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Maya & Miguel

TV review by
Ginny Pelley, Common Sense Media
Maya & Miguel TV Poster Image
Engaging cartoon teaches cultural diversity.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 18 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Teaches kids about other cultures and languages. Themes include communication and empathy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Maya is a charming and irrepressible heroine who often lets her good intentions run away with her; Miguel thinks before he acts and tends to be quieter and calmer. They make good foils for each other, and both are devoted to their large and loving families and supportive communities. Parents will appreciate the many scenes showing kids and adults interacting together positively.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Maya & Miguel is well-written, funny, and full of upbeat charm. The program focuses on a set of Spanish language vocabulary words that are repeated throughout the episode. Kids will find the animated twins a delight.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjeast35 April 9, 2008
Parent Written byqtnn January 11, 2009
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Really great!

This show is really fun and the lessons in them are brought out in a cool or funny way unlike those other shows like barnye or dragon tales when it's all k... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 5, 2009

The animated I Love Lucy.

This show is basiclly a kids version of I Love Lucy! This show is very funny! Possibly even better than Arthur!

What's the story?

Animated twins MAYA & MIGUEL introduce viewers to their family, friends, culture, and the Spanish language in this PBS series. In addition to language skills, the show teaches kids about cultural diversity in a fun, engaging way.

Is it any good?

The mostly English dialogue in is peppered with Spanish words and phrases in a way that's totally natural, teaching kids about language while keeping them thoroughly entertained. In one episode, for example, cousin Tito, who's learning English, is "nervioso" about trying out for the school play, which is adapted from a Mayan folk tale. With Maya's help, Tito gets through his audition, only to discover that during the production, he's crippled by stage fright without Maya on stage with him to lend support. Maya devises ingenious and humorous ways to get on stage to help her cousin, who eventually discovers that he's found the confidence to perform without Maya's help.

This well-written show doesn't forget the parents who are viewing with their kids. Some things may fly over young viewers' heads, but Maya & Miguel is infused with such heart and good humor that even its youngest fans won't ever feel like they're missing anything.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different cultures and languages presented in Maya & Miguel. Does the show spark an interest in kids to learn more about their own family background?

  • What do kids think about the importance of family and being a good friend?

  • How do the characters in Maya & Miguel demonstrate communication and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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