Calling all parents, middle schoolers, and 90’s kids, your summer streaming is about to get a whole lot better thanks to Netflix’s newest original series, The Baby-Sitters Club.
The new show, starring 90’s TV favorite, Alicia Silverstone, is based on the beloved book series by Ann M. Martin, which was a collection of novels published between 1986 and 2000.
Netflix dropped the trailer for the new series on Monday, and it gave an exciting glimpse into the nostalgia, humor, and wholesome family entertainment that’s coming our way next month.
The new modern-day adaptation follows the friendship and adventures of middle schoolers, Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph) and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez)— five seventh-grade girls who start a babysitting business in their small town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
The trailer takes viewers down memory lane, as Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn run around town recruiting parents to hire them as they form the iconic “Baby-Sitters Club.” We get a glimpse of each girl’s diverse personality, interests and some of the hurdles that come with growing up.
Fans of the 90’s sitcom and 1995 film are also treated to several Easter eggs from the original series throughout the trailer, including the gang’s retro clear landline phone, which Claudia bought from a vintage Etsy shop.
The series’ original creator, Ann M. Martin, who is now a producer on the new show, says she hopes the new series will empower the next generation.
“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,” Martin said in a statement. “So I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”
Melissa Cobb, the vice president of Kids and Family at Netflix, says she’s equally excited to share the relevant themes of the original novels with young viewers in 2020.
“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,” Cobb said in a statement. “Together with Ann M. Martin and the team at Walden Media, our ambition is to contemporize the storylines and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect modern-day issues.”
Grab your scrunchies and your gal-pals, The Baby-Sitters Club hits Netflix on July 3.