The Baby-Sitters Club had previously been adapted as a 1995 movie
The Baby-Sitters Club had previously been adapted as a 1995 movie

Netflix is rebooting a ’90s favourite

ARE you ready to flash back to a time of scrunchies, denim overalls and precocious kids acting way beyond their age?

The latest childhood favourite to get the reboot treatment is The Baby-Sitters Club, which is coming back as a 10-episode series on Netflix.

The books were a staple for kids growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, following the adventures of a group of young teen girls running their own babysitting service in a Connecticut town.

The new series will be centre on the same characters - Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn - in a modern-day update.

Apparently 2019 parents still trust 13-year-olds to look after their kids? Sure.

The books were created by Ann M. Martin and were originally printed from 1986 to 2000, numbering more than 300 books, plus spin-off series like the Little Sister books. The books reportedly sold over 175 million copies.

 

The Babysitters Club books sold over 175 million copies in their time
The Babysitters Club books sold over 175 million copies in their time

The titles had already been adapted into a short-lived series in 1990, before a 1995 feature film which starred Larisa Oleynik, Rachael Leigh Cook and Austin O'Brien.

Martin said in a statement, according to Vice: "I'm amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years.

"I'm honoured 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."

Netflix said it sees The Baby-Sitters Club as an opportunity to tell an "aspirational story about empowering young female entrepreneurs".

The Baby-Sitters Club follows other recent nostalgia-tinged reboots or revivals of youth titles including Full House, Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Roswell and a Nancy Drew series currently in the works.

Now, if someone could get cracking on that reboot of Sweet Valley High, that would be swell.

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