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‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Review: A Perfectly Pure Distillation of Ann M. Martin’s Book Series

‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Review: A Perfectly Pure Distillation of Ann M. Martin’s Book Series

You couldn’t be a young girl in the 1990s and not know of Ann M. Martin’s “The Baby-Sitters Club.” Inspired by Martin’s entrepreneurial group of tweens, my friends and I regularly attempted to organize a baby-sitting club, before we realized we’d actually have to watch other people’s children, and I came to the sad realization that babysitters with disabilities aren’t exactly in demand. When the feature film debuted in 1995, it was a success — more so for fans of the novels than commercially — but television has been slow to embrace the series outside of a one-season wonder in 1990.

The Baby-Sitters Club” could have easily sailed on the nostalgia of a generation past but series creator Rachel Shukert skillfully brings together the old and the new. The basic tenets are still there: Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace) starts the club, referred to from here on out as “the Bsc,

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