Sydney to the Max
|Sydney to the Max|
|Created by||Mark Reisman|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||"Stay the Same"|
by Ruth Righi and Dan Conklin
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Executive producer(s)||Mark Reisman|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original release||January 25, 2019 –|
Sydney to the Max is an American comedy television series created by Mark Reisman that premiered on Disney Channel on January 25, 2019. The series stars Ruth Righi, Ava Kolker, Jackson Dollinger, Christian J. Simon, Ian Reed Kesler, and Caroline Rhea.
Sydney Reynolds is a 12-year-old girl who lives with her father Max and her paternal grandmother Judy as she navigates life in middle school with her friend Olive. Episodes include a flashback segment set in 1992 that detail 12-year-old Max and his friend Leo, who both work at a shopping mall arcade owned by Leo's father. Both segments show Sydney and young Max getting into similar situations.
Cast and characters
- Ruth Righi as Sydney Reynolds, a sociable middle school student
- Ava Kolker as Olive, Sydney's best friend who has four brothers; her last name is revealed to be Rozalski in "Good Grade Hunting"
- Jackson Dollinger as Young Max Reynolds, who lives with his mother Judy
- Christian J. Simon as Leo, the childhood friend of Max who is seen in his flashbacks
- Ian Reed Kesler as Adult Max Reynolds, the protective father of Sydney; at certain moments, he has flashbacks to his middle school days
- Caroline Rhea as Judy, Sydney's spiritual grandmother; in flashbacks, she watches over Max while his father is away working as a pilot in another city with an unpredictable work schedule
The multi-camera series was green-lit by Disney Channel on September 6, 2018, which had been slated to premiere in early 2019. The series was created by Mark Reisman, who also serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer. Starring in the series are Ruth Righi as Sydney Reynolds, Ian Reed Kesler as Max, Christian J. Simon as Leo, Ava Kolker as Olive, Caroline Rhea as Judy, and newcomer Jackson Dollinger as Young Max. The series is produced by It's a Laugh Productions. On November 19, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on January 25, 2019. The theme song is produced and written by Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis, and Dan Petty and performed by Ruth Righi and Dan Conklin. On January 16, 2019, Disney Channel released the official opening sequence.
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers|
|1||8||January 25, 2019||0.71||TBA||TBD||0.60|
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|1||"Can't Dye This"||David Kendall||Mark Reisman||January 25, 2019||101||0.71|
Upon entering seventh grade, Sydney wants a radical new hairstyle to stand out from other girls at school. Sydney's paternal grandmother approves of the hairstyle, but Syd's father Max thinks she is too young for such a hairdo, so he declines to take her to a hairstylist. Sydney defies her father and, with help from her friend Olive, tries to implement her new hairstyle without a stylist, but she accidentally turns her hair multiple colors. Max changes his mind and decides to take Sydney to a hairstylist to get her desired hairdo, and Syd keeps her failed hairdo a secret from him by wearing a wig. At the salon, Sydney's deceit is revealed when the wig comes off, and Max takes her back home before she can get a new hairdo. Meanwhile, flashback scenes set in 1992 show young Max wanting to bleach his hair so he can fit in better with a group of skateboarders called the Dog Boys. However, his mother disapproves. Max goes against her and applies hair bleach with help from his friend Leo, but it turns his hair red instead. In the present, Max's mother tells this story to Sydney, who accuses Max of being a hypocrite. Max apologizes and takes her back to the salon, where she gets a simple new hairdo.Guest star: Frances Callier as Gia
|2||"Who Let the Dogs In?"||David Kendall||Gary Murphy||February 1, 2019||106||0.69|
Sydney wants to adopt a dog named Rocco, but Max does not believe she is responsible enough for a pet. Sydney goes against him and secretly takes in Rocco, who she hides in her bedroom, hoping to prove after a week that she can be responsible for a pet. However, she turns out to be allergic to Rocco. Still unaware of the dog, Max hires a cleaning team, Don and Kyle, to clean Syd's room and stop her allergies. Meanwhile, in 1992, young Max wants a dog but his mother Judy gets him a turtle first, so he can demonstrate responsibility. Max quickly grows attached to the turtle and names him Hawk, but the turtle escapes one day after Max accidentally leaves the front door open. In the present, one of the cleaners smashes a hole in Sydney's bedroom wall, checking for mold. Judy helps to keep Rocco a secret, but Sydney later confesses to Max. Syd learns Max did not want her to have a pet because he was afraid that she would suffer heartbreak the way he did when he lost Hawk. To their surprise, Hawk emerges from the hole in the wall, having survived all these years. Syd is delighted to have Hawk as a pet, and Rocco is adopted by the cleaning team.Guest stars: Eric Petersen as Don, Jeffrey Brown as Kyle
|3||"The Parent Track"||David Kendall||Patrice Asuncion & Nick Rossitto||February 8, 2019||104||0.59|
Sydney and Olive want to attend a rock concert on their own, but Max believes Syd is too young to go without an adult. Instead, she spends time at Olive's house. Meanwhile, in 1992, young Max is excited to receive a beeper, but is dismayed when he realizes Judy only got it for him to track his whereabouts. Max defies Judy by seeing a PG-13 film with Leo at a theater, but they are annoyed when Judy keeps beeping Max. She eventually realizes Max has been lying, and this childhood behavior prompts present-day Max to reluctantly track Sydney through her cellphone. Upon realizing this, Sydney decides she and Olive will attend the concert while leaving her phone at Olive's house, to trick Max into thinking she never left. However, Syd feels guilty, and during the concert, she learns her phone was accidentally taken by Iggy, a pizza deliveryman who stopped at Olive's house earlier. The girls retreat, and Max catches up to Iggy and realizes Syd apparently never left the house. At home, Max and Sydney admit what they did and forgive each other. However, Sydney must attend the concert the following night with Max, who embarrasses her during the show.Guest stars: Gabriel Tigerman as Adult Gerald, Reid Shapiro as Iggy, Buddy Handleson as Gerald
|4||"Adventures in Babe-Sitting"||Robbie Countryman||Denise Moss||February 22, 2019||107||0.48|
Sydney and Olive start a babysitting service to earn money. While watching a boy named Dylan at his house, the girls learn he is the younger brother of Zach, a popular eighth-grader. Zach invites his friends to the house, despite his mother telling the girls that no visitors were allowed. Sydney and Olive ignore Dylan to spend time with Zach and his friends, but when Dylan threatens to call his mother, the girls decide to send Zach's friends away. Sydney and Olive spend their remaining time with Dylan and convince him that they are fun babysitters, which later leads to increased business for their service. Meanwhile, young Max convinces Judy he no longer needs a babysitter while she goes out. At home that night, Max and Leo watch a scary film, and Leo returns to his house after being frightened by the movie. Max is also afraid after watching the film, and is scared to be alone. Later, he tells Judy he would be fine with having a babysitter again.Guest stars: Luca Alexander as Zach, Lauren Plaxco as Ms. Taylor, Miles Emmons as Dylan, Madelyne Alorro as Whitney, Max Jimenez as Hudson, Saylor Bell as Mia
|5||"Shaved by the Bell"||David Kendall||Mark Reisman||March 1, 2019||102||0.68|
Sydney and Olive are invited to a pool party, but Sydney is concerned that the children there will notice her new leg hair. Unsure of how to shave her legs, Sydney wants advice from Judy, but she is busy attending a music festival. To teach Sydney, Max shaves his own legs to learn how it is done, but he winds up giving himself numerous shaving injuries. Judy returns when the festival ends early, due to rain. Judy helps Sydney realize that she should shave her legs because she wants to, and not because of what other people might think. Sydney decides not to shave them until she feels ready to do so. Max fills in as a chaperone for the party, where the children are so busy mocking his shaving injuries, they fail to notice Syd's leg hair. Meanwhile, young Max wants facial hair to look mature like his fellow skateboarders, and Leo tells him that hair grows in faster and thicker once shaving has started. Max wants to learn how to shave from his father, a pilot who lives in another city and has an unpredictable work schedule. Judy thinks Max is too young to shave, but ultimately decides to teach him how to do it.Guest star: Matthew Zhang as Sixteen Year Old Boy
|6||"I Know What You Did Last Sleepover"||Danielle Fishel||Eric Zimmerman & Kirill Baru||March 8, 2019||105||0.52|
|Olive stays with the Reynolds while her parents are out of town for a week, although she and Sydney become secretly annoyed by each other. Not wanting to hurt each other's feelings, they both secretly enlist Max to stop the other girl's annoying habits, such as Olive talking late into the night and Sydney playing a bass guitar while Olive is studying. Eventually, they reveal their feelings and have a fight, but they later reconcile. Elsewhere, Judy has fun playing against zombies in an augmented reality game. Meanwhile, young Max has been busy spending time with the Dog Boys. As a result, he has been repeatedly late to work at the arcade, prompting Leo to fire him. Max is upset over Leo's decision, but the two later reconcile.|
|7||"Good Grade Hunting"||Robbie Countryman||Maegan McConnell & Heather Wood||March 15, 2019||108||0.58|
Sydney is upset that her poetry teacher, Mrs. Harris, keeps giving her low grades, making her question her dream of becoming a songwriter. Sydney is surprised to learn that Harris was also Max's poetry teacher in seventh grade and had given him an "A". Harris tells Sydney that her poems do not express who she truly is, although Sydney believes that Harris actually hates her, so she has Max invite Harris to their house as a chance to impress her. Although Sydney and Harris bond over their love of music, Sydney's next grade is lower than last time, prompting her to write a new poem expressing her upset feelings about Harris. To Sydney's surprise, Harris gives her an "A", stating that the poem truly expresses her feelings. Elsewhere, Judy starts taking college classes, as she had previously only finished a semester before giving birth to Max. Judy feels she does not fit in at college, so she decides to quit, but she later makes a friend and chooses to continue attending classes. Meanwhile, young Max impresses Leo with his poetry and decides to participate in a poetry slam. Although the audience does not applaud his work, Max believes it is only because he is ahead of his time.Guest star: Melissa Peterman as Mrs. Harris
|8||"You've Got Female"||David Kendall||Denise Moss||March 22, 2019||103||0.52|
Sydney auditions for the after-school jazz club, but is dismayed to learn she was not accepted because she is a girl. Sydney and Olive learn that other girls have also been rejected from school clubs, so they organize a school protest. As a result, new auditions are held for each club. Sydney loses her potential spot in the jazz club to another girl, who thanks Sydney for giving her the courage to audition. Elsewhere, Grandma Judy joins a dodgeball team, but is later kicked off for being too aggressive. Meanwhile, young Max befriends a skater girl named Brittany, who is upset that the Dog Boys will not let her skate at a park because she is a girl. Max pretends to not know who the Dog Boys are, but they and Brittany arrive at the arcade while he is working. While Max tries to make the Dog Boys leave, he has Leo distract Brittany. However, she realizes Max and the Dog Boys know each other, and Max loses her as a friend.Guest stars: Rizwan Manji as Vice Principal Virmani, Siena Agudong as Brittany, Wyatt Walter as Riccoli, Keyon Bowman as Miles, Mac Jarman as Griffin
|9||"The Lyin' King"||TBA||TBA||March 29, 2019||109||TBD|
|10||"Caved & Confused"||TBA||TBA||April 5, 2019||110||TBD|
|11||"Can't Hardly Date"||TBA||TBA||April 12, 2019||111||TBD|
|12||"Little Shop of Reynolds"||TBA||TBA||April 19, 2019||112||TBD|
|13||"Dude, Where's My Car Wash Money?"||TBA||TBA||April 26, 2019||113||TBD|
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