Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 1 Reviews

April 6, 2020
The cast, especially Boyle, Roberts and Garrett, are so good with this material and so adroitly translate their characters' dark natures into laughs that much of the snappily written initial episode works.
April 6, 2020
Likable new comedy starring comedian Ray Romano as a sportswriter whose parents live next door... Comedian Brad Garret (who some may remember as the crazy auto mechanic on "Seinfeld") is noteworthy as Ray's slow-moving, idiosyncratic brother.
April 6, 2020
Nimble writing, and the realistic interplay between the skeptical, laconic Romano and Patricia Heaton as his narrow-eyed wife have produced a series that has been sharp episode after episode this season.
April 6, 2020
While Everybody doesn't yet have top-notch writing, Romano manages to communicate something distinctive: He plays a beleaguered family man, but one who's happy about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 6, 2020
Everybody Loves Raymond reinvigorates the domestic sitcom genre, and is one of the season's better new series.
April 6, 2020
Robert is a great big lovable blob of humanity, which is not quite an apt description of the show itself. Not great, not big, not lovable, maybe a blob -- but at least it ranks among the less annoying of the season's new sitcoms.
April 6, 2020
The badinage with his wife plays nice and easy, like Home Improvement, while that with his parents and brother across the street has more of a Seinfeldian silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 6, 2020
Romano and Heaton would be enough to put any show on a solid footing, but they also are blessed with as solid a supporting cast as will be found among the many new series this fall.
April 6, 2020
The setup sounds slight, but wonderful acting and writing invigorate the situations.
April 6, 2020
The result is funny, if not hilarious, reminiscent in some ways of Tim Allen's Home Improvement.
September 11, 2018
It has moments of witty observation, but pales beside Seinfeld or Friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2018
Everybody Loves Raymond isn't just the last gasp of a dying TV genre or a bitter swan song for the traditional family sitcom. No, it's a legitimately great TV show - and one of the most psychologically astute programs ever made.
September 11, 2018
The network would be wise not only to renew it but to leave it where it is. With his winning mix of heart and humor, Romano seems the natural heir to Cos' sitcom-dad throne.
Full Review | Original Score: B+