She may be all grown up and raising a family, but as we saw in Friday’s series premiere of Raven’s Home, Raven Baxter is still a total mess — and we wouldn’t have her any other way.
Picking up a handful of years after That’s So Raven wrapped its run on Disney Channel, the spinoff finds the titular psychic (played by Raven-Symoné) living in Chicago with BFF Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) and their three kids — all from the ladies’ respective failed marriages, so don’t go getting any ideas. (Side note: Though we’ve yet to meet Chelsea’s ex-husband, the father of Raven’s kids is, in fact, her high school boyfriend Devon.)
Like its parent series, Raven’s Home loves itself a good shenanigan. Within the premiere’s first six minutes, Raven already had a vision of her daughter Nia (played by Navia Robinson) complaining that her brother Booker (Issac Ryan Brown) gets all of Raven’s attention — which, to be fair, isn’t completely inaccurate — prompting Raven to pull out all the stops to convince her otherwise.
Unlike its parents series, however, there’s a bit of secrecy surrounding Raven’s visions. Neither her children, nor Chelsea’s son Levi (Jason Maybaum), know that she’s a psychic — nor does Raven know that Booker has started having visions of his own. Frankly, I was shocked that neither came clean by the end of the premiere, not that I mind a little family-friendly tension every now and then.
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If I can throw in my two cents for a minute, I loved this premiere. The leading actresses haven’t missed a beat since their days in San Francisco, and their offspring — each of which add a unique feel to the show — are perfectly cast. (Both generations getting equal screen time, at least in the premiere, was also a major plus.)
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