Even Stevens was a Disney Channel series that ran from 2000 to 2003 and is best known now for launching the career of Shia LaBeouf.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 dumb jock who obsesses over his hair. Most of the show's plots center on middle child Ren, the family's resident Smart Girl, principal's pet and perfectionist, and youngest child Louis Stevens, the show's king of the Zany Scheme, get-rich-quick stunts and practical jokes.This was the last "old school" Disney Channel Original Series before the paradigm shifterLizzie McGuire premiered in 2001 and pioneered the now infamous Disney Channel Formula. It remained the last show on the channel without a quirky "gimmick" as part of the premise until Good Luck Charlie premiered ten years later.note By this we mean the last show produced solely by the channel; Life With Derek was produced in Canada.Reaired starting April 18, 2013 as part of Disney Channel's "Throwback Thursday" block.
Ren also qualifies, although she's also dangerously close to being a Broken Ace.
All-Cheering All the Time: Invoked and Played for Laughs 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.
Ambiguously Jewish: The Stevens Family. Subverted with in the Hanukkah episode, where they celebrate Hanukkah.
Ren's best friend, Ruby Mandel, can also qualify as this as having a Jewish-sounding last name and accent.
Anti-Sneeze Finger: 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.
Black Sheep: 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.
Book Dumb: 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.
Breakout Character: 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 Shia Labeouf, and Louis increasingly stole the spotlight.
Brother Chuck: 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.
Calvin Ball: 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.
Camp Straight: 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 Real Men Wear Pink
The Cast Showoff: A few examples, most notably Christy Carlson Romano (Ren), A.J. Trauth (Twitty) and to a lesser degree Lauren Frost (Ruby).
Chained to a Railway: 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.
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.
Evil Twin: Loomis Freeman in the episode "Short Story".
Gadgeteer Genius: One of Louis' more underappreciated traits. Over the course of the series and the movie, he has built a wire-fu harness, a motorized easy chair, a robot, and various other unlikely devices.
Heroism Addict: In "Louis in the Middle", Louis gets addicted to committing acts of heroism after he saves a kid from getting run over.
It Came from the Fridge: 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.
It's a Wonderful Plot: 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 Marty Stu 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 Disney Channel characters.
Real Men Wear Pink: 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.
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.
Slippery Swimsuit: 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.
Spinning Clock Hands: Gag version is done in one episode where Steve Stevens remarks he has to fix the clock.
Throw It In: 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.
This sequence from The Movie when the family learns that the "tribe" has shunned them.
Miles: You're going to be shunned. Donnie:YES! Eileen: No, son. "Shunned" is bad.
Two Lines, No Waiting: 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.