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. 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." The spinoff brought the character to New York City, where she was a young journalist working at a newspaper, but sadly, Clarissa Darling's story was cut short.
Now, 18 years after the pilot wasn't picked up to series, Kriegman is reconnecting fans with Clarissa, who's now in her mid-'20s, with an upcoming novel called "Things I Can’t Explain," tentatively slated for a fall 2014 release.
Below, Kreigman opens up to The Huffington Post about where Clarissa and the Darlings are now, what really happened with that "Clarissa" pilot, another missed spinoff opportunity, the Nirvana-inspired "Clarissa" album that wasn't, the clothes, that alligator and much more.
How did the idea for the book come about?
Well, I've been thinking about it for ages just because the show was always unfinished business to me because Clarissa kept on growing and why wouldn't you want to know what happened to her? I found [the end] to be just kind of an absurd stop. The show never went down in ratings. The show never lost its audience.
And I felt frustrated when we did the CBS pilot because I got sort of taken out of that and even though I cast it and I designed it in a lot of ways, I didn't really get to realize it. So since I've been writing novels, which is relatively recent, that's when it really dawned on me.
The other thing is, I've had this amazing experience that I'm extremely thankful for -- that happens everywhere, including the ski lift -- that anytime I talk to anybody from 23-35, they are so thrilled to hear about "Clarissa." It literally makes my day every time I talk to someone who loves the show and I just find it to be incredibly satisfying. It's the thing that transcends all the difficulties of the business and all the difficulties of creating something and making it live. We're sitting here, well into 2013 and the fact that it's fondly thought of, it's just great.
But basically, it's always been on my mind. I've always wanted to find a new way to get back involved with her life.
Why a book versus a TV reboot or a movie?
The novel, for me, is just the most genuine way to do it because if you did it as another TV series, not only are there hurdles because of the business and everything, but it's such a different play, especially to that audience that's grown up on so much media. To do it as a novel, we all know it takes something to write a book. [Laughs.] And it means that you're really going to explore it and you're really going to see what she's like.
Is the book going to continue where the "Clarissa Now" pilot left off?
There are a couple things I'd love to correct from the original report. One is that she's probably a little bit older than 23 -- she's sort of quarter-life, mid-'20s. I'm trying to keep it general a little bit.
And what I wanted to do was not to ignore that CBS pilot, even though it wasn't necessarily what I had envisioned. I wanted to absorb that as part of her life. Journalism isn't the focus of this book at all. It's really about her romance and love life and point of view on the world and catching up with her. She's looking for work just like everybody else -- I say she's on the "unenjoyment" line -- and she has some skills from having been a journalist. She kind of got to the point where she would have had a career as a journalist if journalism had been what it was. The paper that she worked for went away and she had to start over again. I think it's so interesting that a lot of people have to do that at 25. I mean, how wild is that? They've gone to college, they've found a good job and then they went away? So that's where I put her really. The only reason why I mention journalism is because I'd rather absorb what people know [from the pilot] than deny it.
The centerpiece of this whole thing is really a guy. She's finishing a relationship in this book and starting a new one. It's what happens when the cute guy that she used to see at the coffee shop every day suddenly becomes somebody that she's talking to and involved with, all by these quirky, goofy, kooky, oddball, Clarissa kind of maneuvers. It's almost by coincidence so it's almost like she just takes a leap.
So I'm guessing she's not with Sam [Sean O'Neal]?
You'll see Sam, although if there's another guy, there's another focus. Not everybody is the focus of the book, but the old characters make appearances. It's fun!
How much will the rest of the Darlings come into play?
Clarissa is really involved with her family, even at her quarter-life. I think kids still are, but she always was managing her parents, you know? Mom [Elizabeth Hess] and Dad [Joe O'Connor] are huge factors [in the book], Ferguson [Jason Zimbler] definitely is a factor and there's a lot of other characters too. You know what there is? There's a bunch of girlfriends, which I'm really looking forward to.
Going back to the "Clarissa Now" pilot, what went wrong?
I think it was too early for the show to be true to its form. It was a funny situation because I had written a lot of drafts, I had cast it, I had started building the set and everything and I just think they weren't ready -- which is really funny when you look at "Modern Family" and everything else out there -- but they weren't ready for her to talk to the camera and have fantasies. And I was like, "Well, what do you mean? That's how she expresses herself! That's how this show cuts itself above other shows!" And there was one exec that said something that I'll never forget. He said, "Network audiences can't handle that postmodern sensibility." And look at everything on TV now. That's so not true. [Laughs.]
"Clarissa" was one of the first shows on Nickelodeon geared towards tweens and with a male and female friendship at its center. The show definitely broke a lot of rules. Was it hard for you to get the green light?
Well, there are two big things that were different about the world at the time. The number one thing from the environment at Nickelodeon was Geri Laybourne was there and she deserves just an enormous amount of credit. Our job at Nickelodeon in those days was to break the mold. Our job was to explode the genre of kids' TV. So you could fail and do a show that maybe didn't work for the audience, but you couldn't fail to take a risk. You had to do something different. It was really defined in those days as the anti-Disney, as opposed to being somewhat of a shadow of Disney now. You have to understand, I'm not a guy that's good at doing the same old thing. I'm really good at breaking the mold. [Laughs.] So I loved it -- it was a perfect environment for me.
The next big challenge was that the conventional wisdom was that boys won't watch a girl lead -- it was the Barbie/G.I. Joe days and everybody from the toy industry to the TV industry to the cartoon industry, everybody believed that if you did a girl lead, you'd never succeed. And I methodically figured out how to do it. It was the first tween and the first main female character -- I think Mayim Bialik [on "Blossom"] came around that time too -- but basically, there wasn't a girl lead that really ran the show and was as empowered as Clarissa was. Part of the idea was that 50 percent of our audience was boys. Fifty percent of our fan letters from the very beginning were from boys and that friendship [between Sam and Clarissa] -- kids were dying to see a friendship between the sexes. In the real world, that was not that far-fetched, but on TV it was. Everything from how the opening was cut, the color scheme of the show, I modeled everything so that boys and girls would watch the show and that it would be equal.
They did have a little bit of trouble wrapping their heads around a guy writing a 14-year-old girl, but there's a great tradition of men writing great female characters. So that was a hurdle a little bit and then, the other issue was, at one point, I wanted Clarissa to be able to stand up to a bully and to be ready to physically fight a bully. Now, the way the story went, she didn't end up having to fight the guy -- in fact, he ended up falling in love with her.
But the way it was set up until the third act, was, "This guy's picking on my brother. I don't like my brother, but I don't want anybody picking on my brother!" [Laughs.] She called him out and was practicing to fight him and was ready to do it. At first, they were really worried about it, but then again, if you really look at it in the broad terms, they completely supported me. I have no complaints about Nickelodeon. They really gave me the opportunity and supported me.
Besides that episode, what others stand out to you?
You know which one I love that people don't usually talk about is "Ferguson Explains It All." I thought that was the beginning of another series if they were ready for it. It was ahead of its time! But I felt like Ferguson could be Dexter, the cartoon character [from "Dexter's Laboratory"]. He's a crazy, brainy guy who will take ridiculous risks because he doesn't know better. So that one I loved a lot and that was a special one. I loved the last one a lot where she was Murphy Brown. I loved "Cool Dad" and all the parodies in that one. I loved "Brain Drain," which was the game show, and ["Alter Ego,"] the one with James Van Der Beek.
We have to talk about the clothes. Did do you work really closely with the costume designer on perfecting Clarissa's look?
First of all, the name of the costume designer is Lisa Lederer. She's brilliant. I've totally stayed in touch with her. In fact, when I started writing this book, we sat down and talked about what Clarissa would be wearing now and I've already pulled a whole bunch of jpegs of clothes [she used to wear]. It's so wacky and she couldn't keep being so whacked out -- otherwise, she's a lunatic.
But when Lisa came in, she was just the coolest person in the world -- way cooler than all of us. I actually had one arbitrary rule that there was no purple allowed and we tried to use as much green and blue -- which goes back to that girl/boy thing -- as we could. I would say that [the wardrobe is] mostly Lisa, but my wife at the time was an editor for Seventeen so I definitely had some resources from her in terms of what kids were wearing. But I would definitely have to say that it was my idea to have the clothing be out there and creative that way, but I didn't design it -- Lisa did. She was just brilliant. She deserves all the credit.
One of the first things that we heard when we started the show was that a famous ABC executive, Stu Bloomberg, his daughter came downstairs and she was dressed in this completely create-your-own kind of way -- the precedent for it was really Annie Hall to some degree -- and it looked incredibly wacky to him. And he said to her, "What are you doing? What are you wearing?" And his daughter said, "I'm dressed like Clarissa!" [Laughs.]
And her room too was just incredible!
Yes! I had the set designers design a normal bedroom and then I started whacky-ing it out. When I told them I wanted black and white checkerboard on the wall with hub caps, there were people who thought I was into Satan worship. Everything in her room is totally cool and wild. Everything was planned and everything was about expressing her. It was the ultimate expression of a character.
And "Clarissa" probably had the most exotic pet we'd ever seen on TV with Elvis.
Well, at the time, I had a girlfriend that had a baby pool and she had tadpoles and all sorts of creatures in it and she was a very creative woman -- she was an artist. I thought, "Oh! Maybe Clarissa would do that." It didn't survive because it became just too difficult to keep that in the story all the time so Elvis had to go away. He didn't get flushed down the toilet, I promise. I had lots of funny ideas for him, but we couldn't make it work.
What went into deciding on the theme song?
The genius behind the theme song is Rachel Sweet, but again, it's a lot like Lisa Lederer and the clothes. I had produced a TV series that Rachel Sweet was the host of and the star of called "The Sweet Life" on Comedy Channel, which didn't last very long, but I knew she was brilliant and in a lot of ways, she was the adult Clarissa at the time so I just wanted Rachel to do the coolest thing she could do and she created the coolest song. It's incredible!
We created an album called "Clarissa and the Straightjackets" and it was done like a garage band with Rachel and Tony Battaglia, who had co-written the theme with her, and we produced it for Sony Wonder. It was such a good album and this was before they let kids' shows do albums. They got upset that it wasn't kiddie enough. It was in the days of Nirvana and Pearl Jam so there were long cuts. I actually did produce it, but I took my name off of it because it was such a drag. They reduced everything to three-minute songs and they dumbed it down because they were worried it wasn't enough of a kids show record.
Would you want to do a follow-up book or would you want this book to be adapted into a movie or something like that?
Well, we'll see. I mean everybody always wants the most of their property and when you create something, you want it to go as far and wide as it can. It's certainly going to be written in a way that could continue -- Clarissa's still alive at the end, I promise. [Laughs.]
"Things I Can’t Explain" is tentatively slated for a fall 2014 release.
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THEN: Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina Spellman)
Before 1996, everyone knew Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa Darling ... but "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" changed that. Hart ended her run on "Clarissa Explains It All" in 1994 and then spent two years at NYU before getting the starring role in Showtime's "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" made-for-TV movie, based on the Archie Comics character. Shortly thereafter, the movie became a TV show and the rest is supernatural small screen history. Hart's titular character also crossed over to other hits of the time, including "Boy Meets World," "Teen Angel," "You Wish" and "Diagnosis: Murder." During her seven years on "Sabrina," Hart also starred in some notable teen films: "Can't Hardly Wait," "Drive Me Crazy" and the spoof "Not Another Teen Movie."
NOW: Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart hasn't really strayed from her TV roots since "Sabrina" ended in 2003. That same year, she married musician Mark Wilkerson in Florence, Italy, and they now have three sons: seven-year-old Mason, five-year-old Brady and eight-month-old Tucker. Besides a guest appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in 2007, she's been an ABC Family mainstay, starring in TV movies like "Holiday in Handcuffs" and "My Fake Fiancé," before landing her own show with fellow child star Joey Lawrence in 2010. "Melissa & Joey" kicks off its third season in May. Hart also opened a candy shop called <a href="http://www.sweethartssweets.com/" target="_blank">SweetHarts in Sherman Oaks, California</a>, and participated in "Dancing With The Stars," where she earned sixth place. Later this year, Hart will release her memoir titled "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Explains-It-All-Abnormally/dp/1250032830" target="_blank">Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life</a>."
THEN: Beth Broderick (Zelda Spellman)
Before she signed on to play Sabrina's older, wiser Aunt Zelda, Beth Broderick had some guest starring roles under her belt -- like "Married ... With Children" and "Murphy Brown" -- and appeared in a few feature films like 1988's "Stealing Home," where she seduced a young, innocent Jonathan Silverman. Broderick played Zelda for the first six seasons of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" before leaving the series. She did, however, return for the series finale ... in the form of a candle.
NOW: Beth Broderick
In her post-"Sabrina" life, Broderick married her second husband Scott Paetty in 2005 and went on to have guest roles on "Supernatural," "The Closer," "CSI," "ER" and "Castle," and a very memorable role playing Kate Austen's (Evangeline Lilly) mother, Diane Jensen, on "Lost." She was also cast on Fox's short-lived but critically-acclaimed "Lone Star" in 2010. The year before, she opened up to NPR about what it's like being a character actor in many successful projects. "Nobody wants to sit where I'm sitting and say, '<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106366033" target="_blank">Hey, this is the reality. I did two movies, six guest-star spots and I starred in a one-woman show, and I'm not making any money</a>. I'm on TV every day in every country in the world, and I don't make any money,'" Broderick explained. "Somebody's got to say it. Nobody wants to take that risk, nobody wants to admit that or put that out there, but it's true." Broderick has also been involved in the fight against AIDS since she founded Momentum, one of the first organizations in New York established to assist people with AIDS, in 1984.
THEN: Caroline Rhea (Hilda Spellman)
Canadian-born Caroline Rhea moved to New York in 1989 to pursue a career in stand-up comedy, but after six years of pavement pounding in the comedy scene, she won a role in the 1995 NBC series "Pride & Joy" and moved to Los Angeles. The series -- which revolved around a Manhattan couple with a newborn son, Greg and Amy Sherman (played by Craig Bierko and Julie Warner), and a couple across the hall, Nathan and Carol Green (Jeremy Piven and Caroline Rhea) -- was axed after one season. Soon thereafter, however, she won the role of Sabrina's zany, flaky Aunt Hilda. While on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," Rhea made appearances in "Man On The Moon," "Ready To Rumble," the Disney TV movie "Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire" and Larry David's 1999 HBO special "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which launched the hit series.
NOW: Caroline Rhea
Rhea left "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" after Season 6 when she landed "The Caroline Rhea Show," the successor to "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Rhea, who was hand-picked by O'Donnell to ostensibly replace her, hosted the series from September 2002 until its cancellation in June 2003. Rhea then went on to host the first three seasons of "The Biggest Loser," from 2004 to 2006. After she lost that gig, she lent her voice to Disney's "Phineas & Ferb" -- she's voiced Linda Flynn ever since 2007. In addition to her voice work, Rhea currently hosts the Canadian television series "<a href="http://www.slice.ca/Shows/CakeWalk/Bio.aspx?Title_ID=269770" target="_blank">Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition</a>." In 2008, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20235287,00.html" target="_blank">Rhea and her longtime boyfriend, comedian Costaki Economopoulos, had their first child, Ava</a>.
THEN: Nate Richert (Harvey Kinkle)
Harvey Kinkle was the quintessential boy next door: adorably naive, great hair and a big heart. The role was the first-ever gig for Nate Richert. The will-they-won't-they first season for Sabrina and Harvey was followed by three seasons of ups and downs for our favorite teen witch and the cutest guy at their Massachusetts high school. But "Sabrina's" fourth season ended with Harvey finding out that his girlfriend was a witch, the catalyst for their breakup. Richert was reportedly cut from the series in order to give the show a more "grown-up look" with Sabrina heading to college. But it proved to be a bad move; Richert eventually returned as a series regular in Season 5. He stuck with the show through the final episode of Season 7, which saw Sabrina call off her wedding to be with Harvey.
NOW: Nate Richert
Richert had some bit parts in the years immediately after "Sabrina" came to an end, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/harvey-sabrina-the-teenage-witch_n_2866820.html" target="_blank">he eventually stopped acting altogether</a> in 2006. The former teen heartthrob, who <a href="http://www.naterichertmusic.com/" target="_hplink">plays the drums, guitar, banjo and harmonica, is now an independent musician</a>, playing mostly bluegrass. His <a href="http://www.naterichertmusic.com/" target="_blank">debut solo album, "Halogen Moon,"</a> is now available for digital download. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/naterichertmusic" target="_blank">Check out his Facebook for more.</a>
THEN: Jenna Leigh Green (Libby Chessler)
As was the case for most of the young cast, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" was Jenna Leigh Green's big break. On the series' first three seasons, she played Sabrina's stuck-up arch-nemesis and the most popular girl in school, Libby Chessler. After a few years of cheerleading and calling Sabrina a "freak" on the daily, Libby transferred to a boarding school at the beginning of Season 4, never to be seen on the show again.
NOW: Jenna Leigh Green
In the more than 13 years since her run on "Sabrina" ended, Green has had multiple TV cameos -- among them "ER," "Dharma & Greg," "Cold Case," "Ghost Whisperer," "Castle" and "Bones" -- but she's spent most of her time doing theater. After performing with the Pussycat Dolls when they were a burlesque act in Hollywood (pre-Nicole Scherzinger), she toured with "Wicked" and appeared in the show on Broadway and in Los Angeles, playing both Elphaba and Nessarose. <a href="http://youtu.be/BlcTPW9IDmo" target="_blank">Watch her sing "For Good" from the popular musical with Megan Hilty, who now stars in "Smash,"</a> back in 2007.
THEN: Michelle Beaudoin (Jenny Kelley)
During Season 1 of "Sabrina," the teenage witch's best friend was Jenny Kelley (played by Canadian actress Michelle Beaudoin), who also appeared in the Showtime movie. On the series, Jenny met Sabrina on the first day of school and was the one who introduced the titular character to Harvey. But Beaudoin left "Sabrina" at the end of the first season, which, <a href="http://mcleanamy.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-new-year-everybody-i-could-not-be.html" target="_blank">she claimed was because the show's producers wanted Sabrina to have an "ethnic" best friend</a>. Enter the Jewish Valerie Burkhead, played by Lindsay Sloane (see slide 13).
NOW: Michelle Beaudoin
After "Sabrina," Beaudoin had small roles in various Canadian TV projects, the most recent of which appears to be a two-episode stint on "Cold Squad." Not much else is known about Beaudoin these days, but in 2010 <a href="http://mcleanamy.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-new-year-everybody-i-could-not-be.html" target="_blank">she said she'd be open to doing a "Sabrina" reunion special</a>. "I'm sure it would be fun and might bring some 'closure' to the Jenny character," she told blogger Amy McLean.
THEN: Lindsay Sloane (Valerie Birkhead)
Earlier in her career, Lindsay Sloane recurred as Alice Pedermeir on "The Wonder Years." She also appeared in "My So-Called Life" and "Dharma & Greg" before joining "Sabrina" as the neurotic Valerie Birkhead in Season 2. She only lasted two seasons as Sabrina's best friend though, leaving at the start of Season 4 when Valerie and her family headed to Alaska.
NOW: Lindsay Sloane
Sloane hasn't strayed too far from television since she left "Sabrina" in 1999. The actress has appeared in multiple series including "That '70s Show," "The West Wing," "Entourage," "How I Met Your Mother," "The League," "Weeds" and "Psych." Of course, one of her most notable roles was on the big screen: Sloane was the bitchy "Big Red" in "Bring It On." She's also had parts in "She's Out of My League" and "Horrible Bosses." The actress is married to Dar Rollins, an agent for International Creative Management, and the couple has a one-year-old daughter named Maxwell.
THEN: Paul Feig (Mr. Pool)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfKRbnM5wHA" target="_blank">Mr. Pool, Sabrina's favorite teacher</a>, was a bit sarcastic. Paul Feig, who played the bitter bio teacher, had been working steadily since the mid-'80s: He had parts on "The Facts Of Life," "Newhart," "thirtysomething" and "Roseanne," and also appeared in the family films "Heavyweights" and "That Thing You Do!"
NOW: Paul Feig
The year after he left "Sabrina" and co. behind, Feig created the short-lived dramedy "Freaks and Geeks," which launched the careers of James Franco, Busy Philipps, Jason Segel and many more. Feig went on to co-executive produce "The Office" and "Nurse Jackie" and he's appeared in a few episodes of both of those shows. He's directed episodes of "30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation," "Weeds" "Mad Men" and "Arrested Development" (on which he also appeared), leading to four Emmy nominations. He also executive produced and directed the smash hit movie "Bridesmaids," which earned two Oscar nods.
THEN: Nick Bakay (the voice of Sabrina's cat Salem Saberhagen)
TV had never seen -- and still has yet to see -- a cat as snarky as Sabrina's pet and magic guide. Salem was a 500-year-old witch who attempted to take over the world long ago. The Witches Council's punishment for getting a little power hungry? One hundred-year cat sentence. Salem was sent to live with Hilda because she supported his regime as a part of the refreshments committee. Sure, he might've been a bit maniacal, but Salem couldn't have been more loyal to Sabrina. Nick Bakay, who voiced Salem, also served as a writer and co-producer for "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Before voicing the legendary TV cat, Bakay wrote for "In Living Color" and had small roles in that show as well as "Murphy Brown," "Seinfeld" and "Coach." During his "Sabrina" stint, Bakay also voiced Norbert on Nickelodeon's "Angry Beavers" and appeared on three episodes of "That '70s Show."
NOW: NIck Bakay
Who would've thought Salem would become a redhead? Nick Bakay actually did quite well for himself ... in addition to marrying a Playboy model with whom he has two children, a dog and two cats, one of which is named Salem (as of 2007). After "Sabrina" ended, Bakay went on to produce, write and appear on the CBS hit "King of Queens"; after that, Bakay produced and acted in the Fox comedy "'Til Death" from 2006 to 2010. He and "King of Queens" alum Kevin James also co-wrote the 2009 comedy film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." Entertainment aside, Bakay is also an avid sports writer: He had a <a href="http://www.nfl.com/kickoff/story/09000d5d8020750d/article/nick-bakays-manly-house-of-football" target="_blank">weekly column for NFL.com</a> and appears on "Sportscenter" on ESPN Wednesday and Thursday mornings during NFL season.
THEN: Martin Mull (Principal Kraft)
Martin Mull was a recognizable face long before he joined "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" in Season 2 as Vice Principal Kraft. He'd played Colonel Mustard in the 1985 live-action film "Clue" and recurred as Leon Carp on "Roseanne" for many years. On "Sabrina," Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda both dated Kraft, who wasn't Sabrina's biggest fan.
NOW: Martin Mull
Mull left "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" after Season 4. He went on to appear as the center square on the final season of the "Hollywood Squares" revival and he's had multiple TV guest stints. He played private investigator Gene Parmesan on "Arrested Development" and also appeared in "Gary Unmarried," "Law & Order: SVU," "Two and a Half Men" and "Psych" (pictured). Mull, who's twice divorced, is currently married to singer Wendy Haas, with whom he has a daughter named Maggie. In March, Mull booked the leading role in Seth MacFarlane's comedy pilot "Dads," which follows Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi), whose lives are turned upside down when their dads (Peter Riegert, Martin Mull) unexpectedly move in with them.
THEN: David Lascher (Josh Blackhart)
His name might not be remembered as much as Rider Strong's or Andrew Keegan's, but David Lascher was certainly a heartthrob in the '90s and early '00s. Lascher played lovable troublemaker Ted McGriff (i.e. the Zack Morris) on Nickelodeon's "Hey Dude" for two years. Then he appeared in episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Step by Step, "Full House" and "Roseanne" before he got a gig on "Blossom" as Vinnie Bonitardi, the titular character's on-again-off-again tough guy boyfriend. Next, Lascher joined the "Clueless" TV series playing Cher's brother, Josh (the role Paul Rudd originated in the film); he then played Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's uncle on ABC's "Two Of A Kind." Shortly thereafter, Lascher won the role of Josh, Sabrina's handsome co-worker in Season 4 who later became her love interest. Their relationship was rocky and it ended in Season 6 when Josh left for a newspaper job in Prague.
NOW: David Lascher
Lascher hasn't been too active in the entertainment world since his "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" stint ended. He's appeared in a couple of Hallmark movies and shorts and is attached to an upcoming movie called "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1699514/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl" target="_blank">The Last Best Place</a>." He currently resides in California with his wife Jill London and their two daughters.
THEN: Alimi Ballard (Quizmaster a.k.a. Albert)
During Season 2, when Sabrina needed help using magic properly to acquire her witch's license, the Quizmaster (Alimi Ballard) joined the series. When Sabrina gained her license, she no longer needed his help meaning Ballard only lasted one season on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." Before his bewitching days, Ballard appeared on the daytime soap "Loving" and its successor series "The City" as Frankie Hubbard, son of "All My Children" super-couple Jesse and Angie. Ballard was also a regular on the short-lived 1997 ABC sitcom "Arsenio."
NOW: Allimi Ballard
After his short-lived run on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," Ballard appeared on "Nash Bridges," "N.Y.P.D. Blue" and he recurred on the Jessica Alba-fronted series "Dark Angel" from 2001 to 2010. After some more minor roles, Ballard joined"Numb3rs" as series regular David Sinclair throughout the show's six-season run. He's since appeared on "NCIS," "In Plain Sight," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Drop Dead Diva" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Ballard will also pop up on an upcoming Season 3 episode of "Melissa & Joey" where he'll reunite with his former witch pal.
THEN: Soleil Moon Frye (Roxie King)
After years of being known only as Punky Brewster, Soleil Moon Frye made her triumphant return to TV in Season 5 of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She'd had stints on "The Wonder Years," "Saved by the Bell" and "Friends," but the then-WB series made her a series regular again. On the show's final three seasons, Frye played Roxie King, Sabrina's very close friend and mortal roommate during her college years.
Soleil Moon Frye (Roxie King)
After "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" ended, Frye turned her focus to motherhood. She and her husband Jason Goldberg, a television producer, have two daughters: seven-year-old Poet Sienna Rose and five-year-old Jagger Joseph Blue. She's since focused on children's projects, voicing Jade in the "Bratz" franchise and Aseefa in "Planet Sheen," the 2010 spinoff of "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."
THEN: Elisa Donovan (Morgan Cavanaugh)
Elisa Donovan, who played popular girl Amber Mariens in both the "Clueless" film and TV series, joined "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" along with Soleil Moon Frye in Season 5 as Sabrina's third and final housemate, Morgan Cavanaugh. The character also helped tutor Sabrina (aww) and dated both of her former long-term boyfriends, Harvey and Josh (not so aww).
NOW: Elisa Donovan
After saying goodbye to "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," Donovan went on to appear on "Judging Amy" and "NCIS." She's starred in a few online series as well, like "The Lake" and "In Gayle We Trust." Donovan is married to Charlie Bigelow, with whom she has an 11-month-old daughter named Scarlett Avery.
THEN: The Cast Of "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch"
From left to right, Jenna Leigh Green (Libby), Lindsay Sloane (Valerie), Martin Mull (Principal Kraft), Nate Richert (Harvey), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina), Caroline Rhea (Hilda), Beth Broderick (Zelda), Alimi Ballard (Quizmaster Albert) pose for a Season 2 promo photo.