Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 1
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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.]]>
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
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Season One is a good one with some interesting guest stars. Here's a brief episode guide.
1. Pilot: Debra doesn't want Ray's family to come over for her birthday.
2. I Love You: Debra doesn't know why Raymond has trouble saying "I love you".
3. I Wish I Were Gus gs: Jean Stapleton. Ray is chosen to deliver a eulogy at a funeral where his mother and her feuding sister have a reunion.
4. Standard Deviation: Robert administers IQ tests to Raymond and Debra.
5. Look, Don't Touch: Ray feels guilty about being attracted to a waitress at Nemo's.
6. Frank, the Writer gs: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Himself): Ray's dad wants to write his own column.
7. Your Place or Mine? Ray's mother leaves her husband and moves in with Ray and Debra.
8. In-Laws gs: Robert Culp: Ray asks his parents to get along with Debra's parents during a visit.
9. Win, Lose or Draw: Ray ignores his father's advice at a poker game and loses all his money.
10. Turkey or Fish gs: Robert Culp: Debra decides to cook fish for the family Thanksgiving dinner.
11. Captain Nemo: Debra tells Ray that he should be spending time with his kids instead of coaching basketball.
12. The Ball: Ray finds out that his father lied to him about a gift baseball being autographed by Mickey Mantle.
13. Debra's Sick: Ray has to take care of Debra and the kids when Debra gets the flu.
14. Who's Handsome? After hearing Debra tell Robert how handsome he is, Ray gets a make-over.
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The writers weren't the only ones searching about. As just one example, actor Brad Garrett tinkered around before he found the literal voice of Robert: He completely altered his delivery from a coarse baritone to a mopey bass as he learned what clicked with the audience.
It's fun watching the characters develop and the actors begin to own their parts. Romano will readily admit he's the weakest actor but - like Jerry Seinfeld - he tethers the rest of the cast together. And what a cast! Special props to Patty Heaton. She goes so much against the "beleaguered sitcom wife" stereotype that it's absolutely refreshing.
My only complaint? No Play All function. In fact, this is one of those annoying formats that makes you go through two menus to watch each episode. Play All should be industry standard by now.
What sets this show apart from other programs is its matter-of-fact approach to the trials and tribulations of a very close knit family (sometimes, painfully close knit!). These early episodes really set the pace for future episodes that only grew more and more hilarious. The formative shows introduced us to the neurotic Robert, who went through a painful divorce and moved back in with his parents. His mother, Marie, is overbearing, perfectionist and narcissistic, yet, she also genuinely wants what's best for her kids. Granted, Ray and Robert are both in their mid thirties. Frank, on the other hand, is unabashedly blunt, harsh and apathetic to human suffering (with the exception of the time he spent in Korea during the war). Ray is an overgrown man-child wh married the more sophisticated Debra, and there are times when both of them wonder how they even ended up together! Yet, at the end of the day, they sincerelly love each other. This is a great program and I definitely reccomend this DVD, as a fine way to get started on your RAYMOND addiction.
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I didn't see the small print that I had to pay for Everybody Loves Raymond. Now I feel like his brother Robert. Why would I pay for the program when I can watch it on my TV? Read morePublished 2 months ago by EMMY
I use to watch this show when it was on prime time so I was excited to see it available for streaming. Unfortunately I don't find some of it as funny as I use to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rainy Day
It was great to watch these shows again. Most of these are good clean fun. Occasionally you might get one that's more appropriate for adults only but even then you don't get the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by debbiejo
This was a gift for my Mom who loved this show and was unable to leave the house. It gave her many days of enjoyment when nothing else was on tv.Published 6 months ago by Unknown