Long before they were trying to decide who was a Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, or Samantha in a friend group, many women of a certain age labeled themselves as Kristys, Dawns, Mary Annes, Staceys, or Claudias—all thanks to the massively popular The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin, the first of which was published in 1986. The books follow the lives of a group of young friends who start a baby-sitting service and all the ups and downs of their lives and business.
So today is a very happy day for fans of the novels as Netflix has just announced that it is turning them into a series starring Alicia Silverstone. With over 200 books currently in publication, the streaming platform will certainly not lack for source material for storylines.
No word yet how—if at all—this new series will nod to the 1995 film version of The Baby-Sitters Club, which starred Rachael Leigh Cook, Schuyler Fisk, Larisa Oleynik, Bre Blair, Stacy Linn Ramsower, Zelda Harris, and Tricia Joe in the lead roles.
While we don’t have a ton of details yet, here’s everything we know so far.
1. The release date. Netflix hasn’t announced the streaming date, but according to a press release the service has ordered 10 episodes.
2. The location. Just like the books, the show will take place in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.
3. The cast. The actors playing Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer have not been announced. However, we do know that Alicia Silverstone will play Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the mother of Kristy Thomas, and Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein will play her love interest, Watson Brewer.