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 shifter Lizzie 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
Reaired starting April 18, 2013 as part of Disney Channel's "Throwback Thursday" block.
This series contains examples of:
- Academic Alpha Bitch: Ren Stevens.
- Accidental Athlete: Twitty in "Head Games".
- The Ace: Donnie Stevens.
- 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.
- Animated Credits Opening: Done in claymation.
- 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.
- Artistic License – Sports: In the episode "Head Games," Alan Twitty enters a baseball game as a relief pitcher. Coming straight from the dugout, he immediately steps on the mound and the game instantly resumes. Regardless of level of play, baseball never works like this. Pitchers always warm up by throwing several practice pitches off to the side before entering the game (in college and professional leagues, this is the bullpen, but many little league and high schools teams just use an open field that's out of the way), and are then allowed several more warmup pitches while on the mound. Throwing a baseball hard repeatedly is one of the most risky and injurious things you can do to your body and should only be done once the arm muscles have been properly exercised and loosened. Not doing so can easily cause you to permanently damage your arm. Obviously, this is also an example of The Law of Conservation of Detail.
- Bacon Addiction: Beans' favorite food.
- Berserk Button: In The Movie, Ren is aggravated that her dad doesn't even remember her ex-boyfriend Gil, who she's been dating for three months.
- Black Best Friend: Charlotte was orignally best friends with Ren until she got Brother Chucked, then came Nelson and now Monique.
- 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 gets detention regularly (to the point that he plans his after school time around it). He's shown to be smarter than Donnie and often his schemes require a little intelligence to plan and would normally succeed.
- Brainy Brunette: Ren Stevens.
- 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.
- California: The show is set in Sacramento, California.
- 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.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Louis and Tawny.
- Child Prodigy: Louis learned to walk at six months.
- The Cheerleader: Monique. Ren also becomes a cheerleader in one episode, but is never mentioned again.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: In the episode Short Story, Louis gets Wrongfully Accused for the acts of another student named "Loomis Freeman" from another school who looks exactly like him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of the cast, but Tawny seems to be the most prolific example.
- Downer Ending: The episode Sibling Rivalry.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Coach Tugnut is the gym coach variant.
- Drop-In Character: Beans, probably doubling as The Scrappy.
- Dumb Muscle / Dumb Jock: 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.
- Evil Twin: Loomis Freeman in the episode "Short Story".
- Extracurricular Enthusiast: Ren Stevens.
- Fake Band: The Twitty/Stevens Connection.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Louis is the foolish sibling to Ren's responsible.
- 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.
- Goth / Granola Girl: Tawny.
- Go-to Alias: When buying shoes from a shady salesman Twitty uses Lars Honeytoast. He uses it again In The Movie when he and Tawny are caught on the island.
- Grand Finale: The Even Stevens Movie
- Happily Ever After: Louis and Tawny.
- 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.
- Ivy League for Everyone
- Known Only by Their Nickname: 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.
- Last Minute Hookup: A Disney Channel tradition. Louis and Tawny.
- The Movie: The family plus Beans is stranded on a desert island in a combination Survivor/Joe Schmo-type reality show hosted by Tim Meadows.
- Mr. Fanservice: Donnie had his fair share of shirtless scenes.
- Musical Episode: "Influenza".
- Official Couple: Louis and Tawny.
- Parental Favoritism: 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.
- Power Trio: Louis, Twitty and Tawny. Also; Ren, Ruby, and Monique.
- Present Peeking: Louis locates where his parents hid the Hanukkah presents and takes a peek. In doing so, he somehow manages to destroy all the presents.
- Put on a Bus: Virtually all of Ren's friends except for Ruby and Monique, but it's more likely that they've all gotten Brother Chucked out of the show. See Brother Chuck above.
- 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.
- Repetitive Name: Steven "Steve" Stevens.
- The Rival: Lawrence "Larry" Beale for Ren. Also Mandy Sanchez.
- Romantic False Lead: Bobby Dever for Ren.
- Rooftop Concert: The Twitty/Stevens Connection in Even Stevens plays on the roof of their school in the end of "Band On The Roof".
- Sadist Teacher: 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.
Tugnut: Just Kidding. I'm also funny. I should add that.
- Shout-Out: To The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
- 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.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Charlotte and Jewel, who outright disappeared without a trace, were replaced by Monique and Ruby in the second season as replacement best friends for Ren.
- Teacher's Pet: Ren, but she's more of a "principal's pet".
- Teen Genius: Ren, and to a lesser degree Tom Gribalski.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Beans.
- 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: Donnie. "When I look at the sun, I have to squint".
- This sequence from The Movie when the family learns that the "tribe" has shunned them.
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.
- Villain Song: Coach Tugnut's "Master(s) of the Gym" from "Influenza: The Musical", and in true Villain Song tradition it's one of the best songs in the episode. Although it's also a subversion, as it ends with the dogs biting back.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Influenza: The Musical", Mr. and Mrs. Stevens appear during the "Sixth Period" number, discovering that Ren sneaked out and saying that they have to find her. They don't appear again until the end of the episode, at which point it was already revealed that the whole episode was just a fever dream.
- Your Cheating Heart: 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.
- Zany Scheme: Probably the show that first got Disney Channel addicted to the trope.