Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond
Genre Sitcom
Created by Philip Rosenthal
Starring Ray Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Madylin Sweeten
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Monica Horan
Opening theme "Everybody Loves Raymond Theme" (seasons 1–2)
"Ode To Joy" (seasons 3–5)
"Drunken Sailor" (season 6)
"Jungle Love" by Steve Miller Band (seasons 7–9)
Ending theme "Everybody Loves Raymond Theme"
Composer(s) Rick Marotta
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 210 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios (season 1)
Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California (seasons 2-9)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Where's Lunch
Worldwide Pants
HBO Independent Productions
Distributor Eyemark Entertainment (1996–2000)
King World Productions (2000–07)
Warner Bros. International Television (1996–present; DVDs and non-U.S.)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
Original network CBS
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV) (seasons 1–3)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (seasons 4–9)
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original release 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, Peter Boyle, Madylin Sweeten, and Monica Horan. It ran on CBS from September 13, 1996 to May 16, 2005. Many of the situations from the show could be inspired by the real-life experiences of Romano, creator/producer Phil Rosenthal, and the show's writing staff. The main characters on the show might possibly be loosely based on Romano and Rosenthal's real-life family members.

Series overview

The show revolves around the life of everyman Italian-American Raymond Barone, a sportswriter for Newsday living with his family in Long Island. Moany and sarcastic, Raymond takes few things seriously, making jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or serious. He often avoids responsibilities around the house and with his kids, leaving this to wife Debra.

Raymond and Debra have a daughter Ally (Alexandra) and twin sons Michael and Geoffrey (originally Matthew and Gregory in the pilot). The Barone children are regular characters but not a major focus. Raymond's parents, Marie and Frank, live across the street with older son Robert (who, later in the series, has his own apartment). All Barone relatives frequently make their presence known to the annoyance of Raymond and Debra; Debra's justifiable complaints about Raymond's overbearing family serve as one of the show's comedic elements. Out of the three unwanted visitors, Debra is particularly intimidated by Marie, an insulting, controlling, manipulative (though ultimately caring) woman who criticizes Debra passive-aggressively and praises Ray, clearly favoring him over other son "Robbie," whose birth necessitated her marriage (a fact revealed in the episode "Good Girls").

Raymond typically falls in the middle of family arguments, incapable of taking any decisive stand, especially if it might invoke his mother's disapproval. Robert, a miserable gentle giant, jealous of his younger sibling's position as favorite son and also of the success his brother has achieved both professionally and personally, is Ray's biggest rival. Robert and Raymond frequently argue like overgrown children, focusing much of their energy on picking on or one upping each other, although deep down they love each other dearly.

Barone patriarch Frank is a fiery proletariat prone to insults and merciless put downs directed at any and all targets. Largely an absentee father when the boys were growing up, Frank buries his feelings and rarely gives in to sentiment. As the series progresses, however, several episodes demonstrate that the senior Barone loves his family immensely. Unlike everyone else, Frank has no problem comically criticizing Marie and often comes to Debra's defense following Marie's comments.

Raymond and Debra's marriage is fraught with conflicts. Raymond prefers sports television over discussions with Debra on marital matters. Like his father, Raymond works full-time, leaving most child-rearing responsibilities to his wife; he often has to be forced into helping around the house. One of the show's recurring elements finds the couple having a long discussion in bed each night before going to sleep.

Cast and characters

The five principal characters in the episode "The Can Opener"
Actor Role Seasons Episodes
Ray Romano Raymond "Ray" Barone 1–9 210
Doris Roberts Marie Barone
Patricia Heaton Debra Barone 209
Brad Garrett Robert Charles Barone
Peter Boyle Frank Barone 207
Madylin Sweeten Alexandra "Ally" Barone 146
Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten Michael and Geoffrey Barone 139
Monica Horan Amy MacDougall 68

DVD releases

HBO 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. Recently, Season 9 was re-released in standard keep cases. 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. Also on September 14, 2004 The Complete 1st Season was released on VHS. The sixth-season DVD set contained the episode "Marie's Sculpture", which previously had not aired in the United Kingdom and was not released until almost five years after the end of the 6th season.

DVD nameEp #Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 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


The show reruns in syndication on various channels, such as TBS, TV Land, and in most TV markets on local stations.[1] The show is still broadcast regularly in the UK. 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). The show airs every morning on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Everybody Loves Raymond has aired in Australia on Seven Network (seasons 1-3), on Network Ten (season 4-9) and on Eleven (a sub-channel of Network Ten) and on Foxtel's Pay TV network TVH!TS (formerly TV1). The show reruns in India on the channel Romedy Now.

Foreign remakes

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.[2] The Russian version is titled (Russian) Воронины[3] (The Voronins, a transliteration of the family's name, The Barones).[4]

Other versions

The show was adapted 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]

An Indian remake, titled "Sumit Sambhal Lega" ("सुमित संभाल लेगा" - "Sumit Will Handle Everything") premiered on August 31, 2015 on STAR Plus.

A Czech remake called "Rudyho Má Každý Rád" (Everybody Loves Rudy) premiered on ČT1 on 31.08.2015, comprising 12 episodes.[8]


Critical response

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."[9] 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."[10] Common Sense Media's Betsy Wallace, who awarded the show four out of five 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.[11] 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."[12] In 2013, Complex ranked the show as 49th of "The 50 Funniest TV Comedies of All Time", with writer Matt Barone saying that "You'd want to pat Ray on the shoulder and say, "We feel for you, man," if you weren't laughing so hard."[13] Also in 2013, TV Guide ranked it #60 on its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time.[14]


During its nine seasons, Everybody Loves Raymond was nominated for 69 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 15 of them, including 10 for acting. The series was also nominated for 21 Screen Actors Guild Awards (1 win) and won the Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Comedy for "Italy" in 2002.

American television ratings

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[15] (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 #30 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[16]
7 September 23, 2002 May 19, 2003 2002–2003 #8 18.39
8 September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003–2004* #10 17.38
9 September 20, 2004 May 16, 2005 2004–2005 #10 17.4


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  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.
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  10. Fretts, Bruce (April 11, 1997). "TV Show Review: Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  11. Wallace, Betsy. Everybody Loves Raymond - Television Review. Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  12. Isaac, Steven. Everybody Loves Raymond. Plugged In. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  13. Barone, Matt (February 26, 2013). "The 50 Funniest TV Comedies of All Time". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  14. "TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time". TV Guide.
  15. 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.
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