Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club kept the best part of the original novels

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: (L to R) MOMONA TAMADA as CLAUDIA KISHI and SHAY RUDOLPH as STACEY MCGILL in EPISODE 1 of THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB. Cr. KAILEY SCHWERMAN/NETFLIX © 2020
THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: (L to R) MOMONA TAMADA as CLAUDIA KISHI and SHAY RUDOLPH as STACEY MCGILL in EPISODE 1 of THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB. Cr. KAILEY SCHWERMAN/NETFLIX © 2020 /
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The best part of Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club is from the original novels

The 90’s craze for Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club made creating a teenage babysitting service every teen’s dream. The Baby-Sitters Club novels followed a group of tweens that formed a club of professional babysitters in the fictional town of Stoney Brook, Connecticut.

The club was run like a legitimate business complete with club member titles, and these kids were raking in money. But in the end, it was the friendships and adventures that made for such a fantastic series.

The series has over 200 titles, sold over 176 million copies, and was the best part, in my opinion, of Scholastic book sales. The popularity of the series soared, and soon a game, soundtrack, and even a motion picture featuring Rachel Leigh Cook and Larisa Olyenik were added.

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There was no denying that these stories were a big hit, and it makes sense that Netflix would bring a new TV series that will hopefully give us multiple seasons, allowing for more of the iconic stories to make it on screen.

Why do we love The Baby-Sitters Club?

So what makes The Baby-Sitters Club so great? Readers got a fascinating adventure amid school issues, family problems, conflict with friends, active social lives, and all the challenging parts of life.

The books resonated because the teens reading could connect with the ups and downs of adolescence as they were learning about themselves. Most importantly, The Baby-Sitters Club didn’t sugarcoat the tough parts in life that are sometimes avoided in books for younger audiences.

Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club recognizes that success means keeping all of the things that made the original novels extraordinary, even the hard stuff. The club’s treasurer, Stacey, juggles diabetes and striving for normality, but her overprotective parents are her real problem.

Kristy’s bossiness leads to disagreements with her closest friends, but that helps learn how to dial back her control issues. Netflix’s rendition of the series has maintained what the novels were famous for and imagines our favorite babysitting troop in today’s world.

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THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: Cr. KAILEY SCHWERMAN/NETFLIX © 2020 /

In this world, the babysitters have added complications of cellphones, facetime, and social media. But don’t worry, the club still takes all of their calls from a very 90’s see-thru light-up phone in Claudia’s room.

Not to spoil it for anyone, but The Baby-Sitters Club TV series could be the best version yet as much of the narrative is pulled from memorable moments in the novels. It’s going to be interesting to see this group move on to bigger and better things.

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The Baby-Sitter’s Club‘s first season is available to stream on Netflix.