A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Occasional feel-good messages about community involvement, but for the most part, the show’s focus is on entertainment rather than on education.
The show celebrates pop culture trends and icons in much the same way that an entertainment magazine does. Some segments celebrate real kids’ involvement in their communities and service projects they perform.
Positive Role Models
The host is a fast-talking font of information that tweens will love, including interviews with trendy stars, previews of upcoming movies, and fun facts of all kinds. He’s also an accomplished magician and works his craft into the show.
Products & Purchases
The series exists mostly to promote the Hub’s shows and movies, which the host does in three of the four breakout segments and throughout his monologues.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this magazine-style series heavily promotes The Hub's shows through weekly plot recaps, hints at upcoming episodes, and a segment that shows a TV flipping through the viewing options themselves. The show also includes pop culture references like music and sports updates, as well as trend reports (what's hot and what's not) and interviews with big-name stars like Jason Derulo. On the upside, the host is dynamic and funny and even mixes some magic in with his monologues. Just keep in mind that if you're trying to curtail your kids' TV viewing, this show's built-in advertising won't help your cause at all.
Is It Any Good?
Tweens will enjoy this fast-paced show that centers on pop culture and keeps them up to date on current trends and the hottest names in entertainment and sports. Willman is a truly dynamic host who ensures that there's never a dull moment onscreen, and viewers will like his humor, easygoing style, and occasional magic tricks.
Hubworld's biggest sticking point is that its primary goal is to promote The Hub's own shows. If your kids do tune in, there's a good chance they'll want to check out some of the series whose clips they see featured in recap or promotional segments, so if you're looking to limit their TV watching, there just might be too much temptation to make this a worthwhile choice. What's more, it also endorses current trends in entertainment and fashion, which might also influence your tweens' likes and dislikes.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.