Inspired by the bestselling book series by Ann M. Martin, Netflix is rebooting the The Baby-Sitters Club for a new audience, with GLOW writer Rachel Shukert serving as showrunner.
The upcoming family-friendly TV series follows five teenage girls who set up a local baby-sitting business together – with a few modern updates from the 80s and 90s source material.
Read on for everything you need to know about Netflix’s ten-part remake of The Baby-Sitters Club.
Get ready to be reunited with The Baby-Sitters Club — a.k.a Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn! #Glow & #Supergirl alum Rachel Shukert will serve as showrunner on our new 10-episode, live-action series w/ @LuciaAniello (#BroadCity #RoughNight) directing pic.twitter.com/enazf3O7PG
— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) February 28, 2019
When is The Baby-Sitters Club released on Netflix?
Netflix has announced that the 10-part series The Baby-Sitters Club will arrive on Friday 3rd July 2020.
The Baby-Sitters Club premieres July 3 — FIRST LOOK: pic.twitter.com/NUha2FTEk5
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What are The Baby-Sitters Club books about?
The 10-episode series is based on Ann M. Martin’s book series, which follows the friendship of five baby-sitter teenagers in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
The first novel, Kirsty’s Great Idea, was released in 1986, and saw the founding of the eponymous local baby-sitters service.
Many of the novels deal with your average teenage girl fare, like boy troubles, friendship fall-outs and – *gasp* – being offered cigarettes at school.
The novels were turned into a HBO TV series that ran for one series in 1990, and a separate film in 1995, starring 10 Things I Hate about You’s Larisa Oleynik.
What is Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club about?
The series (based on the bestselling books) follows middle school friends Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez).
The group of friends decide to set up a babysitting business, ‘The Baby-Sitters Club,’ in their hometown in Connecticut. The series follows the ups and downs of their new enterprise – all while the girls navigate school, home, and growing up.
The books were previously adapted into the 1995 film of the same name, and it’s not yet known whether any of the original cast will make a cameo.
Alicia Silverstone (who made her name in another iconic teen flick, Clueless) also stars in the show as Kristy’s mum, Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer – a single mother whose relationship with a new man causes conflict with her daughter.
Follow the link for more on the Baby-Sitters Club cast.
Ann M. Martin, who wrote the books and is one of the show’s producers, said in a statement: “I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honored to continue to hear from readers — now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers — who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends.”
She continued: “I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”
Is there a trailer for The Baby-Sitters Club?
Yes, you can watch it below.