Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season
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Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season (DVD)
"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
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The pilot episode is a bit rough around the edges (as expected) as they iron out characters names and such (the twins get their names changed as well as the actual actors used to play them by episode 2).
The whole cast is outstanding with a special nod to Peter Boyle (Frank Barone) who never fails to get a laugh out of me. It's a shame he passed away a few years ago as he truly was a great actor in a comedic role
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Everybody Loves Raymond is saturated with satire and good humor.Unlike some other shows, it has more of an indepth look on the parents side, rather than relying on the kids for... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Paul Rice
This has got to be the only sitcom in the world that made me laugh time and time again. All charecters in this wonderfully thought out long running comedy are superb. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Hadi Jones
I'm sad that this sitcom will be ending its run in May, but all good things must come to an end. What better way to begin Raymond's final year than the release of the first season... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by visser1
It's about time Everybody Loves Raymond was put on DVD! The premise is extremely creative, and the beauty of this show is that it addresses common family issues that face average... Read morePublished on June 13 2004
My favorite sitcom along with Seinfeld re-runs. The latter however are getting "long on the tooth", and pretty soon they'll be boring. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by H. Jadwani
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