44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Everybody Loves Raymond: Complete Ninth Season marks the end of this excellent television series. Fortunately, we are able to enjoy the series over and over again on DVD. This season somehow kept things as fun and fresh as the first 8 seasons. How the series was able to maintain its excellence for such a long period of time is a testament to the great cast. The interplay between the actors is excellent and it is difficult to remember that these people are really not related. It is also rather sad to watch the final episodes as Peter Boyle's health was waning. In spite of this, he was still great in the show. This season features the following episodes. Ironic that the last two shows were as strong as any in the series. My only complaint is that there are only 16 episodes rather than the typical 22-23. But that is just a desire for more ELR.
Episode 1: The Home: Frank and Marie decide to move.
Episode 2: Not So Fast: Amy puts her personal touch on their new house.
Episode 3: Angry Sex: A fight between Marie and Debra leads to Ray and Debra's night of passion.
Episode 4: P.T. & A.: Trouble at a PTA meeting.
Episode 5: Ally's F: Ray figures out why Ally got an F.
Episode 6: Boys' Therapy: The guys go to therapy, or do they?
Episode 7: Debra's Parents: Debra's divorced parents come for dinner.
Episode 8: A Job for Robert: Marie wants grandkids from Amy and Robert.
Episode 9: A Date for Peter: Trying to hook up Amy's Freaky brother Peter.
Episode 10: Favors: Marie blackmails Debra.
Episode 11: The Faux Pas: An inadvertent insult.
Episode 12: Tasteless Frank: Frank salts Marie's lasagna.
Episode 13: Sister-In-Law: Ray calls Amy a chatterbox and she finds out.
Episode 14: The Power of No: Ray chooses the NBA over Debra.
Episode 15: Pat's Secret: Ray catches Pat secretly smoking.
Episode 16: The Finale: Ray undergoes a routine surgery.
A stellar 5 star season to wrap up a 5 star series.
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2007
Just as it was difficult for fans to believe when "Everybody Loves Raymond" concluded its unforgettable run in 2005, it is also hard to believe that with this upcoming boxed set, all nine seasons will be available on DVD. For those who have loyally purchased these DVD's will be pleased to know that they can officially top off their collections in September 2007--a great way to begin the new school year, for sure!
Although the cast and crew of "Raymond" could not cement down a full-season deal for this 9th year, they compromised with a satisfying helping of 16 episodes that were spread out from September to May. Oh, if only "Gilmore Girls" had made a similar deal after its 7th season--but for the sake of those who don't know or care about that show, I will stay on topic.
What continually amazes me about this series is that despite being on the air for nearly a decade, the fact that it never lost its momentum really places it in the minority. Sure, most people would agree that the episodes from the middle seasons--such as 4, 5, and 6--were probably the very best, but that's common for almost every television series out there. This 9th season is so special, though, because it launched the year with an out-of-left-field episode that was shocking and hilarious, and it managed to bow out in the finale with plot material that mixed the trademark humor with some well-deserved poignancy. I am so impressed at how they kept the ball rolling with some fresh and genuinely funny episodes that kept fans laughing all the way through. (And think about it--how many shows that last almost ten years get to say that?)
Once again, this DVD set will only contain about half the number of episodes that we enjoyed in the first 8 seasons. Still, it will certainly feel like the same old classic "Raymond" as soon as you start watching the series opener, "The Home," where Frank and Marie render their family speechless by selling their home to Robert and Amy, packing their bags, and moving several miles away to their own little fairytale retirement home. Leaving their loved ones proves to be difficult, but it's pretty tough to pass up a place that has heated toilet seats, a 24-hour dining hall, and a group of women who immediately select Marie for the title role in their upcoming production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (a very apt casting choice, to say the least). But if you've ever heard the saying "If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is," stay tuned for a hysterical twist of events just one episode later. From that point on, after the shock wears off, the show returns on track to provide the usual laughter and family friction that we all know and love. The latest snit between Debra and Marie causes Ray to manipulate the situation when he realizes how his wife's anger spices up their bedroom routine, but later on, he decides to show Debra just how lousy it feels to be "turned down" (which works like a charm until she uncovers the scam). 13-year-old Ally--who is not such a little girl anymore--shocks her parents when her F in math is accompanied by a very snotty attitude. 9-year-olds Michael and Geoffrey find a new friend in the son of a custodian, but of COURSE, their crazy dad can't seem to prevent himself from making a buffoon of himself in front of the child and his father. Marie considers turning in her apron when Frank adds some "artificial flavoring" to his meal for the first time, and Robert continues to struggle in earning the respect of Amy's family, which is not the easiest of tasks when--after catching one of his in-laws in a scandalous act--he is essentially left holding the bag. Through it all, everything culminates in a highly anticipated series finale, where Ray's trip to the hospital for some minor surgery flares into a nightmare when everyone is forced to consider what might happen if they lost their beloved Raymond.
All in all, this is a considerably funny and enjoyable season for any die-hard fan of the series, and it is definitely something you'll want to pick up when it arrives in September. All of the special features haven't really been finalized yet, but it's been reported that there will definitely be the same bloopers, as well as commentary tracks for at least half of the episodes (hopefully, everyone will come in to participate for the finale episode). Some behind-the-scenes featurettes and a tribute to the late Peter Boyle are among the most requested bonuses for this last set, but we will see what they come up with. Either way, there are few people who can deny the show's knack for writing pitch-perfect scripts and bringing together a cast that delivers nearly flawlessly every single time. Though it is sad to see it go, "the sitcom of our times" will always be around in DVD's--and if you're looking for high-quality and consistent comedy, you can't find anything much better than this!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2008
I have to mention though, that singles won't enjoy it as married people. I find most of the situations between Ray and Debra exactly what I experience in life :) I even enjoy it more when I dicuss the issues wit my husband after each episode!!
To give you an impression of how much I'm obssessed with "Every body loves Raymond", I got the full 9 seasons from a friend who recorded it on DVD from the T.V. After 2 years of watching it, almost everyday during lunch, I recently bought the full package f 9 seasons from Best Buy!! Now I'll be able to see it more clearly :D
Seasons 1 is so beginner for me after seeing the rest of the seasons, so starting with season 2 will be ok too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
I could never get into this show when it was on air, but after watching it on Prime, I found it to be entertaining. It had that throw back feeling of a classic sitcom and I was surprised at how often I found myself laughing. It may not be for everyone, but it is a solid show.
on January 8, 2013
Received package today via ups.. Knew something was amiss when I heard rattling in the shipping box... all the discs in the Raymond package were loose and sliding up and down.. not mention the inside of the case, the plastic liner, which holds each disc, was broken. Did someone jump on this? The box was bulging in the middle before I even opened it. Not sure who the genius was who jammed this item, along with 2 other Raymond DVD sets into the TINY amazon box, but thanks.. really appreciate paying extra for the better DVD set, and receiving it damaged..And since I HAD TO OPEN IT, take off the shrink wrap to see the inside, it cannot be returned. I would have to say, 95% of the items I receive directly from Amazon, shipped from Amazon, are usually damaged, and the packing material ALWAYS stinks. Ohhhhh Amazon, where for art thou shipping quality like the ole' days? Remember when it really mattered? Remember when you were a fresh face in the biz, and really cared?
on January 12, 2008
The only thing wrong with the last season of Everybody Loves Raymond is that it is the last season. The season ended with a series of best episode repeats and then one finale episode, so the last season is only 16 episodes. The producers and writers were afraid that if they continued, the material would stop being fresh, so they ended the series while still ahead.
The season beings with Frank and Marie moving to a retirement community some distance away which at first sounds like the story pattern would change, but an extremely funny twist just made the last season better as Robert and Amy find themselves living under the same roof with Frank and Marie.
The nine year run was enjoyable and unfortunately, a bit too realistic for anyone who is part of a family. I bought the entire series for my wife and we will enjoy it often. Too bad there isn't a season 10.