Miley Cyrus brought a wave of nostalgia to the TL yesterday. The actress penned a letter to her teenage alter-ego Hannah Montana for the show’s 15th anniversary. The caption read, “Dear Hannah Montana, I still love you 15 years later. #HMForver.” And just like that, we’re brought back to memory lane where the most important thing was catching Disney shows like these on the TV. It’s a challenge to narrow the best Hannah Montana episodes down to just 8 (because we love all of them!) but we’ve picked the ones that still resonate with us after all this time.
Pilot episode: Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret?
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 24, 2020
Right from the start, Hannah Montana’s pilot episode brings laughs. Miley’s bestie, Lilly (Emily Osment) buys two tickets to Hannah Montana’s concert without knowing Miley is secretly the singer. When Lilly sneaks backstage, wig-less Hannah shoves her face on a pie to hide her identity. But Lilly finds out anyway since Miley was still wearing their friendship bracelet. This is also the episode where Miley taught us ketchup is a great hand moisturizer.
S02E04 – Get Down, Study-udy-udy
A.k.a. The Bone Dance episode is one of the best Hannah Montana episodes. Who could ever forget how Miley helped us pass our Biology exams by inventing a genius song? “We’re doing the bone dance/ You study the answers/ Again and again till I get it right~” ICONIC! Miley also teaches the importance of studying and passing your subjects. Just look at her, she’s living a tough double life but she still makes it a point to go to school!
S02E16 – Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas
We’re cranking up the nostalgia with this one. Just look at how young Kevin, Joe, and Nick are! They appeared as guests in Season 2 where, instead of being starstruck at meeting Hannah Montana, they freaked out about her dad instead. The JoBros asked Robby Ray to write them a song and Miley gets jealous. The episode ended with the pop stars singing “We Got the Party” and raining marshmallows on everyone.
S01E017 – Torn Between Two Hannahs
Here’s another one of the best Hannah Montana episodes! In this episode, we get to meet Miley’s look-alike cousin Luanne Stewart which she refers to as “the devil’s little helper.” True enough, Luanne locks Miley in a room and goes to a Hannah-themed Halloween party while pretending to be the singer. Fortunately, before Luanne could do much damage, Miley, Lilly, and Oliver (Mitchel Musso) defuse the situation pretty quickly.
S02E09 – Achy Jakey Heart, Part One
Listen up Yoon Se Ri (Crash Landing on You), dreamboat Jake Ryan (Cody Linley) did the crash-landing-into-our-hearts thing first. Famous actor Jake comes down from the skies in a tuxedo bearing gifts to woo Miley. For the Jake x Miley shippers (like this writer was once), it was such a sweet moment made even more kilig when he confessed on TV that he liked her. And this was all before he knew she was Hannah Montana too. But we all know how this story ends in Achy Jakey Heart, Part Two — they break up.
S03E13 – What I Don’t Like About You
It isn’t always about Hannah Montana, sometimes it’s about Miley Stewart’s friends too. Oliver and Lilly are the cutest ship in the series, but in this episode, they break up. Miley has a difficult time consoling both so she ends up doing something absurd to get them back together.
S02E23 – The Way We Almost Weren’t
Miley Stewart’s relationship with her brother Jackson Stewart (Jason Earle) is littered with teasing, jabs, and fights as normal siblings do. In this episode, when Miley gets struck by lightning, she and Jackson go back in time before their parents met. But some events get altered and the siblings must make sure their parents meet or else they won’t exist.
That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana
This isn’t exclusive to Hannah Montana but this is the ultimate crossover and we can’t not have it on the list. Disney Channel sitcoms That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Hannah Montana had a three-part special that every Disney kid raved about. That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana was peak Disney. Forget the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these three episodes remind us of a great childhood. We bet you’ll want to watch it again after reading this.