The Baby-Sitters Club will be getting a new 10-part series for the streaming service. The live-action adaptation is based on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series that follows “the friendship and babysitting adventures of five best friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.” The series was previously adapted in 1990 for HBO.

Here’s what author Martin had to say on the news:

“I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I’m honored to continue to hear from readers — now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers — who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends. So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”

The series will be produced by Walden Media (best known for The Chronicles of Narnia film series) and producer Michael De Luca. Rachel Shukert (GLOW) will act as showrunner, while Lucia Aniello (Broad City) will direct.

President and CEO of Walden Media, Frank Smith, said the following:

“For generations, young people have been captivated and inspired by the enterprising young women of The Baby-Sitters Club. Bringing this iconic series to life comes at a pivotal moment in Walden’s expansion into scripted televised content.”

The goal is to “contemporize the storylines and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect modern-day issues” while still dealing with timeless issues like racism, divorce and a feeling of belonging.


Did you watch the original 1990s series on HBO or read the books? Will you and your family be watching when the series hits Netflix?