Caroline Goldstein
March 13, 2020 11:04 am

What the world needs now is escapism, sweet escapism. This is something we can always count on Netflix to deliver to us, personally, on a mattress-padded platter. But we’re really excited to slip blissfully back into the nostalgic world of The Baby-Sitters Club. Here’s some much-needed good news: Netflix just offered us a teaser of the upcoming reboot, which it first announced all the way back in February 2019.

Yesterday, March 12th, Netflix released the first photos of what the most ambitious pre-teens of the late ’80s-early ’90s would look like circa 2020, a time when we arguably need ambitious pre-teens more than ever. Turns out, they look pretty much the same. As usual, we are living for Claudia’s artsy outfits.

As a reminder, The Baby-Sitters Club comprises five core members: HBIC Kristy, bookish Mary-Anne, artsy Claudia, fashion-plate Stacey, and New Agey Dawn, to get really reductive about it. You might remember the young entrepreneurs best for their legendary fits, rendered in gentle pastels on each of Ann M. Martin’s several thousand (JK, it was 131) series installments, or in the 1995 movie. The girls mostly wore mom jeans, visible socks, fun prints, cheeky little pigtails, and oversized sweatshirts back in the ’80s and ’90s. So they’re basically wearing the same things now, because everything old is new again and time is an illusion.

Ready? Here’s your first peek at The Baby-Sitters Club, revamped for this strange new century:

Sophie Grace as Kristy Thomas

Jesse Austin, Netflix

Malia Baker as Mary-Anne Spier

Jesse Austin, Netflix

Momona Tamada as Claudia Kishi

Jesse Austin, Netflix

Shay Rudolph as Stacey McGill

Jesse Austin, Netflix

Xochitl Gomez as Dawn Shaefer

Jesse Austin, Netflix

Pretty true to the original vibe, right? Even the full cast photo looks like an exact replica of the series’ book covers. But there’s one very important difference between the original books and the new series: more diversity!

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According to Netflix, the spirit of the 10-episode reboot will remain true to both the original series and live-action film. (Albeit with the welcome addition of Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein, whom you may know better as Cher Horowitz and Josh the hot opthamologist from the Sex and the City episode “They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?” respectively.) Silverstone will play “Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all-around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Feuerstein,” according to Netflix.

The blurb also lists original author Ann M. Martin as a producer, Rachel Shukert (Glow) as showrunner, and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) as executive producer and director.

Netflix has yet to announce the dramedy’s premiere date. Regardless, this is an ideal time to go back and read all 100+ books, right?

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