The BEST Episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2019

Network: CBS

Everybody Loves Raymond revolves around Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife, Debra, 12-year-old daughter, Ally, and 8-year-old twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and embrace the motto "Su casa es mi casa," infiltrating their son's home to an extent unparalleled in television history. Frank's favorite expression, "Holy Crap," is shouted at regular intervals, and Marie's "cooking advice" is less than appreciated by Debra. Brother Robert, a divorced policeman, is constantly moving in and out of his parents' house, and loves to drop over and resent Ray's successful career and happy family life. Ray and Debra just wish someone would knock once in a while. Finalizing it's 9th and final season, the cast and crew of "ELR" has had a very successful run, and it makes it even harder for them all to say good-bye. This show has a place in televi

No Fat

#1 - No Fat

Season 3 - Episode 10

When Marie and Frank get some test results back they find out that they're not as healthy as they thought. So Marie throws out all the unhealthy food and makes Frank go on a diet with her. This doesn't sit well with him and the rest of the family when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of the traditional turkey dinner she makes a tofu turkey. So Ray orders a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from a restaurant. Debra thinks that Ray might have hurt his mother's feelings but it's quite the opposite when he catches Marie eating his Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of the night.

star 8.00
197 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Susan Van Allen, Ellen Sandler
Finale

#2 - Finale

Season 9 - Episode 16

Ray fears getting his adenoids removed, but Debra convinces him to go through with the surgery. At the hospital, while Marie is in the bathroom, the nurse says that Ray isn't waking up from the anesthesia and everyone fears he may die. Fortunately, thirty seconds later, the doctor comes out and says he's just fine. Everyone agrees not to tell Ray or Marie about it; however, Frank ends up telling Marie who rushes over to smother Ray with kisses. Ray finds out about it and begins acting weird as if he thinks he really is going to die. After a couple minutes, he gets out of it. The show closes with the entire family sitting around the table eating and arguing, just like the Barones always have in the past nine years.

star 7.97
145 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Tucker Cawley, Lew Schneider, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, Tom Caltabiano, Leslie Caveny
Bad Moon Rising

#3 - Bad Moon Rising

Season 4 - Episode 22

Ray's attempts to alleviate Debra's PMS moodiness only make her more irritable. When Ray witnesses Debra's hypersensitive mood and generally annoyed reaction to everything he says and does, he checks the calendar and realizes it's going to be a long couple of days ahead. In his desire to get a "quick fix" for Debra's womanly problems – thus making his life a heck of a lot easier – he turns a bad situation worse by suggesting that a simple pill will help with his wife's insufferable mood swings.

star 7.93
173 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal
Frank Paints the House

#4 - Frank Paints the House

Season 5 - Episode 24

When Ray and Debra find Frank painting their house, they find out that Marie put him up to the job due to his retirement. But, when Frank paints it the color they don't like, Ray fires him. That's when Marie reveals the truth behind Frank's retirement.

star 7.93
128 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Scott Buck
Halloween Candy

#5 - Halloween Candy

Season 3 - Episode 6

After Debra suggests that she might be more consistently romantic if she weren't in charge of the birth control, Ray decides to make the drastic move of "cutting the wires." But after a discussion with Robert, and other top "medical experts" he chickens out, but does muster enough bravery to go to the drugstore and buy "the stuff." He even goes crazy and splurges on "the rainbow pack" but the plan for Halloween romance goes awry when Grandpa distributes the "chocolate coins in brightly colored wrappers" that he found to the remaining trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood.

star 7.91
177 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Steve Skrovan
The Ride-Along

#6 - The Ride-Along

Season 2 - Episode 17

Raymond decides to spend a shift accompanying his brother Robert, a policeman. Initially, spending a shift in the back of Robert's patrol car bores Raymond and he wonders why he even bothered putting on the bullet-proof vest. But his boredom quickly turns to terror during a chance visit to Nemo's restaurant that puts them in the middle of the hold-up. When Robert saves the day by throwing a hot pizza in the burglar's face, Raymond sees for the very first time how courageous his brother really is.

star 7.91
152 votes
Writers: Jeremy Stevens
The Angry Family

#7 - The Angry Family

Season 6 - Episode 1

The Barones clash even more than usual in the sixth-season opener when they get a child's-eye view of all the bickering that goes on in the family. The fireworks begin when the whole gang attends an open house at first-grader Michael's school, during which the kids all read stories that they've written themselves. Most of the students tell tall tales that are obviously fictional. But then Michael gets up and reads the title to his story, "The Angry Family." The shocked Barones fear the worst---and for good reason---as Michael begins the saga of a clan that is constantly arguing.

star 7.90
178 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Philip Rosenthal
The Canister

#8 - The Canister

Season 5 - Episode 19

Tempers flare when Marie accuses Debra of not returning a borrowed canister that holds sentimental value and Debra insists that she has already given it back. Debra is then horrified when she discovers that she does indeed still have the canister in her possession. With Ray and Robert's reluctant assistance, she concocts an elaborate scheme to get rid of the evidence, rather than confess to Marie that she was wrong and her mother-in-law was right all along.

star 7.90
146 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: David Regal
Lucky Suit

#9 - Lucky Suit

Season 6 - Episode 16

Robert is ecstatic when he is recommended for an FBI job. That is, until it becomes apparent that Marie's intrusive ways may be his undoing. This time, she may have gone too far and Robert may not be able to forgive and forget.

star 7.87
139 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Tucker Cawley
The Wedding (2)

#10 - The Wedding (2)

Season 2 - Episode 25

While the Barones prepare for a friend's wedding, Ray kiddingly asks Debra, "Why did you marry me?" When she hesitates, he flashes back to the not-so-magical night 10 years before when he popped the big question. Ray gets unexpected, unsolicited and unwelcome help with from his parents, but Debra says yes anyway. That leaves the gloomy groom wondering if she did so because she loves him or because she felt pressured. So Ray decides he's "gotta give her another chance to say no."

star 7.87
136 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano
The Letter

#11 - The Letter

Season 2 - Episode 11

When Marie crashes and ruins her Tupperware party, Debra decides that she's had just about enough of her mother-in-law's constant interference. She takes pen to paper and writes a letter to her mother-in-law, 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 – but he fails. Surprisingly, the family discovers that honesty really may be the best policy.

star 7.86
169 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Kathy Ann Stumpe
How They Met

#12 - How They Met

Season 3 - Episode 26

Ray and Debra reminisce about their fateful first meeting 15 years before. Memories flood back when Ray and Debra prepare Ally for her first playdate with a little boy. The first time Ray and Debra laid eyes on each other, their first kiss, the first time Marie met her future daughter-in-law and what she thought of her, and the first time Ray sampled Debra's cooking are all revealed.

star 7.85
128 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal
The Power of No

#13 - The Power of No

Season 9 - Episode 14

Ray's latest manipulative plan involves constantly turning down Debra in the bedroom.

star 7.84
136 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Tucker Cawley, Aaron Shure
Why Are We Here?

#14 - Why Are We Here?

Season 1 - Episode 22

In this flashback episode, Ray and Debra remember their days in their first apartment. Debra finds out she's having twins, and so they decide they need a house. Ray maps a strategy where they are not close enough for everyday visits from his folks but not far enough for overnight stays. A mustached Robert discovers his wife wants a divorce. Part-time realtor Frank finds Ray and Debra a perfect house across the street from him and Marie. Debra decides living across from her in-laws is a good idea.

star 7.84
152 votes
Writers: Ray Romano, Tom Paris
Baggage

#15 - Baggage

Season 7 - Episode 22

Ray and Debra wind up in a two-week standoff over a suitcase. When Robert asks Ray if he can borrow a suitcase sitting on the stairway landing for his honeymoon, Ray explains he and Debra have been locked in an "unspoken" battle of wills since a weekend trip over who is responsible for putting the suitcase away. Although Robert thinks Ray and Debra are insane, Frank and Marie can easily relate and offer their own words of wisdom – with Frank counseling Ray and Marie advising Debra on how to resolve their marital differences.

star 7.82
142 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Tucker Cawley
Robert's Wedding (2)

#16 - Robert's Wedding (2)

Season 7 - Episode 25

Robert and Amy exchange vows in a classic Barone family wedding ceremony.

star 7.82
38 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Philip Rosenthal
Look Don't Touch

#17 - Look Don't Touch

Season 1 - Episode 5

Nemo's niece, Angelina, takes employment at Nemo's as a waitress at Nemo's. When Angelina catches Ray's eye, he has a lot of explaining to do to his wife, Debra especially when Angelina calls him at home. Ray accidentally leaves his wallet at Nemo's, and Angelina calls him at home to let him know she found it. But, because he feels guilty about his innocent attraction, Ray denies ever knowing her. When the situation is blown out of proportion by the Barone family, Debra decides to visit Nemo's to see what all the fuss is about.

star 7.81
254 votes
Directors: Jeff Meyer
Writers: Lew Schneider
Driving Frank

#18 - Driving Frank

Season 3 - Episode 2

After Frank has one accident too many, Debra decides that the kids can't ride with him anymore, which makes Raymond realize that his dad is getting older. Not only did Frank back into Robert's patrol car, but further investigation reveals that his driver's license is expired! Uncomfortable with the fact the he's not a safe driver anymore, Debra decides she doesn't want the kids in his car. But the most uncomfortable part for Ray is thinking about the fact that his parents are really getting older and unsafe driving is only the beginning of the journey.

star 7.81
178 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Cindy Chupack
The Visit

#19 - The Visit

Season 3 - Episode 5

When Debra's mother comes to visit the family for a week, Debra finds herself shocked to discover that she wishes her mom were more like Marie. Debra's highly anticipated week of "quality time" with her mom, Lois, and the family quickly turns into a big disappointment when her mother seems more interested in the Renoir exhibit and her crossword puzzles than in Debra, Ray and the children. When her frustration with Lois' disinterest reaches a boiling point, Debra makes the mistake of blurting out that she wishes her mother were more like Marie. Then she has the unfortunate double trouble of making amends with her mom -- and dealing not only with Marie's glee, but also with her claim that she deserves credit for teaching Debra parenting skills.

star 7.81
161 votes
Directors: Richard Marion
Writers: Susan Van Allen
Sex Talk

#20 - Sex Talk

Season 4 - Episode 4

Ray and Debra are discouraged when they realize that their sex life isn't what it used to be. Ray and Debra shrug it off by assuring each other that it's not an unusual occurrence for older couples to experience since the kids are always underfoot, they're sleep deprived, etc. Trying to make themselves feel better, they approach Frank and Marie about what constitutes a "normal" sex life for an older couple, but are left feeling more inadequate when they discover the bedroom secrets of the elder Barones.

star 7.80
164 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Todd Himmell, Lisa K. Nelson
Standard Deviation

#21 - Standard Deviation

Season 1 - Episode 4

For a criminal-psychology course, Robert issues standard IQ tests to Raymond and Debra and boy, is Raymond smarting when they get the results. But his feelings change when he discovers that Robert was playing mind games with them by telling each they scored hired than the other.

star 7.80
286 votes
Directors: Jeff Meyer
Writers: Steve Skrovan
The Apartment

#22 - The Apartment

Season 3 - Episode 11

Ray feels jealous of Robert when he visits his new apartment and sees that it's filled with beautiful women. Also Frank turns Robert's old room into a lounge.

star 7.79
155 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Kathy Ann Stumpe
Liars

#23 - Liars

Season 8 - Episode 7

Ray and Debra get caught up in telling lies in order to cover up previous falsehoods after Ray fibs to Marie about why he missed a scheduled time with her. When the lies snowball into an out of control degree, Marie picks up the scent and traces everything back to the initial fib. Marie seems to have won – until Frank reveals a damaging lie of her own.

star 7.78
153 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Tucker Cawley
The Lone Barone

#24 - The Lone Barone

Season 3 - Episode 9

When Robert and Amy break up Raymond is blamed by everyone because of some bad things he told Robert about marriage.

star 7.78
166 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Tom Caltabiano, Jeremy Stevens
Let's Fix Robert

#25 - Let's Fix Robert

Season 5 - Episode 21

Marie gathers Robert's ex-girlfriends Amy and Stefania and his female police partner, Judy, together so they can dissect his character in an effort to help her better understand why her eldest son can't commit to a relationship. Unfortunately, Robert unexpectedly drops in and is forced by his mother to listen to his character being assassinated by the women as they discuss his relationship hang-ups in detail and compare notes on his quirky dating behavior, inability to commit to one woman and his flawed personality.

star 7.77
127 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Jennifer Crittenden, Mike Royce