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Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 1

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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.

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"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


Special Features

Additional Scenes: The "Late Show with David Letterman" appearance of Ray Romano that inspired the idea of the show Audio Commentary: Two audio commentaries with Ray Romano and Series Creator Phil Rosenthal-"The Pilot" and "Why Are We Here?" Featurette: 30+ minute featurette with interviews of cast, crew and Creator Phil Rosenthal with an in-depth look at the "Making of" Everybody Loves Raymond. "Additional Scenes: The "Late Show with David Letterman" appearance of Ray Romano that inspired the idea of the show Audio Commentary: Two audio commentaries with Ray Romano and Series Creator Phil Rosenthal-"The Pilot" and "Why Are We Here?" Featurette: 30+ minute featurette with interviews of cast, crew and Creator Phil Rosenthal with an in-depth look at the "Making of" Everybody Loves Raymond. "Additional Scenes: The "Late Show with David Letterman" appearance of Ray Romano that inspired the idea of the show Audio Commentary: Two audio commentaries with Ray Romano and Series Creator Phil Rosenthal-"The Pilot" and "Why Are We Here?" Featurette: 30+ minute featurette with interviews of cast, crew and Creator Phil Rosenthal with an in-depth look at the "Making of" Everybody Loves Raymond. "

Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZMWXW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 1" on IMDb

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A consistently funny sit-com. The situations are so typical of a lot of families (including mine!), I'm really laughing at myself.

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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Nowadays you just don't see many shows on TV that are worth watching. Everybody loves Raymond is a show that portrays what seems to be a realistic family and they deal with realistic everyday life problems. Such include problems with the parents- in-law, in marriage, in raising children, etc. This show has helped me look at society with a more critical eye also. I am currently a student at the University of California at Berkeley majoring in Sociology and Social Welfare and I find so many themes that we've spoken about in my classes here. The complexity of the characters and of the problems they face provide the viewer with a funny, yet educational, portrayal of family life.
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The first season of "Raymond" is very different in tone and delivery than it was in years to come. Many shows hit their stride right out of the box and others have to adapt to the talents on hand and run with things that explode later on. It took a while for the writers of "Raymond" to find the voice of each character and form them accordingly. The now-iconic personalities didn't gel until the middle of the first season. But when they did, it became a legend.

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.
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It's one of my favorite shows. However since it's no longer prime, I'm not going to pay extra to watch it. Highly dissapointed in the change. Already have some of the seasons on, dvds will buy others at the store for a decent price
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When EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND got started, back in 1996, it started out at a slow and unassuming pace, introducing us to the delightfully off-the-wall shenanigans of the Barone family. Ray Barone (Ray Romano) is a sports writer with two beautiful twin boys and a daughter (all played by the Sweetin children, younger siblings of Jodi Sweetin of FULL HOUSE fame), as well as a long suffering wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton), his older brother, Robert (Brad Garrett) and his parents, Marie (Doris Roberts) and Frank (Peter Boyle of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN fame).

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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