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The Baby-Sitters Club
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Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Rachel Shukert
Starring
  • Sophie Grace
  • Momona Tamada
  • Shay Rudolph
  • Malia Baker
  • Alicia Silverstone
  • Mark Feuerstein
  • Xochitl Gomez
  • Kyndra Sanchez


Music by Jesse Novak
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rachel Shukert
  • Lucia Aniello
  • Michael De Luca
  • Lucy Kitada
  • Frank Smith
  • Naia Cucukov
  • Benjamin Forrer
Producer(s)
  • Meg Schave
  • Ann M. Martin
  • Lyle Friedman
  • Ashley Glazier
Cinematography Adam Silver
Editor(s)
  • Joseph Ettinger
  • Jamie Gross
  • Janet Weinberg
Running time 22–27 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Terrible Baby Productions
  • Paulilu
  • Michael De Luca Productions
  • Walden Media
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03) – present (present)

The Baby-Sitters Club is an American comedy-drama streaming television series created by Rachel Shukert, based on the children's novel series of the same name by Ann M. Martin. It was released on Netflix on July 3, 2020. In October 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.

Plot

The series follows the friendship and adventures of five middle-schoolers as they start a babysitting business in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Sophie Grace as Kristy Thomas, the president of the club who frequently calls out social injustices and is very vocal about women's rights.
  • Momona Tamada as Claudia Kishi, the popular vice president of the club who has a passion for any type of art. She is Japanese American, but never learned to speak Japanese.
  • Shay Rudolph as Stacey McGill, the treasurer of the club who is from Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is diabetic.
  • Malia Baker as Mary Anne Spier, the shy secretary of the club and Kristy's best friend. She is portrayed as biracial in the 2020 series. She lost her mother when she was 18 months old and has a very overprotective father.
  • Alicia Silverstone as Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, Kristy's mother.
  • Mark Feuerstein as Watson Brewer, Elizabeth's wealthy fiancé and later husband.
  • Xochitl Gomez (season 1) and Kyndra Sanchez (season 2) as Dawn Schafer, Mary Anne's new friend who recently moved to Stoneybrook from Los Angeles and the alternate officer of the club. She is Hispanic- American and her mother used to go to school with Mary Anne's father, Richard Spier.

Recurring

  • Takayo Fischer as Mimi Yamamoto, Claudia's maternal grandmother who falls sick in Claudia and Mean Janine.
  • Aya Furukawa as Janine Kishi, the smart, aloof, older sister of Claudia who does have a soft side.
  • Marc Evan Jackson as Richard Spier, Mary Anne's overprotective father who rekindles his relationship with Sharon Porter.
  • Benjamin Goas as David Michael Thomas, Kristy's youngest brother.
  • Dylan Kingwell as Sam Thomas, Kristy's older brother and Stacey's crush.
  • Sebastian Billingsley-Rodriguez as Andrew Brewer, Watson's son.
  • Sophia Reid-Gantzert as Karen Brewer, Watson's outspoken, 'strange' daughter.
  • Rian McCririck as Logan Bruno, Mary Anne's love interest.
  • Jessica Elaina Eason as Sharon Porter, Dawn's free-spirited mother who develops a relationship with Richard Spier.

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 "Kristy's Great Idea" Lucia Aniello Rachel Shukert July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Kristy realizes the potential profit in babysitting agencies when her mother Elizabeth is unable to find a sitter, so she decides to form a club including herself, best friend Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey. Elizabeth announces that she will marry her long-term boyfriend Watson, which causes Kristy to express her unhappiness. When Watson calls the Baby-Sitters Club asking them to look after his children, Mary Anne agrees to do it since Kristy refuses. Stacey says that she cannot do it since she will be in New York with her parents for a last-minute trip. Kristy however, later sees her in town and realizes that Stacey has lied, but keeps it to herself. Watson recommends the club to his friends and they receive a surge of babysitting jobs.
2 "Claudia and the Phantom Caller" Lucia Aniello Rachel Shukert July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Claudia gets asked to a school dance by classmate and crush, Trevor. Claudia's parents learn that she is failing in algebra, and her older sister Janine informs them of the dance she wishes to attend. She suggests that Claudia only be allowed to attend if she passes her upcoming algebra exam. When she fails, Stacey suggests she take her passed test and claim that it's hers. Claudia initially goes along with the idea in order to see Trevor at the dance, but she later tells her parents the truth and is not allowed to go. Mary Anne's father is angry when she returns home from babysitting twenty minutes late, and he swaps her smartphone for an older model. Kristy expresses disapproval of his overprotective treatment to Mary Anne, who makes a jab about Kristy's absent father. While at the dance, Stacey learns of a rival agency of older girls that are stealing the club's clients.
3 "The Truth about Stacey" Andrew DeYoung Joanna Calo July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
The Baby-Sitters Club encounters a rival group, The Baby-Sitters Agency, made up of older teenagers who have no curfews and can drive themselves. Due to these advantages, the BSC slowly begins to lose clients to the Agency. Meanwhile, Stacey is revealed to have type 1 diabetes and has an insulin pump. Due to insecurity, she keeps it a secret from the girls. Soon, the Agency shows their immaturity when Stacey catches one of their assigned kids playing in the street, as his uninterested sitter is with her boyfriend. Stacey, recognizing the danger of such carelessness, calls the child's mother to report the incident. The Baby-Sitters Agency retaliates by sending a video of Stacey (while she was living in New York) having a diabetic seizure, to the BSC's clients. Stacey is forced to admit her condition to the girls, who are sympathetic. They contact all their clients for a sit-down meeting and Stacey explains her situation to them. After being assured that Stacey has her condition properly managed, the parents decide that they prefer the mature and educational technique of the Baby-Sitters Club compared to the laziness of the Baby-Sitters Agency. Thus, their club business is revived once again.
4 "Mary Anne Saves The Day" Lucia Aniello Lyle Friedman July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
The club gets a call from a client who asks Mary Anne to babysit their child, Bailey. A timid Mary Anne agrees to the job, despite the rule that requests for specific sitters is against club guidelines. Her passive nature makes the club members frustrated with her. Returning home, Mary Anne vents to her father about how the girls supposedly think badly of her. The next day, Mary Anne learns her father called the other girls' parents for allegedly bullying her, and they're all grounded. Shunned by the other BSC members, Mary Anne sits alone at lunch and is approached by new girl Dawn, where they bond. Meanwhile, while babysitting Bailey, Mary Anne learns Bailey is transgender. On a social outing with Dawn and her mother, Mary Anne becomes overwhelmed and runs away and Dawn comforts her. During a second babysitting gig, Bailey becomes sick and Mary Anne takes her to the hospital. At the hospital, Bailey becomes upset when the medical staff misgender her. Mary Anne confronts them about their mistake. Mary Anne's father oversees, realizing her maturity. The club members hear the news, and they reconcile. Mary Anne invites Dawn and her mother for Thanksgiving, where it is revealed that Dawn's mother and Mary Anne's father were high school sweethearts.
5 "Dawn and the Impossible Three" Heather Jack Rheeqrheeq Chainey July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Mary Anne brings Dawn to a club meeting, where Kristy reluctantly agrees to make her a member if she can deal with the difficult Barrett family. Richard invites Sharon for dinner, where he allows Mary Anne to make tweaks to her bedroom. However, he's angry to learn they are changing the room completely, since his late wife had originally decorated it. Dawn struggles with the Barrett family when Natalie, a newly divorced mom, begins to take advantage of her services. She asks Kristy for advice, who tells her to be sterner. When one of the kids goes missing while on the job, a panicked Dawn calls Kristy, who runs over as the police are called. The girls learn that the boy's father had picked him up for his routine swimming lesson, and they realize Natalie forgot to inform them. An upset Kristy confides in Dawn that her father left and has not talked to her in over a year. After this, Dawn is made an official BSC member and her mother tells off Natalie for being irresponsible.
6 "Claudia and Mean Janine" Linda Mendoza Jade Chang July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Claudia and Dawn redecorate Mary Anne's room. Mary Anne claims she likes it but secretly doesn't. She finally tells them the room does not feel right, and after some thinking, they decide to re-hang a caricature of Mary Anne's mother. While playing a game with Janine and Mimi, Claudia gets into an argument with Janine about her lack of compassion. Stressed from the argument, Mimi leaves the room and suffers a mild stroke. She is taken to the hospital, where she wakes up speaking about her experiences in Manzanar, a detention camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Claudia is upset that Janine can communicate with Mimi in Japanese, while she cannot; however, the experience brings the sisters closer. At an art fair, Claudia is told by an industry professional that her art should mean something to her, so she decides to draw Mimi as a young girl in Manzanar. The club receives a call requesting a week-long babysitting gig.
7 "Boy-Crazy Stacey" Linda Mendoza Dan Robert & Lisha Brooks July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
During spring break, Stacey and Mary Anne go out of town for a week-long babysitting job. While Stacey is babysitting on the beach, she forms a crush on an older lifeguard, leaving Mary Anne to handle the kids herself. Mary Anne warns her that he is too old for her, but she continues to chase after him. Stacey is upset to learn he has a girlfriend, but realizes that she was being delusional. She apologizes to Mary Anne and makes matching t-shirts for the pair of them as an apology. Watson asks Kristy to babysit his children while he is out of town with Elizabeth, to which she agrees. When his car gets damaged during a car wash-gone-wrong, she tries to pay for it to be repaired. Watson learns of the damage, but reassures Kristy that it is fine.
8 "Kristy's Big Day" Kimmy Gatewood Rachel Shukert July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
The club discuss their plans to attend summer camp together, with the exception of Claudia who will be attending art camp. Claudia later decides to postpone art camp so that she can be with the club over the summer. Kristy is shocked by the lavish lifestyle that Watson is exposing her family to, including buying her brother a new BMW (which her mom reluctantly permits), an expensive wedding and moving the family into a much larger house. Kristy tries on her dress for the wedding, but is uncomfortable with it. Watson reassures Kristy that it can be changed to suit her liking, buying her a new dress. Upon learning the original dress cost $800, Elizabeth accuses Kristy of being spoiled, to which Kristy claims she did not want her mother to get married at all. While at the afterparty, Kristy gets her first period and hides in the bathroom. All of the club members support her as she copes with her life's new changes. Elizabeth and Kristy apologize to each other and reconcile just before she leaves for her honeymoon.
9 "Hello, Camp Moosehead! Part 1" Luke Matheny Joanna Calo July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Arriving at Camp Moosehead, the girls are disgruntled to learn they will not be in the same cabin together as requested. Mary Anne befriends Laine, who shares her interest in Broadway shows, and they decide to put on a production at the camp. Stacey later reveals that Laine is her former friend from New York who betrayed her when the online video of her was posted. Stacey is given the lead role in the production as Mary Anne runs into crush Logan, who is Stacey's co-star. Claudia and Dawn realize that some kids at the camp are unable to pay expensive prices to partake in fun art activities, so they run their own unauthorized art class. However, their efforts are cut short by the camp leaders, resulting in Claudia being taken to her cabin as punishment. Kristy is scolded when she repeatedly tries to take charge of the younger camp kids as a counselor, unable to relax when being refused to be taken seriously.
10 "Hello, Camp Moosehead! Part 2" Luke Matheny Lucia Aniello & Ariel Karlin July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Stacey gets rashes from poison ivy, as well as Laine. While stuck in the medical room together, the pair reconcile their friendship. Mary Anne fills in for Stacey in the show and eventually, shares a kiss with Logan. Kristy notices that Karen has gone missing, soon finding her at a bus stop trying to go home. Karen confides in Kristy that she feels too weird to make friends, but Kristy reassures her camp will be fun. In order to get justice for kids who cannot afford expensive activities, Dawn and Claudia enlist campers to protest the unfair arrangements. This causes tension between Dawn and Mary Anne, due to the protest causing problems for her hard-worked play, but the girls make up. When the camp leader threatens to send them home, the BSC explains the unnoticed issues with the camp; such as no one but Kristy noticing Karen had gone missing. Finally being listened to, they are made Counselors-in-Training.
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