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Originally posted 10/08/2014 04:45PM
The first episode of The Secret World of Alex Mack premiered Oct. 8, 1994. The show starred Larisa Oleynik as a Californian teenager who gains superhuman powers after being doused in a chemical called GC-161.
The show (which also features a young Jessica Alba), replaced Clarissa Explains It All in Nickelodeon's SNICK Saturday night programming block, and ran for four seasons, before Oleynik, who described herself as "burnt out" by the show's success, walked away from a fifth season offer, a feature film and – in her words – "a ton of money."
But let's not dwell on what might have been. Let's instead, dig up some fun facts about the show that let so many kids of the 1990s imagine a world full of special powers, secrets and amazing headwear.
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