Everybody Loves Raymond may have aired its final episode more than 18 years ago, but the delightfully dysfunctional family lives on through streaming and syndication.
Committing to all 210 episodes may be too much, however. So if you simply want to re-watch the most classic episodes, we listed some of the most beloved below.
Season 8, Episode 9: ‘The Bird’
The 2003 Thanksgiving episode may be the most infamous of all time. In the story, the Barones head to the newly married Robert and Amy’s house. Amy also has her parents over for the holiday, and she’s both surprised and thrilled when everyone gets along.
The peace comes to an abrupt ending when a bird flies into the house, though. Amy’s dad, Pat, kills the animal, and a sort of civil war erupts.
As a bonus, The Bird guest stars Georgia Engel (Mary Tyler Moore) and Fred Willard (D.C. Follies) as Amy’s parents, Pat and Hank.
Season 7, Episode 24: ‘Robert’s Wedding’
Speaking of the newlyweds, Robert and Amy’s wedding also remains of of the best Everybody Loves Raymond epsides ever.
As all fans know, the characters can never get through a day without some chaos and misfortune. And unfortunately for Robert and Amy, that also goes for the biggest day of their lives.
While everyone is gearing up for the nuptials, Amy’s brother, Peter, slides in and tries to make amends with Ray and Robert. However, Robert thinks it’s all a ruse and asks Ray to keep an eye on the situation. Marie also causes problems when she objects to the marriage mid-ceremony.
Season 2, Episode 11: ‘The Letter’
One of the earliest seasons showcased the broken relationship between Debra and Marie so perfectly that audiences could tangibly feel the tension radiating from their TV screens.
In The Letter, Marie crashes a party Debra throws. And the overbearing mother-in-law ruins the entire event. Debra’s frustrations finally boil over, and she decides to write Marie a strongly worded letter that details exactly why she doesn’t like her. As everyone can imagine, Marie’s ego doesn’t take the situation well, and the already fractured relationship spirals out of control.
Season 9, Episode 16: ‘The Finale’
And finally, the series finale.
Many long-running series ruin the finales so much that fans are forever angry with the outcomes. But Everybody Loves Raymond managed to hit the nail with a perfect closure on May 16, 2005. The plot shows Raymond having some scary complications following a routine surgery. After having his tonsils removed, the doctors have trouble bringing him out of anesthesia. While the Barones wait to see if he wakes up, each person imagines their life without Ray. When he eventually comes to, everyone realizes they need to treat Ray with a little more respect.
‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Closes as One of TV’s Most Decorated Sitcoms
Everybody Loves Raymond ran on CBS from 1996 to 2005 with stars Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and Peter Boyle in the leads. By the time it ended, it had collected 15 Primetime Emmys, including two Outstanding Comedy wins.
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