With so many of Disney’s old shows and movies getting remade, it was only a matter of time until they made a sequel to one of their most popular shows, That’s So Raven. The show followed a teenage psychic and was one of the most progressive series on the network, with a predominately African-American cast. The show was immensely popular and lasted for four seasons before receiving its first spinoff, Cory in the House, which followed Raven’s brother and father in The White House.
Ten years after That’s So Raven’s original run, the cast is finally back, this time for Raven’s Home, which once again follows the psychic plot, this time geared around both Raven and her young son. Raven-Symone and Aneliese van der Pol return as Raven and Chelsea, and both characters are as quirky, sassy and headstrong as they were in the original.
The spin-off references the old show in its theme song when Raven says, “Yup, that’s us” instead of the original “Yup, that’s me“, and you can’t help but feel a rush of nostalgia from your childhood.
The show also sets a good example for the kids watching it. Nia (Raven’s daughter) tells her mother about her role models: Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey and Ruth Bader Gisburg, all strong women who did amazing things for their gender and even their races. While the feminist reference may go over some kid’s heads, it’s still nice to see a young character on TV who admires these kinds of women, as opposed to celebrities or models.
It’s interesting to see a show where the parents aren’t a married couple, but instead two divorced women who genuinely enjoy being around each other and their children. There’s no cattiness, just support and care for one another. We grew up with Raven and Chelsea, and it’s sweet to see that the two women managed to stay friends long after their high school years–even if that doesn’t happen in real life.
While the acting is a touch overdone, the laughter drawn out and the child actors not as skilled as the That’s So Raven cast at their age, the series is touching and a welcomed callback to the past. I just wonder how long it’ll last considering Disney’s last spinoff, Girl Meets World, only had three seasons before its cancellation.
Watch the first episode of Raven’s Home below: