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Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond, commonly known as Raymond, (1996-2005) is a long-running CBS sitcom. The show revolves around the family of Ray Barone, a Lynbrook, Long Island native. The show is scheduled to go off the air in May of 2005, though old episodes will still be rerun in syndication.
- Ray Barone (Ray Romano), the main character. Ray is a sportswriter for Newsday.
- Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton), Ray's wife. Much of the show's humor is derived from Debra's constant attempts to deal with the many quirks of her in-laws.
- Robert Barone (Brad Garrett), who is Ray's brother, is a NYPD police officer. Though Robert is four years older than Ray, he constantly feels as if he's stuck in Ray's shadow, and lets his feelings be known.
- Marie Barone (Doris Roberts), the matriarch of the family. She is obsessed with cooking, and with having a clean house.
- Frank Barone (Peter Boyle), Marie's husband and the father to Ray and Robert. A boorish slob, he constantly complains about his relationship with his wife, yet in many episodes, a sort of love between Frank and Marie is evident.
- Amy (McDougal) Barone (Monica Horan ), Robert's wife since the 2002 season.
- Alexandra (Ally) Barone (Madylin Sweeten), Ray and Debra's eldest daughter.
- Geoffrey and Michael Barone (Sawyer Sweeten and Sullivan Sweeten, respectively), Ray and Debra's twin sons.
- Hank McDougal (Fred Willard), Amy's father, is an austere, religious family man.
- Pat McDougal (Georgia Engel), Amy's mother, a polite, soft-spoken woman who enjoys jigsaw puzzles.
- Peter McDougal (Chris Elliott), Amy's brother, is an eccentric comic book-obsessed geek.
Based on the real life experiences of Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond premiered on September 13, 1996 on CBS. It originally held the Friday night time slot, a time period traditionally known for its poor ratings. Everybody Loves Raymond was no different. CBS executives, however, saw a promising series, and moved the show to a better slot on Monday nights, where it outshined its competition. It continues to hold that time slot today. For a few years in a row in the late 1990's, the show consistently held Top 5 ratings.
Robert and Amy's wedding
It could be reasonably argued that the biggest moment on the show, while not necessarily the highest rated, was the 2002 episode in which Robert married his long-time on-again, off-again love Amy McDougal. With the marriage came a slew of new recurring characters, including Amy's parents and brother.
With the new characters in place, rumors have been circulating that when the show ends its run in May 2005, that a spin-off of the show may star Robert and Amy, showcasing their life and the conflicts between the two and between Amy's extended family.
The charm of 'Raymond'
One of the things that makes Raymond unique is that the writers have keep track of key moments and quirks in the lives of the characters and regularly make reference to them. Debra is forever borrowing Marie's "big spoon"; she frequently reminds Ray of his insensitivity in taping over their wedding video with a football game; he often praises her for her lemon chicken (the first meal she prepared for him in a flashback episode chronicling their first meeting); several times Marie has referred to the Christmas that Raymond enrolled her and Frank in a Fruit-of-the-Month "cult" (a scene in the show's pilot - and premiere - episode). Even wardrobe is reworn; Marie is frequently seen in the same blouses, easily recognized by their vibrant colors and patterns. (In fact, their renaming of Amy's brother seems odd in light of the writers' usual attention to detail.)
Just as I Love Lucy provided a legacy of "classic" episodes, Raymond has contributed several that will go down in sitcom history as being among the funniest moments in television. Ray dealing with Debra's PMS mood swings; Marie and Frank attempting to retrieve from Bloomingdale's an inscribed toaster - which they had returned unopened - that Ray had given them as a Christmas gift; Marie's interference with Robert's interview with the FBI after ruining his "lucky suit" - even after repeated viewings, these episodes are freshly funny. And like Lucy, Raymond may be seen seen in perpetual reruns - at present it airs not only in syndication on local broadcast stations but on the cable network, TBS, as well.
- The name of the show was originally an inside joke intended to be ironic, that is, implying that not everybody loves Raymond. Romano wasn't keen on the name because he felt the irony would be missed. The proposed spin-off featuring Robert and Amy's family has sometimes been referred to as "Everybody Likes Robert".
- Jokes about Ray's large nose and "whiny" nasal voice, Robert's height, and Frank's baldness - all real-life traits of the actors portraying them - are often incorporated into the show's humor.
- Amy's brother was originally introduced as "Russell", owner of a comic book shop, and played by comedian Paul Reubens in a one-time appearance: a rare lapse in the show's continuity sometimes referred to as the "Chuck Cunningham syndrome".
- A noticeable change from most family sitcoms is that the show's three children usually have extremely small parts, although at times each has been at the center of a particular plot line.
- Each of the major actors and actresses, with the exception of Boyle, have received Emmy Awards for their performances, and the series has been honored as Best Comedy.
- For the first several seasons, new opening credits were introduced; the best of the lot was arguably a comic sequence in which Raymond and Debra attempted to hide from the Barones approaching from across the street, staged to the strains of "Ode to Joy" (this sequence, complete with the credits zooming into the screen also spoofs an infamous teaser trailer for the film Die Hard). Formal credits are no longer used; cast member names simply appear over the episode's opening scene.
- In Raymond 's early seasons, fellow stand-up comic (and friend) Kevin James frequently appeared as one of Ray's buddies. Early in the run of his own series, The King of Queens, Romano and Heaton guest-starred as the Barones.
- Although Raymond is set in Lynbrook, the houses seen as those belonging to Ray and his parents in establishing shots are actually located in the town of Merrick, though they actually are across the street from each other in real life.
- Eagle-eyed viewers know that the Barone living room differs from the one seen in the show's pilot.
- A box of Flutie Flakes is visible on top of the fridge in Ray and Debra's home.
- Although on the show Robert is supposed to be four years older than Raymond, in real life, Ray Romano is three years older than Brad Garrett.
- The title sequence changed during the first five seasons. During the first season, Ray gives a speech about who he is and etc. while putting together a playhouse for his children. Eventually, he locks himself into the playhouse. For the second season, Ray gives a similar speech while raking the leaves, as his family passes behind him on a conveyor belt. For the fourth season, the same speech was given, this time with Ray sitting in a lawn chair , and the family flying around past him. Ray swats his parents with a fly swatter, and Robert is the only person who walks by, and Ray asks him "Hey you didn't...", while flapping his arms in a flying way. For the fifth season, Ray looks out the window and sees Frank, Marie, and Robert approaching the house. In slow motion, we see Ray and Debra trying to stop a blasting stereo and locking the doors while the credits play over the footage. Ray, sitting against the door, thinks he's in the clear, when his mother puts her hand through the mail slot and feels his hair. For the sixth season the credits are laid over the first scene and then a logo is played before the first commercial break. The seventh season started with the announcement "It's another season of Everyone Loves Raymond!" in a booming voice with the family playing football resulting in Marie losing a tooth a smiling with the "hole" in her teeth. The eight season went back to what the sixth season had, without a dedicated credits video.
- Ray Barone has a brother (Robert) who is a police officer for the NYPD. Ray Romano in real life has a brother who is a police officer for the NYPD.
- In real-life, Monica Horan , who plays Amy on the show, is married to Philip Rosenthal , the show's executive-producer and co-creator.
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