Raven (Raven Symone) is now the mother of twins, Booker (Isaac Ryan Brown) and Nia (Navia Robinson), and Chelsea is the mother of a son named Levi (Jason Maybaum). Both recently divorced, they have decided to combine their families under one roof. While plenty of chaos ensues as a result of this, they are still able to create one big, happy family.
- There’s plenty to enjoy for fans of the original show. Raven and Chelsea haven’t changed a bit; it feels like the original show never ended. So far, we’ve only had one other character from the original show return, Devon (Jonathan McDaniel), who we discover is Raven’s ex-husband, but Raven Symone has promised more throwbacks to the original show are soon to come! There are a couple of fun references to it as well. Most important of all this is that, of course, Raven still has psychic visions, as does Booker, which plays into a lot of fun storylines and promises more fun ones to come.
- The new kids really shine. They’re all super funny, have unique personalities, and are great actors. My personal favorite is Levi. Something about his comedic timing just always gets me, and he’s just so small and adorable!
- While on the surface, the show is a screwball comedy much like its predecessor, there are a lot of deeper messages woven in. The overall plot of combining two families of divorce is very mature and clever in and of itself, and more mature storylines and messages come as the episodes continue. I applaud Disney Channel for tackling such topics, especially considering it will help children who live in non-conventional family situations identify with their favorite characters on TV.
- Raven herself is one of the show's executive producers, so it’s nice to know she has a big say in what goes on in the show.
- As a dog lover, I’m loving all the hijinks Raven has been getting into as a now fashion designer for dog clothing.
- The only new kid I haven’t been a huge fan of is Tess (Sky Katz). Something about her personality just doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not that I can’t stand her; she’s just definitely not my favorite.
- Very few crew members from the original show have returned to work on this one. I was upset to hear that Michael Poryes, the show’s creator and executive producer, was not returning, as I am an enormous fan of his work (he also created my all-time favorite show, Hannah Montana ). The showrunners are instead Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, who were previously the showrunners of Best Friends Whenever , which was far from my favorite Disney Channel show (on the whole, it was decent, but it had some major flaws that were holding it back). With that being said, I did have some concerns going into it about how they would handle this property, and on the whole, it’s been good, but I do see a bit of their Best Friends Whenever tropes filtering in that I was not a fan of in that show. It hasn’t majorly held the show back, however, and hopefully that will continue to be the case. Best Friends Whenever definitely had a lot of potential, so hopefully their work on Raven’s Home will be tapping into that.
- The show can definitely be very funny, but some jokes are hit or miss. There’s a bit of an excess of potty humor for my taste.
- Some episodes tap into some cliche tropes, but thankfully, they’re still able to wrap it up with an endearing message.