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Zeke and Luther

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Lackluster Disney skater show has little to offer tweens.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:June 15, 2009
Cast:Adam Hicks, Daniel Curtis Lee, Hutch Dano
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byJacobBrandyDoggy April 12, 2013

Im 17 and i love it.

Im 17 and i absolutely love this show. I really look forward to new episodes. My and all my 3 brothers watch it together. We love it and it is one of the most funniest shows you will ever watch. I have a feeling that the editor of this review only watched one or two episodes. My big brother is 18 and it is his favorite show ever. The person who reviewed this rated it as 8 years. But that is so not true. If you want a good show, then watch Zeke and Luther.
Teen, 16 years old Written byDrCool June 1, 2012

This is terrible!

This show is BOOOOOOOOORING! It is the 2nd worst show on Disney next to Austin & Ally!
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 27, 2013

CRAP!

I don't like this very much, Disney XD shows pretty much suck (not all, just some). It's nothing but these teens who skateboard and get injured I think. Toon Disney should've stayed....

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