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Don't be alarmed or make any sudden moves. Just read this review calmly … quietly … and then once you're done (not before), close your browser and edge carefully away from the computer. Don't scream. Don't squeal. Don't chuckle. Because if you do, she might hear you.

Who? Miley Cyrus, of course. She's everywhere, didn't you know? And she's taking over the world.

Don't believe me? Just look around. Here she's at the Oscars, chatting on the red carpet. There she's on a magazine cover at the supermarket. That's her in a new movie. She's gracing the side of your daughter's lunchbox. And your other daughter's backpack. And your daughter's friend's toothbrush. It'll only be a matter of time before she slaps her beaming smile on this review. Oh, wait, never mind. She's up there already.

When Julius Caesar ruled the known world, the only things that bore images of his face were a few chunks of marble and some metal currency. And he had to conquer Gaul to earn the kind of coin Cyrus pockets for shooting a single sitcom episode.

She wasn't always queen, of course. We at Plugged In have followed Cyrus' career from its infancy—a career that began with this very show, Hannah Montana. Back then, there was no industry of Cyrus—just a charismatic teen fronting a goofy, almost-always-innocent Disney sitcom. We wrote, " In the midst of groan-inducing jokes, campy slapstick comedy and laughable overacting (all of which have become Disney-show staples and work wonderfully at the fourth-grade level), Hannah Montana offers token yet positive life lessons." That was back before Cyrus got tattoos, smoked salvia, bared her back for Vanity Fair, teased the world with a "poll dance" at the Teen Choice Awards and showed the Queen of England her cleavage.

So now when you turn on Hannah Montana, you see … a charismatic teen fronting a goofy, almost-always-innocent Disney sitcom.

Say what you want about the evolution of Miley Cyrus, her flagship program is still mostly on the up-and-up. Cyrus, as Miley Stewart, still sings to full houses as alter ego Hannah Montana. She still lives with her father (real-life pops Billy Ray Cyrus) and hangs out with brother Jackson and friends Lilly and (when he's around) Oliver. She still lives in Malibu, Calif., but (on the show, at least) holds true to her small-town Tennessee values.

She loves and honors her father, cares for her friends and almost always learns a thing or two when the week's 30-minute crisis has run its course. So enjoy it while you can. Because once Hannah's gone, Miss Cyrus may drop the facade and make her world domination official—and we'll all be buying our Cyrus-branded cappuccinos with Mileybucks.

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Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana; Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott; Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart; Billy Ray Cyrus as Robbie Stewart; Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken; Moises Arias as Rico






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