Netflix Has Dropped the Teen Drama the Baby-Sitters Club After Season 2

Netflix has dropped the teen drama The Baby-Sitters Club after two seasons. Deadline learned exclusively that the digital network had decided not to order the show for a third season. Five months have passed since the second season of the program was released before this announcement.

The Netflix series chronicled the exploits and lives of two middle school friends as they launch a babysitting service in their Connecticut hometown of Stoneybrook. The Baby-Sitters Club was adapted for television by Rachel Shukert and is based on the enduringly well-liked books of the same name by Ann M. Martin.

Martin’s books were well-liked and perennial bestsellers, selling 176 million copies, and the TV show received an excellent 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for both seasons; unfortunately, these factors did not translate into a sizable audience for the program. The Baby-Sitters Club’s second season failed to secure a spot on Nielsen’s Top 10 weekly streaming rankings, only making an appearance for one week at No. 9 in the Netflix Top 10.

Unfortunately, The Baby-Sitters Club joined a long list of fan favorites that were canceled after two seasons due to Netflix’s purported “viewership versus cost” renewal evaluation process, including Sense 8, Altered Carbon, Another Life, The OA, American Vandal, and Gentefied.

“I have wanted to be a part of the world Ann M. Martin created since I was 7 years old, and for two amazing seasons I actually got to be. It was a dream come true.

Although I am heartbroken not to be returning to Stoneybrook for 20 more seasons, I am so proud of the incredible show our amazing cast and crew created and the way it brought joy and comfort to so many when they needed it most. Thank you to Walden Media and to Netflix for giving us the opportunity to introduce Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, Jessi, and Mallory to a new generation of fans who I know will love them as much as we do for years to come.”

 

The Baby-Sitters Club received praise during its run for its audacious and realistic storytelling style, adherence to the original material, in-depth characterization, and diverse cast and storylines. The cast of the show was especially praised for their talent and outstanding performances.

In addition to Sophie Grace as Kristy Thomas, the club’s outspoken president, Momona Tamada as Claudia Kishi, the artistic vice president, Shay Rudolph as Stacey McGill, Malia Baker as Mary Anne Spier, and Xochitl Gomez (seasons 1 and 2) as Dawn Schafer, the club’s alternate officer, the show also features Vivian Watson and Anais Lee as Mallory Pike and Jessi Ramsey in its second season.

Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer and Watson Brewer, respectively, were joined by Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein to make up the core cast. Along with Shukert, Lucy Kitada, Lucia Aniello, Frank Smith, Naia Cucukov, and Ben Forrer of Walden Media, Michael De Luca produced the program.

However, Walden Media, who produced the show, has announced they will search for further possibilities to share The Babysitters Club with new audiences, so all may not be lost for fans of the source material. In a statement, Walden Media’s Smith praised Netflix for helping make the show possible, expressed grief that it was coming to an end, and remained upbeat about the future.

The Baby-Sitters Club’s first and second seasons are also available to stream right now on Netflix.

 

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