The Baby-Sitters Club

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Books-inspired show is dated but still has merit for kids.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Strong examples of maturity, positive relationships, and self-confidence. The characters run a successful baby-sitting business through their own creative collaboration and attention to their customers' needs.

Positive Messages

There's always a useful lesson in the show's stories, usually reflecting relationships, self-esteem, or the importance of honest communication. The characters' differences make them stronger, both in their friendship and in the effectiveness of their baby-sitting business.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each of the tweens is special in his or her own way, and that allows them to relate well to their young charges and to run a strong business. They're creative, empathetic, and responsible, and when one is struggling with a problem, they all pitch in to help.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Boy-girl relationships are modest and age-appropriate. Couples hug and hold hands, but that's the extent of their closeness. Some girls flirt with boys to manipulate them or hurt peers' feelings, using their physical charms to turn heads.

Language
Consumerism

The show is based on a series of books of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Baby-Sitters Club centers on a group of mature, caring, organized tweens who run a successful business and always have each other's backs in work and play. The stories tread lightly on issues such as dating, peer pressure, and self-esteem, always with empowering messages about the bonds of friendship and personal strength. Based on books by Ann M. Martin, this early-'90s TV series shows its age in the characters' outfits and hair styles as well as some pretty cheesy acting, but that doesn't tarnish the quality content and kid-friendly lessons.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysusanna.zwerlin... March 4, 2014

THIS IS AWESOME!

Perfect for fans of "Liv & Maddie" looking for a slight change. My sister and I watch it every weekend. You don't need to have read the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCallie00 April 9, 2015

An Okay TV Show...Slightly Disappointed

I loved reading the Babysitters Club book series as a little kid. I still do! So when I found out about The Babysitters Club TV show, I was ecstatic. I liked i... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 18, 2014
yes, it's a bit cheesy, with the baby-sat kids being not good actors,but other than that, perfect for kids who need cheering up, or who are getting used to... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB, a group of friends runs a baby-sitting service in their hometown, divvying up assignments during their weekly club meetings and collaborating on ideas to better fulfill the needs of their young charges and their parent customers. When they're not running a successful business, the seven tweens attend middle school, balance extracurricular activities, and cope with the usual trials of preteen life, including relating to boys and coping with snooty social nemeses. But, through it all, they can always count on the support of their best friends to get them through the rough patches.

Is it any good?

This '90s-set series is a far cry from the glitzy tween-geared shows of today, and, although it's probably a hard sell for kids because of its, um, vintage feel, its wholesome messages are, in some ways, a welcome change from some of what's out there today. These tweens aren't interested in fashion trends, celebrities, or texting; theirs is a world of slumber parties, ice cream feasts, and making a difference in their community. What's more, they're not immune to the pull of the opposite sex, but, on the whole, their interest in boys is driven more by friendship than it is by more suggestive motivations.

There's always something to be discussed at the end of each Baby-Sitters Club episode, and kids would be hard-pressed to miss the great things the show has to say about the power of friendship and the beauty of individuality. Taken a bit farther, yours will see mature examples of basic business smarts in how the girls run their business, allocate funds, and relate to their customers, both big and small. This characters show a lot of examples of responsible caretaking and creative problem-solving, both in dealing with the kids in their charge and, more often, with each other's needs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this series stacks up to today's shows. Do the stories hold your attention? Can you relate to the characters' issues? How does it reflect the time in which it was made? Does its age make the messages any less powerful?

  • Kids: What are your biggest challenges in dealing with peers and friends? Are there any who cause you grief? To whom do you turn for support? Have you ever succumbed to peer pressure or hurt a friend's feelings? What did you do to right the wrong? 

  • These characters sell a solid service and run a competent business. How does their close friendship help in their business endeavors? How does each person's unique talents play a role in the club's success? Kids: Do you have ideas for a product or a service of your own? How would you market it?

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