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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 Christmas Picture

Marie doesn't want any non-Barones in her family Christmas photo. (49:00)

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 ├╝ber 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

Thursday
December 25
8:18pm
The Christmas Picture
Ray believes he has finally found the ultimate Christmas gift for his parents -- if nothing else, it will certainly be something they will remember forever.
TV-PG
9:00pm
Christmas Present
Ray buys Debra an elaborate Christmas gift in the hopes that she'll be so impressed, she'll let him go on a weekend golf trip with his buddies.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Jazz Records
Feeling guilty about a childhood mistake, Ray brings Frank a bag of CDs of all his jazz records, but they wind up in the basement with a stack of electronic gifts that Frank and Marie never use.
TV-PG
Friday
December 26
1:00am
The Ball
When Ray discovers, after many years, that the autographed Mickey Mantle ball he got as a kid from his father isnt authentic, he begins to doubt if anyone actually tells the truth.
TV-PG
1:30am
All I Want For Christmas
All Ray wants for Christmas is a little loving from his wife and hes willing to try anything and everything to have his holiday wish come true.
TV-PG
2:00am
The Christmas Picture
Ray believes he has finally found the ultimate Christmas gift for his parents -- if nothing else, it will certainly be something they will remember forever.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Grandpa Steals
Frank must find a way to fix his image with Ally when she catches him "sampling" some trail mix at the supermarket.
TV-PG
Saturday
December 27
9:00pm
Sweet Charity
After Debra forces Ray to do some charity work at a local hospital, he winds up enjoying himself because the patients treat him like hes a celebrity.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Meeting the Parents
Robert is caught in a compromising position by Amy's parents when they arrive unexpectedly at her apartment.
TV-PG

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