CW56 – Everybody Loves Raymond

It never stops for successful sports writer Ray Barone, whose oddball family life consists of a fed up wife, overbearing parents, and an older brother with lifelong jealousy.

The show is an exemplary case of “it’s funny ’cause it’s true.” Wars of attrition over household items — a suitcase on the stairs, lotion-enriched tissues, old records, sofa covers — are the daily battles we all fight with love. Many of our lifelong dynamics (sibling rivalry, the judgmental mother-in-law, the plight of an unmarried 40something) are all heightened for the sake of a legendary character-driven comedy. The love this family shares, though sometimes with strings or lasagna attached, is not so different from our own… though of course we hope our parents don’t drive their cars into our houses.

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