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Parents' Guide to

Hannah Montana

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A rock princess/girl-next-door made for tweens.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 60 parent reviews

age 10+

Nostalgic Disaster

I watched Hannah Montana as a kid, I loved it and even now I'm a fan of Miley Cyrus because we stan wlw representation. But going back to the show in my 20s has shown me all the problematic content specifically gender stereotypes and taboo relationships. The show intends to provide good messages to kids about morality and everything else but the bad far outweighs the good. I would not let my little cousins watch this show.
age 9+

This is a bad show

I find that Hannah dresses reavealing quite often, and the plot of the show includes many themes that makes the actors look like bad role models. My youngest daughter made me see an episode where Miley was dating a bad boy so her father would let her date her "real" boyfriend, but she falls in love with the bad boy and than lots of drama occurs. Also, everyone is very rude and bratty.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (60 ):
Kids say (279 ):

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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