Standup comedian Ray Romano stars as Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter who deals with his brother and parents, who happen to live across the street. Patricia Heaton ("The Goodbye Girl"), Peter Boyle ("While You Were Sl... more »eeping"), Doris Roberts ("Remington Steele"), and Brad Garrett ("Gleason") round out the stellar cast.« less
Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Second Season
cyclista | the Midwest | 11/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Raymond, his wife Debra, and their three kids live across the street from Ray's meddling parents and divorced brother. The parents go in and out of Ray and Debra's house as they please. Although probably not as funny as the third season, this season is still a solid one. The supporting staff (Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Peter Boyle, and Doris Roberts) are often funnier than Ray Romano! A generous season with 25 episodes.
1. Ray's on TV: Ray gets a chance to appear on a sports chat show. 2. Father Knows Least: Ray uses a new technique that he learned in parenting class on his parents. 3. Brother: Ray and Robert go out on the anniversary of Robert's divorce. 4. Mozart: Ray tries to teach Ally a lesson about quitting piano. 5. Golf: Ray feels guilty after he tricks Debra into letting him play golf. 6. Anniversary: At his parent's 40th wedding anniversary celebration, Ray learns that his parents were once separated. 7. Working Late Again: Ray sets up his office at home. 8. The Children's Book: Debra decides to write a children's book and asks Raymond for help. 9. The Gift: Ray gets his dad an expensive aquarium. 10. High School: Ray takes Debra to his 20th high school reunion. 11. The Letter: Marie crashes Debra's Tupperware party. 12. All I Want for Christmas: Raymond wants some loving from his wife at Christmas. 13. Civil War: Ray feels left out when his dad asks Robert to be in a Civil War Reenactment. 14. Mia Famiglia: Ally tracks down her oldest living relative for a genealogy project. 15. Marie's Meatballs: Debra gets upsset when Raymond chooses his mother's cooking over hers. 16. The Checkbook: Ray takes over the family finances. 17. The Ride-Along: Raymond rides along for a shift with Robert, who is a police officer. 18. The Family Bed: Ray decides to ask his mother for help when Ally is scared of monsters at night. 19. Good Girls: Marie likes Robert's girlfriend because she is a "good girl". 20. T-Ball: Debra brings a snack to Ally's game not knowing that the treat is not on the approved list. 21. Traffic School: Robert has to teach traffic school and practices on the family. 22. Six Feet Under: Raymond finds out that he's a quarter inch shorter than he used to be. 23. The Garage Sale: Debra is done having kids and wants to sell the cribs and baby clothes at a garage sale. 24. The Wedding (1) gs: Robert Culp: Ray asks Debra why she married him, and they remember his marriage proposal. 25. The Wedding (2) gs: Robert Culp: Ray remembers why he decided to give Debra another chance to say no."
Everybody Loves Raymond (including me)
David W. George | New Hampshire | 01/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never had any interest in "Everybody Loves Raymond" until about two years ago, when I caught a couple of episodes in syndication. I laughed so much, I started taping old episodes and making sure to watch the new episodes on Monday nights. This is perhaps the funniest live action comedy series since the mid 80's heyday of "Cheers" (sorry, "Seinfeld"), though I would still rank the glory years of "The Simpsons" circa 1992-97 as the greatest period of TV comedy ever.
What I like about "Raymond" the most is the cast. I still don't know if Ray Romano is a good stand up comedian, but he is effective as Ray Barone, a sportswriter for a New York newspaper, and husband to Debra (the very cute and perky Patricia Heaton)and father to three kids. Complementing the cast are Brad Garrett as Ray's older brother Robert, and the terrific Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts as Ray's parents, Frank and Marie. Season two, like most series, is when the character development really began to take place. There are some terrific episodes, particularly the "All I want for Christmas" show, when Debra finds herself unable to control her lust for Ray on Christmas Day.
If you had only enough money to buy one of "Raymond"'s first two seasons on DVD, go with the second season. It has 25 episodes, compared with Season One's 22, and the extras include some very funny bloopers and deleted scenes. I wish I had gotten hooked on "Everybody Loves Raymond" sooner, but better late than never."
A fun season for fans to revisit
MollyRK | Chicago | 04/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As with any successful television series with as many seasons as Everybody Loves Raymond, it is always fun to revisit episodes like these. The characters are still not quite as heavily developed as they were around Season 3 (and it really wasn't until Season 4 until they truly took off), but it is still a nice step up from Season 1 and contains some fresh, funny episodes that all fans will love.
These earliest seasons of ELR focus a lot more on Ray and Debra and their young family. The kids probably appear in this season a lot more than they do later on, and it's fun to see how Ray and Debra battled with juggling three such little kids. They were also considerably nicer to each other back in these days, and episodes like "Marie's Meatballs" and "The Letter" are hilarious because at this point, Debra still has not quite grasped how manipulative and crazy her overbearing mother-in-law can be. Believe it or not, there actually was a point in the series where Debra truly believed that the concept of a successful, mature conversation with Marie really existed! Look no further than Season 2--it is just hysterical.
As much as I adore this show, I think they got slightly, slightly over the top in the last two seasons, with Debra throwing a hissy fit about absolutely everything, Marie being way over the line, etc... On the whole, they kept the series classy and fun right up to the end, but like I said it is still nice to go back to the lighter episodes that make up the first couple of seasons."
The sky was the limit
Kevin Gumdrop | 03/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In its second season the show was moved to its familiar 9:30/8:30 central timeslot and focused mainly on fleshing out the characters more thoroughly. The early rivalry between Debra and Marie can be seen in the episodes "Marie's Meatballs" and "The Letter", while Ray and Robert get on each others nerves in "Brother" and "The Ride Along". Writer Tucker Cawley (who eventually won a writing Emmy for the season seven episode, "Baggage") writes two of the season's worst episodes. Cawley was always a natural storyteller more so than a comedian and it took him a few seasons before he was able to integrate quality jokes into his plot driven scripts, which he does successfully in "Good Girls". The season opener has jokes that only an English professor could appreciate while "Civil War" is your typical "son looking for acceptance from his father" story.
"T-Ball" is an underrated episode and Traffic Cop Timmy makes a memorable appearance in "Traffic School", painting Robert as a sympathetic figure. A funny season, but not as consistently funny as seasons 3-5."
I JUST STARTED WATCHING AND LOVE IT!
Tim Janson | Michigan | 01/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a VERY late comer to Everybody Loves Raymond. I had seen it a few times but didn't become a regular viewer until season 8. Thank God for re-runs and DVD sets that are now allowing me to catch up on everything I missed. Oddly enough, I decided to start with season Two as the first I purchased on DVD. The reason being that the first seasons of most sitcoms are usually so very rough and the show and cast usually aren't quite developed yet. I wanted to watch the show when the characters were going to be more like what I know from coming in late to the game.
I was not disapointed and I am sure I will pick up season one afterall. Season two really had all of the elements that I love show much about the show and the characters just look a little younger. And of course there is frequent appearances by Kevin James before he would get his own sitcom, "The King of Queens".
I really enjoyed the set from the get-go...25 glorious episodes in all. I won't summarize all 25, but here are a few of my favorites from season two:
"Anniversary" - At a big surprise party for Frank and Marie's 40th wedding anniversary, Raymond is shocked to learn that his parents were once separated for a year and might have gotten divorced if Frank hadn't returned home to help with Ray's broken arm. After the initial shock wears off, Ray starts to wonder if it's his fault that his parents are together and miserable.
"The Letter" - When Marie ruins her Tupperware party, Debra decides that she's had just about enough of her mother-in-law's constant interference. She writes a letter to her Marie, telling her to stop intruding into her life. Horrified by the problems that this letter might trigger, Ray does everything in his power to intercept the offending document.
"All I Want for Christmas" - All Ray wants for Christmas is a little loving from his wife and he's willing to try anything and everything to have his holiday wish come true. When Ray finally has seduced Debra, his entire family is working their way into the house for Eggs Florentine and exchanging gifts.
"The Checkbook" - When Raymond takes over the family checkbook to prove to Debra how "easy it can be" to balance it, he discovers he is no accountant. After he quickly runs out of money and starts bouncing checks, he tries to hide the truth from Debra and winds up entangled in a mess of lies, two fake checkbooks and a large loan from his brother.
"Traffic School" - Robert proves to be a crashing bore when it comes to teaching traffic school, so he decides to practice his presentation on the family-which drives them crazy. In an attempt to lighten things up, he puts in an assist-officer call to "Traffic Cop Timmy," a puppet dressed as a policeman.
"The Wedding Parts 1 & 2" - These two episodes show how Ray proposed to Debra and their eventual wedding.
As far as extras, they could be better. There's only commentary on a couple of episodes to go along with some bloopers and deleted scenes. Nothing to write home about and hopefully future seasons will be better equipped.
This is just plain funny. Intelligent without being snobbish like Frasier and wacky without being too low brow. These are characters that probably most of us know in our own lives. Boy do I KNOW some Maries!!!