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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gabby Duran & the Unsittables is inspired by a series of books and tells the story of a girl who happens into a job babysitting young extraterrestrials. Gabby herself is a prankster with little regard for rules, but the show presents this as a positive quality that helps her land the new job and win the admiration of her young charges. As Gabby discovers her prowess for caring for the aliens, she develops a better self-image and finds a new purpose. Aside from some pretty outlandish predicaments that fly under the radar of the naïve adults in the story, this series has clean content and a lot of laughs.
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What's the story?
In GABBY DURAN & THE UNSITTABLES, a spunky girl named Gabby (Kylie Cantrall) finds an unlikely calling caring for alien kids hiding among the human population. When a prank earns her principal's (Nathan Lovejoy) admiration instead of his ire, he enlists Gabby to care for his nephew, Jeremy (Callan Farris), a member of extraterrestrial royalty who needs protection until he's old enough to assume his lofty position. Once Gabby proves her abilities with Jeremy, a group of other aliens and their youngsters turn to her for help, and she finds herself in charge of a most unusual -- and challenging! -- batch of charges.
Is it any good?
This live-action book interpretation is more over the top than it is out of this world. Cantrall's Gabby is a bit overplayed, and the writing is exaggerated to keep up with her energy. But as Gabby finds herself in one predicament after another with her needy clients, she devises solutions that are creative and comical. If viewers can check their sense of reality and realistic consequence at the door, then Gabby Duran & the Unsittables is a fairly innocuous series that could inspire young fans to read the books that first introduced the character.
Silliness aside, there is something heartwarming about Gabby's evolution from a ne'er-do-well tween who feels overshadowed by her successful mom (Valery Ortiz) and whip-smart younger sister, Olivia (Coco Christo), into a reliable, (somewhat) mature caretaker of kiddos. Even if viewers don’t have dreams of being alien babysitters themselves, the show's message about finding what you like and doing it well still can resonate with them.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the challenges Gabby faces in protecting the aliens' secret in Gabby Duran & the Unsittables. In what ways is she dishonest with her friends and family because of her job? Is it ever OK to tell a lie in real life?
Gabby often holds herself in judgment against her mother's success and her sister's intelligence. Kids: Why are we prone to comparing ourselves to others? How can doing so affect our self-esteem?
What unique skills does Gabby bring to her very unique job? What are some of your kids' best characteristics? How do they serve them well in school and in the hobbies they enjoy?
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