The series tells of a group of smart and entrepreneurial friends who face more difficulties in their lives by starting their own business. These people start their child care work and learn to overcome the increasingly difficult pains along the way that they try to solve.
None of this would be effective - or as worth watching - without the show's remarkably talented cast of young actresses, all of whom either never learned the kidz-show style of overacting, or were never afflicted with it to begin with
It's sweet but not cloying, smart but not cynical, full-hearted and funny enough to please both grown readers of the original books and the young target audience of the new series - and even plenty of viewers (like me) who are neither.
The show offers clear, timeless storytelling and lessons about friendship and growing up, but it's also contemporary in its interests in a way that enhances the source material rather than undermining it.