For many young book worms, The Baby-Sitters Club was a must read at a certain age. Several generations of young girls have come of age reading and loving the series by Ann M. Martin.
In 1995, the books were made into a movie. The cast of then up and coming actresses included Larisa Oleynik as hippie Dawn, Rachael Leigh Cook as shy Mary Anne and Schuyler Fisk as tomboy Kristy. The premise of the movie is that while the girls are running a summer camp for the kids in the neighborhood, they are dealing with the growing pains that comes with early adolescence.
While some adult critics at the time might have dismissed the film, fans of the books (myself included) love it. Unlike other movies that are based on novels, The Baby-Sitters Club was true to its source material in narrative, character development and casting.
Do I recommend it? Yes
I maybe showing my age with this post, but I am feeling a bit nostalgic lately. Today’s post is about a couple of Nickelodeon television shows that I think still hold up after 20+ years.
Salute Your Shorts (1991)
Salute Your Shorts was a short lived television series in the early 1990’s about a group of campers who are trying to make trouble for and outwit the sometimes less than bright camp counselor, Kevin “Ug” Lee (Kirk Bailey).
The campers included hippie ZZ Ziff (Megan Berwick), tomboy Telly Radford (Venus DeMilo), trouble maker Bobby Budnick (Danny Cooksey) and nerdy Sponge Harris (Trevor Eyster).
Was it the best show on television at time? No. But for a young audience, it was great television.
The Secret World Of Alex Mack (1994)
Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik) is an ordinary teenage girl. Then she is drenched in a chemical that gives her powers. The problem is that there are certain people who wish to find her and see for themselves what she can do. Only her best friend, Ray (Darris Love) and her sister Annie (Meredith Bishop) know her secret.
It was an interesting drama for the time and the audience the show was trying to attract. The young cast had obvious potential and it showed on screen.
For nostalgia’s sake, I recommend both.