Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond
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Format Sitcom
Created by Philip Rosenthal
Starring Ray Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Monica Horan (Seasons 8 & 9, Recurring Seasons 1-7)
Opening theme "Jungle Love" by Steve Miller Band (seasons 7-9)
Composer(s) Rick Marotta
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 210 (List of episodes)
Location(s) Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California
Running time 22-23 minutes
Production company(s) Where's Lunch
Worldwide Pants Incorporated
HBO Independent Productions
Distributor CBS Broadcast International
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i 4:3 SDTV
(Seasons 1 - 3)
720p 16:9 HDTV
(Seasons 4 - 9)
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original run September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) – May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16)
Related shows The King of Queens

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom that 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 lead actor Ray Romano, creator/producer Phil Rosenthal and the show's writing staff. The main characters on the show are also loosely based on Romano's and Rosenthal's real-life family members.

The show reruns in syndication on different cable channels such as TBS, TV Land, and in most TV markets on local stations.[1] From 2000–2007 KingWorld distributed the show for off-network syndication. In 2008 CBS Television Distribution took over King World's distribution, although its logo is retained on TBS. CBS only owns American syndication rights; ancillary rights are controlled by HBO and Warner Bros. Television (WBTV distributes the series outside the US in conjunction with HBO; while HBO Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video own DVD rights worldwide).


Show background

The show revolves around the life of Italian-American Raymond Barone, newspaper sportswriter from Lynbrook, Long Island, New York and his family. Easygoing and flippant, Raymond does not take many things seriously, making jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or problematic, and constantly avoiding any sort of real responsibility.

Raymond and his wife Debra live with Ally and their identical twin sons Michael and Geoffrey (originally Gregory and Matthew 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 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 and antagonizes Debra and coddles Ray, clearly favoring him over Robert, whose impending birth (as was established in one episode) 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 the wrath of his mother on him. His biggest nemesis is his brother Robert, who is insecure and jealous of Raymond for being the favorite son, as well as 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.

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.

Raymond and Debra constantly have marital disagreements, with Raymond 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, just before going to sleep.

Cast and characters

The five principal characters during an argument. Episode: "The Can Opener"
  • 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. Other members of his family, who live across the street, include his brother Robert, and his parents Frank and Marie. 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 is Marie's favorite son compared to 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, underappreciated and stressed out; major reasons for this are not only because she has to deal with all the housework and her three rambunctious children with almost no assistance or support from Raymond - especially where his mother is concerned - but also because she must constantly put up with Raymond's intrusive family members. However on frequent occasions this frustration boils over and vented, primarily towards Raymond.
  • Robert Barone (Brad Garrett) is Raymond's older brother and the son of Frank and Marie, conceived out of wedlock. 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 his little brother Raymond. Robert has been a New York City Police Department 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, and he is often jealous of the attention that his brother Raymond receives from their mother, to the exclusion of his every achievement. However, despite his huge size, Robert is a very skilled dancer.
  • 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 (Amy Barone in seasons 7-9) (Monica Horan) is Robert Barone's second wife, and the best friend of Debra, who introduced Amy to Robert. A recurring character for the first six seasons of the series, Amy became a main character (and Monica Horan was added to the main cast introductions) in season seven. Many issues have caused 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 extremely religious parents who, according to Amy, "wouldn't scream 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 as the main cast. She is said to be a better cook than her mother, and maybe someday her grandmother. In real life Sawyer and Sullivan are real brothers to Madylin Sweeten.
  • Geoffrey Barone (Sawyer Sweeten) and Michael Barone (Sullivan Sweeten) are the sons of Raymond and Debra. The original names of the twins (in the pilot) were Gregory and Matthew. In real life Sawyer and Sullivan are real brothers to Madylin Sweeten.


DVD releases

HBO Home Video has 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.

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 25 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

International broadcasters

  • In Australia, the Seven Network originally aired the program as summer filler, Network Ten later began airing the series which in the meantime became popular. In 2011, regular re-runs air on Eleven and on cable network TV1 (previously on FOX Classics).
  • In Austria, the show is aired on ATV.
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the show was aired on RTRS and RTVUSK.
  • In Bulgaria, the first seasons were aired on Kanal 1, after that were repeated on bTV with the premieres of the later seasons. Repeats currently broadcast on BTV Comedy & Fox Life.
  • In Canada, the first seasons were aired on CBS.
  • In Croatia it was aired on NOVA TV, but it was cancelled. It was a popular show. It is currently aired by RTL2.
  • In Denmark, the show appears on TV3+.
  • In Germany, the show originally aired on Pro7 and Kabel1, followed by Comedy Central Germany. It is now aired on TNT Serie.
  • In India, the show was aired on Star World. It was very popular, with many reruns at different time slots[2] .
  • In Ireland, the show airs on Comedy Central in HD
  • In Israel it aired on Channel 3 from the late 1990s to 2005. now there are reruns on Channel 2 Every Friday night, and also in channel 14 (yes stars comedy) on YES broadcasts.
  • In Italy, the show appears on Comedy Central.
  • In Latin America it is still aired by Sony Entertainment Television channel.
  • In Latvia the first 3 seasons were aired on TV3
  • In Republic of Macedonia, the serie appeared on Sitel Tv.
  • In Malaysia, the show appears on NTV7.
  • In the Netherlands, reruns of the show air on RTL5. A local version of the show called "Iedereen is gek op Jack" (Everybody Is Fond of Jack) starring Jeroen van Koningsbrugge and Linda de Mol is broadcast on RTL 4 since February 2011.
  • Repeats of the show are frequently screened in New Zealand. It is currently broadcast on the free-to-air television channel, TV3.
  • In Norway, TV3 is currently airing the show. The show was also aired on TV2 when the episodes were new.
  • In Pakistan it was aired on Star World and was one of the most watched English TV Show in the country.
  • In Poland it was broadcast on Comedy Central Polska. When Comedy Central Family launched it moved to that channel.
  • In Portugal the show aired on SIC Comédia, and lasted until the channel was canceled by TV Cabo. It also aired on SIC Mulher. Now it airs on SET
  • In Serbia it was aired on TV Avala and RTV BK Telecom. It was a popular show. It is currently aired by Fox Life Serbia.
  • In Slovenia the show aired on Kanal A. It was often repeated.
  • In South Africa, the show aired its original run on Monday evenings at 20:30 on SABC 3, and M-Net Series purchased rebroadcast rights and aired re-runs after the series ended.
  • In Spain, the show airs on La Sexta, where it has been run various times and in different time slots.
  • In Sweden, the show appears on Comedy Central.
  • In Switzerland, is was aired on SF zwei (German region)
  • In Turkey, it is aired on CNBC-e and the subscription based channel ComedyMax.
  • In the United Kingdom, the show appears on Channel 4 and Comedy Central in HD
  • In Greece, is was aired on Cine+

Russian version and documentary

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".[3] The Russian version is titled (Russian) Воронины[4] (Voroniny, by family name of main character).[5]

Foreign adaptations

The original American version of the show has been dubbed then broadcast in Poland under the title Wszyscy kochają Romana (Everybody Loves Roman).[6] It was picked up by TVN and is expected to premiere on the network on September 2, 2011.

Series creator Philip Rosenthal created the documentary Exporting Raymond, about his trip to Russia to serve as a consultant in an effort to adapt the format of the show for the Russian audience.

In Egypt a sitcom of 30 episodes called el bab fl bab(close doors) aired in the month of Ramadan is an adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond as released by the show producer.


American television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS.

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

With the exception of the 2004–2005 season, the ratings data seen in this table is from Nielsen Media Research which was published in a May 15, 2005 USA Today article.[7]

The series-finale scored a 20.2 household rating, 32.94 million viewers[8] (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.

Season Timeslot (EST) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank[7] Viewers[7]
(in millions)
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 #82 10.6 7.3
2 Monday 8:30 p.m. September 22, 1997 May 18, 1998 1997–1998 #30 13.3 9.2
3 Monday 9:00 p.m. September 21, 1998 May 24, 1999 1998–1999 #11 15.5 10.6
4 September 20, 1999 May 22, 2000 1999–2000 #9 17.1 11.4
5 October 2, 2000 May 21, 2001 2000–2001 #5 19.1 12.3
6 September 24, 2001 May 13, 2002 2001–2002 #4 20.0 12.8
7 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 2002–2003 #7 18.6 11.8
8 September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003–2004 #10 17.4 6.3
9 September 20, 2004 May 16, 2005 2004–2005 #10[9] 17.4[9] 3.1


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 (2000–2001) 2 wins
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brad Garrett (2002–2003, 2005) 3 wins
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Doris Roberts (2001–2003, 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:


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, 2002–2006) 6 nominations
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Ray Romano (2000, 2002–2005) 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 (2004–2005) 2 nominations


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