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Raven's Home
Created by
  • Michael Poryes
  • Susan Sherman
Developed byJed Elinoff & Scott Thomas
Theme music composer
  • Andy Love
  • Joacim Persson
  • Johan Alkenäs
Composer(s)Bert Selen
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jed Elinoff & Scott Thomas
  • Raven-Symoné
Producer(s)Julie Tsutsui
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkDisney Channel
Original releaseJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21) – present
Preceded byThat's So Raven (2003–07)
External links
Production website

Raven's Home is an American comedy and family television series developed by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas that premiered on Disney Channel on July 21, 2017, which centers around Raven Baxter, a divorced mother of pre-teen twins Booker and Nia, living with Chelsea, her childhood best friend, and her son Levi in Chicago, Illinois. Based on the characters created by Michael Poryes and Susan Sherman, it is a spinoff and sequel to That's So Raven,[1][2] the second spinoff from that series after Cory in the House. The series stars Raven-Symoné, Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Robinson, Jason Maybaum, Sky Katz, and Anneliese van der Pol.


Best friends Raven and Chelsea, both divorced single mothers, are now raising their children in an apartment together in Chicago. Their house is turned upside down when they realize one of Raven's children, Booker, has inherited the same psychic abilities as his mother.


  • Raven Baxter[1] (Raven-Symoné) is the single mother of twins Nia and Booker, who works as a fashion designer for dogs. It is revealed that prior to the series, Raven has gotten divorced from Devon Carter (Jonathan McDaniel), an ex-boyfriend from high school, and now lives with Chelsea and her son in Chicago. Raven possesses psychic powers, able to glimpse "visions" of the future. She decides not to tell her children about her visions as she believes they would not understand.
  • Booker Baxter-Carter[3] (Issac Ryan Brown) is the 11-year-old son of Raven and twin brother of Nia, who has inherited his mother's psychic abilities.[1][4] After he gets his first vision at school, he decides not to tell his mother about his psychic abilities as he thinks she would not believe him, unaware that his mother is also psychic.
  • Nia Baxter-Carter[3] (Navia Robinson) is the 11-year-old daughter of Raven and twin sister of Booker.[1][4] She initially does not believe her brother's psychic abilities, insisting it's one of his made up stories. When her brother has a vision of Nia getting hit by a boxing bag and later becomes true, she finally believes him.
  • Levi Grayson[3] (Jason Maybaum) is the 9-year-old son of Chelsea.[4] He is very mature for his age and often acts as the parent in his relationship with his mother.
  • Tess (Sky Katz) is the street-wise best friend of Nia who lives in the same building as the rest of the family.
  • Chelsea Grayson[3] (Anneliese van der Pol) is Raven's somewhat dim-witted, but sweet best friend and the mother of Levi. It is revealed that prior to the series, Chelsea made a substantial sum of money from an infomercial product she invented called the "Schmop," but her fortune was stolen by her husband Garrett Grayson. Afterwards, Garrett was arrested for tax evasion and ended up having an affair with the federal agent that arrested him. Chelsea subsequently divorced him upon reclaiming some of her money and moved in with Raven. While living with Raven, Chelsea often tries to cook for the family, which goes horribly awry.


Eight years after That's So Raven ended, there was speculation and rumors that the series would get a second spinoff or revamp. On August 14, 2015, a reunion with Raven-Symoné and her former co-stars happened on The View, where they discussed all things about the series and past times. T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Rondell Sheridan were not present, but got a special mention from Raven-Symoné herself.[5]

The series was announced on October 27, 2016, where Raven-Symoné also announced that she was departing as co-host of The View later in 2016 in order to work on the series full time,[6] and was officially greenlit to series with the title of Raven's Home on April 4, 2017.[7] On November 14, 2016, it was announced that Anneliese van der Pol will reprise her role of Chelsea Daniels in the series as a divorced mother who is raising a son, Levi, and moves in with Raven.[2] Executive producers Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas serve as showrunners and head writers, with Raven-Symoné also on the writing team as an executive producer.[8] The series premiered on Disney Channel on July 21, 2017, and is filmed at Hollywood Center Studios. Disney Channel renewed the series for a second season on October 10, 2017, which began filming in November 2017.[9]



Raven's Home has received positive reviews. Writing for The Post, Georgia Davis appreciated the pilot for "maintain[ing] the charm and energy" of the original, praising Raven and Chelsea's characterizations, as well as the performances of the child actors.[26] Davis concluded, "It might be too early to tell, but it seems Raven’s Home is on the right path for success."[26] Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media wrote that "That's So Raven fans will find plenty more of what they loved about the original series in this sharply written sitcom that plays up the woes of adulting and tween trials in a surprisingly great balance."[27]


The world premiere of Raven's Home aired immediately after the premiere of Descendants 2 on the Disney Channel on July 21, 2017.[28]


Awards and nominations

2018NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Children’s ProgramRaven's HomeNominated[29]


External links

  1. ^ abcdJoe Otterson (April 4, 2017). "That's So Raven Spinoff Ordered to Series at Disney Channel". Variety. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ abNivia Serrao (November 14, 2016). "That's So Raven Sequel: Anneliese van der Pol to Return as Chelsea". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ abcd"Raven's Home Show Bios". Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ abcLeanne Aguilera (April 4, 2017). "Disney Channel's That's So Raven Spinoff Gets a Name – Plus, Meet Raven-Symone's TV Twins!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  5. ^Bruce Fretts; Matt Roush. "The Greatest Shows on Earth". TV Guide. 61 (3194–3195): 16–19. [full citation needed]
  6. ^Marc Snetiker (October 27, 2016). "Raven-Symoné to Star in That's So Raven Spin-off at Disney Channel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  7. ^Marc Snetiker (April 4, 2017). "That's So Raven Spin-off Raven's Home a Go at Disney Channel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  8. ^Chris Harnick (April 4, 2017). "Meet the Cast of Raven's Home, Disney Channel's That's So Raven Spinoff". E! Online. Retrieved August 19, 2017. 
  9. ^Erik Pedersen (October 10, 2017). "Raven's Home Renewed for Second Season on Disney Channel". Deadline. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ abc"Raven's Home Episode Listings". The Futon Critic. 
  11. ^ ab"Raven's Home". Zap2it. 
  12. ^"Raven's Home Episodes". Disney ABC Press. 
  13. ^ abMitch Metcalf (July 24, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 7.21.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 24, 2017. 
  14. ^Mitch Metcalf (July 31, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 7.28.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  15. ^Mitch Metcalf (August 7, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 8.4.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  16. ^Mitch Metcalf (August 14, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 8.11.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  17. ^Mitch Metcalf (August 21, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 8.18.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  18. ^Mitch Metcalf (August 28, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 8.25.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  19. ^Mitch Metcalf (September 12, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 9.8.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  20. ^Mitch Metcalf (September 18, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 9.15.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  21. ^Mitch Metcalf (September 25, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 9.22.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  22. ^Mitch Metcalf (October 2, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 9.29.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  23. ^Mitch Metcalf (October 9, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 10.6.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  24. ^Mitch Metcalf (October 16, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 10.13.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  25. ^Mitch Metcalf (October 23, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: 10.20.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  26. ^ abDavis, Georgia (July 22, 2017). "TV Review: 'Raven's Home' brings back charm of 'That's So Raven'". The Post Athens. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  27. ^Ashby, Emily (2017). "Raven's Home". Common Sense Media. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  28. ^"What to Watch Tonight – Raven's Home Begins, Descendants 2, Ozark and More". TVLine. July 21, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  29. ^"NAACP Image Awards: 'Marshall,' 'Get Out,' 'Girls Trip' Dominate Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 

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