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That’s so Suite Life of Hannah Montana

On July 26, 2006, the world was changed forever by the collision of three separate TV show universes. Within 26 minutes, the world had been shown the single most ambitious and revolutionary crossover. Since the first airing of That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, many crossover events have tried to steal the spotlight, but none ever will.

That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana is masterful in its execution, making itself the first crossover event to be structured as it is. The three TV shows—That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Hannah Montana—each claim one crossover episode. The three individual episodes flow into one another to tell one complete story.

This crossover event begins with the That’s So Raven episode. Raven arrives in Boston to arrange a photoshoot. When the models and photographer are sent to the wrong locations, Raven has a vision of Zack and Cody as her stand-in models, and the crossover begins.

Once the second episode begins, Raven misses her flight home, forcing her to stay longer in the Boston Tipton Hotel. London Tipton is convinced to wear a dress made by Raven. Suddenly, none other than Hannah Montana enters the Tipton Hotel and admires London’s dress.

In the final episode, candy-seller extraordinaire Maddie swoons over Robbie Ray’s music, triggering Hannah/Miley to hold a concert, sharing the stage with her father in the Tipton Hotel.

No crossover event has ever been as ambitious as this one, and none ever will be. The three individual episodes of the crossover event can be viewed on their own and easily enjoyed as a singular episode. If all three are watched consecutively, a seamless made-for-TV movie will result. No background information is necessary for the enjoyment of the crossover, unlike many crossovers created after That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana.

Instead, this ambitious crossover event set the bar high for all others to compete with, establishing itself as the top crossover event in both TV and movie history.

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