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Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Standup comedian Ray Romano stars as Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter who deals with his brother and parents, who happen to live across the street. Frank (Peter Boyle "While You Were Sleeping") and Marie (Doris Roberts "Remington Steele"), love to meddle in his life while older brother, Robert (Brad Garrett "Suicide Kings"), sometimes resents his success. Nevertheless, Ray manages to keep a bright outlook and a sense of humor as he balances his family and work life.]]>
"Hi, I'm Ray and I live here in Long Island with my wife, Debra." Thus Ray (Ray Romano) introduces himself in the opening to each episode of his Emmy-winning comedy series. He proceeds to mention their children (Ally, Michael, and Geoffrey), then notes as an aside, "It's not really about the kids." He's right--it isn't. They don't even appear in each episode. Everybody Loves Raymond looks like any other family sitcom, but isn't. Everything is just a little bit better. Sure, it isn't as clever as Seinfeld (on which Romano and Brad Garrett appeared in their early days) or as sophisticated as Frasier; nor is it trying to be. The real subject of the show is Ray's relationship with Debra (Patricia Heaton), parents Frank and Marie (Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle), and brother Robert (Garrett).
Everybody Loves Raymond trains a microscope on the day-to-day ephemera of Ray's life. And since he's a sportswriter, a number of sports stars made guest appearances during the first season, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ("Frank, the Writer") and Terry Bradshaw ("Debra's Sick"), but this will happen less often in the years to come.
On the surface, Ray has an ideal life, but he's always trying to please everyone; and someone inevitably feels left out. Sometimes it's Debra, sometimes Frank and Marie, sometimes Robert, and sometimes his buddies (including King of Queens star Kevin James). Then there are his in-laws (Katherine Helmond and Robert Culp). If this were a different kind of show, Ray would have a breakdown at the end of each episode, but instead he finds a solution to each problem--and it usually comes from Debra. In short order, Everybody Loves Raymond became a top-rated program, with several cast members winning Emmys--numerous times in the case of small-screen scene-stealer Doris Roberts. -- Kathleen C. Fennessy
At the time it hit the market it was the freshest, funniest, and most poignant family comedy to come about since "Home Improvement". The episodes are excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tara
I was disappointed in this purchase. It was supposed to be a brand new DVD, but when I watched it, the picture kept going dark-light, dark-light. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Vanderwilt
Why aren't there any shows like this on TV anymore? It is a classic!Published 2 months ago by Teri McCarthy
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theres one episode, season 3 disc 3 i think, the one where marie gets mad at raymond on his birthday for admitting he had a party at his parents house when he was in high school when they went to florida, fiesta he called it..marie and robert are sitting at her table eating cake and robert asks... Read More
Dec 30, 2010 by Medicine Bow | See all 3 posts