A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Gallaghers struggle with issues similar to those of many families, including differing opinions, unfulfilled expectations, and anger. But through it all they strive to communicate and to consider one others’ feelings.
Positive Role Models
Ruby’s aunt and uncle are a loving couple who welcome her into their lives when her newly found father shirks his responsibility to her. That said, while David has a difficult time seeing past his own ego to learn what it takes to be a parent, he expresses his feelings for Ruby in meaningful -- if unconventional -- ways. The newly reunited father and daughter make compromises and take steps to build a relationship. Ruby herself sometimes pushes boundaries -- driving a car without a license, for instance.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
It’s said that a teen has a crush on his pretty cousin, but the infatuation is very innocent.
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Occasional use of words like "boobs."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional episodes have included instances of underage drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this upbeat sitcom's generally age-appropriate content makes it a fine choice for older tweens and teens. The mildly dysfunctional Gallagher clan deals with common family issues like differences of opinion and effective communication, but the show's lighthearted spin makes it all relatable and even fun. Occasional episodes touch on issues like underage drinking and driving without a license, but overall the show is one of ABC Family's milder offerings. Adults (especially those old enough to recall The Partridge Family) will get an extra kick out of David Cassidy's portrayal of a singer who refuses to acknowledge that his heyday is past.
Is It Any Good?
RUBY & THE ROCKITS is an unexpected gem among contemporary family sitcoms. The story puts a fresh spin on the concept of family drama, and it's fun to assume that David and Patrick's opposing personalities might be inspired by the Cassidy brothers' real-life experiences. Vega shines as spunky, optimistic Ruby, and the rest of the cast rounds out a well-scripted series that reminds viewers that every family has an element of dysfunction.
What's more, the show manages to work in some positive messages without coming across as hokey. In order to become the type of family Ruby envisions, for instance, David and Patrick must set aside their personal differences and put her needs first. And Ruby, too, realizes that she has to bend a bit on her high standards and appreciate her father's efforts. With its largely worry-free content and take-aways like these, it's easy to like this fun, family-friendly series.
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