Sydney to the Max

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  • TV-G
  • 2019
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.4  (673)

Sydney to the Max is a popular sitcom from Disney Channel that premiered in January 2019 and ran for three seasons. The show revolves around the lives of Sydney (played by Ruth Righi), a middle school student, and her father Max (played by Ian Reed Kesler) who grew up in the 1990s. The show seamlessly connects the two different eras to show how life and family dynamics have changed over the years.

Sydney is a smart and independent girl who lives with her dad, who is a single dad and struggling to keep up with the demands of raising a pre-teen. He often seeks advice from his best friend and business partner, Leo (played by Christian J. Simon), who is a stay-at-home dad raising his son alongside Max. Meanwhile, Sydney has a best friend named Olive, (played by Ava Kolker), who is her partner in crime and they share all their secrets with each other.

The show has both present-day and flashback scenes, which take the viewer back to the 1990s when Max was the same age as Sydney. The 90s scenes add a nostalgic touch to the show and give the viewers a glimpse of life during that era. The showrunners are able to captivate their young audience, as well as engage the older generation with memories from their own childhood.

The interactions between the present-day characters and the 90s characters are creatively constructed, with Sydney being the link between the two timelines. The flashbacks serve as life lessons from Max's childhood that help him navigate his journey as a father. One of the strongest themes of the show is the importance of family, as Max is always looking for ways to bond with his daughter and create lasting memories with her.

Aside from the captivating storylines and lovable characters, the show also boasts an extremely talented cast. Ruth Righi shines as Sydney, who is both relatable and endearing. Ava Kolker is hilarious as Olive, who provides comic relief with her witty jokes and sarcastic quips. Alongside the two female leads, Jackson Dollinger plays young Max, who brings the 90s era to life with his charismatic and charming personality. Christian J. Simon's character Leo is a great addition to the show, playing the goofy yet wise best friend offering a different perspective to Max's single dad experience.

The show also delves into relevant issues such as gender stereotypes, body image, and bullying. It's a refreshing and subtle way to educate young viewers on tough topics while still keeping the show light-hearted and entertaining.

The overall setting of the show is an apartment complex in Portland, Oregon, where both Sydney and Olive live with their respective parents. The apartment complex serves as the hub for all their adventures and misadventures. The showrunners are able to beautifully capture the essence of suburbia, and the complexities of society through their portrayal of families living in apartments.

In a time where family sitcoms are becoming rare, Sydney to the Max shines bright. With its relatable characters, engaging plotlines, comedic moments, and wholesome family theme, it's no wonder that the show has been immensely popular among viewers of all ages. The show has been a critical and commercial success, and it's one of the shows that Disney Channel should be proud of producing. It's a heartwarming and inspiring show that has something for everyone.

Sydney to the Max is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (63 episodes). The series first aired on January 25, 2019.

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Any Given Sunday Brunch
21. Any Given Sunday Brunch
November 26, 2021
Syd wants the family to throw the after-church Sunday brunch because Lexi is leaving town soon. But when another woman also wants to throw one at the same time, a competition ensues.
Pie Hard
20. Pie Hard
November 19, 2021
Syd learns her mother never had the chance to bake the family pie recipe, so Lexi steps in to help.
Praise Your Voice
19. Praise Your Voice
November 12, 2021
Sydney's cousin, Lexi, wants the family to go to church with her in Portland. The family opens up to a new community and Syd is volunteered to sing gospel music for the first time.
My Cousin Lexi
18. My Cousin Lexi
November 5, 2021
Sydney is over the moon when her spunky seven-year-old cousin, Lexi, moves in with the Reynolds for the summer.
Family Buy
17. Family Buy
October 29, 2021
The Reynolds receive a sum of money, and no one can agree on what to buy; Sydney finds herself in the middle of what her dad and Grandma Judy want.
Honey, You Shrunk The Fit
16. Honey, You Shrunk The Fit
October 22, 2021
When Sydney is asked to represent a popular clothing line on social media, she struggles with their "one size fits all" mold. In the '90s, Max enlists Leo to help him get buff to impress Alisha. When that doesn't work, he tries to fake having a new muscular physique.
Jingled Out
15. Jingled Out
October 15, 2021
When Max hires Sydney to write a jingle for Reynolds Rides, she learns it might not be easy to be a daughter and an employee.
The Hunt for Rad October
14. The Hunt for Rad October
October 8, 2021
The Amigas go to school dressed in costumes for Halloween, but end up being the only ones.
A Crush Of Their Own
13. A Crush Of Their Own
June 25, 2021
When Max has a crush on Sydney's music teacher, Gemma, but realizes he's too nervous about dating again, he convinces Syd to be a chaperone on his first date. In the '90s, Leo has a crush on Max's new math tutor, Danielle. Leo persuades his buddy to need more help so he can see the tutor more.
Cool Intentions
12. Cool Intentions
June 18, 2021
When Max goes away for the weekend and leaves his mother in charge, Sydney takes advantage of her "cool" grandma by arranging a sleepover on a Sunday night. In the '90s, Judy believes Max broke something even though he keeps denying his involvement.
Do the Write Thing
11. Do the Write Thing
June 11, 2021
Sydney suspects her teacher Ms. Anderson has assigned everyone in her class historical figures to write about based on their race. When Sydney talks to her classmates, they confirm her suspicions and explain how uncomfortable they felt when they received their assignments. The students agree it's time to stand up for themselves and elect Sydney as their spokesperson to talk to their teacher. In the '90s, Vice Principal Virmani arranges for a local reporter to interview Leo about his work as founder and president of the school's computer club, the same club he encouraged his buddy Max and his cousin Alisha to join. Leo provides a great interview and highlights of his work and is excited until the story runs, incorrectly featuring a picture of Max with the title of Club President.
What's Eating Olive Rozalski?
10. What's Eating Olive Rozalski?
June 4, 2021
When Olive learns that her parents are splitting up, Max, Syd and Grandma Judy come together to talk with Olive about how they've coped with divorce in their family.
Man! I Feel Like A Genius
9. Man! I Feel Like A Genius
May 14, 2021
When Olive transfers into an advanced math class, Syd tries to be in the same class.
The Bat Mitzvah Planner
8. The Bat Mitzvah Planner
May 7, 2021
When a storm ruins Olive's dream bat mitzvah celebration, Sydney helps her figure out a backup. In the '90s, it's Leo's birthday, and all he wants is to win a radio contest for passes to meet their favorite rapper, MC Gavel.
The Hair Switch Project
7. The Hair Switch Project
April 30, 2021
Syd wants to get in touch with her black side and explores the possibility of wearing her hair natural.
My Own First Enemies
6. My Own First Enemies
April 23, 2021
Sydney struggles with navigating the pitfalls of social media when she posts her music online and receives negative comments. Back in the ’90s, Instant Messenger has just hit the internet, and Young Max decides this is the perfect way to tell Alisha he “likes-likes” her.
Boy Story
5. Boy Story
April 16, 2021
Sydney is having trouble balancing time with schoolwork, her friends, activities, and spending time with Harry.
Three Amigas And A Harry
4. Three Amigas And A Harry
April 9, 2021
Syd wants her three besties to become close friends with Harry and winds up putting too much pressure on herself to make sure everything goes perfectly when they all hang out.
He's All That
3. He's All That
April 2, 2021
Harry is moving back to Portland and Sydney struggles with the idea of a long distance relationship.
A Few Good Mentors
2. A Few Good Mentors
March 26, 2021
As part of a yearly tradition, Syd and Olive get paired with two sixth graders to mentor.
Tearin' Up My Room
1. Tearin' Up My Room
March 19, 2021
Syd returns home from music camp feeling more mature and independent.
Where to Watch Sydney to the Max
Sydney to the Max is available for streaming on the Disney Channel (US) website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sydney to the Max on demand at Disney+, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and DisneyNOW.
  • Premiere Date
    January 25, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (673)