Everybody Loves Raymond

TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Show finds humor in family conflict; teens and up.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 45 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Infrequent drinking by adults.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBill the thrill October 1, 2018

Awful

Awful, boring show with a lot of cheesy sexual innuendos. I wouldn't let kids watch this, but honestly I wouldn't even worry about a kid wanting to wa... Continue reading
Adult Written byPittsburghmichaels August 28, 2017

A legend

Everyone Loves Raymond is one of TV's finest shows. Ray often does not help around the house so expect his wife Debroah (Patrica Haaton) unhappy with Ray.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 11, 2018

Very Funny

There is some language, but it is a great TV show.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRainbow Dancer December 8, 2017

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love TV families

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