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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.

It is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful American sitcoms of its time. Everybody Loves Raymond was nominated for and won many awards.

The show reruns in syndication on different cable channels such as TBS and in most TV markets on local stations. From 2000-2007 King World Productions 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 Raymond Barone, newspaper sportswriter from Lynbrookmarker, Long Islandmarker, and his family. Easygoing, almost flippant, Ray does not take many things seriously, making jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or problematic.

Ray lives with his wife Debra (Patricia Heaton), their daughter Ally and their identical twin sons Michael and Geoffrey. Although the kids are present throughout the series, they are not a major focus of the show. Ray's parents, Marie and Frank, and brother Robert, live across the street, and frequently make their presence known to the frustration of Ray and Debra. Debra's frequent complaints about Ray's family were a running joke. Out of the three unwanted visitors, Debra is particularly put off by Marie — a catty woman who constantly criticizes and antagonizes Debra and coddles Ray, clearly favoring him over Robert.

Ray often finds himself in the middle of all the problems and arguments. His biggest nemesis is his brother Robert, who is insecure and jealous of Ray for being the favorite son. Although Robert and Ray are frequently seen fighting like children and picking on each other, the brothers are very devoted to each other. Robert frequently calls Ray "Cubby" and stands up for him, while Ray has a great admiration for Robert, who is a New York Citymarker police officer.

Ray's and Robert's father, Frank, is a very crass person, constantly making humorously insulting and sarcastic remarks to everyone with which he comes into contact. Although Frank does not like to show his feelings, throughout the years several episodes were crafted to show how much he actually does love his family.

Ray and Debra constantly have marital disagreements, with Debra frequently denying Ray sex and Ray preferring watching sports television to talking to Debra. A recurring theme on the show has them having a long interaction each night while in bed, just before going to sleep.


  • Raymond Albert Barone (Ray Romano) is a sportswriter for Newsday. He lives in Lynbrookmarker, Long Islandmarker with his wife, Debra, and their three children Geoffrey (Sawyer Sweeten), Michael (Sullivan Sweeten) and Alexandra "Ally" (Madylin Sweeten). Other members of his family, who live across the street, include his brother Robert, and his parents Frank and Marie. Ray's character is loosely based on the real-life Romano, as he is the father of twin boys and a girl.

  • Debra Louise Whalen Barone (Patricia Heaton) is Ray's wife, and the mother of Ally, Michael and Geoffrey. As a housewife, Debra is frequently resentful and stressed out; major reasons for this are not only because she has to deal with all the housework and her three rambunctious children without much assistance from Ray, but also because she must constantly put up with Ray's obnoxious, intrusive family members. Debra tends to hold back her feelings and usually only after Ray does something she lets loose by having tantrums and completely losing control of herself.

  • Robert Charles Barone (Brad Garrett) is Ray's brother and the son of Frank and Marie, conceived out of wedlock. Standing at 6' 8.5", 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 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. He is often jealous of the attention that his brother Ray receives from their mother. He voices the series title in one episode, albeit in a mocking, sarcastic tone. His height, appearance and demeanor are the source of much humor. However, despite his huge size, Robert is a very skilled dancer.

  • Marie Janella Barone (Doris Roberts) is Ray's mother, the wife of Frank, and the matriarch of the Barone family. Intrusive and over-nurturing, she is a housewife who excels in cooking, cleaning, and other things dealing with keeping a good home and bringing up a nurturing and caring family. Marie and Frank live across the street from Ray and Debra in Lynbrookmarker, Long Islandmarker, New Yorkmarker which often irritates the latter couple.

  • Francis "Frank" Oscar Barone (Peter Boyle) is Ray's father and Marie's husband, a retired bookkeeper with a stubborn masculine personality. A war veteran, Frank served in the Korean War, which he frequently brings up, to the annoyance of his sons. He is a member of the Elks, and was named Man of the Year by his Lodge. In season 8 however, Frank asks Debra to work at the Caribou Lodge. Peter Boyle died on December 12, 2006.

  • Amy Louise MacDougall-Barone (Monica Horan) is Robert Barone's wife, and the best friend of Debra, who introduced Amy to Robert. Although Amy marries Robert in the seventh season, she also appears in the previous seasons. 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 didn't do anything wrong. In real life, Horan is the wife of creator/executive producer Philip Rosenthal.

Series Produced by

  • Philip Rosenthal - executive producer (182 episodes, 1996-2005) / creator
  • Rory Rosegarten - executive producer (184 episodes, 1996-2005)
  • Stu Smiley - executive producer (182 episodes, 1996-2005)
  • Holli Gailen - co-producer (123 episodes, 1997-2004) / associate producer (39 episodes, 1996-1998) / producer (20 episodes, 2000-2005)
  • Lisa Helfrich - co-executive producer (74 episodes, 1999-2005) / producer (66 episodes, 1998-2001) / coordinating producer / (40 episodes, 1996-1998) / co-producer (1 episode, 1999)
  • Lew Schneider - executive producer (73 episodes, 2001-2005) / co-executive producer (48 episodes, 1996-2001) / supervising producer (23 episodes, 1998-1999) / producer (15 episodes, 1997-1998) / co-producer (20 episodes, 1996-1997)
  • Ray Romano - executive producer / producer (169 episodes, 1997-2005)
  • Jeremy Stevens - executive producer (48 episodes, 2002-2005) / co-executive producer (24 episodes, 2001-2002) / supervising producer (88 episodes, 1996-2001)
  • Tucker Cawley - executive producer (72 episodes, 2001-2005) / co-executive producer (23 episodes, 2000-2001) / supervising producer (24 episodes, 1999-2000) / producer (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
  • Ken Ornstein - producer / coordinating producer (141 episodes, 1998-2005)
  • Steve Skrovan - executive producer (72 episodes, 2001-2005) / co-executive producer (22 episodes, 2000-2001) / supervising producer (23 episodes, 1999-2000) / producer (23 episodes, 1998-2001)
  • Tom Caltabiano - co-executive producer (49 episodes, 2002-2005) / supervising producer (24 episodes, 2001-2002) / producer (24 episodes, 2000-2001) / co-producer (24 episodes, 1999-2000)
  • Kathy Ann Stumpe - co-executive producer (110 episodes, 1996-2001)
  • Aaron Shure - executive producer (13 episodes, 2004-2005) / co-executive producer (36 episodes, 2002-2005) / supervising producer (24 episodes, 2001-2002) / producer (24 episodes, 2000-2001)
  • Mike Royce - executive producer (16 episodes, 2004-2005) / co-executive producer (24 episodes, 2000-2004) / supervising producer (3 episodes, 2003) / producer (7 episodes, 2002-2003) / co-producer (24 episodes, 2001-2002)
  • Jennifer Crittenden - executive producer (24 episodes, 2001-2002) / co-executive producer (34 episodes, 2000-2001) / supervising producer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
  • Cindy Chupack - co-executive producer (42 episodes, 1997-1999)
  • Ellen Sandler - co-executive producer (42 episodes, 1997-1999)
  • Leslie Caveny - co-executive producer (16 episodes, 2004-2005) / supervising producer (23 episodes, 2003-2004) / consulting producer (2 episodes, 2003)
  • Stewart Lyons - producer (37 episodes, 1996-1998)
  • Mike Scully - co-executive producer (26 episodes, 2003-2004)
  • Bruce Kirschbaum - co-executive producer (17 episodes, 1996-1997)
  • Stephen Nathan - co-executive producer (3 episodes, 1996)
  • Marco Valerio Pugini - producer (2 episodes, 2000)


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 13 August 2008.

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 TBC 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. Re-runs now air on Network Ten and on cable network TV1 (previously on FOX Classics).
  • In Bulgariamarker 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 GTV.
  • Repeats of the show are frequently screened in New Zealandmarker. It is currently broadcast on the free-to-air television channel, TV3.
  • In Norwaymarker TV3 is currently airing the show. The show was also aired on TV2 when the episodes were new.
  • In Polandmarker it is aired by Comedy Central Polska channel.
  • In Israelmarker it was aired on Channel 3 from the late 90's to 2005. now there's Re-runs on Channel 2 Every friday night.
  • In Serbiamarker the show was recently aired on TV Avala. The show was also aired earlier on RTV BK Telecom.
  • In Turkeymarker it is aired on the subscription based channel ComedyMax.
  • In the United Kingdommarker, the show appears on Channel 4 and Comedy Central.
  • In Spain the show airs on La Sexta where it has been run various times and in different time slots. At present (Autumn 2008), La Sexta airs double episodes every weekday morning from 645am.
  • In Latviamarker the first 3 seasons were aired on TV3
  • In Germanymarker originally aired on Pro7 and Kabel1, followed by Comedy Central Germany, now it is aired on TNT Serie and ATV
  • In Switzerlandmarker is was aired on SF zwei (German region)
  • In Mongoliamarker the first 14 episodes of the first season was aired on NTV. Not only that it was incomplete it wasn't repeated as well.
  • In Portugalmarker the show aired on SIC Comédia, and lasted until the channel was canceled by TV Cabo, it now airs on SET
  • In Croatiamarker it was aired on NOVA tv, but it was cancelled. It was a popular show.
  • In Sloveniamarker the show aired on Kanal A. It was often repeated.
  • In Indiamarker, the show was aired on STAR World. It was very popular, with many reruns at different time slots.
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker, the show was aired on RTRS. It was very popular.
  • In South Africa, the show aired it's 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.


U.S. 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.

The series-finale scored a 20.2 household rating, 32.94 million viewers (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. During Everybody Loves Raymond last 5 seasons it never fell out of the top 10 ranking.

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Friday 8:30 p.m.
(September 13, 1996 to
February 28, 1997)

Monday 8:30 p.m.
(March 3, 1997 to
April 7, 1997)

September 13, 1996 April 7, 1997 1996-1997 #82 10.6
2 Monday 8:30 p.m. September 22, 1997 May 18, 1998 1997-1998 #30 13.3
3 Monday 9:00 p.m. September 21, 1998 May 24, 1999 1998-1999 #11 15.5
4 September 20, 1999 May 22, 2000 1999-2000 #12 17.1
5 October 2, 2000 May 21, 2001 2000-2001 #5 19.1
6 September 24, 2001 May 13, 2002 2001-2002 #4 20.0
7 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 2002-2003 #7 18.6
8 September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003-2004 #10 17.4
9 September 20, 2004 May 16, 2005 2004-2005 #10 17.4


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

Cultural references

  • On the show Futurama, they frequently make references to a parody of "Raymond", "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad". And the Futurama movie "Bender's Big Score" DVD contains an extra feature of an entire episode of "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad."

  • In the Judd Apatow movies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, characters played by Paul Rudd have referred directly to the show. Lines include "That's just a good show, I tape it sometimes..." (when lending the main character a box of pornography, accidentally containing the Everybody Loves Raymond VHS) and "Marriage is like an unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, but it doesn't just last 22 minutes... it lasts forever." Apatow's 3rd film as a director, Funny People also reference's the show, this time with a cameo from Ray Romano who annoys Eminem, causing the Seth Rogen character to say 'I thought everybody loved you, man?'

  • Garrett's sitcom 'Til Death featured Romano as an extra in an episode.

  • On the show, South Park, in the episode, "Gnomes," Cartman suggests writing a report on, "that Raymond guy from TV. Everybody loves Raymond."

  • On the second episode of Coronation Streetmarker shown on 5th Jan 2009, Becky Granger refers to Steve McDonald and Michelle Connor's relationship as being like that of Ray and Debra.

  • Ray Romano and Brad Garrett appeared as brothers in an episode of The King of Queens in the show's first season. Patricia Heaton has also appeared as a guest star.

  • Ray appeared in the Hannah Montana episode "We're all in this date together" which portrayed him as himself. He was part of an auction and Hannah Montana did not know who he was and had never heard of the "Everybody loves Raymond" show. He is adamant that she should have, but when she doesn't understand who he is or what the show is he finishes by saying "It aired for nine years!".

  • The Nanny, another famous sitcom, had a crossover with the show. Protagonist Fran went to high school with Raymond.

  • On the Season 3 episode of The Steve Harvey Show, titled "Everybody Loves Regina", Regina goes out on a date with Ray's older brother.

  • In The Simpsons episode "Don't Fear the Roofer," Romano guest stars as a roofer named Ray that hits it off with Homer. At the end of the episode, both are discussing this series. As the episode premiered May 1, 2005 (two weeks before the finale), Ray even told Homer to catch the series while he still could.


  1. Everybody Loves Raymond: Make Mine a Double Paramount Comedy.

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