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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.
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
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...).
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtations (more as the characters get older), discussions about crushes, some kissing and hugs.
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Some typical tween jargon such as "He's so hot."
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Products & Purchases
Lots of girl talk about shopping, clothes, etc.
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.)
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.
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