Raven's Home is an American comedy and family television series created by Michael Poryes and Susan Sherman and developed by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas that premiered on Disney Channel on July 21, 2017. It is the second spin-off to That's So Raven, the first being Cory in the House on September 10, 2022 during the D23 Expo convention, Season 6 of Raven's Home was officially announced by Raven-Symoné, with the rest of the cast.
“Raven’s Home” picks up with longtime best friends Raven and Chelsea, who are now each divorced with kids of their own, raising their children – Raven’s 11-year-old twins Booker and Nia, and Chelsea’s 9-year-old son Levi – under one roof, in a chaotic but fun household that often includes the twin’s best friend and neighbor Tess. Unbeknownst to her kids, Raven still catches glimpses of the future, and unbeknownst to her, Booker has just learned he has these same abilities. Hilarity ensues as Raven and Booker’s visions collide, but no matter the situation, they figure everything out together as one big happy family.
Follow the hilarious adventures driven by somewhat psychic Raven Baxter and her son Booker, who has inherited his mom’s gift to catch glimpses of the future. Raven and Booker move back to San Francisco to help take care of her dad, Victor, after a mild heart attack. Now Raven finds herself parenting her parent, raising her young cousin, Alice, who attends a school for gifted children and is wise beyond her years, and settling into life in her old hometown. Meanwhile, Booker is “the new kid” at Raven’s old high school, Bayside High, and has to keep his visions a secret from a new group of friends, including Victor’s young neighbors, Neil, enterprising Ivy Chen, who babysits Alice, and Cami Rivera, a popular and ambitious girl with a rebellious streak. Raven’s arch-nemesis Alana Rivera is now the principal at Bayside High.
Why it Rocks
- Very likable new characters, such as Booker, Nia, Levi and Tess. And the original characters from the original show are refreshingly the same as they've always been, except Devon is arguably better.
- The child actors are amazing actors for their age, as they manage to make their characters believable and sympathetic in every situation they face.
- Hilarious humor that's funny as the original, like the first episode when Chelsea bends for a kiss and her son Levi kisses her on the forehead and says "Make good choices".
- Teaches great life lessons, especially when it comes to family.
- Ended Disney Channel's dark age (along with Andi Mack, Milo Murphy's Law, and the 2017 DuckTales reboot).
- In the TV movie, "Sleevemore", Nia Baxter gets her visions for once being borrowed by Booker Baxter.
- Sometimes has sweet moments and sad plot-lines, such as Booker and Nia's father having to leave them for a certain opportunity.
- Accurately shows us what Raven Baxter's life will be like when she's in her 30s.
- Awesome intro.
- Most of the episodes don't focus on the one character or one set of characters along, it rotates and nicely focuses on all of the characters.
- Very well-written episodes that don't just rely on nostalgia.
- It brought back a classic Disney Channel star, Raven-Symone. The show is so aware of this, that the first episode is even titled "Baxter's Back!"
- It is filmed in front of a live studio audience, so it has genuine laughs from a real audience instead of painful laugh tracks.
- However season 5 is not filmed in front of a live audience, likely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Sometimes deals with serious issues, such as family members in jail, self insecurity and of course, divorce.
- The crossover with Bunk’d is decent.
- Raven returns to her original house from her original show in the fifth season premiere after That's So Raven aired it's last episode in 2007. Raven's dad, Victor Baxter is now part of this show's cast (even though he did a guest appearance in the season 2 episode "Just Call Me Vic") during this season along with 3 new child characters like Booker's cousin Alice, and his new friend neighbors Neil and Ivy after Nia, Tess, Levi, and Chelsea left after season 4 and one or more of the said characters from the previous seasons can ask whether or not they'll be returning for guest appearances in this season soon.
- The intro of season 5 changes completely with a remixed version and kept at its original length from Season 1-4.
- Some season 5 episodes borrowed some clips from the 2003 series for the flashbacks.
- Raven's mother, Tanya Baxter is confirmed to make a guest appearance in the show during the season 5 finale after years of leaving the original show in 2006.
- Chelsea is set to return in the 100th episode after being removed in Season 5.
- Tess' character may have been created just for the writers to try and be cool and hip with the kids. She is also literally a copy of Eddie from the original show.
- Booker is a punching bag as he doesn't get as much respect as everyone else.
- The children can be annoying sometimes.
- Raven's friend Eddie Thomas and her little brother Cory Baxter had never came back for guest appearances in this show since there was Cory in the House. It may be why Kyle Massey got arrested for texting a teenage minor back in mid-summer of 2021.
- Mitch is a painfully unlikable character and a genuinely unnecessary addition to the show, thankfully, he was removed after season 2.
- There are other recurring characters that are unlikable such as Sienna and Zeena
- Shameless and blatant product placement for a Disney show such as iPhone, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Hershey's, Market Pantry, Starbucks, Ghirardelli, and among others.
- Like seasons 3-6 of Bunk'd, The fifth season (despite Raven Baxter returning to her old house from her original show while she brought Booker there) made Raven's Home to be considered it's own separate show due to the way they removed Nia, Levi, Tess, and Chelsea. It felt more like a That's So Raven reboot than an actual season, but without her mom, her friend Eddie, and her brother Cory Baxter.
- The 5th Season (While decently good) isn't quite as strong as the first 4 seasons and is considered the weakest season.
- Some of the new characters in this season can be unlikable at times such as Ivy and Alice.
- Some episodes can be boring occasionally.
- Much like Bunk'd this season wasn't necessary to even exist because Season 4 had a good way to end the show with its finale.
After the popular (and questionable) disappointment of Girl Meets World, another spin-off of a classic sitcom, a lot of people were skeptical about Raven's Home when discovering it for the first time, as expected. However, the majority were so loyal to the original show That's So Raven that they had the courage to try watching Raven's Home, and most of them were pleasantly surprised. Many claimed Raven's Home to be a "breath of fresh and familiar air" and that it made "Disney Channel fun to watch again". Many nostalgic fans, new fans and critics have agreed that Raven's Home saved Disney Channel from going completely downhill, as well with Andi Mack. As a result, the show managed to get an 8 out of 10 rating on IMDb.
- Isaac Ryan Brown and Navia Robinson did the cover of "It's On", which is a song from Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in honor of the 10th anniversary of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in 2020.
- In the original show, Chelsea's hair was not orange. It was more of a dark brownish color. Chelsea bleached her hair to blonde after season 3.
- When season 5 is released, this will be the second Disney show to have 5 seasons. First being Bunk'd.
- Nia, Levi, and Tess started moving out to live with their own fathers during the fifth season.