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REVIEW: The Baby-Sitters Club Season 2 Continues Its Wholesome Depictions Of Young Women In Charge

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The Baby-Sitters Club was originally a massive book series that ran from 1986 to the 2000s. The

series came from Ann M. Martin and saw adaptations as a series in 1990 and a movie in 1995.

The new Netflix adaptation brings the stories of multiple young, pre-teen girls into the modern

era, with updates to the stories and characters. While the series may seem like a ‘kiddy show’,

those that give it a chance will realize the brilliance behind its understated themes and

portrayals. Check out our review of season 2 of The Baby-Sitters Club, now on Netflix.

...a highly intelligent show that deals with topics every young woman and their parents should experience

The Baby-Sitters Club Season 2 Continues The Story

Season 1 of The Baby-Sitters Club introduced audiences to a group of entrepreneurial young

women who decided to start a local childcare business. The story followed the characters, and

their lives as they learn, grow, maintain and make new relationships as they try to navigate one

of the more formative years of their childhood. We met Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace) who

comes up with the idea of a club for young girls offering their babysitting services to local

neighborhood parents. Through season 1, Kristy has to learn to relax her Type A personality

and trust those around her to support her. She also has to deal with her mom’s (Alicia

Silverstone) relationship with a new man, and how that impacts her own family, and her issues

with her father.

The ensemble cast also includes Claudia (Momona Tamada) whose focus is her relationship

with her Japanese grandmother, Mary Anne (Malia Baker) who has a restrictive father that

treats her like a child, and Stacey (Shay Rudolph) whose medical condition is something she

has to constantly manage. The season also introduced new characters like Dawn (Kyndra

Sanchez), Jessi (Anais Lee) and Mallory (Vivian Watson). Season 2 of The Baby-Sitters Club

deals with all these characters and their evolving relationships, not to mention their dynamics

with one another.

The Themes Of The Baby-Sitters Club Are Amazing

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While the show is absolutely for young women, it can be enjoyed by all. There are no cringey, ‘kiddy’ moments and no cliched teen drama. The writers take the subject matter seriously, and treat their audience with respect and don’t dumb down the plot points to pander to any one demographic. The result is a highly intelligent show that deals with topics every young woman and their parents should experience. The unpredictable and unspoken feelings of young girls, their trauma and difficulties in growing up, are perfectly captured by the series.

Season 2 of The Baby-Sitters Club focuses on many other storylines like joint families, parental

pressure, responsibilities and even death. And they do so in a mature but simple way that’s

very emotional and endearing.

The series is a must-watch for audiences of all ages, but especially parents. The best stories

are usually the ones that allow the viewer to learn and grow with the characters. The stories are

relatable and the performances really have a lot of impact in telling those stories. And in that

sense, The Baby-Sitters Club is very universal and accessible to all ages.

Both seasons of The Baby-Sitters Club are now streaming on Netflix. Let us know if you were an original Baby-Sitters Club fan, or if you’re a newcomer to the franchise.