Everybody Loves Raymond

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Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond logo.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by Philip Rosenthal
Starring Ray Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Madylin Sweeten
Monica Horan
Sawyer Sweeten
Sullivan Sweeten
Opening theme "Everybody Loves Raymond Theme" (seasons 1–2)
"Ode To Joy" (seasons 3–5)
"Drunken Sailor" (season 6)
"Jungle Love" (seasons 7–9)
Composer(s) Rick Marotta
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 210 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California
Running time 22–23 minutes
Production company(s) Where's Lunch
Worldwide Pants
HBO Independent Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. International Television
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
King World Productions (2000–07)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV) (seasons 1–3)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (seasons 1–9)
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original run September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) – May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16)

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and Peter Boyle. It originally ran on CBS from September 13, 1996, to May 16, 2005. Many of the situations from the show are based on the real-life experiences of Romano, creator/producer Phil Rosenthal and the show's writing staff. The main characters on the show are loosely based on Romano's and Rosenthal's real-life family members.

The show reruns in syndication on various channels, such as TBS, TV Land, and in most TV markets on local stations.[1] From 2000 to 2007, King World distributed the show for off-network syndication and Warner Bros. International Television handled international distribution. In 2007, CBS Television Distribution took over King World's distribution. CBS only owns American syndication rights; ancillary rights are controlled by HBO and Warner Bros. Television (WBIT distributes the series outside the US in conjunction with HBO; while HBO Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video own DVD rights worldwide).

Series overview[edit]

The show revolves around the life of Italian-American Raymond Barone, a sportswriter for Newsday living with his family in Lynbrook, New York. Whiny and flippant, Raymond does not take many things seriously, making jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or problematic. In addition, he often avoids responsibilities around the house and with his kids, leaving this to his wife Debra.

Raymond and Debra live with their daughter Ally and twin sons Michael and Geoffrey (originally Matthew and Gregory in the pilot). The Barone children, played by real-life siblings, are regular characters but not a major focus. Raymond's parents, Marie and Frank, and older brother Robert live across the street, and frequently make their presence known to the frustration of Raymond and Debra. Debra's frequent complaints about Raymond's family are a running joke. Out of the three unwanted visitors, Debra is particularly put off by Marie – an insulting, controlling and manipulative, though loving, woman who constantly criticizes Debra and coddles Ray, clearly favoring him over Robert, whose impending birth (as was established in the episode "Good Girls") drove her into marriage.

Raymond often finds himself in the middle of all the problems and arguments and proves himself incapable of taking any sort of stand, especially if there is the chance that it will bring down his mother's wrath on him. His biggest nemesis is his brother Robert, who is insecure and jealous of Raymond for being the favorite son, as well as of Raymond's relative success in both his professional and family life. Robert and Raymond are frequently seen fighting like children and picking on each other, although they on occasion have been shown to love one another.

Raymond and Robert's father, Frank, is a very crass and obnoxious person, constantly making insulting and sarcastic remarks to everyone with whom he comes into contact. Largely an absentee father when the boys were growing up, Frank does not like to show his feelings, although, in an effort to make the character a bit more sympathetic, throughout the years several episodes were crafted to show that he actually does love his family. Frank is the only one who has the nerve to criticize Marie and often comes to Debra's defense from Marie's jibes.

Raymond and Debra constantly have marital disagreements, with Raymond's preferring to watch sports television instead of talking with Debra about important matters. Like his father, Raymond works full-time, leaving all the child-rearing responsibilities to Debra, and he has to be bullied into helping with any work around the house. A recurring theme on the show has them having a long interaction each night while in bed before going to sleep.

Cast and characters[edit]

The five principal characters during an argument. Episode: "The Can Opener"
Actor Role Years Seasons Episodes
Ray Romano Raymond "Ray" Barone 1996–2005 1–9 210
Patricia Heaton Debra Barone 209
Brad Garrett Robert Charles Barone
Doris Roberts Marie Barone 210
Peter Boyle Frank Barone 206
Madylin Sweeten Alexandra "Ally" Barone 146
Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten Michael and Geoffrey Barone 136
Monica Horan Amy MacDougall-Barone 64
  • Raymond "Ray" Barone (Ray Romano) is a sportswriter for Newsday. He lives in Lynbrook, Long Island with his wife, Debra, and their three children Alexandra ("Ally"), Geoffrey, and Michael. His parents, Frank and Marie, and brother Robert live across the street. Raymond's character is loosely based on the real-life Romano, as he is the father of twin boys and a girl. Ray is emotionally unable to take any sort of stand on anything, especially if it brings him to any sort of conflict with his mother—the exception is when he protests about sex or some trivial matter. Raymond's mother favors him over Robert.
  • Debra Barone (Patricia Heaton) is Raymond's wife, and the mother of Ally, Michael and Geoffrey. As a housewife, Debra claims she is frequently overworked, under-appreciated and stressed out, which leads to her constantly yelling, largely because she has to deal with all the housework and her three rambunctious children with almost no assistance or support from Raymond, but also because she must constantly put up with Marie's intrusiveness and criticism. On frequent occasions this frustration boils over and is vented, primarily towards Raymond. Whilst Debra has a fractious relationship with Marie, she is shown to be fond of her in-laws on many occasions (particularly Robert, whom she has a great deal of sympathy for).
  • Robert Barone (Brad Garrett) is Raymond's older brother and the son of Frank and Marie. Standing at 6' 8" 1/2, he is the tallest Barone, and has several quirks, the biggest being a nervous habit of touching food to his chin before eating it, once referred to as "crazy chin." Robert is a very caring uncle and still cares for Raymond, but is often jealous of the attention that Raymond receives from their mother, to the exclusion of his every achievement. Robert has been a New York City police officer for over 20 years, and attains the rank of lieutenant by the end of the series. His height, appearance and demeanor are the source of much humor. However, despite his huge size, Robert is a very skilled dancer. Divorced from first wife Joanne prior to the beginning of the series, he is frequently unlucky with women, until his on-off relationship with Amy finally results in marriage.
  • Marie Barone (Doris Roberts) is Raymond's mother, the wife of Frank, and the matriarch of the Barone family. Intrusive, controlling, manipulative and over-nurturing (at least with Raymond), she is a housewife who excels in cooking, cleaning, and other things dealing with keeping a good home and family. Marie and Frank live across the street from Raymond and Debra in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York which often irritates the latter couple.
  • Francis "Frank" Barone (Peter Boyle) is Raymond's father and Marie's husband, a retired bookkeeper, and registered real estate agent, with a stubborn masculine personality. A war veteran, Frank served in the Korean War, which he frequently brings up, to the annoyance of everyone, especially his sons. He is a member of the Order of the Caribou Lodge, and was named Man of the Year by his lodge.
  • Amy McDougall/Barone (Monica Horan) becomes Robert Barone's second wife (in season 7), and is the best friend of Debra, who introduces her to Robert. A recurring character for the first six seasons of the series, Amy became essentially a regular cast member for the remainder of the show's run. However, Horan's name did not get added to the opening credits until the final season. Many issues cause Amy and Robert to break up in the first six seasons, with one being caused by Raymond. Quite often, Amy apologizes to someone even if she did not do anything wrong. She was born to very religious parents who, according to Amy, "wouldn't yell if they were on fire." (In real life, Horan is the wife of creator/executive producer Philip Rosenthal.)
  • Alexandra "Ally" Barone (Madylin Sweeten), is the daughter of Raymond and Debra. She is the oldest of the Barone children. She is not seen much, even though she is credited in the main cast. She is said to be a better cook than her mother, and maybe someday her grandmother. (In real life, Madylin is the sister of Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten.)
  • Geoffrey Barone (Sawyer Sweeten) and Michael Barone (Sullivan Sweeten) are twin sons of Raymond and Debra. Their original names (in the pilot) were Gregory and Matthew. (In real life, Sawyer and Sullivan are brothers of Madylin Sweeten.)

DVD releases[edit]

HBO Home Video released the Complete Series of Everybody Loves Raymond on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. Region 4 Complete Box Set was released on August 13, 2008. In Australia, the first five seasons were re-released in 2006 in slimmer packaging (originals were wide spine cases). Also some were released with a cardboard slip cover. Also, in North America, the first two seasons were each re-released in 2010 in standard keep cases with cardboard slipcovers in a double-season pack. It is unknown whether or not they will be sold individually like this. Also, in 2012, the sixth and seventh season two-pack was reissued in the keep case packaging. It is also unknown whether or not the remaining seasons will be reissued in the slimmer packaging. As of September 2012, all episodes are available on Netflix for streaming.

DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete 1st Season 22 September 14, 2004 January 17, 2005 December 16, 2004
The Complete 2nd Season 25 December 14, 2004 July 4, 2005 April 27, 2005
The Complete 3rd Season 26 May 3, 2005 January 16, 2006 July 12, 2005
The Complete 4th Season 24 September 13, 2005 May 1, 2006 April 5, 2006
The Complete 5th Season 25 December 6, 2005 July 3, 2006 July 5, 2006
The Complete 6th Season 24 May 9, 2006 October 2, 2006 October 4, 2006
The Complete 7th Season 25 September 19, 2006 January 15, 2007 April 4, 2007
The Complete 8th Season 23 May 8, 2007 July 16, 2007 October 3, 2007
The Complete 9th Season 16 September 18, 2007 November 12, 2007 October 3, 2007
The Complete Series 210 October 30, 2007 September 5, 2011 August 13, 2008

Foreign remakes[edit]

Russian version and documentary[edit]

In 2009, series creator/producer Philip Rosenthal traveled to Russia to adapt the show for local audiences. His experience was documented by a film crew and released as the documentary feature Exporting Raymond.[2] The Russian version is titled (Russian) Воронины[3] (The Voronins, by family name of main character).[4]

Other versions[edit]

The original American version of the show has been dubbed then broadcast in Poland under the title Wszyscy kochają Romana (Everybody Loves Roman).[5] It was picked up by TVN and premiered on September 2, 2011. However, due to low ratings (less than 2 million viewers a week), the station put the show on hiatus after four episodes.[6]

In Egypt a sitcom called El Bab Fil Bab (الباب في الباب ), which means "Close Doors" in Arabic, is produced by Sony Pictures Television, translating Everybody Loves Raymond with minor changes to adapt the Eastern Culture. The first season aired in the month of Ramadan 2011; second season in 2012.

A Dutch remake, called Iedereen is gek op Jack (Everybody is crazy about Jack) premiered in 2011. The second season started airing in March 2012.

An Israeli Remake called "Mishpacah Lo Bochrim" (משפחה לא בוחרים) (You Can't Choose Your Family) premiered in October 2012, and was cancelled after 10 episodes aired.

A pilot for a British remake, titled The Smiths, has been commissioned to be produced for BBC One and was filmed in May 2013 at Elstree Studios. Lee Mack wrote and starred in the pilot, as Michael Smith. The pilot also starred Catherine Tate, Tom Davis, Gwen Taylor and David Troughton.[7]

While India does not have an official remake, a show known as Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai revolves around a similar premise with a couple and the parents and brother of the central male character live across them in a condominium. However, there are many differences and the show is original in its own right. For example, there are no kids and the brother, Roshesh is younger. Additionally, he is a mama's boy where as Robert was often neglected by his mother.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Two Entertainment Weekly reviews of the show have been posted. Ken Tucker's review shortly after the show's debut awarded it a B+; he stated the show's writing wasn't "top-notch", but "Romano manages to communicate something distinctive."[8] A 1997 review by Bruce Fretts, which gave the show the same score, said that the show "may now be the best sitcom on the air."[9] Common Sense Media's Betsy Wallace, who awarded the show 3 out of 5 stars, wrote: "the cast is stellar and plotlines shed light on universal human insecurities, such as doubting that your spouse still finds you attractive as you grow older." However, she warned that the show's "intimacy issues of married couples -- including (in)frequency of sex -- often take center stage," as well as the show's mild language.[10] Plugged In said in their review, "Seven years and a mantle full of Emmys later, Raymond is still smartly scripted, now with new characters added to a maturing, expanding family."[11]

American television ratings[edit]

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times mentioned in this section were Eastern & Pacific

The series finale scored a 20.2 household rating, 32.94 million viewers[12] (29% of all viewers at the time) and an 11.2 rating among adults 18–49. At 8pm, Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh averaged a 15.3 household rating, 24.52 million viewers and a 7.5 among adults 18–49. Throughout the latter six seasons of the show, Everybody Loves Raymond maintained its position on the top ten rankings.

The highest average rating for the series is in italic text.

Season Timeslot (EST) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Rating
1 Friday 8:30 p.m.
(September 13, 1996 – February 28, 1997)
Monday 8:30 p.m.
(March 3, 1997 – April 7, 1997)
September 13, 1996 April 7, 1997 1996–1997 #84 7.8
2 Monday 8:30 p.m. September 22, 1997 May 18, 1998 1997–1998 #35 9.2
3 Monday 9:00 p.m. September 21, 1998 May 24, 1999 1998–1999 #11 10.6
4 September 20, 1999 May 22, 2000 1999–2000 #12 17.8
5 October 2, 2000 May 21, 2001 2000–2001 #8 19.0
6 September 24, 2001 May 13, 2002 2001–2002 #6 20.0[13]
7 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 2002–2003 #8 18.39
8 September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003–2004 (Tied with Monday Night Football) #10 17.38
9 September 20, 2004 May 16, 2005 2004–2005 #10 17.4

Awards[edit]

Won[edit]

Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Comedy Series (2003, 2005) 2 wins
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Ray Romano (2002)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Patricia Heaton (2000–01) 2 wins
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brad Garrett (2002–03, 2005) 3 wins
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Doris Roberts (2001–03, 2005) 4 wins
  • Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for "Baggage" Tucker Cawley (2003)

Screen Actors Guild:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2003)

Writers Guild of America:

Nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards:

Golden Globe Awards:

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series-Comedy Ray Romano (2000–01) 2 nominations

Screen Actors Guild:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1999–2000, 2002–06) 6 nominations
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Ray Romano (2000, 2002–05) 5 nominations
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Brad Garrett (2004)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Peter Boyle (2002, 2004) 2 nominations
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Patricia Heaton (2002–2006) 5 nominations
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Doris Roberts (2004–05) 2 nominations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everybody Loves Raymond: Make Mine a Double Paramount Comedy.
  2. ^ Hollywood Reporter[dead link]
  3. ^ "Сериал "Воронины", смотреть онлайн бесплатно все новые серии "Ворониных", 11, 12 сезоны, лучшие актеры 2011-2012 гг". Ctc-tv.ru. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Wszyscy kochają Romana (2011)" (in Polish). aleseriale.pl. Retrieved 19 Aug 2011. 
  6. ^ Piątek 30.09.2011 (2011-09-30). "PUDELEK - Serial Kasprzykowskiego ZNIKA Z ANTENY!". Pudelek.pl. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. BBC Commissions Pilot For ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Remake ‘The Smiths.’ Deadline.com (May 9, 2013).
  8. ^ Tucker, Ken (September 20, 1996). Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Entertainment Weekly. Accessed from 1 May 2013.
  9. ^ Fretts, Bruce (April 11, 1997). TV Show Review: Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Entertainment Weekly. Accessed from 1 May 2013.
  10. ^ Wallace, Betsy. Everybody Loves Raymond - Television Review. Common Sense Media. Accessed from 1 May 2013.
  11. ^ Isaac, Steven. Everybody Loves Raymond. Plugged In. Accessed 1 May 2013.
  12. ^ Kinon, Cristina (December 3, 2009). "The most watched TV episode of the decade was . . . the series finale of 'Friends'". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  13. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earle Marsh (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (1946—Present): Ninth Edition. United States: Ballantine Books. pp. 1694–1697. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 

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