That's So Raven

 
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Clairvoyant teen will have kids seeing Raven!

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Contains typical teen-oriented themes like shopping, flirting, dating, etc., but also underscores the importance of family and friendship.

Positive role models

Raven is conscientious, and close to her family.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some dating, flirting, and crushes, but no sex.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Raven is nuts about clothes and shopping.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Raven is a good role model. She can see the future, which makes for klutzy situations. Overall, she's a conscientious teen who's very involved with her family and friends. Raven's focus, like many teens, is on clothes, shopping, and boys, but not excessively. The show has typical teen dating, flirting, and crushes, but no sex.

What's the story?

THAT'S SO RAVEN centers on a clairvoyant teen whose visions of the future usually spur a very unpredictable chain of events. Raven (Raven-Symone) is an energetic, expressive teen, who successfully exaggerates comedy. Along with sidekicks Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) and Eddie (Orlando Brown), Raven always seems to be running in and out of trouble -- and learning a valuable lesson. Issues surrounding friendship, jealousy, crushes, sibling rivalry and parents are commonplace.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Disney loves the formula of giving a normal kid something extraordinary or magical to contend with. And That's So Raven successfully fits the mold. The writers and actors aren't quite up to the demands of drama, though, and -- as virtually every story tries to weave Raven's dreams into the stuff that family and friendships are made of -- the series often gets too basic for its intended preteen audience.

Naturally, conflicts are swiftly resolved and everyone comes out the wiser. Trite as the show may be, Raven, her mischievous little brother, and her parents are all good role models and comedians who can shine when given good material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Raven's psychic powers. The series treats her ability to see the future as quite plausible -- as opposed to make-believe -- and younger kids may be confused. How do kids think they'd cope with a similar ability? Would it be fun or problematic? Families might also talk about what makes Raven such a positive role model.

TV details

Cast:Kyle Massey, Orlando Brown, Raven Symone
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Friendship
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008
 

That's So Raven

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): Some kissing and flirting. Violence (Pause): A heavy amount of slapstick humor, but never any injuries. Language (Not an Issue): None. Social Behavior (Not an Issue): None. Commercialism (Not an Issue): None. Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco (Not an Issue): None.
Kid, 9 years old March 13, 2010
 
I love the show but not good for kids under 7 they wont get interested a really good teen kid show but not a good young kid show just get them to watch play house diseny or something i dont know?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byjhulgal April 9, 2008
 

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