The WORST episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond

Every episode of Everybody Loves Raymond ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond!

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.

Last Updated: 5/12/2024Network: CBSStatus: Ended
473 votes

#1 - Neighbors

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/10/1997

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.

Directors: Jeff Meyer
Net Worth
323 votes

#2 - Net Worth

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/23/2001

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

Directors: David L.
Home from School
277 votes

#3 - Home from School

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/6/2003

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.

Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Debra at the Lodge
295 votes

#4 - Debra at the Lodge

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/5/2004

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
Dancing with Debra
429 votes

#5 - Dancing with Debra

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/10/1999

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.

Directors: Brian K. Roberts
A Date for Peter
270 votes

#6 - A Date for Peter

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/3/2005

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.

Directors: Brian K. Roberts
Writer: Mike Royce
The Faux Pas
356 votes

#7 - The Faux Pas

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/7/2005

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
Talk to Your Daughter
343 votes

#8 - Talk to Your Daughter

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/18/2002

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.

Directors: Jerry Zaks
Ally's F
302 votes

#9 - Ally's F

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/18/2004

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.

Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Fun with Debra
352 votes

#10 - Fun with Debra

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/22/2003

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writer: Mike Scully
The Annoying Kid
328 votes

#11 - The Annoying Kid

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/11/2002

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.

Directors: Jerry Zaks
Somebody Hates Raymond
294 votes

#12 - Somebody Hates Raymond

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/27/2003

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.

Directors: Jerry Zaks
Super Bowl
400 votes

#13 - Super Bowl

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/29/2001

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.

I Wish I Were Gus
683 votes

#14 - I Wish I Were Gus

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/27/1996

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.

Directors: Paul Lazarus
Young Girl
434 votes

#15 - Young Girl

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2000

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.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
Just a Formality
319 votes

#16 - Just a Formality

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/3/2003

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
Pat's Secret
358 votes

#17 - Pat's Secret

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/9/2005

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.

Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
A Job for Robert
264 votes

#18 - A Job for Robert

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/29/2004

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.

Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
289 votes

#19 - Security

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/23/2004

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
295 votes

#20 - Slave

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/12/2004

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
The Home
324 votes

#21 - The Home

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/2004

Frank and Marie return from a trip down to a retirement home in New Jersey when they tell the family that they plan on moving there. Everyone, besides Frank and Marie, is overjoyed fro hearing the news. Marie and Frank sell their own house to Robert and Amy for $26,000. On they day of their moving, however, Debra reveals some mixed feelings about their moving and doesn't feel right about it.

Directors: Kenneth Shapiro
Debra's Parents
300 votes

#22 - Debra's Parents

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/22/2004

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
Misery Loves Company
325 votes

#23 - Misery Loves Company

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/13/2003

Debra and Ray are annoyed at the over-the-top affection Robert and Amy are expressing towards each other. In fact, Robert feels compelled to give Ray marriage advice (as does Amy to Debra at the newlywed couple's three-month anniversary dinner… a book called "Marriage Is an Amusement Park"), much to his annoyance.

Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writer: Aaron Shure
Grandpa Steals
299 votes

#24 - Grandpa Steals

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/6/2003

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.

Directors: Jerry Zaks
Not So Fast
321 votes

#25 - Not So Fast

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/2004

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.

Directors: Gary Halvorson