The WORST Episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021

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

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#1 - Neighbors

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 10, 1997

Irate neighbors are seriously up in arms over Ray's noisy dad and meddling mom so they demand a powwow at Ray's house, where his parents stumble upon the raucous caucus.

star 7.07
457 votes
Directors: Jeff Meyer
Writers: Jeremy Stevens
Home from School

#2 - Home from School

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 2003

When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row, Ray suspects he simply has homework he hasn't finished. While everyone in the family has an explanation for Michael's sudden aversion to school, Ray decides the tough love approach is the way to go—making Michael spend the day without television, games or comics. When Michael is forced to watch Ray work in his downstairs office, the sheer boredom leads him to finally confide why he doesn't want to return to class.

star 7.07
278 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Steve Skrovan
Net Worth

#3 - Net Worth

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 23, 2001

Debra becomes angry when Ray contributes $1,000 to his friends' hair brained scheme to open a go-cart business without first consulting her.

star 7.08
314 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Jason Gelles, Mike Haukom
Debra at the Lodge

#4 - Debra at the Lodge

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 2004

When Debra accepts a position at Frank's lodge to help plan a member recruitment party, Ray begins to resent how much time she is spending away from home.

star 7.25
288 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Lew Schneider
The Annoying Kid

#5 - The Annoying Kid

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2002

Ray and Debra are excited to have finally met a couple, Neil and Lauren, who are just like them. However, Ray starts having mixed feelings when their annoying 8 year-old son, Spencer, wreaks havoc around the Barone household.

star 7.27
318 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Lew Schneider
The Faux Pas

#6 - The Faux Pas

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 7, 2005

Ray accidentally insults the twins' new friend and the faux pas quickly spirals out of contral when he repeats it to the boy's dad.

star 7.27
344 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Lew Schneider
A Date for Peter

#7 - A Date for Peter

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 3, 2005

Amy's parents ask Ray to give their son, Peter, some tips on dating. Later, Debra throws a cocktail party and invites some single women to meet Peter, but Ray isn't thrilled with the guest list.

star 7.28
265 votes
Writers: Mike Royce
Dancing with Debra

#8 - Dancing with Debra

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 10, 1999

After Ray urges Debra to go swing dancing with Robert to let himself off the hook, he can't believe how infatuated the two become with their new hobby and it's starting to tick him off. Meanwhile, Ray sees a side of Marie that he never fully expected.

star 7.28
424 votes
Writers: Aaron Shure, Steve Skrovan
Talk to Your Daughter

#9 - Talk to Your Daughter

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 18, 2002

Armed with research and much preparation, Ray is ready to speak with Ally about the facts of life only to find that Ally's interest has changed from where babies come from to the meaning of life. Totally unprepared for this line of questioning, a baffled Ray gets unsolicited advice from his family on how to answer.

star 7.31
329 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Ray Romano, Tucker Cawley
Somebody Hates Raymond

#10 - Somebody Hates Raymond

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 27, 2003

Raymond's friend Andy tells him that Jerry Musso, a radio talk show host, hates him. While Raymond is in shock over this, Robert enjoys seeing him fall over like this and they fight.

star 7.35
284 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Steve Skrovan
Ally's F

#11 - Ally's F

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 2004

After Ally comes home with an "F" on her report card, Debra feels she is not paying enough attention. Ray, however, feels it might be the teacher. After a small meeting, Ray goes on how Debra didn't do anything to stick up for Ally and how you should always stick up for your kids. Frank and Marie could relate to Ray's disobediance when he was in high school. But Debra finds out that Ally has a crush on Tommy Sanders, a boy in her class. When Debra confronts the teacher with this, it turns out that the teacher is a mean old bat that doesn't understand the trials kids go through.

star 7.36
302 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Steve Skrovan
A Job for Robert

#12 - A Job for Robert

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 2004

Ray becomes jealous when Marie starts treating Robert better than him. Ray finds out that Marie gave Robert a "gift basket" full of lotions, massage oil, candles, etc. Ray deduces Marie is just manipulating Robert by giving him all this, so it will put him and Amy 'into the mood'. She does this with the intention of eventually having new grandchildren. Robert sees this as wrong, and actually puts him out of the mood with Amy, not able to get Marie out of his head.

star 7.38
263 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Steven James Meyer
Young Girl

#13 - Young Girl

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2000

Robert starts to date a 22-year old woman and Marie and Debra don't think it's right. They break up when he finds out that she's really only 19 and she finds out that he's really 43.

star 7.40
431 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Aaron Shure, Tom Caltabiano
Grandpa Steals

#14 - Grandpa Steals

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 6, 2003

Boisterous Frank learns a difficult lesson in humility from his granddaughter, Ally. During a trip to the supermarket with Ray and Ally, Frank starts nibbling on some trail mix, completely ignoring the nearby "no sampling" sign. He's soon confronted by a testy manager, and a heated argument ensues. Watching it all unfold is Ally, who becomes frightened by Frank's ranting. When the trio returns home, Ray speaks to his father about his behavior. While Ray's comments initially fall on deaf ears, Frank later realizes he needs to talk to Ally... but now he's scared because he's never had a real conversation with her.

star 7.40
283 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Lew Schneider
Super Bowl

#15 - Super Bowl

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 29, 2001

Ray gets to go to the Super Bowl and cover it for his newspaper. He brings Gianni but feels bad about not having brought Debra when he sees that all the other reporters brought their wives so he has her flown in and to prove that he wants to spend time with her he rips up the tickets to the Super Bowl.

star 7.41
389 votes
Writers: Mike Royce, Ray Romano
Pat's Secret

#16 - Pat's Secret

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired May 9, 2005

Robert discovers Pat smoking and she pleads for him not to tell. Later, when Amy smells smoke on Robert, she thinks Robert smokes. Frank, Marie, Peter, Hank and Amy all think Robert smokes. Robert gets yelled at, and Pat doesn't tell the truth or back him up. The next day, Robert tells Raymond and Debra about Pat, and the family comes over. There is a bitter argument and then Ray and/or Debra yells out that Pat smokes. She confesses and tells the truth. There is another argument and Peter confesses something, then Hank, then Ray, then Debra. It ends with Frank and Marie telling them that they are weird and that they shouldn't do the stuff they are doing.

star 7.41
350 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Tucker Cawley
Just a Formality

#17 - Just a Formality

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 2003

The six-year on-again, off-again relationship between Robert (Brad Garrett) and Amy (Monica Horan) is definitely on again in this pivotal episode. So much so, in fact, that "Robert wants to propose to Amy," says executive producer Philip Rosenthal. But there's one formality the hopeful groom-to-be must take care of first: asking Amy's devout churchgoing folks (Fred Willard, Georgia Engel) for their daughter's hand in marriage. To that end, "Robert convinces Ray to accompany him to meet her parents in [Pennsylvania]," says Rosenthal. How they---and possibly Amy---respond determines whether wedding bells will be ringing anytime soon. Peter: Chris Elliott. Frank: Peter Boyle.

star 7.42
311 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Philip Rosenthal, Steve Skrovan

#18 - Security

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 23, 2004

After Robert takes a second job selling home security systems, he reveals he's been asked to join the security firm full-time and is mulling over retiring from the police force early. While Marie is overjoyed, Amy questions if this is really what Robert wants or if he's only retiring early to make his mother happy. The disagreement about his future leads to a tense birthday party for Robert.

star 7.42
280 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Tucker Cawley
Fun with Debra

#19 - Fun with Debra

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2003

Debra convinces Ray to let her join him on the golf course after she (once again) realizes that they don't have fun together anymore. Let's just say, it wasn't all fun.

star 7.42
342 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Mike Scully

#20 - Slave

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 12, 2004

After inadvertently leaving the twins home alone, Ray and Debra are impressed with Ally when she steps up and takes care of the twins until they return. Ally asks if she can baby-sit more often, and, in yet another attempt to rid her house of Marie, Debra consents. However, Marie believes Debra is turning her daughter into a slave when she gives Ally additional responsibilities, including cooking and laundry chores.

star 7.43
295 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Leslie Caveny
I Wish I Were Gus

#21 - I Wish I Were Gus

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 1996

It seems "even dead people love Raymond," as reticent Ray learns when he's chosen to deliver the eulogy at his great uncle's funeral. It's an occasion that serves as a reunion for Ray's mother and her feuding sister, Alda.

star 7.44
669 votes
Directors: Paul Lazarus
Writers: Kathy Ann Stumpe
P.T. & A.

#22 - P.T. & A.

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 2004

Ray is elected to tell Debra that members of the P.T.A. have problems with the way she dresses.

star 7.44
317 votes
Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Writers: Tom Caltabiano
Debra's Parents

#23 - Debra's Parents

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 22, 2004

Debra invites her divorced parents, Warren and Lois, to the family Thanksgiving. When Ray walks in on the two making love, he and Debra assume that they are getting back together. Later on, Warren and Lois inform Debra otherwise and an unprecedented turn of events shocks everyone.

star 7.44
285 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Leslie Caveny
Not So Fast

#24 - Not So Fast

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2004

When Ray and Debra visit Fank and Marie's condo, they learn that the owners are going to kick them out. Marie and Frank move out. Robert and Amy are upset, but they let Frank and Marie live with them.

star 7.47
311 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Mike Royce, Philip Rosenthal
Sweet Charity

#25 - Sweet Charity

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 17, 2003

Ray reluctantly agrees to do some charity work at a hospital after Debra signs him up, but he soon becomes a hit with the patients and starts spending more time there than at home, much to his wife's dismay.

star 7.47
283 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Aaron Shure