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Everybody Loves Raymond

Every Night
9/8c

Ray Romano

Ray Barone

A former bank teller and futon delivery guy from Forest Hills, NY, Ray Romano went to an open-mic in 1984. His success there led to more opportunities to share his unique take on being a husband and father, eventually landing on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1995, after leaving a role on the NBC pilot Newsradio, Romano struck gold: Letterman's company World Wide Pants offered him a development deal. In 1996, Romano turned into Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond - a title which Romano is said not to have liked at the beginning.

Romano transformed his personal experiences into one of the most beloved sitcoms of the last two decades. Like his character Ray Barone, Romano's brother is a policeman who at the time was living with his parents - and his parents actually did live across the street. In fact, Romano lived with his parents until he was 29.

Like the TV Ray, Romano has a daughter and twin boys. In fact, the boys' names in the pilot aren't Michael and Geoffrey - they are Matthew and Gregory, Romano's sons' names. Daughter Ally Romano shows up in some episodes as Ally Barone's friend Molly.

Romano is a three-time Emmy winner for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond (once as an actor, twice as series co-creator.) He is also the 2002 and 2003 People's Choice Award winner for Favorite Male TV Performer. As one of TV Guide's Top 10 TV Dads of all time, the role of Ray Barone has garnered Romano two Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations as well as a shared win with the rest of the cast for the 2003 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Other Barone-fueled accolades include a American Comedy Award as the Funniest Male Lead in a TV Series, a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy, and the TV Guide Award as Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series.

A writer of many of the classic Everybody Loves Raymond episodes, Romano joined forces with Raymond writer Mike Royce to create the 2009 TNT show Men of a Certain Age. Romano is known to family audiences worldwide as the voice of Manny the Mammoth in the Ice Age trilogy. He's also the author of Everything and a Kite, a published version of his stand-up routine. He lives with his wife and four kids in L.A.

Character Bio

A former futon-delivery boy, Ray Barone has become an award-winning sports writer for New York's Long Island-area newspaper Newsday. He lives in Lynbrook, NY with his wife Debra, his daughter Ally and his twin sons, Michael and Geoffrey. His parents and older brother live across the street from Ray and his family, and are the definition of intrusive.

Ray can't stand being disliked and certainly does not like conflict, especially with brutish, cookie-wielding Scout Troop leaders. But he can reach his breaking point with his parents - like when they drive their car into Ray and Debra's house.

He's close with buddies Andy and Gianni and enjoys eating pizza at Nemo's. He is not a fan of disciplining his kids and is known to do anything to bed his wife. But he rarely helps with any cooking or cleaning. When he does try, it sometimes has disastrous consequences - don't let him buy tissues. When it comes to Debra, his intentions adnd actions often misfire. He renews his vows with her, but only after he tapes over their wedding video with the Superbowl. When they have a war of wills over a suitcase, he is not above using a plastic bag as a suitcase to prove a point.

His Dad and brother make fun of his big nose and his whiny voice, though his brother affectionately calls him "Cubby" (and Dad calls him "Nancy"). Often, problems in the family somehow end up being his fault, though he often uses family crises to his advantage, like when his mother and wife are in a legendary conflict during Mother's Day.

But Raymond, on some level, expects everybody to love him, perhaps because his mother loves him most of all. It is a smothering relationship, but one that provides an endless supply of comedic situations.

Everybody Loves Raymond TV Schedule

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
Sunday
December 28
2:00am
Who's Next
Debra gets annoyed with Ray when he seems pleased that shes picked one of her attractive friends to replace her if she dies.
TV-PG
2:30am
The Shower
Debra gives a bridal shower for Amy, but her good intentions get sidetracked by Marie's overzealous participation.
TV-PG
3:00am
Just a Formailty
Robert finally decides to propose to Amy.
TV-PG
9:00pm
The Annoying Kid
Ray and Debra are excited to have finally met a couple, Neil and Lauren, who are just like them, but Ray starts having mixed feelings when their son Spencer wreaks havoc in the Barone household.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Somebody Hates Raymond
When Rays friend Andy gets a job booking guests for a local sports radio show, Ray offers to appear as a guest, only to find out that the shows host, Jerry Musso, hates him.
TV-PG
Monday
December 29
1:00am
The Disciplinarian
Tired of being labeled the evil witch around the house, Debra convinces Ray that its his turn to discipline the kids.
TV-PG
1:30am
The Plan
When Robert is put in charge of selecting his wedding invitations, Ray suggests he intentionally botch the assignment so that Amy will let Robert off the hook with their wedding chores.
TV-PG
2:00am
Baggage
Ray and Debra wind up in a two-week standoff over a suitcase.
TV-PG
2:30am
The Bachelor Party
Debra and Marie give Raymond a guilt trip when they find out that the bachelor party he hosted for Robert was a huge disappointment.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Fun With Debra
When the twins wind up having a great time with Ray on the golf course, a tightly wound Debra admits to her lackadaisical husband that shes disappointed they no longer have fun together.
TV-PG