A summer free from parents is pretty much the dearest dream of every adolescent, but Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead serves as a hilarious yet cautionary tale against that fantasy. Sure, there will be no shortage of wacky hijinks (Embezzling! What a gas!), but then the simultaneously boring and terrifying parts of adulthood, like responsibility, bills, and needing a job are bound to catch up with you. As Sue Ellen and her four siblings find when their babysitter croaks on the clock, maybe you shouldn’t be such a jerk to your mom. Oh, and also that dropping off a corpse on the porch of the funeral home is a pretty bogus way of disposing of a body.
Because we caught up with the cast of Adventures in Babysitting last week, let’s check in with the Crandell five and the rest of the cast to see what they’ve been up to since Mrs. Sturak shuffled off this mortal coil.
Sue Ellen — Christina Applegate
When Babysitter came out in 1991, Christina Applegate was well into her run as Kelly Bundy on Married… With Children, a show she would star in for ten seasons. Applegate would go on to find success in a number of mediums after the show’s run. In 1995, she helped inspire The Pussycat Dolls (pre-pop star version). She also starred in a number of televisions shows over the years, including Jesse, Samantha Who?, and Up All Night, and also appeared in a few episodes of Friends as Rachel’s sister, Amy. Applegate has appeared in a number of films like The Sweetest Thing, View From The Top, Anchorman and its sequel, the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, Going the Distance, Hall Pass, and Vacation. Not just a regular on the screen, Applegate has been in a number of stage productions, and was nominated for a Tony in 2005 for her performance in the revival of Sweet Charity.
She recently signed on for what’s described as “The Hangover for moms” with Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell.
Rose Lindsey — Joanna Cassidy
Rose may not have been adept enough to notice that she hired a teenager, but Joanna Cassidy has been working steadily in Hollywood for decades (Blade Runner). She had a solid career before Babysitter, and has kept it going ever since. She was in the films Vampire in Brooklyn, Ghosts of Mars, and The Grudge 2, as well as numerous made for TV movies. Her most notable regular TV role was in Six Feet Under as Brenda’s mother. Cassidy has also made guest appearances on shows like Melrose Place, Diagnosis Murder, Star Trek: Enterprise, Boston Legal, Heroes, Franklin & Bash, and Body of Proof.
Bryan — Josh Charles
Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead was Josh Charles’ big followup to Dead Poets Society, although “Bryan” isn’t nearly as cool of a name as “Knox Overstreet.” Charles worked mostly in film in the ’90s, with movies like Threesome, Little City, and Pie in the Sky. However, his big break came in 1998 with Aaron Sorkin’s show Sports Night where he played fast-talking sports highlight show anchor Dan Rydell, a character loosely based on Sportscenter anchor Keith Olberman. His next big role was as Will Gardener on The Good Wife, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. He also did additional films like S.W.A.T., Four Brothers, The Darwin Awards, and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. More recently, you can find Charles taking some pretty hilarious turns on Inside Amy Schumer and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp.