Since its 1997 pilot episode, Everybody Loves Raymond has remained a staple of in the CBS sitcom roundup, largely due to its affable protagonist, Ray Romano. True to its title, audiences hold a genuine affection for Raymond Barone's weekly foibles and amiable if imperfect character. The show sets off in the midst of a transition for the Barone family; Ray and Debra (Patricia Heaton) have moved into a house directly across the street from Raymond's well-meaning but meddling parents (Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts) to accommodate their growing family. Ray and Debra are the proud parents of twin boys and an older daughter, while Robert (Brad Garrett), Ray's brother, spends an increasing amount of time at the already full house after his wife files for divorce. Occasionally, Ray's blue-collar family clashes with Debra's upper-crust relatives, but most of the time, the family conflicts revolve around the constant presence of Ray's parents.
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