I hate Max & Ruby...

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It’s a kid’s show on Nick, and I can’t stand it. Max and Ruby is a show about two bunnies, brother and sister. Max is 3 and Ruby is 7. Max is always trying to get away with stuff and Ruby is always trying to make him behave.



What bugs me the most about this show is the complete lack of parents. A 7-year old apparently takes care of a 3-year old all by herself. She makes all the decisions on what to do and when to do it. She gets after Max when he’s bad. Before I knew the background of the show, I was starting to think she was a teenage un-wed single mother to Max, which would explain why she seemed so young and yet was completely on her own in raising him



Another problem, Max is always trying to get away with something. Ruby tells him to stop and he just ends up sneaking around and doing it anyway. Of course, in typical liberal cartoon fashion, even though the child breaks the rules, everything turns out good in the end so there’s no repercussions for doing wrong.



Overall it’s typical Nick fare. Kids on their own, no need for parents since the kids are so worldly themselves.



What do you think about the show...do you like it, do your kids watch it...it it really doing any harm or are the "haters" just over reacting??



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Amber - posted on 03/01/2010

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I thought that i was the only person out there that hated this show.. not only is there no perental in envolvment and Ruby takes care of her little brother max, but they go around town doing things all by themselves.. one time i saw an episode were max was told no.. n so while Ruby was in the kitchen he just walked outside and walked w the mail man to his grandmas'. I was in shock.. it just teaches kids to do whatever they want, that there are no boundries.. and it is ok for you to tell other children what to do. I am a firm believer that I am the parent and i make the rules that my son has to follow not other children.

I also hate Wonder Pets. I can not stand how they can go around and not properly pronunciate the words.. it has been hard enough teaching my son to talk with his hearing problems, but now when he does get to watch what little tv he does, he doesnt even hear the words right.

There are quite a few shows on Nick that I dont like. I have been having a problem w/ Deigo and Dora in that they just wonder off and talk to strangers. I love that there are some education value in there so i dont dislike it as much as others, but I mean come on people our children are like little sponges they soak up EVERYTHING. What happened to the good stuff like Mia the bee or gulla gulla island.

Now Disney Channel I enjoy much more. My son loves the Mickey Mouse Club House and the Imagination Movers.

Kara - posted on 03/01/2010

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I hate Max and Ruby too but mostly cause it is lame. I also hate the Wiggles and Yo Gabba Gabba cause they both freak me out. We watch the Disney cartoons more than anything and my son (2) is a freak for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. In fact he can count to 15 because of MMC. The other one he loves is the Wonderpets but the duck with the lisp makes me crazy!!! What is with that?

Christi - posted on 03/01/2010

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My kids watch every now and then and like it, but I don't care for it.
It would be one thing if Ruby were just playing with Max or maybe babysitting, but that's not all she does. In multiple episodes they get on the city bus and go shopping. A 3 year old and a 7 year old shopping alone? What kind of perfect neighborhood do they live in?! Then in one episode Ruby wakes Max up in the morning and cooks him eggs. It would be fine if it were Ruby taking Max to the park or down the street to Grandma's, but it's totally different to show them getting on a bus or using a stove. Or it would be better even if it were "Mom told me to take you to the park." It's just strange that they never even mention "Mom and Dad." Grandma is in a lot of episodes, but the only evidence that parents exist is the family portrait on the wall in the living room.

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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I grew up with PBS...so I loved sesame street, reading rainbow, electric company, 3-2-1 contact, and remember Mr. Goodbody? He was a little creepy lol
Oh yea...and Mr. Wizzard :)

Krista - posted on 03/01/2010

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"Do any Canadians remember the Polka Dot Door?"

/sings

The polka dot door, the polka dot dooooor! Let's peek through, the polka dot door. Songs and stories and so much more (doo de doo de doo) through the polka dot door!

I loved Mr. Dressup, and Sesame Street, and the Friendly Giant (remember him?) I have no idea what shows Sam will wind up loving, but right now, he gets a huge smile on his face when he sees The Colbert Report (during the day -- don't worry, I don't keep him up quite that late.)

Charlene - posted on 03/01/2010

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Haha Kati, the Wiggles probably don't have parents on the show because they are grown men! :P

Also Arthur, Rollie Pollie Ollie, Angelina Ballerina, Timothy Goes to School, Little Bear, Franklin, Martha Speaks, Between the Lions... those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head for ones that have parents.



We have Teletoon Retro, and it plays Fraggle Rock, Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show all the time.. I don't have any complaints. :P

The only other Cartoon network we get is Ytv and Pbs plays kids shows in the mornings, but hopefully when we move we will be able to switch it up and get Treehouse in there as well.

Do they still have Ants in your Pants on Treehouse? I loved watching that with my cousins. That and the circus tent one that had a bunch of mini shows like Charlie and Neemo and one about toys on a blue shelf.

Rosie - posted on 03/01/2010

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i don't mind max and ruby. i think it sometimes shows good problem solving skills. hardly any kid show has parents on it. sesame street, no parents. wiggles, no parents. in fact i'm having trouble remembering a kid show that does have parents.i obviously know that there are some, i just can't think of one for the life of me right now!

the show that REALLY bothers me, and i can't sit through it long enough to find out if there's any educational value to it, is Yo Gabba Gabba. i detest it!! LOL!!

Johnny - posted on 03/01/2010

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You can buy the Muppets on DVD now. I've been getting a season every year in my x-mas stocking. It is sooo funny. And IMO good for kids and adults. I haven't watched it with my daughter yet, but I'm sure she'll think it's a bit weird. Love Fraggle Rock too!! Great music.

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Honestly I've wondered the same thing about the stupid show, Where are the damn parents! LOL Luckily my kids mostly like shows like Dora and Diego and Blues Clues. At least they learn something. My daughter knows so much Spanish it makes me laugh. I miss the old shows like the Muppet's and Mr. Dressup.

Isobel - posted on 03/01/2010

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my kids are 7 and 9 (almost) so most of these shows haven't been played in my house in years...I still have wiggles songs stuck in my head and the kids don't even remember who they were LOL.

Lady - posted on 03/01/2010

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Do max and ruby in America have English accents or are they American - I can't remember?
A lot of the british childrens programmes don't seem to translate well once they are redubed and the same goes for the American to british - higgly town heroes for example pizza man sounds like a wierdo pedifile insead of the cool surfing dude.
Bob the builder in america is some sort of stupid redneck - where in britian he is so much more likeable. I'm sure they probably did some sort of research into what would appeal to the different areas but I think they got it wrong half the time - they should just leave them the way they were origionally made - that's the way they were meant to be!

Heather - posted on 02/28/2010

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I just had this exact convo with my brother today! lol I dont like max and ruby...but not for the premise of it...I think it is boring and so does my son.



I personally cant stand the wiggles, I dont know why but I totally pick up on some homosexual vibes from those guys....the other day one of them was talking about how much he loves sausage...and then showed thomas the tank engine going thru a tunnel lol then there was a whole thing about cockle fruit lol it may just be my perverted mind but I really dont like them :)

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Fraggle Rock ROCKS Kate! LOL! The show has a catchy tune.......I find myself singing it all day long but that's the extent of it......we don't watch many cartoons in our house but maybe I should pay better attention to what it's actually about!??

Johnny - posted on 02/28/2010

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I can't stand that show. I've never actually watched the whole thing, my kid doesn't like it either. But the opening song annoys the hell out of me and it gets stuck in my head forever.

But I don't expect tv shows to be realistic in portraying family life. I think that we should set that sort of example for our own kids, not expect tv shows to do it. I definitely don't have an issue with the lack of parental figures, it is coming from a kids perspective. When I was a kid, I loved Mr. Dressup and he had a kid and his dog living in a playhouse in his backyard. I knew it was just tv and thought nothing of it.

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Good point about Dora Erin! I personally don't mind Max and Ruby, but then again, my kids aren't that into it. They are way more into Dora and Diego right now (Nadia, my 2 year-old, was watching Diego today and Click the Camera showed a picture of a chinchilla and Nadia KNEW it was a chinchilla!!! Crazy!!!). I honestly have a few odd thoughts about these shows (like the fact that on Dora, Map is a boy and Backpack is a girl, yet Map lives inside of Backpack...), but my kids love them and they learn things from them, so I really think the educational aspect of most of the kid's shows far outweighs the lack of reality in them.

Erin - posted on 02/28/2010

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I agree with you, Laura. Ruby never listens to him. And I never thought that maybe Ruby is telling her story from her eyes. I used to not like it, but since my son loves it I sit and watch it with him, it has grown on me.



And all of the shows on Nick or any kids shows for that matter are not realistic anyway. On Dora you hardly ever see her parents AND she goes all over the world with a monkey.

Isobel - posted on 02/28/2010

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I loved Max and Ruby...I always kind of imagined that the story was being told from her point of view...of course the parents were there (they just weren't integral to the story)...from Ruby's point of view.

and I don't think Max is "always trying to get away with something" in fact, I think he ALWAYS had a valid point that Ruby had overlooked.

Kate CP - posted on 02/28/2010

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I hate most modern kids shows. What's wrong with old school Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock???

Aurora - posted on 02/28/2010

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I detest Max & Ruby. I am not sure what the Nick network is thinking with this show. Even my 4 year old son caught on to the lack of parents. I no longer allow him to watch it. He was starting to mimic the sneakiness. I normally don't have a strong opinion when it comes to shows but when a show pushes the idea of "being fine with no parents" involved I have an issue.

Carly - posted on 02/28/2010

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I can't stand that show because Ruby's bossiness and Max's brattiness makes me want to wring both of their necks!! My daughter used to adore this show but seems to finally be growing out of it. I've recently pretty much banned 90% of kids programming in my home and that's on the list!!! It's just mindless and teaches them nothing, except maybe bad manners!!

Charlene - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter is only seven months, so she doesn't watch this yet... but I have seen it quite a few times thanks to time spent with young cousins.



I personally don't care for it, as far a kids shows go. Max is a brat, Ruby is supposed to be watching him, but she doesn't do a very good job. (Maybe it has something to do with being 7. :P)



It's just a kids show though.. I don't think it's that big of a deal. If people don't like it, they don't have to let their kids watch it. Simple.

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