Parents' Guide to

The Baby-Sitters Club (2020)

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tween-friendly books-based reboot celebrates friendship.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 8+

Great update on a classic

I loved this remake and so did my 8 year old. I’m a little surprised about the reviews opining that the topics addressed are not for children. It’s not a show for very young kids (mostly because they just wouldn’t get anything out of the show), but I thought it was very appropriate for kids 8 and up. I think it’s so great that 2 of the original characters, Mary Anne and Dawn, were cast with girls of color. I loved that the show normalizes transgendered people, blended families, feeling shy, Activism, diabetes, struggling with grades, so many important life things. For those of you who are shying away from these issues, I would point out this show could be a starting point to discussing issues with your kids BEFORE peers, other adults, or other media does it and you will be able to guide the conversation. Anyways I thought this was very thoughtfully done.

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Great messages
Great role models
8 people found this helpful.
age 8+

Wonderful, intelligent, intersectional, and pretty much perfect

I'm watching this with my 8.5 year old daughter and 11 year old son. The 11 year old acted like he thought it was dumb, but stayed in the room, smiling and commenting the while time, so I know he actually liked it. I can't believe how refreshing it is to see a show for kids that's so intelligent and thoughtful, and reflects families like ours. I loved all the different types of families shown: traditional mom & dad, single parents, widowed parents, same-sex couples, families with lots of money, families who are making it work on a budget. The girls are so well acted and written. They have unique personalities, they make mistakes, they deal with difficult friendships and work through real issues. The boys in the show are well written too, not just one-note crushes or doofuses. The episode where Mary Anne advocates for a young trans girl she is caring for had me sobbing. It was such an honest and forthright portrayal of how to do what's right for someone you care about. One of my stepchildren is trans, and it meant so much to my kids to see our family reflected that way, and it really moved me to see a mainstream show take on gender issues with no drama.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
7 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (107 ):

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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