That's So Raven was a weekly cable TV vehicle for former child actress Raven-Symone, who literally grew up before our eyes as a regular on the classic sitcom The Cosby Show. Here, the actress was cast as Raven Baxter, a 17-year-old San Franciscan who was blessed (or perhaps cursed) with psychic powers. Though only her family and closest friends knew of Raven's ESP skills, our heroine was regularly called upon to solve the problems of perfect strangers by surreptitiously peering into the future. Created by Michael Poryes and Susan Sherman, That's So Raven was produced for the Disney Channel's American cable service, but was first broadcast on Disney's U.K. channel on September 2, 2002; it did not premiere in the U.S. until four back-to-back episodes were shown on January 17, 2003.
An easygoing ensemble comedy set in the sleepy Arkansas town of Evening Shade and revolving around the high school's football coach, a former pro played by Burt Reynolds, who won a Best Actor Emmy in 1991, and was also an occasional writer and director. Michael Jeter also won an Emmy (Best Supporting Actor, in 1992). Arkansas natives Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason were the executive producers.