That’s so nostalgia
Hey 20-25 year-olds, it’s time to get nostalgic.
You may or may not remember a very popular Disney Channel sitcom, That’s So Raven that aired from 2003-2007. Starring Raven-Symoné, this lively show was about a teen girl who sporadically sees glimpses of the future, and has to do her best to realise her visions or avoid the disastrous events of her premonitions.
Raven Baxter goes to high school with her best friends Chelsea (Annalise van der Pol) and Eddie (Orlando Brown), is terrorised by her smart-talking younger brother Corey (Kyle Massey), and seeks advice from her kooky parents Tanya (T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh) and Victor (Rondell Sheridan). Raven continuously finds herself in ridiculous situations, often dressing up and impersonating others, falling off, over, and into things, all while hoping not to let anyone but her closest friends and family learn about her power. Sound familiar yet?
Well, high school is SO mid-2000’s, because Raven’s all grown up.
Introducing Raven’s Home, which began airing this July and finished in October, where we meet Raven, now a single mother of two, living with still-best-friend Chelsea (also a single mother) in an apartment in Chicago. Booker (Issac Ryan Brown) and Nia (Navia Robinson), Raven’s twin children are used to their mother’s eccentric ways. However, when Booker starts having visions of his own, life in the Baxter household gets even more hectic, not to mention the introduction of Chelsea and her son Levi as they are forced to move in with their friends.
As one might imagine, Raven’s Home has the same loud, bright and upbeat feel of That’s So Raven, full of slapstick comedy and family values. Sure, it’s another one of the many sitcoms to be spluttered out of the Disney machine, but there are elements of Raven’s Home that are really worth talking about.
Firstly, there’s the obvious nostalgia. It’s a throwback to all of us who grew up with early Disney Channel programming, so there’s an immediate draw to a certain audience. Of course, the new, younger characters are there to appeal to new audiences which don’t do much for me, but it was a smart move, in my opinion, to bring back some much-beloved characters to the screen (That’s So Raven was nominated for an Emmy, twice, for goodness sake!).
Secondly, I’m a big fan of the premise of this show. Two single-mothers, divorcees, who’ve been friends since childhood and are now camping out together, an extended family who love and support each other. There is the present father figure in Devon (remember Raven’s high-school sweetheart?!), but otherwise, it’s just the ladies doing it for themselves. Maybe it’s just me, but Episode Three “The Baxter’s get Bounced,” where the gang have to fight the landlord to be allowed to live in their rented accommodation all together, really hit home.
Finally, it really is funny. I laughed aloud during most episodes at least once, and it may just be because I found That’s So Raven so funny as a child, but I do think Disney has worked hard to make this sitcom a little more than the sickly-sweet cheesy shows they’ve churned out since Hannah Montana. Levi, Chelsea’s son (Jason Maybaum), is my absolute favourite, as he constantly despairs at his mother’s antics and finds himself being a parent more often than either of the grown women. The whole show has a great, familiar and easy-to-watch feel to it.
Whether you’re looking for that throwback fix, or you’re simply after a silly, happy show for young people then I highly recommend Raven’s Home.
Raven’s Home: Season One
21 July 2017 – 20 October 2017