Disney started pumping out some quality shows in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Even Stevens was one of their finest. The show helped launch a lot of young star’s careers like Shia LaBeouf’s for example. Let it be known that I use Shia as my example because he’s the only actor that went on to do bigger and better things. Well, bigger things. Not much can be compared to the wonderful show that is Even Stevens.
Even Stevens sounds like a Tyler Perry title, but I assure you it’s not. The show is about the lives of the two youngest children in the Stevens family, Ren (Christy Carlson Romano) and Louis (Shia LaBeouf). Ren was the older, smarter, mature sister while Louis was her annoying, messy, somewhat Down Syndrome-d brother. Funny enough, Shia played a boy with Down Syndrome in a Disney Channel Original Movie called Tru Confessions. So he’s basically type cast is what I’m trying to say.
Louis and Ren have an older brother Donnie who is a stupid jock that lives at home and does nothing with his life. He reminisces about his high school years a lot, and wears sweatsuits around the house every day. I don’t know who Ren is more embarrassed of. Her parents are sensible people–both have jobs. The dad in the show has played a teacher in a lot of TV shows but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. But I know I’ve seen him around. Poor guy.
Louis’ best friends are Twitty and Tawny. Twitty is a dumb skater type guy. He’s cuter than Louis and gets girls on occasion. He also plays guitar. He and Louis are thick as thieves most of the time except when they get in big fights and don’t talk to each other. One of my favorite episodes is when they start a band, “The Twitty Stevens Connection” and they get in a fight about something. Louis ends up making his own band with some chunky kid (the same chunky kid from Freeks and Geeks I believe, which Shia LaBeouf also appeared in…connections!) and Tawny.
Tawny is a girl which is surprising because she’s pretty fugly. Just kidding, she’s not fugly, she’s just weird looking. Louis and Tawny have a little romantic tension going on throughout the show which was always fun to watch. I don’t think the person who played Tawny did anything after Even Stevens or before the show either. I like when that happens because then I will always and forever think of that person as their character.
I remember Ren having one friend named Ruby who had a speech impediment and had a crush on Louis at one point. She had a loud mouth and was kind of gossipy, but always an enjoyable character.
Ren intrigued me to no end in the first season because she sported some hardcore braces which I think she needed in real life. Also, let me just note that Christy Carlson Romano was 20 when she was supposed to be playing 14. A bit of a stretch. She was tall and super skinny which fascinated me as well. But even Ren had competition–her rival Larry beat her in almost everything. Ren was smart, but Larry was smarter. He was athletic, charismatic, and he sucked up to teachers a lot. Their relationship was fun to watch. Especially in the Even Stevens Musical Movie: Influenza.
There are a handful of other reoccurring characters such as Coach Tugnut, the stereotypical gym teacher, and Principal Wexler whom Ren always tried to get on her side. But the best character would have to be Beans, the Stevens’ next door neighbor. Beans was this mongoloid looking child who lived next door and loved bacon. Louis would often use Beans to help him with pranks. I wish I could get the image of Beans out of my head, but sadly, I think he’s imprinted in my brain.
Hah. Like Roger in “Sister Sister”, Beans is about the only character I remember from this show. That kid was weird.
I do remember the girl who played Ren played this total bitch in a military school movie that had Lizzie McGuire. I used to have a crush on the dude with the Jew-fro in that show. Lizzie McGuire, not the military cadet thing.
It’s always the weird characters that make the biggest impressions, right? That’s why I loved Nickelodeon shows–because almost every single character was weird. Disney always played it so safe.
LOL yeah Cadet Kelly! I loved that movie. She was a total bitch, but then at the end everything was all good hah.
Jew fro guy= Gordo. I couldn’t decide whether I liked him or not. I always thought he was kind of boring. But if I had to pick one person from that show I guess I would have to go with him. Or Lizzie’s dad? Haha
Gordo!! That’s right! There was this guy at my middle school who looked similar to Gordo that I had a huge crush on. That probably played some influence on it. He was sort of boring.
I saw the vaguely Asian or some kind of Hispanic female friend Lizzie had on some other thing a couple weeks ago. It was a bit strange. I didn’t think she did anything after Lizzie McGuire.
Just checked. She was hispanic. And it was Buffy that I saw her in. She played a cowardly whiny sort of beotch. So pretty much type-cast.
Also, the dude who played Gordo got sort of awkward looking. Like, even more so than he was. He needs to try something besides the Jew-fro.
Lol yes! I actually saw her in something recently too, Easy A and I was so confused. Like, why is she still around trying to do stuff?
Beans is so mainstream I never watched this show yet I know who he is. I really wish I knew what was wrong with him.
I never realized there were so many characters that were of substance. I thought it was just the Stevens family. I know they did a DCOM where they’re on some island and they turn into savages with spears.
I know. He’s so disturbing. The pictures of him with a goatee now are seriously so haunting.
Yeah it was actually a decent show. The story line was usually split between the Stevens home and school so you got a good taste of both worlds.
You’re right about that DCOM but I was pretty hazy on the deets so I didn’t mention it. You got me. I think that was around the time that Shia was growing up and he wasn’t as Louis-y as original episodes.
I used to hate Shia then I heard he was really mean and would tell offensive jokes to people just to annoy them and I liked him. I think I’ll always root for Shia a little bit. He’s average enough to not be jealous of.
Yeah I actually really liked Shia in the movie Disturbia. Every other character he’s played is kind of annoying, but he’s probably fun to be around. He got arrested in Chicago once for being rowdy in a 7-11. Heh
I loved this show. I used to watch it side by side with Lizzie McGuire and later That’s So Raven. Those were the days.
When are you guys gonna write about Boy Meets World already? I’m on the edge on my seat here…
Ahh I know right? All the best! Feel free to write about any show that we haven’t touched on yet!
Here is the boy meets world one I wrote 😀
Oh my. How did I miss this??
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