Sydney to the Max: Season 1 Fact Sheet & Lead Sheet
Sydney to the Max: Season 1 Fact Sheet
Title: “Sydney to the Max”
Network: Disney Channel
Season Premiere: Friday, Jan. 25 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST/PST), on Disney Channel, in the DisneyNOW app and Disney Channel VOD.
Synopsis: Set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s, the heartwarming and sentimental live-action comedy revolves around outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds who lives with her single dad Max in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy—three generations under one roof. 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. Judy lends her wisdom and wisecracks to both granddaughter and son and has a razor-sharp memory that Max’s own teenage antics parallel Sydney’s. Flashback scenes to a young Max and his best friend Leo juxtapose the funny predicaments invented by Sydney and her vivacious friend Olive.
Cast: Ruth Righi as Sydney Reynolds
Ian Reed Kesler as Max Reynolds
Caroline Rhea as Mom and Grandma Judy
Jackson Dollinger as young Max Reynolds
Christian J. Simon as Leo
Ava Kolker as Olive
Created by: Mark Reisman
Executive Producers: Mark Reisman
Co-Executive Producer: Denise Moss
Production Company: It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc.
Theme Song: “Stay The Same”
Written and Produced by: Kay Hanley (ASCAP), Michelle Lewis (ASCAP), and Dan Petty (BMI)
Performed by: Ruth Righi and Dan Conklin
A heartwarming and sentimental live-action comedy that will resonate with kids 6-12 and parents alike, “Sydney to the Max” 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—the 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.
Created by prolific Emmy® Award-nominated writer, showrunner and executive producer Mark Reisman (“Frasier,” “The Exes,” “Wings”), “Sydney to the Max” is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc. As production designer, Emmy Award-winner Michael Hynes (“The Golden Girls,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Liv and Maddie”) created the two versions of the Reynolds’ home.
The theme song, “Stay The Same,” was written and produced by Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty and performed by Righi and Dan Conklin.