Max and Ruby

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Siblings set a positive example for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 56 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 51 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Ruby is responsible for her actions as well as her little brother's. She models patient behavior.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is based on Rosemary Wells' children's stories, which provide a nicely packaged world for young kids. Max and Ruby have no parents, but the subject is never addressed. Ruby takes care of her younger brother, and they have the kind of caring relationship that any parent would want their own kids to have.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 year old Written bymousespotter December 6, 2009
I think Max is a brat who often disobeys his sister, and sometimes wanders off on his own - not a good role model, in my opinion. After watching one episode, my... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 year old Written byfaroffstar April 2, 2010

obnoxious and pointless

This show is truly obnoxious. My husband and I can't stand it. Every episode is exactly the same, with Ruby ignoring Max and whatever he is trying to commu... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 2, 2013

Terrible Show For Youngsters, There Are Much Better Options.

This is my younger siblings favorite tv program, and I am forced to watch it with them at least once a day, and let me tell you, when you're forced to watc... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 16, 2011

Not a good show

I think the show is adorible, but it does have falts. Like that Ruby is the big sister, but she is like the mother of Max, when she is only like 7. Their house... Continue reading

What's the story?

Lovable bunnies MAX AND RUBY are quite a duo: devious little brother Max (voiced by Billy Rosemberg) is willful, while good-natured older sister Ruby (Samantha Morton) is attentive and patient with him -- sometimes being a touch bossy as well -- but caring and able to set priorities. She teaches him games like hopscotch and jacks in detail, but Max is more interested in toy cars, eating ice cream, and getting his way, although he never throws a tantrum or gets into too much trouble. Otherwise, the bunnies ride the streetcar, pick apples from the tree, and try to earn badges for their bunny scout uniforms.

Is it any good?

Positive and admirable as their behavior may be, one obvious question arises: Where are Ruby and Max's parents? Nonetheless, their world is a utopian one, in which everything is safe and cared for. Max and Ruby's tales allow a comforting, fictional escape for young viewers.

It's refreshing to see a series in which the subject of play is so emphasized. The series is visually compelling and understated in its composition.Though it offers little in terms of educational value, Max and Ruby is a comfortably paced series for preschoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the siblings. What do the siblings do that your own kids could learn from? Have your kids noticed or asked where Max and Ruby's parents are?

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