YMMV / That's So Raven

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Goin' Hollywood" is considered by some to be an entire Big-Lipped Alligator Episode. While the episode starts off with Corey, Raven, and Victor going to Hollywood after Corey nabs a bit part in the sitcom "Better Days", this only serves as a minor subplot alongside a bigger story involving the "Better Days" star Ally Parker (Alyson Stoner) trying to fit into public school for the first time. Since the episode focuses on an entirely new set of characters that have no connection with the show and never show up again afterwards, the whole story can come off as a jarring addition. This does have an explanation though: it was meant to be a test pilot for a planned Disney Channel sitcom starring Stoner, but since the show never came to be, the episode was left as The Artifact.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song. Could also count as a Crowning Music of Awesome because as catchy as the song is, the theme also features the three lead actors singing it.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • The ship with the most fanworks is Raven/Chelsea. This carried over to Raven's Home, where it became even more popular.
    • That's So Raven has Devon and Raven as the Official Couple. The two even ended up married post-series, though they're divorced by the sequel. Despite this, fans tend to prefer shipping Raven with Eddie.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • One episode has a scene that is either this or Hilarious in Hindsight—Raven tries to wake Chelsea in an unintentionally suggestive manner. A boy that Raven has a crush on sees them, so she frantically tries to tell him that this is Not What It Looks Like. Raven-Symonè revealed herself as a lesbian many years later, so now this scene might come off as her feeling ashamed to make her preferences public while riding high off an acting comeback.
    • Devon and Raven's relationship becomes this; with the spinoff Raven's Home. On the show, they were the closet thing on an Official Couple, and it's revealed on the spinoff that their marriage didn't work out.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The episode where Raven deals with racism becomes depressing when you hear Raven-Symone bluntly say in a future interview that she wouldn't hire a person with a "stereotypical black name". Ouch.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After Raven auditions for her school's play of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, she prepares a checked miniskirt to wear if she ends up playing Dorothy.note  Years later, NBC's production of The Wiz would have their Dorothy wear a plaid miniskirt.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Raven, particularly in the episode where she tries to be a model for her own fashion line.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sam from the season one episode "A Dog by Any Other Name" is played by Mike Erwin, who would go on to voice the titular character in Jak II: Renegade and become his official voice actor in subsequent games.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 4 for some fans, mainly due to Raven's mom, Tanya, being Put on a Bus.
  • The Scrappy: Stanley to some fans, although others may argue that he was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after he stopped crushing on Raven at the end of Season 3.
  • They Wasted Some Perfectly Good Characters: Other psychic teenagers Raven met throughout the series (specifically, the students of Dr. Sleevemore's Psychic Institution, and Chelsea's boyfriend from season 3) never made re-appearances.
  • Tear Jerker: