Audio Commentary:Six optional audio commentaries ("Marie?s Sculpture," "Tissues," "Cookies," "Lucky Suit," "The Skit" and "Talk To Your Daughter") with series creator Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Doris Roberts and writers Mike Royce, Steve Skrovan, Lew Schneider and Tucker Cawley.
Deleted Scenes:Never-before-seen Bloopers and Deleted Scenes
Other:"ELR: The First Six Years"-- A look back at ELR from the beginning.
The show works at its best when combining pathos with humor. Unsatisfied with their sex life, Raymond complains to his wife, "So you can stay up to read, but you can't stay up two minutes for sex?" Debra, who can be so outspoken, is unable to express her sexual desires to her husband. Ray finally breaks the ice by asking, "Are you going to tell me what you want?" Debra purrs back, "I want you to help me with the laundry." Raymond is not above putting his needs above his wife's. When Debra decides to run for school president, he sabotages her chances so he won't have to stay home alone with the kids. With his hangdog features and dry delivery, Romano (Ice Age) does an admirable job as Ray--a grown man who longs for the simplicities of his childhood when his mother took care of everything. Of course, that affection comes with a price. "I don't want you in the middle," she tells him during a family spat. "I want you on my side." Unlike the perfect families depicted on The Cosby Show or The Brady Bunch, the Barones are flawed. They bicker, simmer, and stew. But most importantly, they laugh. --Jae-Ha Kim