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Series / The Baby-Sitters Club (1990)

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The Baby-Sitters Club is a television adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club book series. The series ran for one season and consists of thirteen episodes.

The show is about a group of middle school girls who run a babysitting service.

This series provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Dawn. Obviously, she's not the nicest of girls in the book, but here she's portrayed as more stubborn and argumentative.
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  • Animal Wrongs Group: One episode had Dawn becoming upset by a building contractor who was going to clear out a forest for new construction and even confronted the group at a hearing. Fair enough, but she also decided to angrily break a date with the contractor's son and actively avoids him in spite of him not being involved whatsoever with the project.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: One episode had the girls' reputation take a hit because they were seemingly telling intimate/embarrassing secrets about their charges. Turns out, they didn't and no one else overheard these secrets; a friend of the children was the one innocuously repeating the facts, and the boy, who was hearing impaired, learned the secrets by reading their lips instead.
  • Cool Old Lady: Claudia's belated grandmother, who taught the girls how a Japanese tea ceremony goes and was a kindred spirit with her granddaughter.
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  • Edutainment Show: The show teaches moral lessons to children.
  • Malicious Misnaming: One episode had a rival of Kristy's repeatedly call her "Crystal", in spite of her angrily trying to correct him.
  • The Show of the Books: The series adapts the children's book series The Baby-Sitters Club.
  • Slumber Party: The final episode consists of the girls sharing memories at a sleepover.
  • Pie in the Face: An episode has Mary Ann do this to the obnoxious ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend, Logan. She had been harassing her all episode long and this finally came about while at a carnival where she was to (jokingly) pie Kristy in the face for a game the latter was participating in when the ex bragged, "Hey, Mary Ann. I never told you about what a good kisser Logan was."
  • Puppy Love: More than one episode revolves around the 12- and 13-year-old protagonists having crushes on boys.
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  • Shout-Out: The Valentines Day episode ends with a huge dance where the background music is an instrumental of "Never Gonna Give You Up".
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In the Christmas Episode, Stacey decides to "cut loose" and indulge in more holiday treats than usual. Problem is, she's an insulin-dependent diabetic and while a rare treat can be harmless (especially if your sugar count is low), you can't overdo it. Needless to say, the poor girl ends up hospitalized on Christmas Day.
    • Another episode had Logan and his friends bond with the girls' charges to the point where they come to prefer them to the girls due to being more fun-loving and not disciplining them like they do. While they obviously got along with the kids, they soon realize how ill-equipped they are to actually sit for them, easily getting overwhelmed they go to an arcade center for the day.