That's So Raven
That's So Raven is comedy/family Disney sitcom that ran from 2003 to 2007. It was created by Michael Poryes and Susan Sherman.
No ordinary teenager; Raven Baxter can see glimpses of the future! Watch her schemes and misadventures as she enlists the help of friends, including best friends Eddie and Chelsea, to change life's little outcomes. Raven's younger brother, Cory, is obsessed with money and creates get-rich-quick schemes to try to earn cash.
Why It Rocks
- Teaches lessons about how life can be unpredictable, even if you know what is going to happen next, so it's sometimes best to wait before you act on it.
- Very likable characters.
- Amazing theme song.
- Raven's memorable catchphrases, most notably "Oh snap!" and "Ya little nasty!". They have also become memes.
- Some episodes can tackle some surprisingly mature topics, such as smoking and even racism.
- Apart from the unpredictability of life, That's So Raven teaches valuable lessons to kids and adults.
- Some heart-warming and relatable moments.
- Hilarious and clever jokes.
- The plot of the show in general is a very interesting and original concept.
- Well-written episodes, particually "True Colors".
- It has a crossover with Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody called “That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana”. And another with Cory In The House called “That’s So In The House”.
- The musical episode, The Road to Audition, had lots of catchy, talented and well-performed songs.
- Raven is a good role model and a pretty solid female lead.
- Raven uses her powers to help people, not to show off. Take note on that Nickelodeon!
- Raven will do anything for Eddie and Chelsea, even if it means getting expelled.
- First Disney Channel sitcom to reach 100 episodes.
- It was the first Disney Channel sitcom to be shot on videotape, to use a multi-camera format, to be shot in front of a studio audience or use a laugh track (although laugh tracks are overused nowadays), and to use the simulated film look created by FilmLook, Inc. (which would later be used on all Disney Channel sitcoms from 2003 to 2008 except Phil of the Future, which was shot on film, though a 'filmized' appearance was given to all of the channel's videotaped sitcoms produced from 2009 onward, as the live-action Disney Channel Original Series began being produced in high-definition starting with Sonny With A Chance)
- It spawned two equally as good spin-offs titled Cory In The House and Raven's Home.
- Dialogue can be cheesy sometimes.
- It had some bad episodes.
- Cory (Raven's Brother) and his Friends can be annoying and detestable at some points.
- Chelsea's faithfulness to her vegan ways can be annoying.
- Raven's not too fond of her younger brother.
- Both Raven and Eddie (usually Eddie) can be unlikable from time-to-time.
- So many characters make one appearance in the series, and then never get mentioned again (We're looking at you, other psychics) Talk about a waste of good potential.
- The last episode, "Where There's Smoke" made the show end on a cliffhanger.
- It is the first Disney Channel show to hit 100 episodes.
- Raven-Symoné previously played Monique on Kim Possible before this series first aired.