We received Season 5 on DVD just in time for Christmas, and now we get Season 6 to kick off the summer. Another terrific season with very funny episodes, as always.
There are the usual commentaries with Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal, and some crew members. Patricia Heaton wasn't scheduled to be part of this season's commentaries, which is disappointing, but we get to hear Doris Roberts this time, and even though Romano and Rosenthal talk a lot more than she does in the commentary she's in, it's still fun to get some of her insights. I was especially excited to see that they included a commentary track for "Talk to Your Daughter," which has a storyline about daughter Ally and includes an adorable scene at the very end with Ally and the twins. It was nice to see the cast and crew talk a little bit more about the kids (not much, but they mentioned them a couple times at least). That was one thing that was missing on the first 5 DVD sets, and I'm happy that they've included it here.
Some notable episodes from this well-written and successful season include "The Angry Family," where a school essay from little Michael shows the Barone adults that their daily snits with each other are not going unnoticed; "Marie's Sculpture," where Marie makes an absolutely outrageous creation that outdoes even herself; "Cookies," where poor Ray gets more or less beat up by Ally's pushy troop leader; and "Mother's Day," which begins a string of several episodes that chronicles Debra and Marie's biggest fight yet, and shows how it impacts the entire family. Some fans may be interested to know that they initially wanted to stretch the Debra/Marie estrangement for the entire Season 7, but they decided it "wouldn't have been much of a show if they just left the men to talk to each other." I personally think they could have made it work and found a way to do it in an upbeat and humorous tone, but the way they did it was great, too. There are many laughs to be had, but plenty of sweet and tender moments as well, all balanced out in classic "Raymond" tradition.
Only 3 more seasons to go after this one--with a little luck, maybe they will all be released before Christmas (although that may be a little bit of ambitious thinking). I'm sure we will definitely get them all within the next year, though, so get excited about completing your collections! :)