Everybody Loves Raymond was a fan favorite CBS sitcom during its nine season run from September, 1996 to May, 2005. Thanks to star Ray Romano and creator/producer Philip Rosenthal, fans were introduced to a sitcom featuring an extremely relatable family which drove the show’s success and kept fans tuning in week after week and season after season. It has now been over 10 years since fans said goodbye to the Barone family but luckily we can rewatch all of the best episodes through many afternoon re-runs. Take a look back on the hilarious series with 10 things you didn’t know about the show and cast.
10. Real Life Inspiration
Thanks to the lives and experiences of Ray Romano and creator Philip Rosenthal, many of the series’ characters and situations were inspired by the two men’s real lives with their families. Ray Romano’s real life brother is actually a police officer, much like his on-screen brother Robert, and Robert’s habit of touching his food to his chin was inspired by Romano’s real brother who had “the same quirky mannerism.” Meanwhile Rosenthal’s wife once spoke out about seeing her real life arguments with Rosenthal end up in scripts. Monica Horan portrayed Amy on the series and told People, “I’m hearing lines from conversations I had with my husband. Ray was telling Debra to take medication, and she was telling him she need a hug. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I was crying, then laughing, then crying. It was surreal.” Rosenthal himself added, “Ninety percent of everything you hear on the show has been said to me or Ray Romano or one of the writers.”