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> Description 
Everybody Loves Raymond, commonly known as Raymond, (1996 2005) was a long-running CBS sitcom. The show revolved around the family of Ray Barone, a Lynbrook, Long Island native. The show premiered on September 13, 1996 and went off the air after its series finale on May 16, 2005, though old episodes are still rerun in syndication.

The series started out miserably in the ratings, but by the second season began to find its audience. By the time the final episode aired in May 2005, it was the highest rated sitcom on television thanks to Friends vacating the position a season earlier.

The shows view of a dysfunctional family appealed to audiences, especially older, as the show was a huge hit with over-50's.

One of the things that makes Raymond unique is that the writers have kept track of key moments and quirks in the lives of the characters and regularly make reference to them. Debra is forever borrowing Marie's "big spoon"; she frequently reminds Ray of his insensitivity in taping over their wedding video with a football game; he often praises her for her lemon chicken (the first meal she prepared for him in a flashback episode chronicling their first meeting); several times Marie has referred to the Christmas that Raymond enrolled her and Frank in a Fruit-of-the-Month "cult" (a scene in the show's pilot - and premiere - episode). Even wardrobe is reworn; Marie is frequently seen in the same blouses, easily recognized by their vibrant colors and patterns. (In fact, their renaming of Amy's brother seems odd in light of the writers' usual attention to detail.)

Just as I Love Lucy provided a legacy of "classic" episodes, Raymond has contributed several that will go down in sitcom history as being among the funniest moments in television. Ray dealing with Debra's PMS mood swings; Marie and Frank attempting to retrieve from Bloomingdale's an inscribed toaster - which they had returned unopened - that Ray had given them as a Christmas gift; Marie's interference with Robert's interview with the FBI after ruining his "lucky suit" - even after repeated viewings, these episodes are freshly funny. And like Lucy, Raymond may be seen seen in perpetual reruns - at present it airs not only in syndication on local broadcast stations but on the cable network, TBS, as well.

TV Ratings:
1996-1997: #84
1997-1998: #30
1998-1999: #11
1999-2000: #12
2000-2001: #6
2001-2002: #6
need info on the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons
2004-2005: #10


2005 Emmy Nominations:
Best Comedy Series-WINNER
Best Actor In A Comedy Series-Ray Romano
Best Actress In A Comedy Series-Patricia Heaton
Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series-Peter Boyle-WINNER
Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series-Brad Garrett
Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series-Doris Roberts-WINNER

Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
 
> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing May 16, 2005
Premiere September 13, 1996
Episodes 210
Network CBS
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Monica Horan....   Amy Barone (1997-2005)
Patricia Heaton....   Debra Barone
Peter Boyle....   Frank Barone
Doris Roberts....   Marie Barone
Ray Romano....   Ray Barone
Brad Garrett....   Robert Barone

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Garrett Reignites Talk of 'Raymond' Spinoff
(Posted September 20, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Backstage after the Emmy Awards, "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Ray Romano was talking about how the show's win for outstanding comedy series after its fi ... [More Information]

Source: Zap2it
 
'Lost,' 'Raymond' Named Top Shows at Emmys
(Posted September 19, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

Everybody loved "Raymond" one more time at the Emmys, honoring the show Sunday as best comedy series for its final season and denying newcomer "Desperate Housewives." Another first-year hit, "Lost," w ... [More Information]

Source: Yahoo! News
 
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