The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix - Review

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I think as a little girl I read every book in The Baby-Sitters Club series.  Maybe it was a name thing, but Kristy was the coolest girl in kids books at the time!  And proving that these stories stand the test of time, now that I'm 36, I still couldn't contain my excitement about the release of the new Netflix series, The Baby-Sitters Club.

Review of The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix

The Baby-Sitters Club is a delightfully modern spin on these popular books.  Our 21st century ladies create the Baby-Sitters Club after seeing the frustration Kristy's mom has finding a sitter online, over the phone, and in person.  The show combines some classic nods, like the girls having a landline phone ("Are you sure this thing actually works??") to handing out flyers with more modern references like Google Docs and having a social media presence.  There's also a little 90s nostalgia that you can appreciate with Alicia Silverstone playing Kristy's mom.  During the first episode, Kristy narrates, "My mom may have weird taste in men, but when it comes to life, I guess she's not totally clueless."  Get it?  Clueless!  How awesome was that little reference.

The Baby-Sitters Club - Image from Netflix

Outside of the nostalgia that is brought with The Baby-Sitters Club, you'll also find the movie full of modern day life lessons and tackling important topics for tweens and teens.  In just the first few episodes, you'll see the girls grappling with lies, forgiveness, dating, activism, and much more.  Kristy's mom reminds us, "You are not perfect sweetie and neither are any of the people that love you."  Now that's a really important message for our kids to hear. 

Overall, I enjoyed watching the series and remembering my childhood.  I think young girls will fall in love with the characters and be able to relate to each of them as they learn to navigate the middle school years.  There is nothing in the series that would stop me from recommending it to elementary school aged kids and up, but I feel the "sweet spot" age group for this is late elementary and middle school.  

About The Baby-Sitters Club (From Netflix)

Netflix’s new series THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB is based on the best-selling book series, that follows 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) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business  in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Rounding out the cast, Alicia Silverstone plays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Mark Feuerstein. Ann M. Martin, the beloved series author and producer on the new series, was the first to conceive the idea of these inspiring young girls with different backgrounds, personalities and opinions that were brought together by a business venture they conceived and bonded through the friendships they forged. The adaptation of the contemporary dramedy that continues to champion friendship, female empowerment and entrepreneurship was led by Rachel Shukert (Glow) as showrunner and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) as executive producer and director.

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