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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2005
I am so impressed with the timeliness in which they are releasing the ELR seasons on DVD. This is the way it should be! Here's the episode guide for Season 5:

1. Italy (Part 1) - When Marie surprises the family with the news that she's treating them all to a two-week vacation in Rome, everybody loves the idea--except Raymond.

2. Italy (Part 2) - When Marie surprises the family with the news that she's treating them all to a two-week vacation in Rome, everybody loves the idea--except Raymond.

3. The Wallpaper - After Ray and Debra lose their cool when Frank and Marie pull the ultimate unannounced visit to their home, Ray finally reaches the breaking point with his parents and kicks them out of his house.

4. Meant to Be - Robert finds himself in the most unlikely position of having to choose one of three women--girlfriend Amy, ex-wife Joanne or Italian bombshell Stefania--to share the future with him.

5. Pet Cemetery - Ray inadvertently commits "pet-slaughter" on Ally's hamster while Debra and the kids are away for the weekend.

6. The Author - The competition for attention between Ray and Robert reaches an all-time high with the brothers ending up in a fight. Ray's dreams of authoring a sports book get squashed when the publishing company takes a pass on it, just as Robert receives the good news that he is being promoted to lieutenant.

7. The Walk to the Door - Ray is mortified when he meets a girl whom he dated 25 years earlier and believes he treated with disrespect.

8. Young Girl - Robert starts to date a 22-year old woman and Marie and Debra don't think it is right.

9. Fighting In-Laws - While celebrating Thanksgiving, Debra discovers that her seemingly contented parents are really not very happy with each other.

10. The Sneeze - Ray fears that he is going to come down with something dreadful after someone sneezes on him.

11. Christmas Present - Ray buys Debra an elaborate Christmas gift in the hopes that she will be so impressed, she will let him go on a weekend golf trip with his buddies.

12. What Good Are You? - When Ray doesn't react to Debra's choking everyone makes fun of him so he tries to be more attentive in similar situations.

13. Super Bowl - Ray gets to go to the Super Bowl and cover it for his newspaper. He brings Gianni but feels bad about not having brought Debra when he sees that all the other reporters brought their wives.

14. Ray's Journal - Ray is mortified when he realizes that Marie used to read the personal journal he kept as a teenager.

15. Silent Partners - Ray and Debra discover that they have nothing to talk about except the kids.

16. Fairies - Ray is upset when he finds out that Debra signed up Michael and Geoffrey to play fairies in a school play.

17. Stefania Arrives - Robert gets a surprise visit from Stefania, the woman with whom he fell head over heels in love when the Barones vacationed in Italy.

18. Humm Vac - Ray purchases a new state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner from an attractive door to door saleswoman and it ignites a housekeeping war between Marie and Debra.

19. The Canister - Tempers flare when Marie accuses Debra of not returning a borrowed canister that holds sentimental value and Debra insists that she has already given it back. Debra is then horrified when she discovers that she does indeed still have the canister in her possession.

20. Net Worth - Debra becomes angry when Ray contributes $1,000 to his friends' hair brained scheme to open a go-cart business without first consulting her.

21. Let's Fix Robert - Marie gathers Robert's ex-girlfriends Amy and Stefania and his female police partner, Judy, together so they can dissect his character in an effort to help her better understand why Robert can't commit to a relationship.

22. Say Uncle - When Ray realizes that his kids would rather spend time with their Uncle Robert than with him, he decides to do something about the situation.

23. Separation - Debra gets upset when she finds out that her parents have separated.

24. Frank Paints the House - When Ray and Debra find Frank painting their house, they find out that Marie put him up to the job due to his retirement. But, when Frank paints it a color they don't like, Ray fires him.

25. Ally's Birth - As Ray escorts Ally to a father-daughter dance, he realizes how grown up and independent his daughter has become. As a result, he begins to recall the day, nine years ago, when the Barone clan welcomed her into the family, but not without incident.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Why I like the show:
* always amusing to hilarious family situations that you can identify with or laugh at(and hope it never happens to you).
*great cast of performers that really knew their characters and excelled at them.
* one of the sexiest/cutest moms to grace tv(i'm talking about Debra!), that's NOT trying to be sexy/cute.
* a who's who of stand-up comics making appearances: Dave Attel, Andy Kindler, Fred Stoller, Kevin James, Ray Romano, Brad Garret, etc.
* during the first season, maybe even after the first show, they started to find their groove. by the second season and beyond, they were hitting on all cylinders imo. (and now, seasons 1 & 2 are under $20 each)
* no shows emphasizing how cute the kids can be, no desperate ratings grabber by having Debra pregnant, and thank goodness the show went off the air before we got those shows emphasizing the teenage hijinx of the kids all grown-up(like other shows did at some point to boost ratings/condescend to viewers)
* it started out low-key, and ended low-key. no major hype and annoying year long finales. a 'modest' show that succeeded on its merits(writing, performances, comedy, etc).

as for season 5 specifically, another great season that seems to emphasize Robert's character and his female troubles. Can't wait. and thanks to the reviewer that listed the episode guide, always helpful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2006
Without a doubt, these Everybody Loves Raymond sets are the thing to collect if you are an avid fan of the classic show. They have indeed been released in a very timely manner, and we are already over the halfway mark with the number of season sets that have come out in the series.

Season 5 delivers the same funny and genuine episodes you are used to seeing from this series. The two-part season opener "Italy" delivers a notably different atmosphere and plot than fans are used to, and I have found that people either loved it or hated it, but after that the show returns to its usual self. The classic "Wallpaper" episode is just hilarious, and I was also personally partial to the season finale "Ally's Birth," where Ray reminisced about the crazy "Barone style" events surrounding Debra's pregnancy with their first child. Also notable are the the two-part season opener "Italy," which has a significantly more sensitive plot that may not suit some fans but is still worth watching; "Super Bowl," where Ray takes drastic measures to prove he loves Debra more than his Super Bowl tickets; and of course, "The Canister," which chronicles one of the most hilarious Debra/Marie conflicts in the show's 9-year run. (This episode was also among the most popular "fan favorites" and is a real keeper!)

There isn't really a large number of special features on these sets, although the audio commentaries are very consistent and nice to have. I am glad that Patricia Heaton has also joined in on a couple of them on Seasons 4 and 5. The only thing I would like to see more of is the cast members talking about the Barone kids. Madylin, Sawyer, and Sullivan Sweeten were obviously not a huge part of the show at all, but Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, and Patricia Heaton don't talk about them at all in the commentaries, and it would be nice to see how these actors related to them and gain more insight on the relationship that they shared while working on the show. Hopefully we will see a little more of this in future DVD releases...but in general, this is, of course, an outstanding show and I can't wait to own the whole series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2005
This is definitely my favorite show of all time! All the characters are hilarious, from Ray (Ray Romano), Debra (Patricia Heaton), Robert (Brad Garrett), Frank (Peter Boyle), and Marie (Doris Roberts), it is just an outstanding cast of actors, actresses, and writers! This season has some classic episodes, from "Italy" to "Humm Vac" to "The Canister" and then one of my favorite episodes "Frank Paints The House." This season won many Emmys too. Patricia Heaton won Best Actress and Doris Roberts won Best Supporting Actress. This truly is a fantastic comedy about an Italian-American family who just make everybody laugh and have a great time. I can't wait until the next seasons come out on DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2006
While I love all nine seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond, seasons 4-7 are undeniably the best. Season 5 is when the show really reached its peak (which carried over through all of season six). Among the memorable occurances in season five are the first time Robert and Stefania meet, a flashback to Ally's birth, Marie's revelation that she has read (and kept) Ray's childhood journal...and a very special trip to Ray's house by Frank and Marie (hint: it involves Frank's car and a soon-to-be-missing living room wall of Ray's home). This is a great season of the show that every fan should own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2005
All the episodes in Season 5 are extremely funny and worth all the award nominations and wins the show received that year. The best episodes are "Italy (Part 1 & 2)", "Wallpaper", "Meant To Be", and "Stefania Arrives." It was great to see David Proval (Mean Streets, The Sopranos) guest star as Stefania's Father too! The entire cast were amazing, really good comedy, and The Fifth Season of Everybody Loves Raymond can represent the entire series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 1, 2006
I'm really glad for the release of these DVD box sets, because without them, I never would have gotten into this show...now one of my very favorites!

The plot centers upon Ray Barone, a sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife Debra and children Ally, Geoffrey and Michael. The bane of their existence is Ray's parents Marie and Frank...living just across the street, and acting like Ray and Debra's home is an extension of their own. To compound the problem, Ray's older brother Robert, a divorced NYPD lieutenant, moves back home...

This show doesn't look for sophisticated, implausible storylines. Rather, it focuses upon the tiny aspects of everyday life and relationships - father/son, husband/wife, brother/brother, parent/child - and finds comedy in the truth. Ray and Debra often clash, as he just wants to relax when he comes home from work, and she - a stay-at-home mom - wants him to pitch in, or go out. Frank is crass, and Marie is nosy and opinionated.

Season 5 includes a two-part episode taking the entire Barone clan to Italy; a flashback of Ally's birth; and more squabbles about the childhood and adolescent wackiness that both Ray and Robert claim messed them up for life!

If you're unfamiliar with this show, check it out! You'll soon be laughing hysterically and looking for the rest of the seasons.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I did not care for the episodes in Italy. Way too much repetitive and wrong stereotyping. I will review just some of the best episodes of this still improving show. Frank Paints was classic grouchy Frank being his dictatorial self. The dynamic triad relationship between father and sons is one many will relate to.

Disliking the ridicule while wanting approval is something we all have done. But, the Barones have that extra argue gene that keeps us all laughing. Young girl was another winner. A true Mars vs. Venus onslaught of laughs. Male viewers relate to the men. As in Frank saying "hot damn." Females relate to the angst of a man they know dating someone half his age. Patricia Heaton was so good in her temper tantrum you thought she was going to have an anyeurism. Net Worth, another war between the sexes. Parents and brother chime in and Ray's goose is cooked. As if he ever had a chance? Seperation, Ray laughs after Debra tells him her parents have seperated. No surprise giving he is a goof. Funny histrionics throughout this one. Wallpaper may have been the best episode of the season.

F&M back their car into Ray and Debra's house. You can imagine it happening, but until it did you would not have believed it. Marie shows that she is just as clueless as Ray. Is it in the genes? The first half of this one brought out the nuances of all 5 characters at their dysfunctional BEST. Chicken Ray, jealous Robert, innocent Marie-"this is all your fathers fault." Mind numbingly selfish-cheap Frank, and apoplectic Debra. Did Patricia Heaton get hypertension doing this role? These were my favorites. Only season 6 was funnier.
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VINE VOICEon June 1, 2007
The fifth season of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND opens with two of the most poignant and beautiful episodes they have ever filmed (in my opinion). These are, of course, centered on the trip that the Barone family makes to Italy. So funny and delightful! The rest of the episodes tow the line between being brilliant and poignant. For example, Robert (Brad Garrett) has a hard break-up with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and takes up with Stefania (Alex Meneses), a girl he meets in Italy, as well as meeting other Ms. Wrong's along the way. Poor Robert. You want to hug him for being pitiful, and you want to strangle him for being so mopey. Of course, we also get a sense of the strain in the relationship between Raymond (Ray Romano) and Debra (Patricia Heaton), and their forgiveness and reconciliation that takes place, after their explosive exchanges. RAYMOND still has it, five years into the program. Don't miss up this DVD collection.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2005
I have been very happy with the first four seasons of the show on DVD. The only thing that I don't like about this season is the fact that it is in widescreen. I hate widescreen, especially on a t.v. show. I can handle it a little better if it were a movie. It is kind of painful to watch. That is a shame since it is a great show. I hope that season six comes in standard format like it is shown in television.
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