Clarissa Explains It All

Flavorwire Interview: ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ Creator Mitchell Kriegman on the Show’s Legacy, Hubcaps, and Gender Politics

In 1991, Mitchell Kriegman created Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, a groundbreaking and charming sitcom with a female lead (Melissa Joan Hart) and an innovative visual style. Equally popular among boys and girls, the show would go on to become one of the biggest hits for the network. Twenty years after the series finale, the love for Clarissa has yet to die down. Kriegman is even keeping her legacy alive with a novel that picks up with Clarissa in her 20s. Flavorwire talked with Kriegman about the upcoming book, the importance of diversity on television, and the story behind the hubcaps on Clarissa’s… Read More

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“‘Pete & Pete’ Was All White People!”: ‘SLIMED!’ Author Mathew Klickstein on Why ‘Ren and Stimpy’ Was Better Than ‘Clarissa’ and Nickelodeon’s Diversity Problem

There is no era of television that inspires such a pure, fervent nostalgia as the Golden Age of Nickelodeon. During the late ’80s and early ’90s, the network aired wonderful and strange series that changed the world of children’s entertainment. This Thursday, New York Super Week will throw a “Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!” at Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate these timeless shows with actor appearances, performances by Polaris (of Pete & Pete fame) and the duo behind Doug’s The Beets (Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer), and more. Mathew Klickstein, the event’s moderator and author of SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, spoke to Flavorwire about the event, our persistent love for this era, and why he believes Nickelodeon’s desire to diversify its programming is “exploitive and predatory.” … Read More

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40 Best TV Shows Available Only On Amazon Instant Video

When it comes to streaming video sites, Netflix and Hulu are the most popular. However, Amazon Instant Video has been establishing itself as a fierce competitor. The price for Amazon Prime may seem steep after its recent increase to $99 a year, but it works out to just $8.25 a month. To compare, Netflix and Hulu Plus are both $7.99/month, although Amazon’s price also includes free two-day shipping and the Kindle Lending Library. Plus, Netflix takes much longer to put up newer episodes, and Hulu still has annoying commercials even if you opt for the paid service. But the TV selection on Amazon Instant Video is also just superior — exclusive NBCUniversal deals and vintage Nickelodeon favorites and one-season wonders galore! These 40 shows available on Amazon, but not on Netflix or Hulu, may just convince you to switch… Read More

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10 Kids TV Shows That Need to Make a Comeback

In a welcome response to ’90s nostalgia, PBS recently hinted that Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? could be coming back to TV. It’s exciting to think that a whole new generation of kids will be introduced to a show that made so many of us genuinely excited to learn. This got us to thinking about other shows from our childhood that could benefit from the recent wave of nostalgia. Here are ten picks from yesteryear that are also ripe for a revival. … Read More

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Exclusive Infographic: Which ’90s Nickelodeon Character Are You?

If we’ve learned anything from the Internet, it’s that a lot of us share a mutual longing for the beloved ’90s Nickelodeon of our childhood. They just don’t make kids’ TV shows like they used to, eh? Well, we already brought you illustrated flowcharts revealing your secret inner one-hit wonder and your summer 2012 superhero alter ego, and now it’s time to answer to another crucial question: Which ’90s Nickelodeon character are you? We know you’ve just been dying to figure it out for the past couple decades. Go ahead and discover your kids’ show doppelgänger after the jump, or else you’re in for an awful waffle. … Read More

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What Our Favorite Kids TV Show Characters Taught Us About Fashion

Mister Rogers was so influential to many of us in childhood that we weren’t the least bit shocked when we discovered that one of Fred Rogers’ signature cardigans is now included in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. But an interesting post on the Smithsonian’s website about what Mister Rogers taught us about fashion made us think about how our favorite childhood TV characters influenced our sartorial outlook. After the jump, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite stars from our youth to take a look at the way their style lessons live on today.     … Read More

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The Best Male/Female Friendships on TV

Is anyone else totally sick of the Harry Met Sally lameness that rears its ugly head in every single television show where heterosexual characters of the opposite gender hang out together? The New York Times certainly is, judging by their recent op-ed about platonic relationships in pop culture, but that hasn’t stopped the entertainment industry from constantly turning friends into lovers. In fact, they’re so common that they’re starting to make us long for more tension-free guy-on-girl friendships. These relationships are few and far between, but they’re out there, and we’ve got a list of our favorite examples on TV. Tell us yours in the comments. … Read More

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Matchmaking for TV Teens: 9 Fictional Couples We’d Like to See

Is your boyfriend in love with his cousin? Are you in love with your neighbor? Is your neighbor in love with a jerk? Are you a cartoon? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be a lovelorn teenage character on a TV series. When we brought you our favorite ’90s teen power couples, we neglected to mention the best friends, classmates, ex-lovers, and siblings of these perfect couples — the characters who, more often than not, are majorly lacking in the love department. This phenomenon is typically blamed on awkwardness, fickleness, or ugly duckling syndrome, but what if these misfits’ true TV match is just on another series? With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, we’re pairing lonely teenage TV characters with other lonely TV characters. Some are from current shows, others are from yesteryear, but all deserve a little more love than they receive. Check out the matches we’ve made after the jump, then hit the comments to recommend others. It’s pretty fun. … Read More

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FlavMD: Diagnosing 10 Quirky Kids’ Characters

Have you ever wondered if The Count’s extreme affinity for counting stems from a numeral-based neurological condition? Or if Belle from Beauty and the Beast really just had Stockholm Syndrome? Sometimes, kids’ film and TV characters are just plain diagnosable.  Not in a bad way — just in a way that, if these characters existed in real life, their quirkiest qualities might be explained by a few fascinating syndromes and conditions that most of us never knew existed. We decided to channel our inner Lucy van Pelt, check out a few quirky characters’ symptoms, and lightheartedly diagnose them with some of the world’s most peculiar conditions. Read on for some foreign accents, sun-sneezes, and blue people; the doctor is in. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Washington Monument — along with the 100-foot radius around it — has been shut down indefinitely after yesterday’s earthquake caused structural damage “at the very, very top” of the structure. [via Gizmodo]

2. A soul singer named Syl Johnson is planning to take legal action against Kanye West and Jay-Z for… Read More

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