That's So Raven was a Disney Channel show that ran from 2003 to 2007, aimed at the tween audience. The plot revolves around precognitive teenager Raven Baxter (Raven-Symoné) as she gets herself, her friends Eddie and Chelsea and her family out of various situations, usually by using her Psychic Powers and skills as a "Master of Disguise", neither of which help. It was the chronologically first series in the DCLAU. It was also one of the first live-action series on Disney Channel to participate in a Massive Cross Over Event: That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana (which codified the Shared Universe in the first place).It became the first Disney show to buck the 65 episode trend, the first to run four seasons, and the first to reach 100 episodes.
The show contains examples of:
Aborted Arc: One episode had a girl on the school newspaper coming very close to discovering Raven's secret (and exposing it to the school). She's foiled in the end, but remains suspicious that Raven is hiding something, and vows to discover what it is. Though this hints that she'll be a recurring antagonist, the character is never seen again.
A Weighty Aesop: The episode called "Food for Thought", in which Raven's school becomes a food court full of junk food (which is at least partly Truth in Television, sadly) and Raven and Chelsea try to stop it.
Raven: Put down the pies! Do not maximize! You got to exercise, or the scale will rise and so will your thighs!
Eddie: Now who wants some fries?
Back Door Pilot: There's an episode where Cory goes to Hollywood but it mainly focuses on actress Ally Parker. It was supposed to set up a show called Better Dayz; that was later scrapped and Retooled into Hannah Montana.
Beautiful All Along: Miss Romano from "The Big Buzz", and generally everyone that Raven, Eddie and Chelsea makeover.
Big Fat Future: An interesting case. In "Food for Thought," Raven has two visions that reveal that unless she and Chelsea can stop Trans-Infinity Farm's food court program, everyone at their school will develop an enormous behind, and the company will get to put its foods in every school in the country. Thankfully, they stop this and prevent the Big Fat Future from ever occurring.
A Day in the Limelight: There is an episode where Cory goes to Hollywood and meets a child actress who wants a normal life. The episode mostly focuses on her. It was a Back Door Pilot for a show that never got picked up. However because the actress is played by Alyson Stoner the fans didn't seem to mind.
Deep South: In "Country Cousins", Raven travels down the south to visit her country cousins.
Deus Angst Machina: All of Raven's visions have to be misleading and end up getting her in trouble. Some of them don't even come true at all.
Election Day Episode: Chelsea runs for class president because the school is literally falling apart and she wants to make a difference. Raven has a vision Chelsea won't win, and does everything she can to prevent her vision from becoming true.
Even Evil Has Standards: The Juicer may be a bully who likes to try and squeeze the juice out of other kids' heads, but the penultimate episode revealed that he hates cigarettes and he's even called in to tell Cory that smoking is wrong.
In early episodes, she was even smarter (or at least more sensible) than Raven.
Fully Absorbed Finale: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana" takes place sometime after "Checkin' Out", the canon last episode of That's So Ravennote Due to Disney Channel airing the episodes Out of Order, "Checkin' Out" was aired in the middle of the last season., in which Raven plays a large part. She has a vision of Cody getting into trouble at Carey's party, which is the driving force behind the main plot, and is pivotal to the subplot, where, with Maddie's help, she ends up selling her dresses to London Tipton and Hannah Montana.
Fundraiser Carnival: Near the end of the episode in which Eddie is hiding an embarrassing pimple from Krystal, a girl he likes. Raven forcibly volunteers stinky boy Ben Sturky for the water dunking tank... and she fills it with soap.
Tanya: I blame you, Victor! (looks at the magazine) Retire at 12?
In "Food for Thought" Raven and Eddie are discussing the huge cafeteria portions, and Raven spends over a minute trying to get a huge hot dog in her mouth, in an extremely suggestive manner, let alone for a kids' show
Eddie: I think my pants are getting tighter!
Girl Posse: Nicki's hairspray girls, Alana's (and then Bianca's) posse.
Ha Ha Ha No: Raven did this to Chelsea a couple of times.
Hollywood Pudgy: Invoked in an episode where Raven is told she isn't skinny enough to model the clothes she designed for a fashion show. She and the twig-thing model then team up and both wear the outfit on the runway. Also deconstructed when both of them chew out the magazine owner that's sponsoring the show, saying that no one is as skinny as they look on the magazine.
Hollywood Tone-Deaf: When Cory's band holds auditions for a singer, the girl he chooses is Hollywood Tone Deaf. Except not to him, because he is so smitten with her, he hears her singing beautifully. His other bandmates secretly record one of their rehearsals and play it back to him so he can hear how awful she really sounds.
Human Ladder: Raven, Alana, and Loca perform one in "Clothes Minded", so Alana can put cheese in the air vent.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Raven, but she comes to accept her gift. Eddie's temporary psychic spotlight episode annoyed her with this trope.
It's Pronounced Tro-PAY : In one episode where Raven buys and then later tries to return the blouse for a trade in the money to buy a calculator, she keeps running into the store manager at the mall and always mispronouncing his name "Frank", but it's actually pronounced "Fronk".
Keep Circulating the Tapes: A very unique example. Aside from the fact that only about a dozen episodes got DVD release, the show actually has a lost opening sequence. All four seasons got opening sequences with respective clips to said season, but season 2's was quite eerily replaced with Season 3's opening when Season 3 began (although some affiliates didn't change for a while). Thankfully, the season 2 opening is available on YouTube.
In "Art Breaker," Chelsea makes a statue of Raven for an art show that blends her friend with the actual bird, making her, as Raven puts it, "a freak with a beak." When Raven inadvertently destroys the statue, she covers herself in clay and feathers to pass herself off as the piece. She gets hungry while in disguise, and asks Eddie to help her eat something—so he gives her "a hot and spicy jalapeno pepper popper."
In "Five-Finger Discount," Raven sneaks into a store to spy on Corey. At one point, she ends up behind a display of dolls. When a security guard sees her, she smiles and pretends to be the head of one of the toys to keep from being caught.
Only Sane Man: Chelsea of all people plays this role in "Food for Thought"—she's the only person who realizes that a constant diet of junk food will have terrible effects on the body and mind. Nobody pays attention to her...at least until Raven has a vision of everyone at the school developing "a lotta junk in the trunk."
Out of Order: The clip show episode 'Vision Impossible' contains the happy ending moment from episode 'The Four Aces', which was broadcasted after.
Paper-Thin Disguise: She would constantly disguise herself, including sometimes as old men, despite, looking nothing like a man, and sounding exactly like a teenage girl, speaking in a false deep voice.
Put on a Bus: Tanya, the mother who was one of the important supporting characters, suddenly without warning apparently went to England to become a lawyer. She's never seen or heard from again. This was due to the actor who played her not seeing eye to eye with the director and writing staff and left after the third season. Who knows if she even knows that her husband became first chef for the president.
Along with a boatload of other characters. The most shocking being a boyfriend Chelsea has who is established a psychic, and then never gets mentioned again.
The Rashomon: The episode "The Lying Game", where Raven and Cory share their versions of what happened when Raven went to Cory's class for Job Shadow Day.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Alana, who was played by 3LW and The Cheetah Girls' Adrienne Bailon, took a Long Bus Trip when she was "so bad she went to military school." In real life, Bailon and Raven-Symone had internal disputes while they were in The Cheetah Girls, which caused Bailon to refuse to reprise her role and Raven to leave The Cheetah Girls.
Rich Bitch: Nikki from "The Parties" episode, although Muffy may also qualify.
Stand-In Parents: Raven posed as her own mother at a parent-teacher conference to prevent her mother from finding out how bad her grades were. When the mother (ineviatably) found out, she was both angry that Raven had lied to her and offended because of the insulting fat suit Raven had used for the disguise.
Suck E. Cheese's: The episode in which Raven, Cory, Devon and his 'innocent' sister Nadine go out to a family style pizza restaurant called "Pizza Pals", complete with a malfunctioning mechanical pirate!
There were other teachers as well as another principal at the school but they were put on Long Bus Trips.
Unexpected Positive: Raven and Cory go to the dentist. Cory's scared, so (after having a vision in which one of the pair is shown to need a filling) Raven gets in the chair to show him that it's not so bad. Guess who needs the filling?
You Can't Fight Fate: Almost half of the show's episodes had this plot. Raven would have a vision of something bad happening, and, in attempting to stop it, cause the vision in the first place. A prime example is "Five-Finger Discount": Raven sees Corey getting caught shoplifting by a security guard. She rushes to the mall to prevent this, but to get close to him, ends up putting on a security guard outfit—thereby catching Corey, just like the vision predicted.