Old school Nickelodeon fans, your dreams have come true thanks to Nick Reboot. The website is live-streaming your favorite Nickelodeon shows from the 1990s and early 200s, including “Nick Arcade,” “Doug” and “Hey Dude.”
It’s been nearly 20 years since “Clarissa Explains It All” signed off Nickelodeon, but the pre-adolescent blonde at the center of the series (played by Melissa Joan Hart) who had a penchant for mismatched men’s style shirts with bike shorts, hating on her redheaded little brother, and letting her best friend use a ladder to get into her bedroom, has never left the hearts and minds of many children of the ’90s. The series, which aired for five seasons on Nickelodeon from 1991-1994, was a candid, yet quirky depiction of tweenhood and Mitchell Kriegman, the creator of “Clarissa Explains It All,” tried to continue her story as a young woman with a 1995 CBS pilot, titled “Clarissa Now.”
After publishing my retrospective, Laura Slakey, the costume designer on “Alex Mack,” contacted me and we discussed all those wonderful hats.
"I had the feeling when I read the script for the pilot that Alex felt there was nothing special about her," Slakey told HuffPost TV in an email. "She was definitely not one of the ‘popular’ girls. I really understood and related to the character."
Here’s something that will rock your world: Alex Mack still wears the hats.
"Um, do you know that I still have so many of those hats? And I wear them," series star Larisa Oleynik told me during a recent phone interview. (She referred to the hat at left as the "condom cap.")
I caught up with some of the cast and the show’s co-creator to discuss what life was like being on one of Nickelodeon’s top show, whether they’d do a reunion/remake a la “Girl Meets World” and got to the bottom of a cliffhanger that has plagued me since 1998: Did Alex Mack take the cure for her powers?