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Everybody Loves Raymond

Every Night
9/8c

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Everybody Loves Raymond: Ray Gets a Tan

Debra calls Robert 'the handsome one' so in order to compete with his brother, Ray gets a spray tan. (01:46)

Everybody Loves Raymond: Marie Gives Marriage Advice

Marie gets real with her sons about the hardships of marriage. (01:53)

Everybody Loves Raymond: The Sculpture

Marie offers to donate a sculpture she made to the church auction, but the sisters picking it up don't think it's very appropriate. (01:40)

Everybody Loves Raymond: Robert teaches Ray to Dance

Robert gives Ray some dance lessons. (00:57)

Everybody Loves Raymond: The Toaster

Ray discovers the harsh fate of the personalized toaster he gave to his parents for Christmas. (01:49)

About Everybody Loves Raymond

Seinfeld. Roseanne. Romano: Three comedians who successfully parlayed their stand-up comedy act and personal experience into a long-running series. Based on the comedy of Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond is similar to Seinfeld in that single episodes are based on a simple incident spinning dizzyingly out of control, and shares with Roseanne a look at the fabric of a painfully funny family.

But as much as Everybody Loves Raymond has in common with those two groundbreaking shows, the most groundbreaking element of the series is how classic it is. Like The Jeffersons and All in the Family before it, Everybody Loves Raymond episodes often unfurl like one-act plays. Sometimes they become farce; sometimes they become a surprisingly touching portrait peeling back the layers of the characters. In I Love Lucy, when the title character gets herself in trouble, you see it coming and can't stop her -- nor would you want to, because the trouble is what makes that show so indelible. The same holds true for the title character in ,i>Raymond.

When Everybody Loves Raymond premiered September 1996, viewers were treated to a glimpse into the Barone family of Long Island, NY. Ray and Debra are parents to a young daughter and toddler twin boys. Ray's parents, Marie and Frank, and older brother Robert live across the street. In the first episode, the template of the show is clear: Ray's parents and brother intrude on Ray and Debra's lives - in this case, Debra's birthday party. For nine seasons, the same dynamic played out in varying degrees until the final episode, with the apotheosis of the comedy: Marie climbs into Ray and Debra's bed. And at the series end, when the Barones sit down for family dinner, you know they will continue their intrusive but loving relationship -- and we are all fortunate for the nine-year drop-in on their lives.

Series co-creator Philip Rosenthal drew on many of his own experiences. Check out "The Can Opener" episode, which he based on an actual spat with his wife, Monica Horan (who also appeared in the series as Robert's put-upon girlfriend and eventual wife Amy MacDougall).

Romano and Rosenthal assembled the perfect cast: Earthy-hot stage actress Patricia Heaton brought a feisty elegance to Debra. Brad Garrett's size and voice made Robert a memorable creation. Doris Roberts was the über mom, and Young Frankenstein's Peter Boyle was the consummate meal-obsessed, oafish father. Notable regular guest stars included Katherine Helmond and Robert Culp as Debra's parents and Fred Willard, Georgia Engel and Chris Elliott as Amy's family.

The show garnered almost 70 Emmy nominations, winning for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2003 and in its final season in 2005. Stars Romano, Heaton, Roberts and Garrett all won individual Emmys, and the ensemble cast was nominated seven times for the Screen Actors Guild Award, finally winning in 2003.

The show is an exemplary case of "it's funny 'cause it's true." Wars of attrition over household items -- a suitcase on the stairs, lotion-enriched tissues, old records, sofa covers -- are the daily battles we all fight with love. Many of our lifelong dynamics (sibling rivalry, the judgmental mother-in-law, the plight of an unmarried 40something) are all heightened for the sake of a legendary character-driven comedy. The love this family shares, though sometimes with strings or lasagna attached, is not so different from our own... though of course we hope our parents don't drive their cars into our houses.

Everybody Loves Raymond TV Schedule

Saturday
September 5
8:36pm
The Contractor
Tired of using Frank, Debra is pleased when she finds out Gianni can install a new stove in their kitchen.
TV-PG
9:12pm
Peter on the Couch
Although Robert initially tries to be civil with his houseguest, he finally loses it when Peter confronts him in front of Ray and Debra about why Robert is treating him so poorly.
TV-PG
9:48pm
Surprise Party
After Debras mother Lois suggests throwing Debra an "old-fashioned English tea party," Ray reluctantly agrees -- after she promises to do all the work.
TV-PG
10:24pm
Debra at the Lodge
"When Ray arrives at the lodge to find Debra having a great time singing and drinking with Frank’s friends, he can't help but mock Debra's new geriatric social circle.When Ray arrives at the lodge to find Debra having a great time singing and drinking with Frank’s friends, he can't help but mock Debra's new geriatric social circle.When Ray arrives at the lodge to find Debra having a great time singing and drinking with Frank’s friends, he can't help but mock Debra's new geriatric social circle."
TV-PG
Sunday
September 6
8:48pm
Slave
After mistakenly leaving Michael and Geoffrey home alone, Debra and Ray race home and discover that Ally stepped in to take care of the boys.
TV-PG
9:24pm
Whose Side Are You On
After realizing that Debra places bets with the kids on his questionable behavior traits, Ray is disgusted that his own children now think hes a "doof."
TV-PG
10:00pm
Lateness
When Debra assures Ray shell be on time for an important awards dinner, Ray hopes for the best and waits for her.
TV-PG
10:30pm
Party Dress
Ray takes Ally dress shopping and is disgusted when he finds out that he has to shell out a small fortune so that she can attend the party of a girl whose mother Ray loves to hate.
TV-PG
Monday
September 7
8:12pm
Security
Robert gets caught in the middle when Marie and Amy argue about whether he should retire from the police force.
TV-PG
8:48pm
The Ingrate
After including stories about Robert, Frank and Marie in his speech, Ray is horrified when Amy clues him in on his huge omission.
TV-PG
9:24pm
Crazy Chin
Amys parents put Robert on the defensive when they point out his strange habit of touching food to his chin before he eats it.
TV-PG
10:00pm
The Nice Talk
When the MacDougalls are invited to spend Easter with the Barones, the families attempt to bond over a 500-piece puzzle.
TV-PG
10:30pm
The Model
After a modeling agent tells Robert he has a unique look, he convinces him to pose for head shots with their "in-house" photographer.
TV-PG

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