Hannah Montana

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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A rock princess/girl-next-door made for tweens.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 96 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 440 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

By giving Hannah/Miley at least somewhat relatable problems, the show helps kids figure out ways to cope with similar issues in their own lives. Overall it's upbeat and positive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hannah/Miley is spunky but also relatably nervous about everday teen worries. A widowed dad is very responsive to his son and daughter. That said, the characters can get a bit sassy/disrespectful at times, and there's definitely an aura of aspirational glamour over the whole thing (after all, Hannah is a megastar...).

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Mild flirtations (more as the characters get older), discussions about crushes, some kissing and hugs.

Language

Some typical tween jargon such as "He's so hot."

Consumerism

Lots of girl talk about shopping, clothes, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that within the context of silly, preteen humor, main characters face normal adolescent challenges: How do I fit in? Will my friends like me if I'm different? How do I get her/him to notice me? Girls and boys talk about each other in the context of romantic relationships, dating, and kissing, but no sex. Tweens will certainly notice the glitz and glamour of the pop princess, but her actual appeal is how she faces everyday challenges in this dynamic part of development. (Note: The show's fourth and final season is promoted under the title Hannah Montana Forever.)

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 4, 4, 6, and 7 year old Written byLizzy2 January 9, 2010

Pretty bad messages about Friendship and Family life!

This show is not very good for children! The show started out when my oldest was only 3, and the second-oldest was 2. They were very young, but when their older... Continue reading
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 14, 2012

Yes,they canceled it!

I'm so glad this show got the can! It was junk! Its really overrated and boring!
Teen, 15 years old Written byOnlinegamer55 March 25, 2010

Parents, I have described some of my experiences with this show in this post, I have some advice which may be beneficial to you

These sorts of television shows communicate messages similar to those that more "babyish" shows communicate, but the context is geared towards teenage... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPandaRoo August 23, 2010

An excuse to show diva tantrums

I feel bad for those poor children who enjoy this 'act-of-comedy' I'm sorry, but Miley is rude and snobby, she always thinks of herself, and when... Continue reading

What's the story?

Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is a 14-year-old trying to live a normal life as a regular kid. She has fallen for a boy in class, works hard for good grades, and has a best friend with whom she shares her deepest secret: that she's also pop star Hannah Montana. Her widowed dad, Robbie (country star Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus's real-life father), doubles as her manager and confidante in many of her teen challenges.

Is it any good?

Miley/Hannah lives the dream life of a pop star, but it's her relatable problems during school and everyday social life that make her so likable. She doesn't want to give up either of her worlds and manages (unrealistically) to keep them separate through many humorous close-calls.

Hannah Montana is from the producers of That's So Raven; obviously, Disney knows how to style a show (attractive kids, popular jargon) to appeal to female tweens. While the main characters are all white, there's the usual sprinkling of girls and boys of color to round out the supporting cast.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hannah's fear that her peers will react differently to her when they find out she's a celebrity. How can we be true to ourselves and also feel like we're fitting in and part of a peer group?

  • Why is it important to show respect to others? Do the ways that the characters talk about and react to other girls and boys liv up to that standard?

  • Is it realistic for a young girl to have seemingly endless access to clothes and

  • accessories? In what ways is Hannah/Miley's life realistic?

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