YMMV / Clarissa Explains It All

  • Ear Worm: If you listen, you might as well not even try to get the "Na na na na" theme out of your head.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Being an understudy is like being Princess Di: lots of fringe benefits and no drawbacks!"
  • Girl Show Ghetto: One of the first childrens' TV shows to break out of it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In this clip, Ferguson watches Cowboys and Aliens.
    • Clarissa making Ferguson and then herself disappear in the intro can come off as this considering how much magic Melissa Joan Hart would practice in her following show.
    • The series ended and Clarissa Now, its attempted CBS spinoff, would've begun with Clarissa becoming a journalist, a career path Sabrina would also take.
    • There was one time when Ferguson told Clarissa that he played Mega Man 10 in this episode.
  • Memetic Mutation: Almost no one remembers much about the show anymore besides the title. Probably because to this day, TV shows still make shout outs like "Yeah, Clarissa, explain it all!" frequently.
    • Ascended Meme: The '90s Are All That promotes the hashtag of #ThingsClarissaDidntExplain. The results are everything from fashion trends to conspiracy theories.
    • Mindless Self Indulgence has a song called "Clarissa," which includes the classic line "If you're so smart, explain this, Clarissa!"
    • Another band called The Paramedic has a song called "Clarissa Didn't Explain This," which in all actuality has absolutely nothing to do with the show.
    • Even Melissa Joan Hart herself makes a play on the show's title in the title of her autobiography, "Melissa Explains It All."
    • Sam's Leitmotif. *brrrrriiiiiiing*
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While most of her problems with Ferguson were pretty valid, there were a couple instances where she seemed like a bully. For example, in one episode, Ferguson seeks her for advice on how to properly date a girl he has a crush on. She deliberately gives him the most outlandish suggestions she can think of to sabotage his relationship with her. Granted, this backfires, but it's still a pretty mean and bullish thing to do.
    • There's also a dream sequence in one of the final episodes in which Clarissa kills Ferguson (really!), and he comes back as an angel and/or devil. They only hint at it ("the man upstairs" and "the great beyond"), but in the dream, he is dead, their parents fall apart (her father becomes a hippie who constantly mourns for his dead son and her mother takes up smoking) and Clarissa seems like she is barely concerned.