A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
A mixed bag. On one hand, Gabby makes her own rules a lot of the time, and she rarely faces consequences for mischief that would be problematic in the real world. On the other, as she starts coming into her own and finding purpose in her new role as an alien babysitter, she makes strides in taking responsibility and solves a variety of problems in creative ways. In order to keep her alien friends' identities safe, Gabby guards their secret from her family and friends.
Positive Role Models
Gabby quickly becomes a favorite of the creatures she cares for, but from an adult's perspective, her methods are unorthodox and potentially problematic. She often saves the day in the nick of time after having instigated problems herself. Other adults are cast as oblivious to what's going on in Gabby's life.
Products & Purchases
This show is based on a book series.
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.
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.
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