I know that I’m a little late with this post, but I just couldn’t let this moment pass without saying something about it.
I’m pretty sure you all know what ‘moment’ I’m referring to, but if you don’t, don’t worry because I’m more than happy to point it out to you: OUR (OR MAYBE JUST MY) FAVORITE PSYCHIC, RAVEN BAXTER, IS BACK!!
If you can’t tell, I was a huge fan of That’s So Raven. It was one of my favorite Disney Channel shows and I made it a point to tune in every week. I loved how funny Raven was, how ditsy, yet humorous, Chelsea was and I thought that Eddie rounded off the group very well.
With that being said, you can only imagine how excited I was when I found out that Disney decided to do a follow up of the show! I was all for it and my excitement only intensified when it was revealed that Raven-Symone (played Raven Baxter) and Anneliese van der Pol (played Chelsea Daniels) would be reprising their old roles.
By this point, I was doing my happy dance because I knew that the show would be great! As long as we had Raven and Anneliese we would be okay and although it would’ve been nice to have Orlando Brown (played Eddie Thomas), I can understand why they didn’t want to involve him in the show.
Fast forward to a couple days ago (Friday, July 21) and the first episode of Raven’s Home premiered.
I didn’t catch it when it originally aired on TV, but I did watch it on Disney Channel’s YouTube page and I really enjoyed it.
Raven and Chelsea are both divorced and they’re living together, with their children, in an apartment. Raven has a set of twins, Nia (played by Navia Robinson) and Booker (played by Issac Ryan Brown) and Chelsea has a son, Levi (played by Jason Maybaum).
From my understanding, the audience is supposed to follow Raven and Chelsea along as they navigate being single moms. We also find out, in episode one, that Booker is psychic. One would think that that wouldn’t be a problem since his mom has the same ability, but, apparently, Raven has never told her children that she is, in fact, psychic.
I found that hard to believe, but okay. I’m assuming that that’s going to play a huge part in the plot of the show because at the end of episode one Booker refused to tell his mother that he was psychic and Raven is still refusing to reveal the same secret to her children.
Now, for the characters: they were great.
Raven is still funny as ever and Chelsea is still her ditsy self. She and Levi’s relationship seems to be reversed: he takes on the adult role and she plays the child. It’s kind of weird, but I can see Chelsea behaving like that. Levi is also all dry humor and I love it! He’s very funny and I think he might be my favorite of the children on this show. Booker and Nia seem cool too. Booker is the attention seeking twin, while Nia is more independent and take charge.
There’s also Tess (played by Sky Katz), who is their next door neighbor and the twins’ best friend. Tess is the complete opposite of the other kids. She’s very blunt and tomboyish and, according to Levi, she spends more time at their home than her own and I think it has to do with her mother. During the episode, she mentioned that her mom lost her license because she hit three mailboxes, which makes me think that she might’ve been under the influence of something, so I don’t think her home is as stable as Raven and Chelsea’s.
I think Tess represents another side of the parenting coin. You have parents are who fully present and involved with their kids and then you have parents who are absent. Other than giving their child food, clothes and shelter, they don’t do much else. I think Tess’s mom falls in the latter category. Anyway, I’m sure we’ll hear more about Tess’s home life later in the season.
In addition to Booker, Raven is still having visions! She actually had a couple in this episode that she tried to stop from happening. She failed, but everything worked out.
Overall, this is a great family show and I will definitely be tuning in for more.
Did you watch Raven’s Home? If so, what did you think of it and who’s your favorite character? Also, do you think it’s as good as That’s So Raven? Why or why not?
Raven’s Home airs on Fridays at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel.