"Sydney to the Max"
Premieres Friday, January 25 at 8:30 PM ET/PT on Disney Channel
Sidney to the Max is a heartwarming and sentimental comedy that revolves around outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds who lives with her protective yet doting single dad Max in the house where he grew up. Along with her trendy and progressive grandmother Judy (three generations under one roof), this sitcom, set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s, demonstrates that tween milestones and the challenges of growing up never really change.
As Sydney’s preteen pursuits begin to expand with unexpected and funny twists, Max tries to get a better sense of the guidance, perspective and support she needs. Grandma, armed with parental wisdom and wisecracks, has a razor-sharp memory that proves Max’s own teenage antics parallel Sydney’s. Whether it is experimenting with a new hairstyle that becomes a #HairFail, deciding to stand up for gender equality or learning how to deal with unexpected body hair, flashback scenes to a young Max and his best friend Leo parallel the challenging and often comical predicaments Sydney and her vivacious friend Olive find themselves in.
While their adolescence is separated by three decades as well as generation-defining tech and fashion (think VHS camcorders and bleached skater hair) in every episode, Sydney and Max grow closer as they learn they have more in common than they initially thought. “Sydney to the Max” introduces 13-year-old actress and musician Ruth Righi as the title character Sydney and stars Ian Reed Kesler (“Suits”) as adult Max and Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Phineas and Ferb”) as Judy in both eras. Professional skateboarder Jackson Dollinger (“Puppy Dog Pals”) plays skateboarding-daredevil young Max in the 1990s; Ava Kolker (“Girl Meets World”) plays Sydney’s quirky BFF Olive; and Christian J. Simon (“The Amazing World of Gumball”) plays young Max’s sarcastic-yet-responsible, best friend Leo.