Flashback Friday-Actor Spotlight- Melissa Joan Hart- Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994) & Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (1996-2003)

Every generation has their child actors. My generation had Melissa Joan Hart, who is the subject this Flashback Friday Post.

In the 1990’s Melissa Joan Hart was the female child star of the decade.

From 1991-1994 she starred in Clarissa Explains It All. Told from the first person point of view of Clarissa Darling, a teenage girl who guides the viewer through her world. Her best friend Sam (Sean O’Neal) comes through her window. Her hated brother Ferguson (Jason Zimbler) is always looking to undermine his sister. Her parents, Janet and Marshall (Elizabeth Hess and Joe O’Connor), are, well the parents of a teenage girl seen through her eyes.

For the early 90’s, this show was unique. A television program focused on a teenage girl who was the audience’s eyes and ears  was not the usual topic of a fictional television program. There was also an honesty about being that age, even with the heightened reality.

Two years after she left the world of Clarissa Darling, Melissa Joan Hart entered the world of another teenager. Sabrina Spellman is the lead character in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (1996-2003). Based on the comic book of the same name, Sabrina Spellman is a 16 year girl who has a human mother and a witch father. Living her aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) and their talking cat (voiced by Nick Bakay) who was once a human being, Sabrina tries to balance being a normal teenage girl while learning about her powers.

What stood out about this show was that despite her magical abilities, Sabrina was an ordinary teenage girl. She was also not the most popular girl in school, which also added to appeal of the show.

Do I recommend them? Yes.

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