Kristy’s baseball mitt, Claudia’s stash of lollies and, of course, the see-through landline phone. It’s all there and it’s all the confirmation we need that The Baby-Sitters Club nostalgia is on its way.
That’s right mums (and daughters), the TV adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club books is arriving on screens 3 July 2020.
But Netflix has released its official trailer to give us all a sneak peek into the messy room of our childhoods.
The 39-second trailer gives us just a taste of what’s in store in the upcoming 10 x 30-minute episodes as the camera focuses on Claudia’s disaster of a room, panning out to the iconic phone and the five original club members (pre-Mallory and Jesse) ready to take a call.
Join the club
For those clueless to the world of Ann M. Martin, the books follow Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace) and members Mary Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) as they start a babysitting club.
Every novel is like a new episode with different trials and tribulations the gang must endure. You know – things like bad grades, boy trouble and babysitting dangers – things that mattered MORE than anything to our 12-year-old selves, especially in the 80s and early 90s when the books ruled the shelves.
Same girls, new century
The Netflix show is taking this idea and updating it to today’s day and age which means the girls may have mobile phones and social media accounts. The show also stars Alicia Silverstone as Kristy’s mum.
Showrunner Rachel Skukert told Entertainment Weekly that the girls will all be slightly different from the club members we remember from the books. Kristy, for example, was a sporty tomboy in the books but now she’s a girl boss.
“Just bringing them into modernity was really interesting, thinking about how we could tell these stories through a modern lens,” Rachel said.
Well, however they roll with the idea, I’m pretty friggin’ excited about it. I, like millions of 80s-born gals, loved these books. I worshipped them, absorbed them and spend countless weekends pretending to be them with my friends.
The thought of being able to introduce my own daughters to these characters is such a fun thought. So, come 3 July 2020, you’ll know where to find me – curled up on the couch with my two daughters, being transported back to Kristy’s Great Idea.