Dig out your Tamagotchi, grab some shag bands, and learn the Carlton Dance — we’re getting a serious blast from the past as Netflix moves ahead with its 21st Century reboot of The Baby-Sitters Club. As the streaming giant unveils the first details of its upcoming series, we now know who’ll be leading the revival.
Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club book series ran from 1986 and 2000 and sold over 176 million copies. Up there with Goosebumps, you’d struggle to find a ’90s kid who hadn’t at least heard of The Baby-Sitters Club.
Set in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut, the books focus on five best friends — Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Dawn, and Stacey — as they try to make a quick buck. Kirsty spawned the idea that parents could call a single number and be connected to a whole group of babysitters.
Alicia Silverstone has joined the show but won’t be playing one of the lead babysitters. Instead, the 42-year-old is starring as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer — the mother of Kristy. Elsewhere, The West Wing‘s Mark Feuerstein is playing Silverstone’s love interest, Watson Brewer.
The queen of teen movies, Silverstone is remembered for roles in the likes of Batman & Robin and playing herself in Tropic Thunder, however, she really put her name on the map as Cher Horowitz in Amy Heckerling’s Clueless.
In today’s climate of female-first movies and TV shows, it’s no surprise The Baby-Sitters Club has some impressive female talent behind it. Glow‘s Rachel Shukert will serve as showrunner, while Broad City‘s Lucia Aniello will direct.
Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family content at Netflix said: “The themes of The Baby-Sitters Club still resonate 30 years after the original book series was released, and there has never been a more opportune time to tell an aspirational story about empowering young female entrepreneurs.
“Together with Ann M. Martin and the team at Walden Media, our ambition is to contemporize [sic] the storylines and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect modern-day issues.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen The Baby-Sitters Club on our screens. As well as 13-part series for HBO in 1990, there was a feature film in 1995. Netflix’s adaptation has been ordered for a pilot season of 10 episodes. Considering there were over 200 Baby-Sitters Club books, there’s plenty of source material to pull from.
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