highschooler acquires special powers from a chemical contamination.



‘Daria’ (MTV, 1997 – 2002)

The droning voice of Daria Morgendorffer continues to amuse viewers who appreciate her unique brand of wry humour and her sardonic critique of virtually every stereotype of high school life in America.

Daria is an intellectual teen, resigned to her position as social outcast. Joining in her faux-misery, is her artistic best friend, Jane, with whom Daria watches the scathingly reflective TV show, ‘Sick Sad World’.

Her bouncy-haired younger sister, Quinn, vice-president of the fashion club, frequently becomes the object of Daria’s mockery.


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Daria Explains It All.



‘All That’ (Nickelodeon, 1994 – 2005)

A comedy sketch and musical act that can be seen as the kids version of ‘Saturday Night Live’, this programme featured skits such as ‘Ask Amanda’, where young Amanda Bynes would sit on her bed, answering letters written to her advice column, in a similar manner to Clarissa.

Amanda is a friendly little girl until just after she reads the letters sent in by clueless viewers; she then blasts the authors in a cathartic tirade, rounding out each letter with a return to her calm and sweet disposition.

An exceedingly entertaining sketch!


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A comedy sketch and variety show for kids.



‘My So-Called Life’ (ABC, 1994 – 1995)

This acclaimed teen show and 90s time capsule stars Claire Danes as Angela, an angsty high schooler stressed out about boy drama (namely concerning Jordan Catalano, played by Jared Leto), drugs and sex.

This series similar to ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ is probably best for a slightly older crowd than that of the Nickelodeon shows.


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Like 'Clarissa' but for an older teen crowd.


If You Like ‘Clarissa Explains It All’, You Will Like

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ (ABC, 1996 – 2003)

After ‘Clarissa Explains It All’, actress Melissa Joan Hart played Sabrina Spellman, a normal teenager who discovers she has magical powers on her sixteenth birthday.

Descended from a long line of witches – including her live-in quirky aunts – Sabrina studies to get her witch’s license, under the tutellage of her talking black cat, Salem, who provides a good-natured dose of irony while constantly scheming for personal gain.


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The follow up to 'Clarissa Explains It All'.


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These TV series like ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ are guaranteed to appease any nostalgic cravings for a 90s kid. Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?

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