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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are strong themes of friendship and conflict resolution throughout.
Kids watch two teens see past their very different personalities and become loyal friends, which helps them overcome common coming-of-age woes such as insecurities with girls. Rather than causing them to conform to each other's styles, their relationship shows how appreciating differences in others encourages self-respect and helps them resolve conflict.
Positive Role Models
Max and Alvin are polar opposites, which causes some initial stress, but embracing their differences turns out to be great for their relationship. Even though they have different approaches to solving problems, they learn the value of communication and compromise. Some characters are starstruck by Max and vie for his attention because he's a celebrity, but this kind of thing comes across as superficial. Parents exist mostly in the background, but Alvin's automated personal assistant gives some sage advice when it's called for. There's a bit of racial diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Some spills and pratfalls, but no violence to speak of.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens talk about being attracted to one another, and there's some flirting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max & Shred is a comedy series that centers on a positive friendship between teen boys who are more different than they are alike but who see past those differences to find common ground. The characters' troubles are standard coming-of-age fare -- crushes on girls, mishaps at school, and the like -- all of which are glossed over to some degree or another. That said, the teens get through them by leaning on each other and talking out their problems, which has positive messages. Expect to see some mild flirting and a decent helping of teen girls vying for the attention of the town's celebrity, but it's nothing that will come as a surprise to kids and tweens.
Is It Any Good?
MAX & SHRED is a fun buddy comedy about unlikely friends who bridge a sizable gap to forge an enviable friendship. What stands out in this show is the likability of each of its title characters. Max is gracious and refreshingly unpretentious despite being a celebrity, and Alvin (or "Shred," as Max later christens him) is smart and savvy without being stereotypically geeky. Even better, they solve their problems by talking to each other or to someone else who can help them figure things out, including Shred's virtual personal assistant, Mr. Papadopulos (Darryl Hinds), who's usually quick with decent advice.
The show could have gone further to make other characters similarly appealing, in particular the Ackerman parents, who sometimes come across as more starstruck than some of the teens. But ultimately this keeps viewers' focus on the boys, whose antics are truly fun to watch and offer viewers really positive messages about relationships. Yes, theirs is a typical sitcom world in which problems are solved in a 30-minute window, but, to their credit, they express their feelings and value their friendship over the trials that threaten it.
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