Ruby and the Rockits — ABCFamily

Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1, 2, 3) and two Cassidy brothers, David and Patrick, star in this new ABC Family sitcom that just started up in July.

Ruby and the Rockits cast

Ruby and the Rockits cast

The premise of the show is that Ruby’s mother died when she was 12, and she was raised by her grandparents who “forgot she was there” and was rescued by her Rock Star father, David Gallagher (David Cassidy). He’s the stereotypical irresponsible, ne’er do well, Peter Pan rock star, who appears in each show for a few minutes. The rest of the episode usually feature Ruby, her uncle (Patrick Cassidy) and his wife (Katie A. Keane) and her two male cousins as she deals with her often-absent father and comes to terms with his immaturity.

What squicked me out was that the writers made her teen cousin Jordan have a wild, inappropriate crush on Ruby from the first moment he saw her sitting at the kitchen table. Now, I realize that cousins are legal to be married in many states in the USA, but…they’re living in the same house, and at no point is Ruby ever seen encouraging him. Instead, his crush is played for laughs (of course) and although she tends to ignore him or innocently tempts him (in one scene, she asks him to zip up the back of her fancy dress for a daughter-father dance) after only four episodes or so of the sitcom, it grates heavily. Jordan isn’t happy that his hormones go wild when she’s around, but he’s not exactly doing anything to stamp them out.

The other thing I’m not so fond of is the role David Cassidy’s father plays. He’s never grown up, has little understanding of what his daughter goes through, and yet, every episode ends up with him being forgiven. One of the arcs in the show is that presumably, he learns how to be a decent father.

Yes, I know it’s a kids’ sitcom, and by definition, they’re supposed to end on  positive notes, but I hoped it would have been more along the lines of classic sitcoms like One Day at a Time. That’s probably way too much to expect from ABC Family, but why not? Then again, the rest of ABCF’s line-up include original  shows like the drama The Secret Life of an American Teenager (15 year old teen has a baby), 10 Things I Hate About You (the Shakespeare derived movie has a new series!), and Greek (sex and hijinks in college). I suppose the execs there felt a bit of fluff was necessary.


  1. says

    Heh, I wouldn’t hold SLAT up as an example of quality tv for any reason. Amy’s pregnancy is like, half a plotline and if your only source of information about teen pregnancies was the show you’d think that the only thing stressful about having a baby at fifteen was getting fat and not being able to take the vacation you want to.

    Because those are the only consequences Amy has to deal with. All her friends help out with the baby. The baby’s father is super involved and has made sure to get a job to support the baby, one of Amy’s friends arranges for her to have a job working at the dare care john (the baby) goes to (though she never seems to actually have to go to the job.) It’s definitely not a show where real life issues are discussed openly.

  2. says

    Ah, so SLAT is a paradise version of a teen having a baby, eh? I watched some of the earlier episodes (mostly to see what kind of show it was, during part of the first season). My 13 year old stopped watching it, though. I think she said it was because it “was boring”–meaning, everything always worked out.

    She’s now getting into DiGrassi the New Generation because a friend of hers watches it, and it’s much edgier.

  3. Robin says

    Ah, DiGrassi. I watched the original series on PBS growing up. Now that had a good teen pregnancy storyline.

    Back to the topic at hand, though, I haven’t been able to make myself watch Ruby. I’m a big fan of Repo! the Genetic Opera, which also features the lovely Ms. Vega and her singing, and I don’t think I could bear watching her on some cheesy Disney sitcom. Granted, I’m really not their target audience. The only thing I currently watch on ABCF is Make It or Break It, and even that’s just for the gymnastics. (Well, okay, and Neil Jackson. He’s mighty yummy.)

  4. Scarlett says

    I haven’t seen TNG, but my sis has and she says the original DiGrassi and DiGrassi High were way better (meaning edgier and realistic)

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