Everybody Loves Raymond

Common Sense Media says

Show finds humor in family conflict; teens and up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Despite all the bickering that goes on in the Barone family, it's clear that there's a lot of love there, too.

Positive role models

Some characters are intolerant and set in their ways (which is usually meant to be funny). Some characters put others down routinely, a situation that's played for laughs. Other jokes are more good-natured. Not much cast diversity; gender roles are pretty traditional.

Violence

People get angry and yell a lot, but they don't hit.

Sex

Sexual innuendo and jokes. Discussion of adult relationships (Ray does a fair amount of badgering Debra for sex), but only kissing is shown onscreen.

Language

One character likes to say "holy crap." "Damn" has been used as a positive remark. "Hell," "ass," and "bastard" are sometimes used.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Infrequent drinking by adults.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series focuses on adult relationships that are marked by conflict. The intimacy issues of married couples -- including (in)frequency of sex -- often take center stage, so parents watching with kids should gauge young viewers' readiness for the mature subject matter. Characters are affectionate but also frequently fight and express resentment.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND is touted as a family sitcom; in this case, "family" refers to grown-up characters (and viewers). Stand-up comedian Ray Romano stars as sportswriter Ray Barone, and Patricia Heaton plays his wife, Debra. Their three kid serve primarily as scenery, barely reacting to the constant bickering and crises that surround them. Central to the comedy are Ray's opinionated and intrusive parents -- Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Doris Roberts) -- and his brother, Robert (Brad Garrett), who all live just across the street. The extended family throw insults around as if they can't stand each other, but viewers seem to identify with the Barones, a family that fights as passionately as it loves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Episodes often insightfully focus on Ray's perceived shortcomings and missteps as a husband and father. But the series also uses stereotypes as a jumping-off point: self-involved career man who doesn't get enough action in the bedroom, frustrated housewife who doesn't get enough help with the cooking and cleaning, meddling mother-in-law who doesn't get enough respect. That said, the cast is stellar and plotlines shed light on universal human insecurities, such as doubting that your spouse still finds you attractive as you grow older.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about arguing. When does it help -- and when doesn't it?

  • When you do fight with a family member, how does it make you feel? How do you patch things up? Can people be angry with each other and love each other at the same time?

TV details

Cast:Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano
Networks:CBS, Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bygarfield2711 January 18, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

The Funniest Sitcom Show that ever aired!!!!!!

This is the best and Funniest Family Sitcom EVER!!!! As the content is concerned, Sex is frequent. Discussions of wanting sex and occasional episodes focus on sex but innuendos and kissing is as bad as it gets. Language gets spicy. H*ll, a*s, d*mn are used quite a bit and Frank loves saying "Holy Cr*p." Violence is minor, yelling and verbal arguments get fierce but no one lays a hand on anyone. Teens will like it but maybe younger kids can a few episodes. Preview them first for kids below 14.

Teen, 14 years old Written byI am Running to... July 11, 2010
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11
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Funnnyyyy

great! every family is like this. so if you're wondering if it is appropriate, think to yourself: is MY family appropriate?
So refreshing and hilarious!!!

What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byBbbbbbbi June 21, 2010
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9
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Kids will love it; even though it's not very appropriate at times

I love this show!! Even though sometimes it's inappropiate, kids will love it! You CANNOT miss it!

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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