Nickelodeon gets inside the head of a 13-year-old named Clarissa Darling

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So you’re bored with the same old shows? Tune into Nickelodeon----the cable network premieres two new series this week.

Clarissa Explains it All looks at life through the eyes of Clarissa Darling, an imaginative 13-year-old who keeps a foot-long pet alligator in her room, can’t wait till the day when she finally learns how to drive and constantly plots against her annoying little brother, Ferguson. The show, which uses a variety of special effects to detail Clarissa’s thoughts and fantasies, airs this week as a sneak preview, then moves to its regular time slot April 7.

“Clarissa Explains it All,” Saturday 6-6:30 p.m. and next Sunday 11:30 a.m.-noon, 6:30-7 p.m. Regular schedule: Sundays 12:30-1 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. (beginning April 7) Nickelodeon; for 9- to 14-year-olds.


The 6th- and 7th-grade contestants on Get the Picture, a new game show for kids, must rely on sharp vision, problem-solving skills and all-around smarts to identify concealed images on a grid of TV monitors. winners get cool prizes like bikes, family vacations, and small amounts of cash.

“Get the Picture,” weekdays 6-6:30 p.m. Nickelodeon; for 8- to 15-year-olds.


In 1987’s fairy-tale film The Princess Bride (Monday 8-10 p.m. Fox), a prince must brave all sorts of scary----and funny----obstacles to marry his one true love. For ages 7 and up.

A rebroadcast CBS Schoolbreak Special “Frog Girl: The Jenifer Graham Story” (Tuesday 3-4 p.m. KCBS) tells the tale of the California high school student whose refusal to dissect a frog in class led to the passing of a students’ rights bill. For 11- to 17-year-olds.

Follow the yellow brick road to your television set and plunk yourself down in front of The Wizard of Oz (Tuesday 8-10:10 p.m. (CBS)----the perennial classic for kids everywhere (but coverup the little ones’ eyes during that flying monkey scene!) For all ages.

Danny (Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Showtime) is the name of a flea-bitten horse who benefits from the care of a 12-year-old girl. For 8- to 12-year-olds.


In a new ABC Afterschool Special “It’s Only Rock & Roll” (Thursday 3-4 p.m. ABC), a high school musician gets in hot water after writing a song with lyrics that are perceived to be suggestive. Singer Carole King appears as a schoolteacher, and ex-Monkee David Jones plays a record executive. For 11- to 17-year-olds.

Ten-year-old Sheila Tubman, of the all-new ABC Weekend Special “Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great” (Saturday 11:30 a.m.-noon ABC) is scared of swimming and of dogs----and encounters both one fateful summer. The show is adapted from the perennial bestseller by Judy Blume. For 8- to 11-year-olds.

Making its Disney Channel debut is the 1985 TV movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (Saturday 7-9 p.m. the Disney Channel) featuring those cuddly intergalactic creatures----and Wilford Brimley. For all ages.

Anyone feeling particularly misunderstood might appreciate The Outsiders (Saturday 6-8 p.m. KCOP), Francis Ford Coppola’s film version of the S.E. Hinton novel about teens in 1960s Oklahoma. The cast includes Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. For ages 13 and over.

“My Mother the Witch” (Saturday 6-6:30 a.m. KNBC) is a Young People’s Special set during the Salem witch trials of the 1600s, where a 17-year-old girl becomes suspicious of her mother’s mysterious powers. For 10- to 15-year-olds.