A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Thoughtful series touches on issues relevant today: divorce, race relations, blended families. Stories show realistic conflict resolution, as problems aren't always easy to solve and often take group effort.
Positive Role Models
Heroes of this story are teen girls who fill a need in their community with entrepreneurial spirit, desire to help. They take pride in their work, take seriously the responsibilities it brings. Their joint business effort makes good use of their individual skills in finance, leadership, the arts. They concern themselves with being good role models for kids in their charge, sometimes even for parents they help. Babysitters are diverse in many ways -- family structure, ethnicity, socioeconomics, personality -- and they're united by their friendship and their loyalty to their cause. Multigenerational families and same-sex couples add to diversity of representations.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting among teens. Conversational references to topics like sketching nude models and art inspired by menstruation.
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No cursing, but phrases like "Oh my God" and "shut up" are common. Also insults like "stupid," "nerd," and "idiot."
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Inspired by book series of same name, this iteration is a reboot of a 1990s show as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Baby-Sitters Club is a reboot of the same-named 1990s show, both of which were inspired by the popular book series by Ann M. Martin, who serves as the show's producer. The series centers on a group of teen girls who run a successful business that incorporates their unique talents and their shared interest in caring for kids. Episodes deal with serious issues like divorce, gender identity, and racism, as well as accompanying strong emotions, but the friends always step up to help each other and to be positive role models for the kids in their charge. Expect mild language along the lines of "stupid," "nerd," "idiot," "butt," and "oh my God." Ultimately, though, what stands out in this series is the entrepreneurial spirit of five female friends with a passion for helping kids, loyalty to one another, and creative ideas for promoting their business model.
Is It Any Good?
Ann M. Martin's beloved book series comes to the screen once again in this engaging show with exceptional messages for girls especially. Into a TV climate that's often saturated with mean girls, divas, and drama emerges The Baby-Sitters Club, resplendent with culturally and ideologically diverse teen girls who prove that character strengths like compassion, loyalty, and a strong work ethic are every bit as enticing. In keeping with the books' style, each episode plays out from a different club member's perspective, which gives viewers a unique glimpse into her life experience. In this way, we learn that Claudia's sweet relationship with her grandmother helps her manage her rocky one with her parents, Kristy struggles with her mom's new romantic relationship, and Mary-Anne feels pressure to please her widower father. This creative format works well in a show that celebrates individuality and emphasizes the value of emotionally secure relationships.
Viewers see fairly quickly that The Baby-Sitters Club does not shy away from difficult and relevant issues, both in the teens' lives and in those of their young charges. Stories center on family matters like divorce, absentee parents, and difficult cross-generational relationships, as well as broader societal issues like transgenderism, homosexuality, and racial prejudice. Every problem is met with honest and thoughtful responses, and solutions often are realistically hard-fought. This updated series tweaks aspects of the books to encourage diversity and change some dated characterizations, but the prominent themes about problem-solving, friendship, and self-identity remain consistent and exceptional for viewers.
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