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.