Picks and Pans Review: The Baby-Sitters Club

updated 01/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Volume 1: Mary Anne & the Brunettes

You'd think a live-action spinoff from the popular paperback series would please the New Kids set. This 30-minute story, starring dozens of affluent and appealing suburban middle schoolers, traces the trauma of one club member, a girl whose heartthrob seems smitten with a smug young Marla-in-the-making.

"I liked the scene at the fair when they threw a pie at her," says Elizabeth Bacon, 8.

"That was the only part I liked," says Kate Carcaterra, 8. "It's not very interesting."

"Well, it's like a love story," says Elizabeth.

"But what was the point?" says Kate.

Or as Kate's brother, Nick, 4, says, "Why is it called Baby-Sitters if there is no babysitting?" (Good Times, $12.95)

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