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''Even Stevens'' was a DisneyChannel series that ran from 2000 to 2003 and is best known now for launching the career of ShiaLaBeouf.

The series focuses on the Stevens family. Steve, the father, is a lawyer whose wife, Eileen, serves as a state senator (the show being set in Sacramento, California). Their oldest son is Donnie Stevens, a [[TooDumbtoLive dumb jock]] who obsesses over his hair. Most of the show's plots center on middle child Ren, the family's resident [[TheSmartGuy Smart Girl]], [[TeachersPet principal's pet]] and perfectionist, and youngest child Louis Stevens, the show's king of the ZanyScheme, get-rich-quick stunts and practical jokes.

This was the last "old school" Disney Channel Original Series before the [[FollowTheLeader paradigm shifter]] ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' premiered in 2001 and pioneered the now infamous [[StrictlyFormula Disney Channel Formula]]. It remained the last show on the channel without a quirky "gimmick" as part of the premise until ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' premiered ''ten years later''.[[note]]By this we mean the last show produced ''solely'' by the channel; ''Series/LifeWithDerek'' was produced in Canada.[[/note]]

Reaired starting April 18, 2013 as part of Disney Channel's "Throwback Thursday" block.
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!!This series contains examples of:
* AcademicAlphaBitch: Ren Stevens.
* AccidentalAthlete: Twitty in "Head Games".
* TheAce: Donnie Stevens.
** Ren also qualifies, although she's also dangerously close to being a BrokenAce.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: {{Invoked}} and PlayedForLaughs in an episode Ren joins the squad, only to be criticized for not being perky enough; she takes this to heart and begins cheering all the time. This takes a turn for the bizarre where she cheers while doing laundry and suddenly realizes/cheers that a sock is missing...and still manages to make it rhyme and keep the pace.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The Stevens Family. Subverted with in the Hanukkah episode, where they celebrate Hanukkah.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Done in {{claymation}}.
* AntiSneezeFinger: One episode uses this at the end, when Ren is getting a retake of her school photo. She is about to sneeze, but Louis puts his finger under her nose to stop it and save her from being photographed in mid-sneeze.
* BaconAddiction: Beans' favorite food.
* BerserkButton: In TheMovie, Ren is aggravated that her dad doesn't even remember her ex-boyfriend Gil, who she's been dating for three months.
* BlackBestFriend: Charlotte was orignally best friends with Ren until she got [[BrotherChuck Brother Chucked]], then came Nelson and now Monique.
* BlackSheep: Louis Stevens. He's probably the only one out of his two older siblings that has not achieved anything academic, other than swimming and wrestling.
* BookDumb: Louis regular does poorly in school and get's detention regularly (to the point that he plans his after school time around it) He's shown to be smarter than Donnie at least and often his schemes to take a little intelligence to plan and would normaly succeed but that just wouldn't be that entertaining if they did.
* BrainyBrunette: Ren Stevens.
* BreakoutCharacter: The early episodes balanced Louis and Ren fairly evenly, perhaps even erring on the side of giving Ren more screen time. But somewhere along the line, the producers obviously came to realize that they had a star on their hands in the person of ShiaLabeouf, and Louis increasingly stole the spotlight.
* BrotherChuck: With the exception of Monique and Ruby, most of Ren's best friends have all disappeared from Season 1 without explanation. The most notable ones were Charlotte and Jewel, who only appeared in a couple of episodes in the first season, disappeared without a trace.
** Not to mention Carla and Marla, the two girls who idolize Ren, both disappeared mid-way through the second season, also.
** Let's not forget about Nelson, who pretty much faded away in the third season as well.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The show is set in Sacramento, California.
* CalvinBall: Sweaty sock ball. Louis and Twitty like to change the rules on the fly and some rules depend on what day it is and what the person is doing.
* CampStraight: Donnie loves to do very feminine things like shaving his legs. he once turned the shower into a makeshift Sauna. Though he can be very masculine at times. See RealMenWearPink
* TheCastShowoff: A few examples, most notably Christy Carlson Romano (Ren), A.J. Trauth (Twitty) and to a lesser degree Lauren Frost (Ruby).
* ChainedToARailway: In "Louis in the Middle", Tawny pretends to be tied to a miniature railroad while Alan attempts to run her over with a train in an effort to shake Louis out of his 'hero syndrome' mindset.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Louis and Tawny.
* ChildProdigy: Louis learned to walk at six months.
* TheCheerleader: Monique. Ren also becomes a cheerleader in one episode, but is never mentioned again.
* CriminalDoppelganger: In the episode ''Short Story'', Louis gets WrongfullyAccused for the acts of another student from another school who looks exactly like him and even has the same name as he does.
** Actually, the evil Louis was named "Loomis Freeman".
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the cast, but Tawny seems to be the most prolific example.
* DownerEnding: The episode ''Sibling Rivalry''.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Coach Tugnut is the gym coach variant.
* DropInCharacter: Beans, probably doubling as TheScrappy.
* DumbMuscle / DumbJock: Eldest brother Donnie.
* {{Expy}}: The Roaring Dracon card that Louis sells out Ren for might be this of Yugi-Oh's Blue Eye's White Dragon or possibly Charizard from the Pokemon Trading Card Game's base set both were highly sought out in their day.
* EvilTwin: Loomis Freeman in the episode "Short Story".
* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: Ren Stevens.
* FakeBand: The Twitty/Stevens Connection.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Louis is the foolish sibling to Ren's responsible.
* {{Goth}} / GranolaGirl: Tawny.
* GoToAlias: When buying shoes from a shady salesman Twitty uses Lars Honeytoast. He uses it again In TheMovie when he and Tawny are caught on the island.
* GrandFinale: ''The Even Stevens Movie''
* HappilyEverAfter: Louis and Tawny.
* HeroismAddict: In "Louis in the Middle", Louis gets addicted to committing acts of heroism after he saves a kid from getting run over.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: Louis' sloppiness has resulted in old food coming into vicious, evil life in both his school locker and under his bed. Never in the fridge, though, probably because other family members use it too.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: A Hanukkah special had Louis' great great great grandmother show him what the Stevens household would be like if he were never born. Without him, Donnie and Ren developed inferiority complexes from having a MartyStu for a younger brother instead, and the lack of comic relief created misery among the family.
** This is the only episode available on DVD, included on a compilation of various holiday specials starring DisneyChannel characters.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Subverted with Twitty as he is rarely referred to by his first name and never by Louis as he seems confused when someone calls him Alan.
--> '''Louis Stevens:''' Who's Alan?
--> '''Alan Twitty:''' Dude, I have a first name too, you know.
** Also Beans is rarely referred to as Bernard.
* LastMinuteHookup: A DisneyChannel tradition. [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Louis and Tawny]].]]
** {{Subverted}}, as their feelings towards each other were hinted multiple times throughout season 2 and 3.
** [[ShipTease Not that anyone was surprised]].
* TheMovie: The family plus Beans is stranded on a desert island in a combination ''Series/{{Survivor}}''/''[[Series/TheJoeSchmoShow Joe Schmo]]''-type reality show hosted by [[SaturdayNightLive Tim Meadows]].
* MrFanservice: Donnie had his fair share of shirtless scenes.
** Ren and her bikini could be an example of MsFanservice in TheMovie, but your mileage may vary.
* MusicalEpisode: "Influenza".
** Also a FeverDreamEpisode.
* OfficialCouple: Louis and Tawny.
** Ren and Jason in TheMovie.
* ParentalFavoritism: Steve and Eileen both favor their oldest children, Donnie and Ren, more because of their academic success than Louis, but they still love him dearly.
* Pain Powered Leap: In the episode "Easy Crier", Ren is repeatedly zapped in the rear end by Louis' Dr. Zapenstein device during a televised debate, eventually leaping off her chair.
* PowerTrio: Louis, Twitty and Tawny. Also; Ren, Ruby, and Monique.
* PresentPeeking: Louis locates where his parents hid the Hanukkah presents and takes a peek. In doing so, he somehow manages to [[spoiler: destroy all the presents.]]
* PutOnABus: Virtually all of Ren's friends except for Ruby and Monique, but it's more likely that they've all gotten [[BrotherChuck Brother Chucked]] out of the show. See BrotherChuck above.
* RealMenWearPink: Donnie is quite masculine, but enjoys getting facials and shaves his legs. In one episode he turns off the safety valve of the hot water heater so he could use the scalding hot water from the shower in order to turn the bathroom into a sauna. Hilarity Ensures when Louis's candy bars that he has to sell melt after being too close to the heater.
* RepetitiveName: Steven "Steve" Stevens.
* TheRival: Lawrence "Larry" Beale for Ren. Also Mandy Sanchez.
* RomanticFalseLead: Bobby Dever for Ren.
* RooftopConcert: The Twitty/Stevens Connection in ''EvenStevens'' plays on the roof of their school in the end of "Band On The Roof".
* SadistTeacher: Coach Tugnut, especially in "Influenza: The Musical".
-->'''Tugnut:''' It has been pointed out that my obstacle course is dangerous, cruel and sadistic. It has also been pointed out that I myself am dangerous, cruel, and sadistic. So I have decided to cancel 6th period.\\
'''*Kids cheer*'''\\
'''Tugnut:''' Just Kidding. I'm also funny. I should add that.
* ShoutOut: To ''The Tell-Tale Heart'' by EdgarAllanPoe.
** The title of "Close Encounters Of The Beans Kind" obviously alludes to ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', while the car chase and flying bicycle scene alludes to another Creator/StevenSpielberg film, ''ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.
* SlipperySwimsuit: Louis was trying to show his dad that he could be serious in a swimming contest, only for it to backfire horribly when he still managed to be the brunt of jokes due to his trunks falling off and his not realizing it until ''after'' Twitty points it out.
* SpinningClockHands: Gag version is done in one episode where Steve Stevens remarks he has to fix the clock.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Charlotte and Jewel, who [[BrotherChuck outright disappeared without a trace]], were replaced by Monique and Ruby in the second season as replacement best friends for Ren.
* TeachersPet: Ren, but she's more of a "principal's pet".
* TeenGenius: Ren, and to a lesser degree Tom Gribalski.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Beans.
* ThrowItIn: In-Universe example: In the movie's beginning, during Ren's valedictorian speech, Louis and Beans (after tricking Donny into letting them go backstage) have a beach ball-shaped device bounce around the podium, with Tugnut (who was asleep during the speech) being ordered by Wexler into grabbing the ball and restoring order. Louis intended for the ball, when exploding, to release confetti. However, Beans (who presumably was the one who actually created the ball) misheard his instructions and said that he thought Louis said "spaghetti", right after the ball detonates and sprays the coach with the brunt of spaghetti and meatballs. Louis then said to Beans that his mishearing things made the prank even better.
* TooDumbToLive: Donnie. "When I look at the sun, I have to squint".
** This sequence from TheMovie when the family learns that the "tribe" has shunned them.
-->'''Miles:''' You're going to be shunned.\\
'''Donnie:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny YES!]]\\
'''Eileen:''' No, son. "Shunned" is bad.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Virtually every episode had a main plot and "B" story, with one revolving around Louis and the other involving Ren. The show alternated which character received the A plot and which received the B plot.
* YourCheatingHeart: In "Sibling Rivalry", Louis tells Ren that Bobby Dever was cheating on her with Mandy Sanchez which causes her to break up with him at the end of the episode.
* ZanyScheme: Probably the show that first got DisneyChannel addicted to the trope.
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