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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 Series 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 true 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 (though she wishes she did), 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.
  • Tess, who lives next-door and is the resident tough girl. She's friends with the twins and (to a lesser extent) 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.

On October 1, 2021, a fifth season was confirmednote , with a planned retool featuring only Raven and Booker remaining and seeing them move to Raven's hometown of San Francisco to take care of the former's father Victor after he suffers a major health scare. This retool also introduces Raven's cousin Alice and Booker's new classmates Ivy and Neil, as he once again tries to keep his psychic powers hidden so he can fit in with them (though he eventually tells them partway through the fifth season).

As of 2023 this, along with Bunk'd, is the last show on Disney Channel with ties to the Disney Channel Live-Action Universe.

It's Raven's Tropes!:

  • An Aesop: Several episodes revolve around the characters having feelings for a friend of theirs who doesn't feel the same way and the episodes end with three good ones about rejection.
    • 1. Your crushes will rarely feel the same way about you, but that doesn't mean you can't stay good friends.
    • 2. Rejection hurts. While their love interests let them down easy and the characters respect the fact they're not interested, there are still hurt feelings.
    • 3. Having good friends is more important than dating someone. Whenever they get rejected, another character reminds them that their friends are still there and always will be and having them around is shown easing their pain.
  • Agent Mulder: Tess is a strong believer in psychics, taking it without explanation.
  • 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. And itís shown Nia isnít happy when she doesnít spare a moment to be her enemy. She was Put on a Bus in Season 4.
    • In Season 5, Alana could be considered this as well, even though she's principal but still acts like she is. Her daughter Cami is this as well until she redeems herself.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: So far, all we've heard about is that Tess has a mom and dad. We eventually see Tess's dad in person in "Sorry to Father You".
    • Tanya (Raven's mom) didn't appear throughout, but she initially been mentioned at least twice and Booker is in contact with her. She would finally return in the season five finale "Bridge Over Troubled Daughter".
  • 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 as well.
    • 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 has to move to Texas for his new job, Raven and the twins throw him a surprise goodbye party, though they're sad about it nonetheless.
  • Art Evolution: The vision sequences are much more detailed than they appeared back in That's So Raven. The former show just zoomed through a yellow tunnel and presenting the vision as an orange filter, while here, we zoom through a big tunnel of light streaks, and the vision is shown as an eye filter that glows. The color of the effects also differ depending on whoever is having the vision (See Pink Girl, Blue Boy below).
  • 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.
  • Aw, 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.
  • Because I Said So: When Booker asks Raven why he can't tell the kids at school he's psychic, Raven tells him why: "Because." And apparently, "because" has been the only reason why the Baxter family can't reveal that they're psychic. Naturally, Booker says that's not good enough and does tell the kids at school...which lands him into trouble when he starts making up visions. Raven finally tells him the real reason why people can't know the truth: most of the time, the visions are unreliable.
  • 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.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "It's Your Party and I'll Spy If I Want To" revolves around Booker and Nia celebrating their 13th birthdays and planning their own parties while uninviting Raven and Levi.
    • "Big Little Surprise" is one for Raven.
    • "American Torah Story" for Levi, revolving around his Bar Mitzvah.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Shows up now and then.
    • "Cali Dreams": Booker, Nia and Tess don't win the money and record deal, and the Girl Group that stole their music win and get away with it, but what matters is they did their best and are proud of that.
    • "It's Not Easy Being Green": Danni breaks up with Booker, but that doesn't stop them from being friends.
    • "Level Up": Booker and Levi might not be in the same school anymore (at least for a while), but they're still in the same house and will always have each other.
  • Blah, Blah, Blah: Shows up repeatedly in "Weirder Things". The kids are tuned in to their favorite show so much that they end up tuning out everyone around them and all they hear is "wah wah wah".
  • 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 featured the returns of Raven's father Victor Baxter and her psychic mentor Dr. Sleevemore for a three-episode special.
    • Season 5 features the return of Ravenís old rival, Alana Rivera, 18 years since her last appearance in the original series.
    • The season five finale features the long-awaited return of Raven's mom and Victor's wife Tanya Baxter, after a 17-year absence.
    • After her last appearance in season 4's penultimate episode, Tess visits Booker and Raven in San Fran in season 6's "Tess Friends Forever".
  • Butt-Monkey: Booker always gets himself in some sort of trouble. This could apply to Raven as well, but not as much as That's So Raven.
  • 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.
    • Considering that Season 5 takes place back in San Francisco, a lot of references from the original show are made. Booker impersonates his grandpa to get out of bad grades and even briefly wears a first day of high school outfit that's just like Raven's.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Subverted. 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; he ends up going to Raven for help.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "Bah Humbugged" in Season 3.
    • "Mad About Yuletide" in Season 4.
    • "A Country Cousin Christmas" in Season 5.
  • Chickenpox Episode: In the episode "The Baxtercism of Levi Grayson", Nia gets the chickenpox on Halloween.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Cory and Tanya's whereabouts have yet to be explained, but the latter is mentioned to still be around. Cory gets a passing mention in the first episode of Season 5. Eddie never got a mention until Season 5 as well. Reversed in Tanya's case when she finally returns in the season five finale.
    • Season 3 drops every recurring character such as Mitch, Zeena, Sienna, Curtis and The Guntz, probably because they graduated.
  • Continuity Nod: Season 5 has Raven and Booker mention Victorís career at the White House.
  • 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.
  • Crossover: With another live action sitcom, Bunk'd. Coincidentally, both of them are spinoffs.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Also in "Sleevemore Part 2: Found", Booker comments that without his visions, he's not special. Cue him suddenly belting out a professional version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the trombone, and then the rest of the episode shows that Booker can bake and sing opera as well.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Tess' mother hit three mailboxes with her car, so naturally her license got suspended.
    • Booker when he learns how to drive in "So You Think You Can Drive".
  • 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.
  • Exact Words: In "The Story Sofa", Levi and Nia want to buy a new couch since the old one is lumpy, but Raven and Chelsea refuse since they put money in the couch. The kids instead have their dads give them the money to buy them the new couch. Unfortunately, that's when Raven and Chelsea reveal that they literally put their money in the old couch... as in their lifesavings. The reason Raven and Chelsea did it was because the latter didn't trust banks anymore after her ex-husband stole all the schmop money.
  • Eye Recall: As with the original series, this is how Raven and Booker's visions are initiated.
  • Flanderization: Not unlike Chelsea over the course of the original series, Booker seems to gradually become less intelligent as the show goes on - though not by much.
  • Face Doodling: Alice does this to Victor in "Escape from Pal-Catraz". She then gives Booker the paintbrushes to let him take the heat while she runs off.
  • Foil: Nikki is this to Paisley. Paisley is Raven's boss, who has no respect for her obvious talent and spends the entire first season holding Raven back from her true potential. Nikki is Raven's unpaid assistant in the final two seasons and, despite being condescending and unintelligent like Paisley, genuinely respects Raven's talent; the finale has her coming through for Raven hugely by pitching Raven's designs to her father as a potential investment opportunity.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The Halloween Episode "Switch-a-Lot" with Raven and Booker switching bodies.
  • The Ghost: Raven's mom Tanya is mentioned a lot, and it's shown Booker is regularly in contact with her. As of Season 5, the others have mentioned Nia, Chelsea, Eddie, etc.
  • Half-Arc Season: The first third of Season 3 revolves around Booker, Nia and Tess forming a band for a music competition. There's also a three-part saga where Booker develops a crush on a girl named Danni.
    • In Season 5, a couple of episodes are about Booker trying to ask out his crush, Cami. They eventually date, then they hide their relationship when their parents don't approve. Raven eventually accepts it in "The Fierce Awakens".
  • Halloween Episode:
    • "The Baxtercism of Levi Grayson" (season 1)
    • "Switch-or-Treat" in Season 2
    • "Creepin' It Real" in Season 3
    • "Don't Trust the G in Apartment 4B" (Season 4)
    • "The Girl Who Cried Tasha" (season 5)
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Sung by Sunrise Mahoney in "Big Little Surprise".
  • 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 "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.
  • Informed Flaw: In "Dream Moms", Booker is constantly described as a terrible basketball player by Nia and Tess, although Booker is far from being as good as he thinks he is, he actually has decent skills.
  • Injured Limb Episode: In the last three produced episodes of Season 3, Raven broke her wrist from a sewing accident. This is a case of Real Life Writes the Plot as Raven-Symone injured her wrist on set from a hoverboard accident on-set.
  • Irony: The song The Chi-lectives submit for the first round of Radio Eclipse Live is "Smoky Flow", while the second song for the semifinals is "Bill of Rights". Both advance them to the final round. During such, another singing group, N'Charmony, steals both winning songs for their act, and they end up winning.
  • 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.
  • Jobless Parent Drama: Levi's mom Chelsea getting a job is a major part of her character arc.
  • Karma Houdini: In "Cali Dreams", N'Charmony ends up winning Radio Eclipse Live by copying off both of the Chi-Lective's entries, and receive no punishment for stealing their songs.
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: In "Twister, Sister":
    Tess: My uncle knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who gets a family discount.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In "Twister Sister" when Chelsea and Levi come home:
    Raven: Hey, guys. How was the — WEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLT!!!!!!!!
  • Later-Installment Weirdness: Booker has had three times more visions than Raven in the newer seasons.
  • 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 or normal.
    • In Season 2, she's finally learned how to make a decent mushroom quiche.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Raven never told her kids about her psychic visions. So when Booker gets them, he thinks it's just him with only Nia and Tess and later Levi finding out. So the first season has Booker and Raven both trying to keep their secret from each other. The season 2 premiere finally has everyone finding out both share the visions.
    • The first episodes of Season 5 have Booker's new friends unaware of his visions. He eventually tells Ivy and Neil in "Truth or Hair", but Cami still has yet to find out.
  • Maintain the Lie: In "The Foreign Identity" when Nia pretends to be a Brit to impress a French exchange student she has a crush on, and the rest of the family has to help her keep up the act.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Tess (masculine girl) and Booker (feminine boy).
  • 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.
  • More Diverse Sequel: Especially in Season 5, which diversifies the cast even more; Ivy is of Chinese descent as she mentions having a grandfather who speaks Mandarin, and Neil is Hispanic. Additionally, this series notably features several LGBTQ+ characters than the first two shows; among them are Alana's daughter Cami, who is bisexual due to it being mentioned she only dates the coolest guys and girls, and her previous relationship was with a girl. And then thereís Ravenís hapless assistant Nikki, who is Disney Channel's first transgender character and played by a transgender actress. Other side characters are noted to be queer as well.
  • 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.
    • Raven in turn gets this look after she very harshly tells a woman who works as a clown to stay away from her...after it's revealed that the clown is the mother of Nia, Booker and Levi's new friend at school.
    • Chelsea has a moment of this in one episode when she realizes her method of sugar-coating everything about her ex-husband Garrett (who was sent to prison for crooked business schemes) lead to Levi coming up with a business scheme of his own because itís what his dad would do.
  • 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.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: Raven passes up an investment opportunity because she learned the investor wanted her image, not her designs. She still achieves great success in the ending because her assistant, Nikki, got her rich father to invest in Raven's fashion line.
  • 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: This becomes a Running Gag throughout "The Missteps": Nia and Tess say this repeatedly while they are arguing over who wants the spot on the Red Hot Chili Steppers. Later said between Booker and Levi while deciding who will tell Nia about the formerís apparent sleep vision that she and Tess are going to lose the step-off.
  • Obviously Evil: When Chelsea says she wishes people had told her about Garrett being a low life before she married him, Raven says everybody - both her friends and family - told her that.
  • Once More, with Clarity: Part 2 of the "Sleevemore" saga ends with Jasmine extracting Booker's visions from Nia and saying ominously, "The visions are finally mine." When the same scene is shown as she tells what really happened in Part 3, she resumes where she left off: " experiment with before I put them back into Booker."
  • Once per Episode: Raven and Booker's visions, as per the original show.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Wheel of Misfortune," Nia slams a door in frustration. Everyone notices and comments on it being hugely out of character for her (Raven even says Nia's "not a door slammer"), with Tess even dropping everything she's doing just to come check on her friend.
  • 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.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": In "Fears of a Clown", Booker and Levi construct a fort with their new friend Wally and name it "Fort McFort". The password to get in? It's "Password McPassword".
  • Persona Non Grata:
    • In "Dream Moms", Raven, Chelsea and the boys are banned from a theater for the latter two impersonating two members of the band Raven likes.
    • In "Baking Bad", Nia is banned from Maren's when she is falsely accused of blogging something mean about the cafe's scones, due to the blogger using Nia's picture as their profile.
  • Phony Psychic:
    • Nia becomes one in part 2 of "The Falcon and the Raven".
    • In the climax of "Because", Jared slips on a banana peel and gets injured, rendering him unable to play the next game, when Booker made up a vision earlier that he would win. Jared also made up Nia's friend request so she could tell of Booker's vision powers. Because of this, the students call him a fake psychic and chase them.
  • 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.
  • Platonic Co-Parenting: Raven and Chelsea have both married, become mothers, and gotten divorced during the interval between the two shows. They then move in together in one apartment, both acting as mothers to their kids. (The father of Raven's children is also involved, and he and Rae have managed to be Amicable Exes. Chelsea and her ex-husband have not, and he's in prison on top of that.) This is even lampshaded when their landlord tries to boot them out for having two families under the same roof, which is against the building's rules. His mother steps in and vouches for Raven and Chelsea.
    Phil: They're two families!
    Myrna: I only see one.
  • Pokťmon Speak: Pump-Fake of the 3Go's only says his name. This is lampshaded by Booker.
  • Polka-Dot Disease: Nia gets the chicken pox in Season 1.
  • The Power of Hate: In part 1 of "Sleevemore", Booker's frozen visions are a result of his and Nia's arguing, rendering him motionless for a few moments.
  • The Power of Love: Booker gets his vision powers back when he and Nia make up in the episode above.
  • Prophecy Twist: Sometimes, Raven and Booker will have visions that make absolutely no sense. Most notably in "Switch-or-Treat", they each have a vision seeing themselves screaming, which is impossible because psychics never see themselves in a vision. By the time they touch each other as they try to make sense of it, they switch bodies, resulting in them screaming at each other.
  • Pun-Based Title: The vast majority of the series' episodes have these.
  • 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. He appears sporadically throughout Seasons 2, 3 & 4.
    • In the Season 4 finale "So You Think You Can Drive," Chelsea watches as Levi leaves Chicago for London, England to live with his dad.
    • As of Season 5, only Raven and Booker remain as original characters. Chelsea visits during the episode "Keeping It 100", and Tess visits in the Season 6 episode "Tess Friends Forever".
  • 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!
    • One Halloween episode has the kids think their new neighbor is a monster, especially after catching him with what appears to be a dead body and only seeing him come out at night. Towards the end of the episode, it's explained that he's an EMT, who works long hours and was working with a CPR dummy. When Chelsea tries to introduce him to Raven, he mysteriously disappears while something is howling in the background...meaning the kids were right all along.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Chelsea's ex-husband Garrett is a complex example, as almost immediately after being released from prison he decides to rip off Chelsea's Schmop which leads to her suing him and winning the case. However, he's genuinely shown to care for Levi (who still has mixed feelings about him during season 3) and a lot of his appearances in season 3 revolve around him trying to mend the broken bridge between the two, but Raven barely tolerates him and always reminds him and Chelsea of his criminal deeds and the reason he went to prison in the first place.
  • Retool: Season 5 has Raven and Booker moving to San Francisco to help Raven's dad after he has a heart attack. They decide to stay with Raven helping out at Victor's house (her childhood home), voluntarily working at her old high school and working at The Chill Grill.
  • Revisiting the Roots: After four seasons taking place in Raven's apartment in Chicago, season five returns the series back to the original setting of San Francisco and Raven's old home.
  • Right Behind Me: In "Twister Sister" when Raven refuses to help Chelsea once more, she rambles on and on that she doesn't notice Tess walking in behind her and overhears Raven confess she was only using her to win a sewing machine she wanted.
  • 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 otherís psychic abilities, with only Chelsea knowing of the formerís and Nia, Levi and Tess for the latterís. They realize by Season 2.
    • By Season 5, Booker falls into this for the first few episodes, trying to avoid being seen as a psychic by Ivy and Neil.
    • One-shot Sunrise Mahoney, an internet celebrity who must avoid getting her cover compromised as Raven transports her.
  • 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 Levi ultimately convinces him not to.
    • Starting in 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.
    • As of "Sorry to Father You", Devon finds out about Booker's ability.
  • 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.
    • Chelsea in "Adolessons" says "It's about to start raining man", which references The Weather Girls' song "It's Raining Men".
    • Several episode titles are references to other TV shows or movies, like "Twister, Sister" (Sister, Sister), "Fresh Off The Note" (Fresh Off the Boat), "10 Things I Debate About You" (10 Things I Hate About You), etc.
  • 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.
    • Partly subverted as it turns out Booker is skilled but not at what he assumes he is. He may not be a jock or funny but is a great cook, a good singer and even a knack for magic tricks. It's lampshaded that if Booker just accepted those strengths more than being deluded to thinking he's ultra-popular, folks would like him more.
  • 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 2003 with them as 16 correct. However, the year of the current show is unstated, opening it up to possibly taking place later than we think.
  • Spin-Offspring: We have Booker and Nia who are Ravenís kids, and Levi, Chelseaís son. Season 5 has Cami, who is Alana Riveraís daughter.
  • Story Arc:
    • The first third of Season 3 features the "Chi-Lective" arc, where Booker, Nia and Tess form a band and enter a music contest.
    • The arc above is followed by a three-episode mini-arc where Booker develops a crush on a girl named Danni.
    • Season 5 also has Booker having a crush on Cami and trying to ask her out to the school dance.
  • Studio Audience: Unlike the original series, this show is taped before one of these. Raven notes at this at the beginning of each episode.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Season 5 episode ďRaven and the Fashion FactoryĒ has Ravenís former boss Donna Cabonna return from the original series, but in a more antagonistic role. It seemed like she was going to pass on her fashion empire, but set up a competition to steal the winnerís designs and pass them off as her own.
  • Third-Person Person: Quatro of the 3Go's speaks this way.
  • Title Drop: As part of a Running Gag in "You're Gonna Get It."
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tess (Tomboy) and Nia (Girly Girl).
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: As mentioned above under Flanderization, Booker's intelligence seems to dip a little with each new season.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: Between Raven and Booker in ďVest In ShowĒ 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.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Lampshaded by Booker in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?". Alice finally comes clean that she passed up to see her friend for the summer in London at a palace that has real unicorns. Victor and Raven are shocked she did that when they would've wanted her to go. Booker asks them he's the only one who noticed she just pointed out that unicorns are real.
  • Very Special Episode: Season 3's "What About Your Friends?", which deals with vaping, and Season 5's "Stylin' & Profilin'," which deals with police discrimination.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Heavily invoked, because Raven hides a little secret bat over her chest to use against clowns.
  • Vocal Evolution: Booker and Levi's voices get several steps deeper in the fourth season due to their actors entering puberty during production. Even Nia's voice also got a few tones lower over the course of the show; compare her voice in the first season to how she sounds in the fourth.
  • 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.
  • Wham Episode: The 2-parter opener of Season 2, "The Falcon and The Raven", in which Booker and Raven learn each otherís secret.
    • The season 4 finale could be this as well. Tess is nowhere to be seen, and Levi heads off to England by the end of the episode. This led to a lot of fans thinking this was the end of the series.
  • Wham Line:
    • In "Twister, Sister" when Tess overhears Raven reveal she only used her to win the sewing machine:
    Raven: No you can't! I got one more question! Tess is gonna help me win this machine, then she is gonna go home, and I am gonna get back to Raven Time!
    • In "Disorder in the Court" when the Chi-Lective realize who the birthday party is for.
    Girl: All the guests are here.
    Nia: Where?
    Girl: Well, they just woke up from their nap.
  • 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.
  • You Are Grounded!:
    • In "You're Gonna Get It", Nia is grounded for wearing makeup against Raven's wishes; it was originally two weeks, but Raven decides Nia's choice for three weeks because she's old enough to make her own decisions.
    • Booker and Nia are grounded from using their phones for a week in "Because" thanks to the misunderstandings caused by Booker telling others he's psychic.
    • In "School House Trap", Booker, Nia, Levi and Tess are all grounded when Raven finds out they didn't tell her about Booker's report card and Nia signed it. Raven even said that not only was she angry, sheís also disappointed in them.

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


Disorder in the Court

Chelsea and Raven appear on Judge Giovanni to settle a disagreement with Chelsea's ex-husband Garrett.

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