This Disney show really caught my attention – and not just because they advertised it 12 times a day for two weeks straight before it aired! The show, in fact, has a premise that I was very fond of as a child and still quite interested in as an adult.
Although it’s probably aimed at pre-teens and teens, I love this show! I imagine any adult could get into this because it has great characters that you can relate to at almost any age. I’ve even caught my husband laughing at it sometimes. Young kids will enjoy it also since most of the plots are pretty simple (and silly – kids love silly)
The General Plot
Miley Stewart is your everyday small town girl… who also performs undercover as a superstar singer, Hannah Montana. Only a handful of people know she is Hannah, but a million people love her on stage. She prefers to stay “normal” because she thinks her life would really change if people knew who she was. Miley goes to a normal school, has a normal family, and normal friends… but just this one little secret that makes her special.
Miley/Hannah (Miley Cyrus) – Miley is a great character. She’s half everyday teen and half superstar! It is fun to watch her go through teenage stuff and at the same time deal with being famous. Miley is a great singer as well, and you probably already saw videos of her on the Disney Channel.
Lilly/Lola (Emily Osment) – Miley’s best friend. She is much cuter than her older brother, Haley Joel, and I can easily see her being famous for years to come. She’s very outgoing, good at being silly, and just an all around fun character.
Oliver (Mitchel Musso) – Miley’s other close friend. He brings some laughs, but you can tell his character is also meant to invoke feeling. He has to deal with hard times a lot, and Miley doesn’t really help the situation but tends to screw it up! He’s a cute, shy boy who perfectly completes this threesome.
Robbie (Billy Ray Cyrus) – plays her dad/manager. It must be nice to get to work with your real dad! He’s a fun character on the show and demonstrates just the right amount of discipline and being friends with his kids. I’m sure any kid would want this character as a dad.
Jackson (Jason Earles) – This is Miley’s brother on the show and he is definitely the comic relief. He gets involved in all kinds of silly things and has a few episodes that revolve around his misfortunes. He is just the wild child to balance Miley who is a goodie goodie most of the time.
1) The Intro Episode shows Miley quickly changing from Hannah to regular old Miley as her friend approaches. She explains that she’s afraid she’ll be treated differently if her friend finds out. By freak accident, Lilly does find out and goes from being excited – to being angry because Miley asks her to keep her secret and not tell anyone. Eventually she realizes that Miley is her best friend and she should respect her wishes. Lilly thinks telling the secret would be a great way to get back at girls at school who pick on Miley a lot, but Miley doesn’t want to be treated differently just because she’s a star. It really is a show about friendship and sticking by each other no matter what! Now that Lilly knows, there’s lots of fun with her in future episodes. She becomes Lola whenever she’s hanging with Hannah, which is a fun and interesting character also.
Lilly: Here I go… heading towards the door… after making the best apology I could possibly think of (she looks at Miley with puppy eyes then continues) …still hoping she forgives me. Halfway there…
Miley: You are such a drama queen.
2) Miley is frustrated after being paired up with Oliver for an acting class assignment. She says a little too much to her dad about how much she doesn’t want to work with him, and of course Oliver overhears. After this, Miley starts to lose it! She forgets the words to the National Anthem during a live performance, and later can’t even remember the words to her own songs. Is she really forgetting? or is it guilt? Oliver saves the day by singing the words to her song and she suddenly starts to remember it. She learns that she shouldn’t have bailed on Oliver but instead should have tried to help him, like he did for her.
3) More recent episodes focus on a new kid at school. Jake is famous and well know for his role on a vampire tv show. When he first comes to the school, he is treated like royalty. Teachers even let him skip tests and eat breakfast in class. Miley is starting to get mad and jealous, maybe she should tell the world she is really Hannah Montana! She almost does and even tells a reporter she is Hannah, but learns shortly beforehand that she shouldn’t reveal herself just out of jealousy and anger. In the end, she still wants to live a normal life. When the reporter shows up at the house Miley and her dad trick the reporter into think that she’s just loony and her secret is safe.
Overall, the shows focus on Miley’s normal girl life, such as liking boys, keeping friends, and going to school. Some episodes are based on only these things with the famous star aspect being an afterthought, whereas other episodes focus on Hannah Montana and the trials and tribulations of being famous. I like this because it gives your kids a glimpse at fame but also a glimpse at how famous people can still be down-to-earth, kind people.
The show also has some more serious themes and lessons which can be great for kids. Miley’s mother died prior to the start of the show, and that is touched upon in multiple episodes as Miley is sad but knows she must continue on. That is the most serious theme, but there are other serious moments and lessons in every episode – kind of like Full House, you’ll always learn something.
As the theme song states, you get the best of both worlds with this show because not only is it a show but it also contains some music videos – sort of. When Hannah performs you will usually get to see a full or partial on stage performance and it’s pretty fun and cool. The songs are always good, and the best thing is they are easy to follow so your kids will be able to learn the words and sing along during the reruns. No doubt your kids will want the soundtrack for this, if they haven’t asked already. The songs usually have something to do with the episode, and they have a lot of lessons in them.
Miley Cyrus sings all the songs and I imagine she’ll be recording lots of CDs as she grows up! She’s great. Of course, being the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus gives her a leg-up in the business. I especially like that I can actually understand all the words.
The reason I got hooked on this show is because as a kid (and even as an adult) I always thought it would be fun to have this kind of lifestyle… to be normal according to most people, but secretly live a famous life as well. It would be cool to be able to live a normal everyday life, but still have the perks and fun associated with being a famous performer.
I also enjoy the beach setting this show is placed in. I’ve seen other kids shows based in California, but none focused on the beach as much as this one. It shows how life is a little different and more relaxed in this area and makes the show a little more fun. So if your kids (or you) have ever wondered what it would be like to be famous, check out Hannah Montana today on Disney!