I made fun of this show for about a year. Then I actually started watching it, and, oops, I had to change my opinion.
The animation may be pretty bad on the early episodes, and the plots may sometimes be lacking in believability (earthquake machine, I'm looking at you), but the core idea is fantastic and the characters are way more fun than they ought to be. For a 30-minute toy commercial, there's a lot of good stuff going on.
Max remains one of my favorite shows of all time... if only because it gave us all Woody Barkowski, storm god, who is, of course, out on bail and off his medication.