There have been good spinoffs and there have been bad spinoffs). And then there have been spinoffs that were so terrible, they made a pilot and then never spoke of it again. Until now.
Clarissa Now was the 1995 attempt to pick up where Clarissa Explains It All left off, in which the main character moves to New York to intern at a newspaper. It also co-stars standup Robert Klein, who went on to have a long and storied career as the boss in romantic comedies.
True to its Nickelodeon roots, the pilot kicks off with the original "Na na" theme song, but this time it's slower and with jazzier harmonies, because she's MATURE now. And that's where the similarities end. The pilot twists the once-sharp and -sarcastic Clarissa into a wide-eyed naïve yokel who wouldn't dream of calling her little brother "Ferganerd." Also, there's not a single fun hand-drawn graphic when she talks to the camera! This pilot is a disgrace to the good Darling name.
Opening Credits Grade: C+Pilot Grade: D for disgracefulness