First look at Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home



In the past couple of years beloved 90s sitcoms have seen spin-offs following characters you grew up with now raising their kids. Netflix has rebooted Full House into Fuller House, where D.J Tanner is raising her three boys along with the help of her sister, Stephanie, and best friend, Kimmy Gibbler. Disney Channel had brought back Boy Meets World with Girl Meets World following Corey and Topanga’s daughter Riley as she experienced the triumphs and pitfalls of growing up. Now to join the ranks, and step into the early 2000s, Disney Channel has created a spin-off of That’s So Raven. The popular show starring Raven Symone as Raven Baxter: a teen who had visions of the future, which often got her into bigger problems in daily life. It aired from 2003-2007. The new show, Raven’s Home, is expected to debut sometime this summer. According to Entertainment Weekly, “The show will catch up with Raven and her best friend Chelsea, both of whom are divorced and living together as they help each other raise their respective kids.” The show will focus on Raven’s son Booker, who has inherited his mother’s ability of seeing into the future (which is interesting because in the original series this power skipped a generation). A new promo was released yesterday introducing Raven and Chelsea’s kids.

While I loved That’s So Raven as a kid, I can’t help, but be skeptical about the show. I don’t want it to ruin the memory I had. While these spin-offs appear to be a current trend in television, they don’t seem to be working. Fuller House’s second season saw a loss in ratings and the viewers have not been as strong as the first episode that debuted the series. Girl Meets World lasted three seasons on Disney Channel before getting cancelled. It tried to be like Boy Meets World and incorporate serious stories, but the network could only say so much to a younger audience. We’ll just have to wait and see how Raven’s Home stands against its predecessor.

Raven’s Home has yet to announce a premiere date.