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Maya & Miguel is an American children's television educational animated series produced by Scholastic Studios with animation by Starburst Animation Studios (Kim Possible) and Yeson Animation Studios (The Fairly OddParents). It formerly aired on PBS as part of the PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go! lineups. The show ran from October 11, 2004 to October 10, 2007, and had a total of five seasons and 65 episodes.[2][3] Centering on the lives of preteen Hispanic twins named Maya and Miguel Santos and their friends, the program is aimed at promoting multiculturalism and education in general. It is geared to the 5-9 age range. Part of the dialogue in each episode in the English version is in Spanish but only individual words or phrases which are explained in English.

Maya & Miguel
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Animated comedy
Created byDeborah Forte
Voices ofCandi Milo
Nika Futterman
Carlos Alazraqui
Elizabeth Peña
Carlos Ponce
Lupe Ontiveros
Lucy Liu
Composer(s)David Ricard[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Scholastic Studios
Original networkPBS (PBS Kids)
Original releaseOctober 11, 2004[2] –
October 10, 2007
Related showsWordGirl
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The TV show is closed-captioned by the National Captioning Institute when seen on PBS Kids in the US like Sesame Street, Dragon Tales, and Clifford the Big Red Dog.



The show presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. The show chronicles the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of fraternal twins Maya and Miguel Santos and features their family, friends and a diverse neighborhood. This show centers on Maya's well-intentioned meddling in her family and friends' lives, ultimately creating new quandaries to fix. Their mother is from Mexico, and their father is from Puerto Rico. The underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain. The show presents a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language and cultures. In some markets, each episode ends with Maya announcing, "Here's what some of our friends are up to," introducing clips of children engaging and interacting in ways consistent with the show's themes. Maya concludes episodes by exhorting viewers to "visit your local library like 'Maya & Miguel'".


The show centers on 11 main characters. Other characters are included, such as family, but the show mainly revolves around these characters:

  • Maya Santos (voiced by Candi Milo): Maya is a sweet, gentle, and energetic girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. She always manages to include her twin brother and friends into her crazy adventures. Whenever Maya comes up with an idea, she always says "¡Éso es!" (That's it!) and her hair bobbles light up; as shown in "The Bet" they will continue to glow until she says "¡Éso es!". She can sometimes be very stubborn, ignorant, and naive, and tends to get involved in other people's business. Although her ideas often don't go the way she plans them, they always accomplish their original objective in the end. Maya's heart is always in the right place.
  • Miguel Santos (voiced by Nika Futterman): Maya's older twin. Miguel is slightly more practical and sensible than his sister, and enjoys playing soccer and video games. Every time Maya gets an idea, he gets a bad feeling about it. He knows Maya means well, but he thinks she gets more involved in other people's problems than need be. He keeps track of Maya's ideas that have gone wrong, which annoys Maya. However, he would sometimes admit that an idea of hers is the best idea yet. He has a crush on a girl named Kylie, who apparently feels the same way.
  • Theo McEwen (voiced by Jerod Mixon): Miguel's best friend and soccer buddy. He is African-American. Theo loves sports as much as Miguel does. Theo often gets straight A's in his classes, arguably making him the most intelligent of the kids. Theo is often the voice of reason among his friends.
  • Maggie Lee (voiced by Lucy Liu): Maya's Chinese-American friend. She is very dramatic, fashionable, and talented. She rarely disagrees with Maya's ideas.
  • Chrissy Lum (voiced by Beth Payne): Maya's Dominican-American friend, and describes herself as Afro-Dominican. She is very sensitive and level-headed, though sometimes she can also be gullible. Chrissy tends to point out the flaws in Maya's plans, similar to Miguel. She also loves animals.
  • Andy Arlington (voiced by Jeannie Elias): Miguel's other friend. He is an English-American boy who was born with only one arm. Often seen in the background with Miguel and Theo, he likes to play soccer, basketball, and baseball. Andy moved to Maya and Miguel's neighborhood from Wisconsin.
  • Tito Chávez (voiced by Candi Milo): Maya and Miguel's cousin who moved to the US from Mexico with his parents. He lives in the same apartment complex. He admires his cousin Miguel; in the episode "I've Got to Be 'Mi-Guel'" he is shown pretending to act as if he is Miguel (which makes Miguel rather pleased, but eventually annoyed at one point). He loves to play soccer like the twins.
  • Abuela Elena (voiced by Lupe Ontiveros): Maya and Miguel's grandmother.
  • Paco (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui): A bilingual parrot who is the twins' pet, originally owned by their abuela. Most commonly heard saying "Pretty Bird" and "What about Paco, what about Paco?". He often gets loose, causing much trouble and confusion. Paco also often reacts to figures of speech (mostly ones about birds), thinking they are real.
  • Rosa Santos (voiced by Elizabeth Peña): Santiago's wife and Maya and Miguel's mother who was originally from Mexico.
  • Santiago Santos (voiced by Carlos Ponce): Rosa's husband and Maya and Miguel's father who was originally from Puerto Rico.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113October 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)November 11, 2004 (2004-11-11)
213November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12)May 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)
313May 5, 2005 (2005-05-05)September 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)
413January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20)October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
513February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)

Season 1 (2004)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Mala Suerte"October 11, 2004 (2004-10-11)
2"The Matchmaker"October 12, 2004 (2004-10-12)
3"When Maya Met Andy"October 13, 2004 (2004-10-13)
4"The Autograph"October 14, 2004 (2004-10-14)
5"Rhymes with "Gato""October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
6"La Nueva Cocinita"October 18, 2004 (2004-10-18)
7"The Letter"October 19, 2004 (2004-10-19)
8"Teacher's Pet"October 20, 2004 (2004-10-20)
9"La Calavera"November 2, 2004 (2004-11-02)
10"Politics Unusual"November 8, 2004 (2004-11-08)
11"Tito's Mexican Vacation"November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)
12"Prince Tito"November 10, 2004 (2004-11-10)
13"The Bully and the Bunny"November 11, 2004 (2004-11-11)

Season 2 (2004–05)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
14"Family Time"November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12)
15"Surprise, Surprise"January 18, 2005 (2005-01-18)
16"Career Day"January 17, 2005 (2005-01-17)
17"An "Okri"-Dokey Day"January 19, 2005 (2005-01-19)
18"Chrissy's Big Move"January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)
19"I've Got to be "Mi-Guel""January 20, 2005 (2005-01-20)
20"Soccer Mom"February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11)
21"The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man"February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16)
22"Maya and Miguel, Come on Down!"February 17, 2005 (2005-02-17)
23"The Wrestler Next Door"February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18)
24"A Little Culture"May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)
25"The Bet"May 4, 2005 (2005-05-04)
26"The Cheery Chipper Cupid Sisters"May 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)

Season 3 (2005–06)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
27"Team Santos"May 5, 2005 (2005-05-05)
28"Friends Forever?"October 21, 2005 (2005-10-21)
29"The Slump"July 15, 2005 (2005-07-15)
30"The Dogwalkers"October 13, 2005 (2005-10-13)
31"Recipe for Disaster"October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
32"The Pen-Pal"October 14, 2005 (2005-10-14)
33"Abuela Upmanship"October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12)
34"Fashionistas"October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28)
35"Maya Quixote and Miguel Panza"November 4, 2005 (2005-11-04)
36"The Taming of Mr. Shue"November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11)
37"Tito's Pet"January 6, 2006 (2006-01-06)
38"Real Twins"October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
39"Give Me a Little Sign"September 25, 2006 (2006-09-25)

Season 4 (2005–07)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
40"A Star Is Born"January 20, 2006 (2006-01-20)
41"Paper Girl"January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27)
42"Miguel's Wonderful Life"November 25, 2005 (2005-11-25)
43"The Video"January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13)
44"Decisions, Decisions"October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)
45"A Rose is Still A Rose"October 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)
46"Role Reversal"October 5, 2006 (2006-10-05)
47"After School"October 6, 2006 (2006-10-06)
48"The Wedding"October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)
49"Puppy Love"January 15, 2007 (2007-01-15)
50"Mother's Day"May 12, 2006 (2006-05-12)
51"The Big Fight"October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
52"The Best Thanksgiving Ever"November 18, 2005 (2005-11-18)

Season 5 (2006–07)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
53"Cupid"February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
54"Papi Joins the Band"June 15, 2007 (2007-06-15)
55"Crushed"October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)
56"The Red Jacket"January 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)
57"Maya the Mascot"January 18, 2007 (2007-01-18)
58"Good Luck Paco"October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04)
59"Paging Dr. Maya"May 4, 2007 (2007-05-04)
60"The Battle of the Birthdays"January 17, 2007 (2007-01-17)
61"Say "Cheese"!"October 8, 2007 (2007-10-08)
62"A House Divided"October 9, 2007 (2007-10-09)
63"Every Day is Earth Day"April 21, 2006 (2006-04-21)
64"The Big Idea"January 19, 2007 (2007-01-19)
65"I Love Maya"October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)

Home mediaEdit

There have been three Maya & Miguel DVD and VHS releases. In addition, all 65 episodes of the series are available on iTunes.

Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes include
Twice the Fun 1 4 September 13, 2005 "The Letter", "The Autograph", "Rhymes with Gato", and "La Nueva Cocinita"
Funny Fix-Ups "The Matchmaker", "Teacher's Pet", "When Maya Met Andy", and "Mala Suerte"
Cinco de Maya 1, 2 5 April 18, 2006 "La Calavera", "Tito's Mexican Vacation", "Surprise, Surprise", "I've Got to Be Mi-Guel" and "The Adventure of Rabbit-Bird Man"


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