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Booker: I just had another one of those things where I saw what was gonna happen before it happens!
Nia: A vision?!
Booker: Yeah, let's call it that from now on.

The sequel to hit series That's So Raven, features Raven and Chelsea (now both divorced mothers) raising their combined three kids in a Chicago-apartment together:

  • Booker, Raven's son and Nia's twin brother, a mischievous yet lovable kid who just wants to be special—his wish comes trues when it turns out that he's inherited Raven's psychic abilities.
  • Nia, Raven's daughter and Booker's twin sister, a well-rounded girl who, despite her conflicts with her twin, genuinely cares for him. She, unlike her brother, seems to have not inherited any of her mom's ESPer-gifts, but still manages to get in less trouble out of the two of them. She got the brains in the family but not much of the flamboyance.
  • Levi, the son of Chelsea and her ex-husband, Garrett, who had an affair with another woman but later got arrested and sent to prison for tax fraud—he's fairly mature for his age and is arguably more intelligent than his mother, but still makes normal mistakes just like any other kid.
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  • Tess, who lives next-door and is the resident tough girl. She's friends with the twins and Levi and is the only one outside of Levi and Nia to know about Booker's psychic abilities. She can be impulsive and rough with everyone, but she really does love her friends and works to fix her mistakes, especially once she realizes how she's screwed up.

Booker eventually tells Nia about his abilities—at first she doesn't believe him, but later does. Regardless, Booker decides not to tell their mom about his abilities—coincidentally, it turns out that Raven never told her kids about her own psychic abilities.

By Season 2, Raven and Booker finally learn the other is psychic. Now that they know this, Raven resolves to help her son understand his abilities more.


Raven's Home contains examples of:

  • Agent Scully: Nia, being the science nerd and all, shows disbelief at the idea of people having psychic powers until Booker proves himself.
  • Alpha Bitch: Zeena is the class's queen bee, step dance group captain and Nia's rival who is constantly trying to one up her in either popularity or academics. Despite this, Nia has garnered a bit of her respect, to the point that they consider each other Worthy Opponents.
  • Agent Mulder: Tess is a strong believer in psychics, taking it without explanation.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: So far, all we've heard about is that Tess has a mom, but not a dad. Later, we do see Tess's dad in person.
  • Amicable Exes: Devon Carter is revealed to be Raven's ex-husband and father of Booker and Nia. Even though Raven and Devon's marriage didn't last, they actually still seem to be pretty good friends, and Devon obviously loves their children very much. Devon even seems to be on pretty good terms with Chelsea and her son, Levi, too.
    • If the first two episodes are anything to go by, Devon's the one who drives Levi and the twins to (and possibly from) school during the week.
    • Also in the second episode, Devon comes up to Raven and Chelsea's apartment and Raven ties his tie for him since he doesn't know how to, and reveals that he's got an interview for a cool new job. Raven and Chelsea seem genuinely happy for him and wish him good luck at the interview.
    • In "Bearer of Dad News", where Devon's forced to move out to Texas because of his new job, Raven and the twins throw him a surprise goodbye party, though they're sad about it nonetheless.
  • The Artifact: Nia's name means "purpose" in Swahili. It would have suited her better if she had turned out to be psychic, as was planned during the show's early development phase.
  • Audience Surrogate: Tess and Levi serve this role at different points:
    • Tess, due to being unrelated to Raven and Chelsea, comes off as the most "different" and unfamiliar with their families' usual business, but also gets excited once she finds out Booker bring a psychic, all of which are things that the younger audience can relate to.
    • For Levi, his bewilderment to the types of situations the main cast get themselves in while he gets his feet wet are shared by the audience as they get their feet wet.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Nia and Booker.
  • Bad Boss: Paisley treats all her employers like lackeys and is so stupid that if she wasn't her own boss, she would've been fired a long time ago.
  • Bad Liar: Booker. His frequent lies make it harder to believe he's psychic.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After push comes to shove, Chelsea manages to frighten an imposing tall lady to leave her and Raven alone. In Vending The Rules, Chelsea ends up saying that if the kids don't tell her where they got the money, she'll "get those hair clippers and I won't stop shaving until every single one of you is bald" and then shrieks the following sentence: "WHERE'D YOU GET MONEY, HUH? I WILL GO OUT AND I WILL GET THAT POOL NOODLE - I WILL WHACK A KID WITH A POOL NOODLE". She shrieks so loudly that Nia, Booker and Levi are almost pressed into the sofa and Raven has to physically restrain her because she has taken it way too far.
  • Brick Joke: Remember when Raven and Chelsea disguised themselves as Liz Anya and her manager respectively in "If I Only Had A Job"? After so many years, turns out they're real.
  • The Bus Came Back: Season 2 will feature the the return of Victor Baxter and Raven's psychic mentor Dr. Sleevemore for a three-episode special.
  • Butt-Monkey: Booker always gets his head stuck in some kind of object.
  • Call-Back: In "Vest In Show", Raven once again has a simultaneous vision with another Psychic, just like in the That's So Raven episode "Double Vision".
    • In the same episode, Liz Anya and her entourage appears, and Chelsea references the Chill Grill at the very end of the episode.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Averted. The one person you'd think would be unable to keep a secret - Chelsea - is the one person who has apparently kept Raven's secret for over a decade without letting it slip.
  • Can't Tie His Tie: Devon doesn't know how to tie his ties and ends up going to Raven for help with it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: It doesn't take a psychic to know Chelsea will mess up at cooking. Levi orders a pizza in the event Chelsea is about to cook.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Chelsea has one of these after trying to save Raven after she accidentally rips a huge woman's dress in a club
    Chelsea: Don't worry, Raven can make you a new dress. She actually makes clothes for dogs for a living.
    Brenda: Did you just call me a dog?
    Chelsea: (realizing That Came Out Wrong) Not on purpose.
  • Disappeared Dad/Laser-Guided Karma/Your Cheating Heart:
    • Chelsea's husband and Levi's dad, Garrett, got divorced after he ended up having an affair with another woman—however, the woman Garrett cheated on Chelsea with turned out to be a federal agent, and she ended up having Garrett arrested and sent to prison for tax fraud.
    • The last was used in "Adventures In Mommy-sitting" where Nia catches her English teacher cheating on her Spanish teacher with her physics teacher.
  • The Ditz: Raven's boss, Paisley—she actually makes Chelsea look like a straight-up genius by comparison.
  • Ditzy Genius: Played with - while Chelsea at times continues to have off the wall moments she is also shown to be a master of organization, interior design and, as of Vending the Rules, it was revealed that the vast wealth she lost was one she amassed due to one of her own inventions. This is a notable departure from her later development in the parent series and is more aligned with her original characterization.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Raven being excited about being able to tell her kids that she's psychic is comparable to many things, but most obviously to someone coming out about their sexuality.
    • Also, if you take out the last three words from Levi's description of the joint living in the apartment, it could mean something else.

    Booker: We're like brothers who live with each other's mothers.
    Levi: More like dudes who didn't know each other that well,but their moms moved in together [to save money]

  • Double-Meaning Title: The show title itself. It can mean "Raven's household" or "Raven's home to take care of the family!" There's also a third meaning if you consider Raven-Symone's return to the Disney Channel, her previous "home."
  • Dramatic Irony: As it turns out, Raven never told the twins about her psychic abilities, feeling they wouldn't understand—at the end of the episode, when Booker and Levi discuss the former telling his mom about his own visions, Booker ultimately decides not to, feeling that his mom wouldn't understand and would overreact. Though in Season 2, we later find out it was more due to personal stubbornness.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Tess' mother hit three mailboxes with her car, so naturally her license got suspended.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Raven likes to joke around, but when Chelsea takes punishing their kids too far by threatening to shave them bald and shrieking at them that she will smack them repeatedly with a pool noodle, even Raven has to step in because Chelsea has taken it too far and has to be restrained.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Nia walks in on Booker discussing with Tess how to convince her of his visions by lying so she'll believe him when he warns her of one he had. This leads her to believe he's lying about the whole thing, leading to a fight.
  • Eye Recall: As with the original series, this is how Raven and Booker's visions are initiated.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • This conversation occurs when kids are in the bathroom and Booker gets ready to take a shower. However, it turns out Raven is still in the shower.
    Booker: Shower turn. I'm gonna drop and roll. *removes pjs*
    Nia: Booker, no!
    Nia: Why are you wearing a bathing suit?
    Booker: Little trick I picked up in 6th grade gym class. Keeps everybody from seeing my bits-and-pieces.
    Raven: Ya'll better get out of here before you see my bits-and-pieces.
    • When Raven tries to get into a club without her ID, she threatens the bouncer with "Now everything I've got is taped down, squeezed in, and pushed up!"
    • One joke has Raven replying to Booker having a big head with mentioning she knows, because she gave birth to him.
    • In the Pilot, while Tess is walking into her apartment room, she says, “Come on, Ma! We eat off that table!”
  • The Ghost: Raven's mom Tanya is mentioned a lot, and it's shown Booker is regularly in contact with her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Raven and Chelsea, to the point that they're raising their kids together in the same apartment—the twins even called Chelsea "Aunt Chelsea" and Levi calls Raven "Auntie Rae." By the end of the second episode, they even end up sharing a room, just like how their sons do (albeit with a bunk bed that Chelsea got from a furniture shop next to a dump). In Episode 10: "Fears Of A Clown", Raven refers to Booker as "Our kid" to Chelsea.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Booker is this, as the reason he loves his visions is because he believes they make him special.
    • His sister Nia also has shades of this, as she has expressed envy over her brother's abilities and questions why he has them and she doesn't. It goes to another level during Sleevemore arc when she temporarily gains his visions and is reluctant to part with them.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In "Vending The Rules" Chelsea threatens to shave the kids heads if they don't admit to what they did. Then she later threatens to smack them with a pool noodle. Twice.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Chelsea started a fire with her cooking twice in the first episode alone. Levi even orders a pizza before she cooks just in case.
    • In the third episode, the Cranky Landlord accuses her of trying to poison him with coffee she prepared, and the other characters accept this like it's perfectly obvious.
    • In Season 2, she's finally learned how to make a decent mushroom quiche.
  • Mood Whiplash: Invoked. During the first scene, Raven and Chelsea are enjoying themselves while helping their kids get ready for school, and Chelsea mentions that she's happy that their respective marriages failed.
  • Musical Episode: Raven's Home: Remix
  • My Beloved Smother: After having a vision where Nia implies Raven cares more for Booker than for her, Raven tries to spend more time with Nia. Her attempts to do so come off as this.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Chelsea tries to make Raven get over her fear of clowns. Raven crushes an inflatable clown and announces she's going to "nail it to the door as a warning for other clowns." Chelsea can't do anything but cover her mouth in shock and give an "Oh my god, I've created a monster!" look.
  • Nice Guy: He might not be the most down to earth guy, but Booker fulfills this role and is probably the nicest of all the children.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Raven's attempt to dote on Nia below leads her to dismiss Booker when he tries to tell her about his visions.
  • No, You: In "The Missteps", Nia and Tess say this repeatedly while they are arguing over who wants the one spot on the Red Hot Chili Steppers. Later said between Booker and Levi while deciding who will tell Nia about the former’s apparent sleep vision that she and Tess are going to lose the step-off.
  • Real After All: It turns out that Raven's pop star alter-ego from the parent show, Liz Anya, is a real singer. Chelsea's alter-ego, Liz's lunchbox-loving accomplice, also turns out to be real. To be fair, Raven basing the persona off a real singer isn't that much of a stretch, and Chelsea's character may have been a socialite, but it is surprising since Eddie just came up with the name after seeing a plate of lasagna!
  • Parental Favoritism: Raven mistakenly thinks she's been pulling this towards Booker resulting in the My Beloved Smother moment above. Downplayed in she does genuinely give him more attention, but not to the point of neglecting Nia (she loves both of her kids equally), even if she has to be more independent than him.
  • Parents as People: A main theme of the series is depicting Raven and Chelsea trying to be parents while still possessing quirks from their youth.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy:
    • The effects of Raven's visions are purple with hints of pink and red, while Booker's visions are blue with hints of white and gold.
    • The opening credits show the girls’ names in pink and the boys’ names in blue.
  • Put on a Bus: As of "The Bearer of Dad News," Devon's forced to leave Chicago, Illinois for Dallas, Texas because of a job transfer.
  • Secondary Character Title: Raven may be the title character, but the true protagonist is her psychic son Booker, who is trying to learn more about his psychic abilities. Plus, he's the one who ends up getting more and more Character Development.
  • Secret Identity: Both Raven and Booker in Season 1, with neither being aware of each other’s psychic abilities, with only Chelsea knowing of the former’s and Nia, Levi and Tess for the latter’s. They realize by Season 2.
  • Secret Keeper: Goes for both Raven and Booker:
    • For Raven, Chelsea seems to be the only one to know about Raven's psychic abilities—while it's confirmed that Raven never told Booker and Nia about her abilities, we later find out in Season 2 that at some point, Raven told Devon that she was psychic.
    • In Booker's case, the only people to know about his psychic abilities (from the first to the last to find out about them) are Levi, Tess and Nia. As mentioned above, Booker does consider telling his mom, but ultimately decides not to after Levi suggests such.
    • Starting Season 2, Raven and Booker discover the other is psychic. As a result, Chelsea now knows Booker's secret, and Nia, Tess, and Levi know Raven's as well.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Continued from the original series, Raven's attempt to prevent her psychic vision in the first episode results in it and Booker's coming true. Of course, this doesn't happen 100%.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The pilot episode's title, "Baxter's Back," is most likely a reference to "Backstreet's Back" by the Backstreet Boys.
    • The kids like watching Weirder Things, an obvious reference to Stranger Things.
  • Sick Episode: A season 2 episode has Chelsea coming down with a high fever and becoming delusional.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Booker thinks he is a star athlete, a witty comedian, and a gorgeous hunk. Thirty seconds with him is everyone needs to know all of it is in his head.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: That's So Raven ended in 2007 with Raven and Chelsea still in high school. This show starts with Raven having 11-year-old fraternal twins, which means they were born a year before the previous series ended. The original wasn't set 20 Minutes into the Past either. Chelsea's birth year is 1989 (presumably Raven's is too), making the original show starting in 2005 with them as 16 correct. However, the year of the current show is unstated, opening it up to possibly taking place later then we think.
  • Studio Audience: Unlike the original series, this show is taped before one of these. Raven notes at this at the beginning of each episode.
  • Title Drop: As part of a Running Gag in the episode "You're Gonna Get It."
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Between Raven and Booker in “Vest In Show” when they spill about the shared vision of Raven being fired to Levi and Chelsea respectively.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Chelsea hopes to avoid this with Levi ever since Garrett, her ex-husband, was sent to prison. Unfortunately, her method of sugar-coating everything about Garrett only serves to make Levi think it's okay to copy his father's crooked business schemes in one episode.
  • Two First Names: Devon Carter.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Heavily invoked, because Raven hides a little secret bat over her chest to use against clowns.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Chelsea and her son, Levi, in a nutshell. Initially played Up to Eleven - with her seeming no less ditzy than in her teen years & his being mature and perceptive - this eventually begins to settle into a more realistic version of the trope.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Raven is absolutely terrified of clowns.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Levi, though he is a milder example than most.

Levi: "Two psychics and neither of you saw this coming?!"

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