[[caption-width-right:350: It's sad when your parrot is wiser than you are.]]

''Maya & Miguel'' (2004-2007) is an American educative [[AnimatedShows animated series]] about the misadventures of a pair of Hispanic children. As the ExpositoryThemeTune states, they are "brother and sister and best friends as well." The series seeks to make Hispanic culture more familiar to the audience and also teach some Spanish words in the process. Unlike some other [[EdutainmentShow Edutainment series]], Maya & Miguel is actually well-written and humorous, although it does suffer from the use of GratuitousSpanish and [[FiveTokenBand too much focus on the ethnicity]] of the characters.

Maya Santos is an [[GenkiGirl energetic pre-teen girl]] of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who [[SamaritanSyndrome can't resist helping people with their problems]] even when not asked to; this [[HilarityEnsues invariably causes trouble]] but her brother Miguel, despite [[LampshadeHanging pointing that out]], always ends up helping her anyway. Everything [[ForegoneConclusion ends well by the end]] however. The series seems set in the real world; the only unusual sight is how Maya's hairband glows whenever she has an idea, but that seems to be visible only to the viewers. Her {{catchphrase}} is "Eso es!" ("That's it!")[[note]]Though often misinterpreted as "S.O.S"[[/note]]

Other characters in the series include their parents, their grandmother, their friends (which include [[TokenWhite a white boy]] with only one arm) and Paco, a talking parrot.

!!Tropes seen in the series:

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling - Maya, to Miguel (who's three minutes older)
* BigBrotherMentor - In "I Got to be Mi-guel", Tito thinks Miguel is cool and wants to be like him (much to Maya's jealousy), so Miguel teaches him (which annoys Maya).
* BishieSparkle - Esperanza sees Miguel like this.
* BlackBestFriend - Theo to Miguel, at least before Andy came along.
* CatchPhrase
** "ˇÉso es!" (That's it!)
** "What about Paco, what about Paco?"
* CoolOldLady - Abuelita Elena
* DarkIsNotEvil - While Sinister Sombrero is El Guamazo Lopez's nemesis, outside of the ring he's really a nice guy who loves romance novels.
* DinnerWithTheBoss: Happened in one episode.
* FeudEpisode - "The Big Fight" (with Miguel and Theo: they were having a remote-controlled car race that goes wrong, and they blame each other) and "Friends Forever?" (with the girls over a book report and Miguel was teaching Theo and Andy soccer skills for the same position on the same team)
** In the former, Maya prevented picking sides as it usually happens in such type of episode.
* FiveTokenBand - Maya & Miguel (half-Mexican/half-Puerto Rican), Theo (smart African-American), Andy (blonde white kid born with one amputated arm), Maggie (fashionable Chinese), and Chrissy (somewhat naive Afro-Dominican).
* GentleGiant - Jimmy [=McCorkle=]
* GratuitousSpanish
* HalfIdenticalTwins
* HeadPet: Paco occasionally sits on Maya's head.
* HelpingGrannyCrossTheStreet: During a montage where Miguel [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tells Maya all the times her ideas have made things worse]], one of the clips is her "helping" an old lady across the street. The lady was actually waiting for a bus, and Maya's "[[StopHelpingMe help]]" caused her to miss it.
* HeyItsThatVoice
* HotForTeacher - Miguel has a crush on the substitute teacher, Ms. Cisneros, in "Crushed".
* MaskedLuchador - El Guamazo Lopez and his nemesis Sinister Sombrero.
* OneSteveLimit - Subverted, that there are two Melissa Rosas. One is a famous actress/pop star/fashion designer, and the other is Chrissy's cousin.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone - Paco
* RememberTheNewGuy - An unnamed boy is with the Santos family while they play soccer in "The Biggest Thanksgiving Ever".
* SayMyName - "Maya. Maya! '''''[[SkywardScream MAAAYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!]]'''''"
* SayMyNameTrailer: One commercial had a montage of Miguel saying "Maya" and Maya saying "Miguel" repeatedly, with the last two parts being Say My Name.
* SnoopingLittleKid - Maya
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike - "Tito's Mexican Vacation"
-->'''Chrissy:''' Maya, have you ever heard the expression "less is more"?\\
'''Maya:''' That is so weird. Miguel said the same thing to me just this morning.
* ThirdPersonPerson - Paco
* ThisIsMySide - In "A House Divided", Maya and Miguel split the apartment in half with tape. This results in not being able to use the bathroom, walking to school without an umbrella, and working on a project together on separate sides of the apartment.
* ThreeAmigos / TokenTrio
** Maya, Maggie, and Chrissy
** Miguel, Theo, and Andy
* TokenWhite - Andy
* TwentyFourHourPartyPeople - The kids at birthday parties in "Surprise, Surprise" and "The Red Jacket"
* VoiceActors - Nika Futterman (voices Miguel)
* WonderfulLife
* WesternAnimation/WordGirl - Started as a series of shorts in the show.
* WriteWhoYouKnow - In-Universe example in "The Adventures of Rabbit-Bird Man", where Maya, Tito, Maggie, Chrissy, and Theo help make Miguel's comic book ''Rabbit-Bird Man'' for a contest. Each of them creates their own character: Tito Tollo (Tito), TheFashionista Police (Maggie and Chrissy), and [[Franchise/{{Robocop}} Robo-Theo]] (Theo)
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord
* {{You Meddling Kid|s}} - Maya