The Baby-Sitters Club is both a fantastic nostalgic trip for children of the ’80s and an excellent adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s classic series. While some attempts at bringing the source material to the screen result in a huge mess, this first season is a faithful portrayal of both the intent and tone of the literature series. What’s great is that it doesn’t come off as a dated retelling either. The show was able to find a way to bring Martin’s series into the present without taking or compromising the series. Rachel Shukert and Lucia Aniello are at the helm of this series and deserves tons of praise for the balance this series found.
The series centers around the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez). These middle-schoolers open up their own babysitting business. Alicia Silverstone plays Kristy’s mother, and one of the major storylines is how Kristy adjusts to the idea of her mother dating a guy named Watson (Mark Feuerstein). The show also tackles the difficulties that occur to these ladies from diverse backgrounds and how a common purpose helped them grow and form lasting friendships.
The series is loads of fun and safe for families as well. Watching The Baby-Sitters Club might even inspire a few pre-teens to take up reading the books as well. The way this season is structured, it certainly seems that a second season could already be in the works. There’s certainly enough source material for that.