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.