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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

Thursday
November 20
9:00pm
I Wish I Were Gus
As Ray is giving the eulogy at his favorite uncles, Gus, funeral, his Aunt Alda arrives to rekindle a family feud.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Standard Deviation
When Robert gives Ray and Debra an IQ test as part of his assignment for his criminal psychology class, the results incite subtle competition between them.
TV-PG
Friday
November 21
1:00am
Look, Don't Touch
When Angelina, a waitress at Nemos, catches Rays eye, he has a lot of explaining to do to his wife, Debra
TV-PG
1:30am
Frank the Writer
When Frank gets a few anecdotes published in Readers Digest, he submits his writing samples to Rays editor, hoping to get his own column in the newspaper.
TV-PG
2:00am
Your Place or Mine?
When Rays parents stop speaking, Marie moves in with Ray and his family, while Frank enjoys bachelorhood.
TV-G
9:00pm
In-Laws
When Ray’s in-laws come for a visit, he begs his parents to be nice to them. Ray admits to his parents that he doesn’t always see eye to eye with Debra's folks, but fakes it, and he'd like them to do the same.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Win, Lose or Draw
Ray gets tired of being treated like a kid at his fathers poker game, so he ignores his fathers advice and ends up losing all his money.
TV-PG
Saturday
November 22
1:00am
Captain Nemo
When Rays free time goes to coaching his basketball team in preparation for the Pizza League championships, Debra reminds him that their kids are growing up fast and he's missing precious time with them. Guest Star: Kevin James
TV-PG
1:30am
Debra's Sick
With Debra and the kids sick, Ray tries to juggle the responsibilities of home and work and ends up with chaos and an aborted meeting with ex-Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
TV-PG
2:00am
Who's Handsome?
Robert is reluctant to go on a date because hes insecure about his appearance, so when Debra tells him hes attractive, Ray starts feeling insecure about his own looks.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The Car
Debra, already annoyed at getting stuck driving the old car Ray bought from his parents, really gets upset when she discovers that is was his old make out mobile.
TV-G
9:30pm
Diamonds
When Ray discovers that the diamond in Debras wedding ring is a fake, he finds a way to steal the ring so he can replace the stone, unaware that she replaced the diamond with a real one after their wedding.
TV-PG

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