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It's sad when your parrot is wiser than you are.

Maya & Miguel (2004-2007) is an American educative animated 65-Episode Cartoon about the misadventures of a pair of Hispanic children. As the Expository Theme Tune 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 Edutainment series, Maya & Miguel is actually well-written and humorous, although it does suffer from the use of Gratuitous Spanish and too much focus on the ethnicity of the characters.

Maya Santos is an energetic pre-teen girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who can't resist helping people with their problems even when not asked to; this invariably causes trouble but her brother Miguel, despite pointing that out, always ends up helping her anyway. Everything 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.note  Her catchphrase is "Eso es!" ("That's it!")note 

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

Tropes seen in the series:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Maya, to Miguel (who's three minutes older).
  • Big Brother Mentor: 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).
  • Bishie Sparkle: Esperanza sees Miguel like this.
  • Black Best Friend: Theo to Miguel, at least before Andy came along.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "¡Éso es!" (That's it!)
    • "What about Paco, what about Paco?"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Given her impulsive nature, Maya tends to fall under this often.
  • Cool Old Lady: Abuelita Elena.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While Sinister Sombrero is El Guamazo Lopez's nemesis, outside of the ring he's really a nice guy who loves romance novels.
  • Dinner with the Boss: Happened in one episode.
  • Feud Episode: "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.
  • Five-Token Band: 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).
  • Gentle Giant: Jimmy McCorkle.
  • Gratuitous Spanish
  • Half-Identical Twins
  • Head Pet: Paco occasionally sits on Maya's head.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: During a montage where Miguel 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 "help" caused her to miss it.
  • Hot for Teacher: Miguel has a crush on the substitute teacher, Ms. Cisneros, in "Crushed".
  • Ignore the Disability: Downplayed in Andy's debut, but still present enough to affect the plot.
  • Large Ham: Every one of the kids has moments of this given their usual antics.
  • Lyric Swap: A lyric in the theme song was rerecorded because it was apparently sexist.
    • The lyric in question, "He leads with his head while she follows her heart" is not sexist in any way because it describes the characters, but one unfamiliar with the show just hearing the theme song could come to this conclusion, and this is probably exactly what happened.
  • Masked Luchador: El Guamazo Lopez and his nemesis Sinister Sombrero.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "I Got to be Mi-guel", Miguel accidentally left the keys inside the pet shop while trying to teach Tito how to be cool.
    Maya: Miguel!
    Tito: Not cool.
    Abuela: Definitely not cool.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted, that there are two Melissa Rosas. One is a famous actress/pop star/fashion designer, and the other is Chrissy's cousin.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: Paco.
  • Remember the New Guy: An unnamed boy is with the Santos family while they play soccer in "The Biggest Thanksgiving Ever".
  • Say My Name Trailer: One commercial had a montage of Miguel saying "Maya" and Maya saying "Miguel" repeatedly, with the last two parts being Say My Name.
  • Sibling Seniority Squabble: In "I Got to be Mi-guel":
    Miguel: (takes the keys before Maya could) I'm the oldest!
    Maya: Yeah, by three minutes.
  • 65-Episode Cartoon: 65 episodes in one season, which trickled out over the course of three years.
  • Snooping Little Kid - Maya.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: "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.
  • Third-Person Person: Paco.
  • This Is My Side: 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.
  • ¡Three Amigos! / Token Trio:
    • Maya, Maggie, and Chrissy.
    • Miguel, Theo, and Andy.
  • Token White: Andy.
  • 24 Hour Party People: The kids at birthday parties in "Surprise, Surprise" and "The Red Jacket".
  • Voice Actors: Nika Futterman (voices Miguel).
  • Wonderful Life
  • WordGirl: Started as a series of shorts in the show.
  • Write Who You Know: 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), The Fashionista Police (Maggie and Chrissy), and Robo-Theo (Theo).
  • You Are The Translated Foreign Word
  • You Meddling Kid: Maya.

Alternative Title(s): Maya And Miguel