Cory in the House

Spin-off lacks Raven's magic, but kids won't mind.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Strong messages include lessons in self-respect, honesty, and friendship. Adult figures usually give good advice when prompted, but their influence isn't a strong force in kids' lives (there's more of an "aw, shucks" attitude when kids get into trouble). The multicultural cast includes African-American and Caucasian characters.

Violence & scariness

Mild comedic peril (like being bucked from a horse); rarely causes anything but wincing and moaning.

Sexy stuff

Flirting is mild and usually doesn't include anything sexual.


"Butt" is infrequent.


Cell phones are used on occasion.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this spin-off of the popular Disney series That's So Raven picks up the story as the Baxter men (dad Victor and son Cory) move into the White House, where Victor is to be the president's personal chef. The show continues the exaggerated comedy style of its parent program, often putting characters into ridiculously unlikely situations for laughs -- and its White House locale offers plenty of opportunity for that. There's little to worry parents of older kids and tweens, since the overall silliness trumps any questionable material, and strong messages about self-respect, honesty, and friendship abound.

What's the story?

In the Disney Channel's spin-off series CORY IN THE HOUSE, Kyle Massey reprises his That's So Raven role as 15-year-old Cory, the irrepressible teen with big entrepreneurial plans for his future. With the women of the house away, Cory and his dad, Victor (Rondell Sheridan, also a Raven veteran), move to the White House, where Victor oversees the presidential kitchen. Cory attends an elite private school, where his classmates are sons and daughters of high-ranking government and political officials. After a stumble with his self-image (quickly remedied by a reminder about being true to yourself), Cory easily befriends the beautiful Meena (Maiara Walsh), whose dad is the ambassador from the fictional country of Bahavia, and laid-back Newt (Jason Dolley), who's unaffected by his family's political dynasty ... including the helicopter that drops him at school each day.

Is it any good?


Ever the budding businessman, Cory wastes no time working his schmoozing magic on everyone he meets (including the president himself), but he soon discovers that the Washington crowd can be a tough one. One of his most difficult challenges may be the president's precocious (some might say "spoiled") 8-year-old daughter, Sophie (Madison Pettis), who delights in getting Cory into sticky situations.

There's little cause for concern with this show, and young Raven fans will likely enjoy the outlandish antics of her little brother -- who clearly can carry on the family tradition of silliness. But Cory in the House probably won't hold the attention of older tweens, who may be turned off by its highly unlikely scenarios and quick solutions to conflict. Parents who tune in with their kids might get a few chuckles of their own at the trite, comedic portrayal of President Martinez (John D'Aquino) and the inner workings of the White House.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about adapting to a new environment. Kids, when have you had to adjust to a new setting? Is it difficult to make new friends or adjust to unfamiliar routines? How do you go about doing so? Parents can also discuss how family members and friends stay in contact when they're separated geographically. Do your kids have family members who live far away? What are some of the ways they keep in touch?

TV details

Cast:Jason Dolley, Kyle Massey, Madison Pettis, Rondell Sheridan
Network:Disney Channel
Topics:Friendship, High school
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old March 2, 2009
age 9+

Fine for kids

This show is fine for your children I would say 9 and up! There is nothing sexual no bad language and extreamly mild violence. The boys crush on girls a little but its nothing really bad. The worst thing I would think is how you see cory's greed. All he wants is money money money. But thats nothing really bad. I would say this show is fine for young kids.
Adult Written bylexies_shoppe April 9, 2008
age 0+

Give me a break

Ok my kids love this show. One is 8 one is 12. It isn't a bad show but I feel they focus on the bad things for way too long. Then at 3 min left there is the good message. But the kids don't hear the message because there still in the "wasn't that cool when he did____" Then they copy the bads things and additude. Not remembering the good barely there message. There are a lot worst shows to watch but if they worked on the message more and lay off the I gotta find a girl mentally it would be much better.
Adult Written byTrami Nguyen August 16, 2013
age 8+

Cory in the House is a good show!

I watch this show before, when I was 14-years-old.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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