21 May 2015

TV DVD Review: "Hannah Montana": Season One

Rated: TV-G (US) / G (Canada)
Starring: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Mitchel Musso
Released: March 24, 2006 - March 30, 2007 (Disney Channel premieres) / November 18, 2008 (DVD)
Synopsis: By day, Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus, The Last Song) is just a regular teenager...but, by night, she is Hannah Montana, pop singer extraordinaire! The only ones who know her secret are her best friend Lilly (Emily Osment, Dadnapped), her older brother Jackson (Jason Earles, Kickin' It), and her dad, former superstar Robby Ray (country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus).  Leading a double life leads to one misadventure after another...but Miley can't reveal her big secret to the world! In this first season, watch as she deals with a rabid fan who has no idea that Miley and Hannah are one and the same, meets Dolly Parton, and "adopts" a little sister of her own!
As seen on the Disney Channel.

The Good: As I've said before, no one makes a sitcom like the Disney Channel.  Some of these episodes were so zany, they literally had me laughing out loud in the middle of Subway.  The usual squeaky-clean content was great, and the pop performances from Miley were awesome.  Robby Ray was always ready to dispatch some fatherly advice, and many of the episodes feature someone learning a lesson.  All in all, amazing stuff.

The Bad: Nothing about the show itself; however, I do wish they'd followed up this release with the other seasons.  Also, it is kind of depressing to think about what Ms. Cyrus ended up becoming after this show ended, with this first season being great fun.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: Kissing and flirting. 4/5
  • Nudity: Slight cleavage and short skirts. 4/5
  • Language: Some name-calling. 4/5
  • Violence: Purely slapstick, though a bit much of it. 3/5
  • Drugs: None. 5/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: None I can think of. 5/5
  • Other: Some gross-out humor. 4/5
Conclusion: What fun this first season was! If you're a Disney Channel fan and have largely avoided this series--like I have until recently--you have got to check it out! Regardless of Miley Cyrus' later works, these four DVDs are fun, fun, and more fun!

Score: 5/5

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