A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
What's the story?
HUBWORLD is a weekly recap program that aims to keep kids informed about all the goings-on at its home channel, The Hub. Justin Willman hosts the magazine-style show, which includes recaps of many of The Hub’s shows, promotions for new-release music and movies, and interviews with stars. Some segments also center on real-life kids who make a difference in their communities through volunteering.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about pop culture. Tweens: How do you know what’s “in” or trendy? Who decides what the current trends are? How are your likes and dislikes affected by the media? Do you ever disagree with trends?
Tweens: What do you think is this show’s intention? Is it trying to educate you in some way? If so, how does it aim to do so? Have you ever seen another show like this one? Did you like it? Are you encouraged to watch it again?
Our editors recommend
For kids who love tween-oriented TV
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