This week is Raven Week on disneyBOP! We’ll bring you a new post leading up to the premiere of Raven’s Home this Friday.
The entire series of That’s So Raven is available on the Watch Disney Channel app, WatchDisneyChannel.com, and On Demand through your television provider. Since this Friday is the premiere of Raven’s Home on Disney Channel at 10pm, you don’t have the time to fully binge the series, ya nasty. However, during the four seasons and 100 episode run of the show, some episodes that are key to the That’s So Raven puzzle were released. Here’s the essential episodes you must watch before Friday.
- Season 1 – “If I Only Had A Job” – Do you listen to music? Do you watch TV? Do you carry a lunchbox? These are the existential questions of our time thanks to this classic episode. Raven gets a vision that her father will be fired from his job as head chef at a restaurant, but her original plan to help goes awry (shocker). Her follow-up is to pretend to be a famous (debatable) singer and yell her way to his rehiring. From Chelsea’s Sharon Osbourne impression to the random gospel choir sitting in a booth, it is required to sing along. “Since Victor left the food’s no good…”
- Season 1 – “Psychics Wanted” – I go back and forth between a few, but this maybe my favorite episode of the entire series. How does Raven try and make money? By becoming a TV psychic of course. I mean, she has the credentials. When she tries to help a caller into becoming her boyfriend, hijinks ensue. Add in a great guest appearance by Niecy Nash and a Chelsea cat bit that I try to include in everyday conversation, it’s possibly the one episode that is a perfect representation of That’s So Raven.
- Season 2 – “That’s So Not Raven” – Body Shaming is gross, we all know that. But you know who was dropping truth bombs about the subject a decade ago? Raven. Baxter. When Raven enters her designs into a fashion contest, but models the clothes herself, the contest head tries to make the dress get on a skinny woman anyway possible. It takes a sensitive issue and really makes it hilarious and empowering. GO RAY.
- Season 2 – “Road to Audition” – Raven thinks she sees a reality TV talent scout walking the halls of Bayside in a vision, which can only mean one thing. MUSICAL EPISODE! Our favorite crew decide to ambush the guy with impromptu musical performances wherever he goes. While not every song is great (Cory’s number is a big ‘ole pile of “eh”), stick around for the delightful Paula Abdul cameo and Chelsea’s “Alone in the Hallways,” which I continue to sing to this day. Just the stairwells, the lockers, and me.
- Season 3 – “Chef-Man and Raven” – Victor gets to be on a cooking show and brings along Raven to be his assistant. The recipe sneaks in mushrooms. Raven is allergic to mushrooms. ICONIC prosthetic work and scream, a TSR specialty. The parody of cooking competition shows is also pretty great.
- Season 3 – “Mind Your Business” – Senorita Rodriguez, my role model, sponsors a a competition for entrepreneurs. The team that makes the most money on an original product they sell at school wins a mall shopping spree. Our fave trio will stop at nothing to win that shopping spree, even if a little popcorn gets in their way…and probably in their clothing. One of my favorite TSR final predicaments.
- Season 4 – “Sister Act” – Sydney, Raven’s Mentee/Muse in the final season, joins her in the Little Miss and her Big Sis Pageant. It includes fabulous costumes, Chelsea and Eddie singing a memorable diddy I still can’t get out of my head (“We’re just sisters [BEAT] Sisters ’round the world!”), and Muffy. Muffy, y’all. Queen of all things. MUFFY. Ugh, what a legend.