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Gabby Duran and the Unsittables is a sci-fi comedy series based on the novel of the same name by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners. It had its world premiere on the Disney Channel on October 11, 2019.

After living in the shadows of her successful mother and smart younger sister, Gabby Duran (played by Kylie Cantrall of Raven's Home fame) finds her moment to shine when she gets a job babysitting an unruly group of extraterrestrial children who have been hiding out on Earth disguised as humans. Gabby resourcefully and fearlessly steps up to the challenge to protect the children and their secret identities.

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  • Alien Among Us: All of the kids Gabby babysits are aliens hiding on earth.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: As Gabby is a normal human babysitting aliens, this trope comes into play. Specifically, several trailers show her getting Covered in Gunge thanks to her charges.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the first episode, Gabby is called to Principal Swift's office after covering his car in tinfoil and spray-painting said tinfoil with her name. The principal asks for confirmation that she did this... then thanks her, as his car is now protected from bird droppings.
  • Blob Monster: One of Gabby's charges is a shapeshifting blob alien named Jeremy.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The series title, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, "Gabby Duran" being the character name and "The Unsittables" being the noun phrase.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Principal Swift comes off as kind of crazy thanks to his Fish out of Water status.
  • Covered in Gunge: The teasers show Gabby ending up with slime all over her several times.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gabby's dad is nowhere to be seen.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The first teaser shows protagonist Gabby in what looks like your typical horror movie set-up, being stalked by something leaving a blue slime trail. Eventually, she goes outside, is confronted by a terrifying Blob Monster...and calmly threatens to tell said blob's parents that he snuck out again.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Principal Swift. His first name literally is "Principal".
  • Fish out of Water: Principal Swift and Jeremy are struggling to adapt to human customs.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: The view quickly zooming out or in to begin/end a scene.
  • Once per Episode: The aliens Gabby babysits.
  • On the Next: Like Andi Mack, each episode ends with a preview of the next episode's events. However, it avoids going the cliffhanger route.
  • Secret Identity: Gabby has to keep her job and the aliens a secret from everyone, especially her family.
  • Secret Keeper: Wesley has a huge secret entrusted to him as of the second episode. He promises not to tell anyone else.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Gabby's ringtone is the theme song.
  • Truncated Theme Tune: The theme song was cut short in the first episode.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Episodes generally follow this format, with Gabby and her babysitting duties as the main plot, along with a b-story featuring Swift and Jeremy in their own situations.
  • What Is This Feeling?: The subplot of "Crushin' It" revolves around Swift discovering Gabby is in love and tries to teach it to Jeremy.

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