The premise: country girl Jessie (Debby Ryan) moves to Manhattan to become an actress, and ends up a nanny to a wealthy couple with a biological daughter and three adopted kids: the diva Emma (13-year old Peyton List), the teen operator Luke (12-year old Cameron Boyce, left), cringeworthy black stereotype Zuri (9-year old Skai Jackson), and cringeworthy Indian stereotype Ravi (12-year old Karan Brar).
Chris Galya), and is the object of crushes, notably from...Luke, who harasses her with sleazy come-ons.
The other kids, meanwhile, date and fall in love. Emma gets a boyfriend. Ravi and Luke compete over girls. Even little Zuri gets a boyfriend (but at least they wait until the actress is 11).
I hate it when a tv series or movie depicts horny preteens. It seems to be saying "Yes, heterosexual desire is innate, universal, rooted in biology, present from birth -- gayness is something that happens to you later in life, an addition, an event."
Jack Griffo of The Thundermans). Maybe his sleazy come-ons are a cover.
But that's all. And it's not much.
Zack and Cody but Ellen, with its explicitly lesbian character.
Debby Ryan, who plays the focus character, is a devout conservative Christian. Maybe her influence is keeping the heterosexism high in order to keep the gay subtexts out.
See also: Cameron Boyce.