Clarissa Explains It All was the first female-led show on Nickelodeon, as well as the first “kids” show to reference sex, teen partying, hell and more. The lead character, Clarissa Darling (played by Melissa Joan Hart), was an intelligent, outspoken teenager who both spoke directly to camera and tackled each theme/issue of the episode through a computer game. My kind of girl.
I think, subconsciously, Clarissa also influenced a distinct flair in my fashion sense:
All of this is illustrated in the gallery below.
“There’s height and then there’s stature, Sam. Never confuse the two.”