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TV Series Review

Middle school is hard. Just ask Sydney Reynolds. Fresh into seventh grade, Sydney has a whole new world to navigate: new school, new relationships, new hairdos. Good thing she has her best friend, Olive, along for the ride.

She has a family to turn to when things get tough, too: Single father Max is very loving, pretty silly and sometimes forgets that he was once a kid himself. Good thing Max has his own mom, Judy, to remind him of his past debacles as he perfects the art of parenting.

Fun to the Max

Disney’s latest tween-based show gives viewers a light, fun look at three generations living under one roof. While the focus is primarily on Sydney and her BFF Olive, each episode shows flashbacks to Max’s own childhood in the early 90s. When Max is tempted to forget similar middle-school experiences, the flashbacks show how Max handled the very same issues that Sydney must face.

Made by Disney, Sydney to the Max is probably far cleaner than most real-world middle school experiences—and cleaner than most shows, too. But it still has a few issues to think about. Kids make jokes about getting sick and sometimes call each other names. Jealousy, gossiping and lying are all evident. Kids also develop crushes and learn to navigate tricky personal and school situations. But most importantly, by the show’s end they work through every rough patch and find a happy ending.

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Episode Reviews

March 29, 2019: “The Lyin’ King”



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Ruth Righi as Sydney Reynolds; Ava Kolker as Olive; Jackson Dollinger as Young Max; Christian J. Simon as Leo; Ian Reed Kesler as Max Reynolds; Caroline Rhea as Judy Reynolds






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Kristin Smith

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