Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Sixth Season
Season six of Everybody Loves Raymond upholds the comic tradition of the series' past five years on the air, making few changes in personnel or plotline. Ray Romano returns to the role of sportswriter Ray Barone, still living in Long Island with his PR-exec wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton), and their three kids. And as before, Ray lives next door to his pushy parents, Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Doris Roberts), who in turn provide shelter and comfort to Ray's neurotic policeman brother, Robert (Brad Garrett), still a bachelor because of his chronic inability to "commit" to his longtime girlfriend Amy (Monica Horan). The traditional family bickering wastes no time getting under way: in the opening episode, the Barones are aghast when, during an open house at the school where Ray's twin sons attend the first grade, son Michael (Sullivan Sweeten) delivers a "tall tale" about a very familiar-sounding "angry family." In later episodes, the friendship between Frank and Marco Fogagnolo (David Proval) suffers a hit when Marco takes a shine (platonic of course) to Marie; Raymond and Debra try to force Robert to propose to Amy by setting her up with another guy -- a big, backfiring boo-boo; Debra continues to cope with her own parents' divorce, most memorably when her mom and dad (Robert Culp, Katherine Helmond) show up for Thanksgiving dinner...along with her dad's new girlfriend (Patricia Place); and in the two-part season finale, Ray tries to get Debra and Marie to call off a "war of silence" -- a situation that bids fair to carry over into the next season! Everybody Loves Raymond closed out its sixth season with its highest-ever ratings and was nearly the most popular sitcom on television. Emmy awards this year went to star Ray Romano, and to co-stars Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts (her second win).