That's So Raven is an American television sitcom. The show premiered on Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended on November 10, 2007. It is Disney Channel's longest-running series, having been on for four years and airing 100 episodes throughout 4 seasons. It was also Disney Channel's first series to break the 65-episode mark, and the highest-rated series to air on Disney Channel during its entire run. In 2007, the series was nominated for an Emmy Award for children's programming.
The original name for the main character was Dawn Baxter, and the show was originally named The Future Is On Me. However, they changed the main character's name to Rose Baxter, and the show was called Absolutely Psychic. Finally, Rose was changed yet again to Raven Baxter when Raven-Symoné won the lead part, and the show was changed to That's So Raven. Raven-Symoné originally auditioned for the role of the best friend, Chelsea, who's played by Anneliese van der Pol. Raven-Symoné is credited simply as "Raven" throughout the series. The series is the highest-rated show (other than Hannah Montana) in history on Disney Channel and is still the longest-running show in Disney Channel history.The show filmed its first season in the Summer of 2002 and then premiered on Disney Channel UK that September before premiering in the United States on January 17, 2003.That's So Raven was responsible for many firsts for Disney Channel: the series was the highest-rated series in the history of Disney Channel and the first series to garner more than three-million viewers; it is the longest-running original series in Disney Channel history (and the first series to last more than 65 episodes, as well as the only Disney-produced series to reach 100 episodes); it is the first Disney-produced series to produce a spinoff (Cory in the House); and it was the first Disney Channel sitcom (and one of only four live action original series, The Famous Jett Jackson, Cory in the House and Wizards of Waverly Place being the others), where the lead and most of the supporting main characters are minorities.In addition, it was also the first Disney Channel sitcom to be shot on videotape, to use a multi-camera format, to be shot in front of a studio audience or use a laugh track, and to use the simulated film look created by FilmLook, Inc. (all of which has become standard on all Disney Channel comedies, though a 'filmized' appearance will be given to all of the channel's videotaped sitcoms produced from 2009 onward, as the live-action Disney Channel Original Series begin being produced in high definition).The first three seasons were produced by Brookwell McNamara Entertainment. Raven-Symoné was a producer for the show's fourth and final season. It became the first Disney Channel series to create a spin-off, Cory in the House, which followed her younger brother, Cory, as his dad becomes the head chef for the President of the United States, causing the two of them to move to Washington D.C.In the fourth season of That's So Raven and in Cory In The House, Victor states that Tanya (T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh) is in England as a lawyer. In real life, Keymáh was fired for attacking Raven Symone. The show shot its final few episodes in January 2006, but they weren't shown until a year later, with the series finale shown in March 2007 and the second-to-last episode shown that November.