Maya & Miguel
|Maya & Miguel|
|Created by||Deborah Forte|
|Directed by||Tony Kluck|
|Voices of||Candi Milo|
|Narrated by||Jeremy Clarkson and Martyn Ellis (Audiobooks)|
|Opening theme||Maya & Miguel Theme Song|
|Ending theme||Maya & Miguel Theme Song (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Executive producer||Deborah Forte|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company||Scholastic Productions|
|Original network||PBS Kids Go!|
|Original release||October 11, 2004 –|
October 10, 2007
Maya & Miguel is an American animated children's television series produced by Scholastic Productions with animation by Starburst Animation Studios and by Yeson Entertainment. It aired on PBS Kids Go! from October 11, 2004 to October 10, 2007, and had a total of five seasons and 65 episodes over three years. The show also ran on Univision's Saturday morning Planeta U block.
Centering around the lives of pre-teen Hispanic twins named Maya and Miguel Santos and their friends, the program is aimed at promoting multiculturalism and education in general. It is geared to the 4-8 age range. Part of the dialogue in each episode in the English version is in Spanish but only individual words or phrases which are explained in English.
As of 2021, the show is currently distributed by 9 Story Media Group.
The show presents learning as fun, relevant and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. The show chronicles the adventures of two 10-year-old Latino siblings, Maya and Miguel Santos, as they figure out how to leave their stamp on the world around them, and features their relatives and diverse neighborhood friends. This show centers on Maya's well-intentioned meddling in her family and friends' lives, ultimately creating new quandaries to fix. Their mother is from Mexico, and their father is from Puerto Rico. The underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain. The show presents a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language and cultures. In some markets, each episode ends with Maya announcing, "Here's what some of our friends are up to," introducing live-action clips of children engaging and interacting in ways consistent with the show's themes. Maya concludes episodes by exhorting viewers to "visit your local library like 'Maya & Miguel'".
- Maya Santos (voiced by Candi Milo) is a sweet, gentle, and energetic girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. She always manages to include her twin brother and friends into her crazy adventures. Whenever Maya comes up with an idea, she always says "¡Éso es!" (That's it!) and her hair bobbles light up while her ponytail spins around; as shown in "The Bet" they will continue to glow until she says "¡Éso es!". She can sometimes be very stubborn, ignorant, and naive, and tends to get involved in other people's business. Although her ideas often don't go the way she plans them, they always accomplish their original objective in the end. Maya's heart is always in the right place.
- Miguel Santos (voiced by Nika Futterman) is Maya's twin brother. Miguel is slightly more practical and sensible than his sister, and enjoys playing soccer and video games. Every time Maya gets an idea, he gets a bad feeling about it. He knows Maya means well, but he thinks she gets more involved in other people's problems than need be. He keeps track of Maya's ideas that have gone wrong, which annoys Maya. However, he would sometimes admit that an idea of hers is the best idea yet. He has a crush on a girl named Kylie, who apparently feels the same way.
- Theodore "Theo" McEwen (voiced by Jerod Mixon) is Miguel's best friend and soccer buddy. He is African-American. Theo loves sports as much as Miguel does. Theo often gets straight A's in his classes, arguably making him the most intelligent of the kids. Theo is often the voice of reason among his friends.
- Margaret "Maggie" Lee (voiced by Lucy Liu) is Maya's Chinese-American friend. She is very dramatic, fashionable, and talented. She rarely disagrees with Maya's ideas.
- Christine "Chrissy" Lum (voiced by Beth Payne) is Maya's Dominican-American friend, and describes herself as Afro-Dominican. She is very sensitive and level-headed, though sometimes she can also be gullible. Chrissy tends to point out the flaws in Maya's plans, similar to Miguel. She also loves animals.
- Andrew "Andy" Arlington (voiced by Jeannie Elias) is another friend of Miguel's. He is an English-American boy who was born with only one arm. Often seen in the background with Miguel and Theo, he likes to play soccer, basketball, and baseball. Andy moved to Maya and Miguel's neighborhood from Wisconsin.
- Alberto "Tito" Chávez (voiced by Candi Milo) is Maya and Miguel's cousin who moved to the US from Mexico with his parents. He lives in the same apartment complex. He admires his cousin Miguel; in the episode "I've Got to Be 'Mi-Guel'" he is shown pretending to act as if he is Miguel (which makes Miguel rather pleased, but eventually annoyed at one point). He loves to play soccer like the twins.
- Abuela Elena (voiced by Lupe Ontiveros) is Maya and Miguel's maternal grandmother.
- Paco (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) is an anthropomorphic bilingual macaw who is the twins' pet, originally owned by their abuela. Most commonly heard saying "Pretty Bird" and "What about Paco, what about Paco?". He often gets loose, causing much trouble and confusion. Paco also often reacts to figures of speech (mostly ones about birds), thinking they are real.
- Rosa Santos (voiced by Elizabeth Peña) is Santiago's wife and Maya and Miguel's mother who was originally from Mexico.
- Santiago Santos (voiced by Carlos Ponce) is Rosa's husband and Maya and Miguel's father who was originally from Puerto Rico.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||14||October 11, 2004||November 12, 2004|
|2||13||January 17, 2005||May 6, 2005|
|3||19||July 15, 2005||September 25, 2006|
|4||11||October 3, 2006||June 15, 2007|
|5||7||October 1, 2007||October 10, 2007|
Season 1 (2004)
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Mala Suerte"||Luisa Leshin||October 11, 2004|
|Everyone is having bad luck in the Santos household, right before Santiago's big meeting with a famous pet store mogul.|
|2||"The Matchmaker"||Silvia Cardenas||October 12, 2004|
|Maya sets up a date for her grandma so she won't be lonely.|
|3||"When Maya Met Andy"||Madeleine Paxson||October 13, 2004|
|Maya and her friends first meet Andy who was born with one arm.|
|4||"The Autograph"||TBA||October 14, 2004|
|Maya accidentally ruins Miguel's prize baseball, and causes chaos at a game when she tries to make it up to him by getting his favorite player's autograph.|
|5||"Rhymes with "Gato""||TBA||October 15, 2004|
|Chrissy's new pet cat runs away, and when the flyers are misprinted, the kids get a lost duck instead. What's worse, the duck gets loose in the Santos apartment, which is against regulations, and the landlord's on his way!|
|6||"La Nueva Cocinita"||TBA||October 18, 2004|
|7||"The Letter"||TBA||October 19, 2004|
|Maya finds a letter in Miguel's room saying he wants to be friends with their classmate Esperanza. She tries to set them up, and succeeds in getting Esperanza to fall for Miguel, only to find out to her horror that the letter was from Andy.|
|8||"Teacher's Pet"||TBA||October 20, 2004|
|Maya feels Paco is lonely from being at home alone all day, and brings him to school to cheer him up. He then finds another parrot hidden in his classroom that belongs to her teacher, Mr. Ngyuen. But both parrots fly off and Maya must get Mr. Ngyuen's parrot back before he finds it missing, as well as keep Paco's presence a secret.|
|9||"La Calavera"||TBA||November 2, 2004|
|Maya borrows a calavera that Abuela made for her school report, but loses it on the way home. After hours of frantic searching, she finally finds it, but it gets broken seconds later. After a failed attempt to copy it, Abuela reassures Maya that she is very responsible, as she cared so much about Abuela's feelings.|
|10||"Politics Unusual"||TBA||November 8, 2004|
|Maggie runs for class president to get Miguel out of a school show, but another kid named Simon is a better campaign leader and Maya's attempts to improve Maggie's campaign only make things worse. Eventually, Maggie resigns, feeling Simon might make a better leader.|
|11||"Tito's Mexican Vacation"||TBA||November 9, 2004|
|Tito misses his cousins in Mexico and Maya and her friends try to recreate his life there to cheer him up. Naturally, everything goes wrong.|
|12||"Prince Tito"||TBA||November 10, 2004|
|13||"The Bully and the Bunny"||TBA||November 11, 2004|
|A new boy, Jimmy, moves to town and starts to bully everyone, until Maya finds out the reason he's so upset.|
Season 2 (2005)
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Family Time"||November 12, 2004|
|Maya notices how stressed her family is and proposes a camping trip, but things go away after she and Miguel do all the packing and key items are left behind.|
|2||"Surprise, Surprise"||January 19, 2005|
|Chrissy's favorite singer, Enrique, has too much fan mail to respond to her letters, and she thinks he doesn't like her. The concert where Enrique is performing sells out before Maya and Chrissy can get tickets, and the party Maya throws to cheer Chrissy up falls apart before she even arrives! Desperate, Maya, Miguel, and Abuela bring a goat to the hotel where Enrique is staying, as he used to have one when he was a boy (as well as being born in the same village as Abuela), in order to convince him to come to the party. They cause chaos in the hotel and are sent away, where they find that Chrissy's dad got her tickets to the concert, but she turned them down after hearing about all the trouble Maya went through for her. In the end, Enrique arrives at the party and takes everyone to his concert for free.|
|3||"An "Okri"-Dokey Day"||January 18, 2005|
|4||"Chrissy's Big Move"||January 20, 2005|
|Chrissy's family is moving to Hong Kong because of her father's new job, and Maggie is going to be spending a week with her aunt. Maya frets over being all alone until Maggie gets back, but her fears are nullified when Chrissy announces she won't be moving after all.|
|5||"Career Day"||January 17, 2005|
|Maya is upset the man she's shadowing for Career Day has such a boring job. She tries to introduce him to more exciting jobs, with disastrous results.|
|6||"I've Got to be "Mi-Guel""||January 21, 2005|
|7||"Soccer Mom"||February 11, 2005|
|Rosa takes over coaching Maya and Miguel's soccer team after their original coach gets a better job. At first, they're excited, but she starts telling everyone embarrassing stories about her kids and they end up trying to keep her occupied enough that she misses practice.|
|8||"The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man"||February 16, 2005|
|Miguel is writing a new comic for the library bulletin board, but gets the flu the day before his deadline. Maya offers to finish the comic for him, but she and her friends argue about the ending. Eventually, they compromise, putting all their endings into one, and the comic is a big hit.|
|9||"Maya and Miguel, Come on Down!"||February 17, 2005|
|10||"The Wrestler Next Door"||February 18, 2005|
|A muscular man named Gus moves to town to open an bakery, and Tito is convinced he's actually a famous wrestler. Maya and Miguel can't blame him when they see how similar Gus is to their cousin's idol, and soon discover he was the famous wrestler at one point, but retired due to all the attention from his fans driving him crazy.|
|11||"A Little Culture"||May 3, 2005|
|12||"The Bet"||May 4, 2005|
|Maya and Miguel make a bet: Miguel gives up video games while Maya stops having big ideas, and they see who can hold out longer. Loser does the other's chores for a week. But they soon find out breaking an obsession is harder than it looks.|
|13||"The Cheery Chipper Cupid Sisters"||May 6, 2005|
|Maya, Chrissy, and Maggie subscribe to their favorite superhero TV show's fan club, and try to be just like the heroes on the screen. Unfortunately, this does more harm than good, but after a nightmare where Paco is kidnapped, Maya understands how her actions affected others and the actual impossible duties that come with being a superhero.|
Season 3 (2005–06)
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Team Santos"||May 5, 2005|
|2||"Friends Forever?"||October 21, 2005|
|Maggie and Chrissy argue over Chrissy's lateness and Maya must help them make up before their friendship collapses.|
|3||"The Slump"||July 15, 2005|
|Thanks to Miguel, his baseball team will qualify for the championships if they win one of the next six games. But Miguel abruptly has a losing streak and only one game remains. Will Theo and Andy help Miguel break out of his slump and win?|
|4||"The Dogwalkers"||October 13, 2005|
|5||"Recipe for Disaster"||October 11, 2005|
|6||"The Pen-Pal"||October 14, 2005|
|Miguel gets a pen pal, who appears to have an exciting life, and fabricates his own life to make it seem similar (saying Maya is an extreme biker, Santiago wrestles animals, and Rosa is a scientist). But his pen pal unknowingly comes to visit and Miguel panics. But is his pen pal's life really as exciting as it seems?|
|7||"Abuela Upmanship"||October 12, 2005|
|Maya is jealous of her classmate Lola's grandmother, and lies that Abuela is a movie star to make her seem better than any grandmother in town. But she ends up struggling to prevent Abuela from finding out.|
|8||"Fashionistas"||October 28, 2005|
|9||"Maya Quixote and Miguel Panza"||November 4, 2005|
|Miguel's favorite flavor of ice cream is discontinued due to budget cuts at the ice cream shop, and he and Maya set out on a quest to get it reinstated.|
|10||"The Taming of Mr. Shue"||November 11, 2005|
|A new teacher, Mr. Shue, substitutes at Maya and Miguel's school when their old teacher goes on maternity leave.|
|11||"Tito's Pet"||January 6, 2006|
|Tito wants a pet of his own and when he finally gets one, chaos ensues.|
|12||"Real Twins"||October 10, 2005|
|Maya and Miguel appear on a reality show called, "Real Twins".|
|13||"Give Me a Little Sign"||September 25, 2006|
Season 4 (2005-07)
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|40||"A Star Is Born"||January 20, 2006|
|Santiago is going to make a television commercial for his pet store... but when Maya hears what he has in mind, she decides to take over and produce something flashier, to really draw in customers.|
|41||"Paper Girl"||January 27, 2006|
|Chrissy, Miguel, and Theo resign and break-up with Maya when she exaggerates their stories instead of printing out the truth to make them more interesting and ruins their lives at school; which leaves her struggling to finish the school newspaper all by herself. When she begs her friends for forgiveness, they forgive her and finish their school paper on time.|
|42||"Miguel's Wonderful Life"||November 25, 2005|
|It's Christmas and Miguel is mad at Maya after she ruins his day and his family portrait - his present to them, thus he wishes Maya never existed and he was an only child. His wish is granted and Maya is erased from the world, but Miguel also recalls the good times he had with his sister and once he realizes how she changed everyone else's lives for the better, he soon wants her back.|
|43||"The Video"||January 13, 2006|
|The gang secretly makes a video of Abuela as a birthday present for her, but their efforts to keep it secret are repeatedly sabotaged.|
|44||"Decisions, Decisions"||October 3, 2006|
|Maya and Miguel must decide whether to support Abuela in her race, or to attend an extreme sports competition.|
|45||"A Rose is Still A Rose"||October 4, 2006|
|Through gardening and wrestling, Maya and Miguel learn the value of patience and concistency.|
|46||"Role Reversal"||October 5, 2006|
|The whole Santos family decides to do role reversal to see whose lives are easier. Maya and Miguel run the pet store, while Santiago and Rosa do all of their children's weekend activities.|
|47||"After School"||October 6, 2006|
|Maggie is proud of her record for punctuality and will do anything to protect it, even buying an extra alarm clock to avoid oversleeping. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happens when she forgets to turn the clock back for Daylight Saving Time. She is late to school and disrupts the class by begging Mr. Nguyen not to put her tardy on her record. Mr. Nguyen then tells Maggie she has to stay after school the next day. Maggie panics, and she and Maya try several schemes to get her out of it, all of which fail. Maggie has a nightmare where she is now a prisoner at school, is put through grueling labor by Mr. Nguyen, and no one thinks of her as perfect anymore. The next day, just as Maggie arrives at the detention room, she loses her nerve and runs away. Mr. Nguyen then gives her a week's worth of detention, which she complies.|
|48||"The Wedding"||October 1, 2007|
|Rosa's cousin, Angelina, gets engaged and Maya motivates the family to plan and execute the wedding in just two days!|
|49||"Puppy Love"||January 15, 2007|
|A fat little dog follows Miguel home one day, and he doesn't have the heart to leave it alone in the street at nightfall.|
|50||"Mother's Day"||May 12, 2006|
|When Maya and Miguel's friends are unimpressed with the gift they bought for Rosa, they try to make an elaborate, new gift.|
|51||"The Big Fight"||October 2, 2007|
|Theo and Miguel get into a big fight over a remote-controlled race-car derby.|
|52||"The Best Thanksgiving Ever"||November 18, 2005|
|Maya and Miguel want to make sure that Santiago's mother has the best Thanksgiving ever.|
Season 5 (2006–07)
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|53||"Cupid"||February 14, 2006|
|When Miguel is chosen to be his school's Cupid, he dumps the costume he's supposed to wear but realizes the true meaning of Valentine's Day after helping Maya giving the right Valentine's Day cards to their neighborhood.|
|54||"Papi Joins the Band"||June 15, 2007|
|Miguel, Theo and Andy start their own band to perform at the talent show but Miguel's dad takes over the band and make himself the leader.|
|55||"Crushed"||October 3, 2007|
|After getting a crush on his new substitute teacher, Miguel is horrified when Tito reveals his secret to the whole school.|
|56||"The Red Jacket"||January 16, 2007|
|When Miguel buys a Melissa Rojas' jacket for Kylie as a birthday gift, Maya thinks Miguel bought the jacket for her. Now how will Miguel tell Maya the truth?|
|57||"Maya the Mascot"||January 18, 2007|
|Maya is a big hit as the parrot mascot for Miguel's community basketball team.|
|58||"Good Luck Paco"||October 4, 2007|
|59||"Paging Dr. Maya"||May 4, 2007|
|60||"The Battle of the Birthdays"||January 17, 2007|
|61||"Say "Cheese"!"||October 8, 2007|
|62||"A House Divided"||October 9, 2007|
|63||"Every Day is Earth Day"||April 21, 2006|
|64||"The Big Idea"||January 19, 2007|
|65||"I Love Maya"||October 10, 2007|
|Maya is excited when she gets the lead role in a new play, until she finds out she has to sleep throughout the whole production and doesn't even wake up until the end. She tries to liven up her role, but the director doesn't accept any of it and demands she stick to the old script. Maya quits the play out of anger, but her parents convince her to go back so as to not be a quitter. Maya does so and the director apologizes to her for being strict. Maya accepts it and agrees to follow the original script. She's a big hit in the play, even slipping so far into the role that she fools the director into thinking she's actually fallen asleep!|
In the United States, the series originally first premiered October 11, 2004, on PBS Kids Go!, and ran until 2012, with reruns on select stations as of today. Only two PBS stations continue to air the show, that being KLCS and KVCR-DT.
Internationally, the series aired on CBBC in the United Kingdom. It also aired on Boomerang and Cartoon Network in Latin America that debuted in October 2008. In Brazil, the series aired on Discovery Kids. In France, the show aired on Toon Disney, France 5 and Gulli. In Turkey, the show aired on TV8 (Turkey). In Israel, it aired on Arutz HaYeladim. It also aired on Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand) in Australia. In the Philippines, it aired on ABS-CBN.
|Name||Season(s)||Release dates||No. of episodes||Included episodes||Time Length|
|Funny Fix-Ups||1||September 13, 2005||4||"The Matchmaker", "Teacher's Pet", "When Maya Met Andy", and "Mala Suerte"||88 minutes|
|Twice the Fun||"The Letter", "The Autograph", "Rhymes with "Gato"", and "La Nueva Cocinita"|
|Cinco De Maya||April 18, 2006||5||"La Calavera", "Tito's Mexican Vacation", "Surprise, Surprise", "I've Got to be Mi-guel", and "The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man"||110 minutes|
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