Now, I have no emotional or nostalgic type tie to this series. I definitely was not the target age when the original film first came out in 1995 nor did I read any of the uber popular book series. So you could say I was a clean slate coming in. No preconceived notions or expectations.
Basically the premise is that five teenagers get together to form a babysitting service for parents in their town. They dub their new business the Baby-Sitters Club.
Kristy (Sophie Grace – from television’s Terror in the Woods), who is a bossy young girl, realizes there is money to be made when she sees how futile her mom’s (Alicia Silverstone – Clueless, Batman & Robin) search for a babysitter is. So, she comes up with the idea of starting her own babysitting business and gets her friends Mary Anne (Malia Baker – appeared in episodes of The Flash and A Million Little Things), Claudia (Momona Tamada – appeared in episodes of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You) and Stacey (Shay Rudolph – from television’s Lethal Weapon) to make up her workforce. The decide to call themselves The Baby-Sitters Club.
Everything goes pretty well with the new business as word gets around and parents begin calling. But there is some tension amongst the girls. That tension goes up several notches when Mary Anne decides to invite the new girl in town, Dawn (Xochiti Gomez – appeared in episodes of Raven’s Home), into the club. This puts Kristy’s nose out of joint. She and Dawn do not get along. Kristy is already out of sorts because her mother has told her that she and her boyfriend Watson (Mark Feuerstein – In Her Shoes, What Women Want) are getting married. Kristy does not like Watson. So nothing seems to be going right for her.
Plenty of pressure came along with the redux of this. The attempt to modernize it while retaining the original feel and tone of the books/film. These characters are regarded as iconic to some out there. Kudos to the young actresses and the show creators/producers/directors as they get fairly close to the spirit of the original BSC while adding in some modern twists.
Perfect series to binge for moms and young girls!