The Baby-Sitters Club is going out of business. The family comedy-drama series based on Ann M. Martin’s blockbuster novels will not be renewed by Netflix for a third season. The sitcom, which follows seven friends-Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, Jessi, and Mallory-as they start their own babysitting service in Stoneybrook, CT, is still one of the best-reviewed shows on television, with both seasons rating 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series has not been able to draw a large audience; the eight-episode Season 2, which premiered on October 11, failed to crack Nielsen’s Top 10 weekly streaming rankings and only ranked No. 9 on Netflix for one week.
The Baby-Sitters Club starred Sophie Grace as Kristy, Momona Tamada as Claudia, Shay Rudolph as Stacey, Malia Baker as Mary Anne, Xochitl Gomez (replaced by Kyndra Sanchez in Season 2) as Dawn, Anais Lee as Jessi, and Vivian Watson as Mallory, as well as Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein.
It was created by Rachel Shukert, who also served as showrunner. “I’ve wanted to be a part of Ann M. Martin’s world since I was seven years old, and for two incredible seasons, I was able to do so.” In a statement, Shukert remarked, “It was a dream come true.”
“Although I’m sad not to be returning to Stoneybrook for another 20 seasons, I’m so proud of the fantastic show our incredible cast and crew created, and how it offered joy and comfort to so many people at a time when they needed it most.”
Thank you to Walden Media and Netflix for allowing us to bring Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, Jessi, and Mallory to a new generation of fans who, I am confident, will adore them as much as we do for years to come.”
Michael De Luca, Lucy Kitada, and Walden Media’s Frank Smith, Naia Cucukov, and Ben Forrer, Shukert, and Lucia Aniello executive produced the series for Walden Media. Smith stated in a statement, “We are immensely thankful for Netflix’s vision and assistance in bringing the world of The Babysitters Club to life.”
“While we are disappointed that the series has come to an end, we look forward to future opportunities to introduce new audiences to Ann M Martin’s acclaimed work.”