Zeke and Luther

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Lackluster Disney skater show has little to offer tweens.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There are no responsible adults around to guide the boys’ actions, and Zeke’s younger sister often tries to exploit the guys’ gullible nature. Their on-again/off-again relationship with Kojo results in some "friendly" name-calling and very mild put-downs, mostly concerning who’s the better skateboarder.

Violence & Scariness

No blood or other injuries, but plenty of skateboarding spills. On the plus side, all the boarders wear proper safety equipment, including helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads.  

Sexy Stuff

A main character has a crush on a neighbor, but it mostly just leads to mild flirting.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the teen boys at the center of this series lead fairly unrealistic lives in which they have little responsibility and get unlimited time to goof around, skateboard, and get into outrageous situations. Much of their freedom comes from having no parental involvement to speak of, and often the only voice of reason comes from a younger sister -- who's portrayed as a disdainful goody-goody and who exploits the boys' naivete. While there's no content that's really too strong for tweens, there aren't a whole lot of concrete positive take-aways, either.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypacman1628 May 19, 2020

AMAZING SHOW

This show is very good and amazing and they need to put it on Disney plus
Adult Written byMatto69 November 22, 2018

Was a pretty decent comedy for Disney XD at the time.

I myself have watched it with my son when the show was still running in the mornings and it was funny and it wasn't like Disney's newer crappy sit com...
Teen, 15 years old Written byXavier1230 June 28, 2017

THIS SHOW IS AMAZING

When I first watched this show it was so hilarious that it was favorite show on Disney Xd there are so many funny moments there was one in an episode called Lut... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byArcturus Dean May 13, 2016

Only for a targeted audience

Personally, its not for me. I began watching this show when I was 13 and I didn't like it because it was all about skating. As a 17 year old now, I find it... Continue reading

What's the story?

Longtime pals Zeke (Hutch Dano) and Luther (Adam Hicks) share a common goal: to make their fortune as professional skateboarders. In their (fictional) hometown of Pacific Terrace, boarding is a favorite teen pastime, but these two buddies believe they alone have the talent to make it to the big time. Their optimism is often challenged by their friendly nemesis, Kojo (Daniel Curtis Lee), who takes issue with their claim to fame, and by Zeke's little sister, Ginger (Ryan Newman), who loathes her brother's childish hobby. But Zeke and Luther remain undeterred, and their single-minded ambition often lands them in some pretty zany adventures.

Is it any good?

ZEKE AND LUTHER appeals to tweens' impressions of the ideal life, in which responsibilities are few, playtime abounds, and every outrageous situation is easily resolved within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, adults will take issue with that same improbable view of life, and parents may not like the show's non-messages about taking responsibility.

What's more, the series is surprisingly lacking in pizzazz, which makes its content flaws that much more noticeable. The characters are so one-dimensional that the bare-bones stories quickly become predictable and flat, and there's no attempt at beefing it up with any obvious positive messages or lessons learned. Bottom line? There's nothing really worrisome here, but there are many higher quality choices for impressionable tweens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what messages the show is sending -- is what you take away from it the same thing as what the show is trying to say? Does that matter? Families can also discuss career goals. Kids: What do you want to be when you grow up? What draws you to that job? What personal rewards do you expect to get from it? What kind of training and education will you need to succeed? Are you committed to working hard to achieve your goals, career or otherwise?

  • Kids: What do you want to be when you grow up? What draws you to that job? What personal rewards do you expect to get from it? What kind of training and education will you need to succeed? Are you committed to working hard to achieve your goals, career or otherwise?

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