There are few things millennials love more than their childhoods. Growing up in the 80s and 90s were awesome, and we know it. And it seems, now that millennials are real adults with buying power, companies are tapping into that intense love of childhood nostalgia. That's why so many things millennials love have made resurgences in the last few years. Chances are, if you were a girl in the late 80s/90s, and you liked books, you read The Babysitter's Club. It was a cultural phenomenon, and still lives deep in the heart of its fans. And now, Netflix is bringing the Baby-Sitters Club back in a new series.
Yes, you're reading that correctly. The Babysitter's Club is coming back, thanks to Netflix. Fans of Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn may remember the original show from the early 90s. While that one is available on streaming services, this is BRAND NEW. Because it's about time that a new generation of young girls are introduced to the original boss babes.
And most importantly, the original author of the book series, Ann M. Martin is on board as a producer.
Excuse us while we go freak out a lot. Honestly, you'd be hard pressed to find a woman in her 30s who wasn't at least a little into The Babysitter's Club. It was the first time tween girls really had the space to be themselves. Each member of the club had distinct personalities, which made it easy for girls to see themselves.
And with over 200 books in the original series, there was space for a lot of insight and learning about things like friendship, family relationships, and how to stand up for yourself.
“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,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of Kids & Family at Netflix in a statement.
Since the original Babysitter's Club was very much a product of its time, it will be very interesting to see how they make it more contemporary. Claudia got to hold the meetings in her house because she had her own phone line, but now when most 13 year olds have their own cellphones, that's not an issue. And why would they all meet weekly when they probably spend all their time on group text? We're all very curious!
As of right now, the series has a 10 episode order. While there isn't yet information about which books will be covered in that order, it's safe to assume that the story will start at the beginning. Which means we may not get to see characters like Mallory, Jessi and Logan right away. But like most things with Netflix, if you watch enough, there's a chance they will create additional seasons.
Have we mentioned how excited we are?