August 14, 2014 at 6:32 am #327385
Everybody Loves Raymond was a classic style sitcom, with all the components that made a successful multi-cam show. It was nominated for seven Best Comedy Emmy trophies, winning twice in 2003 and 2005. Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts and Brad Garrett won multiple Emmys for their respective roles.
My question is why did the Emmys respond to this show so positively? What did they love so much about it? Even though it was a sitcom based on familial life and a central married-with-children couple and their in-laws, I don’t think it was really a family sitcom. The kids were barely in it, and the show dealt with the theme of sex a lot of the time, especially with Ray and Debra.
We all know that the Emmys normally respond to the more elegant, ‘snooty’ shows like Frasier, Modern Family, Veep, etc., so was it considered unusual that a show with no fancy sets or costumes won the Emmy for Best Comedy Series twice throughout its run? The show really relied on strong writing and good, solid, funny characters at its core. It won the Emmy for comedy writing in 2003, and was pretty consistently nominated in that category for all of its run.
What are people’s thoughts? Do people like the show, even now, or did you like it when it aired originally? Do you think it was deserving of all of its accolades at the Emmys? Why do you think it fared so well with voters at the time?August 14, 2014 at 6:53 am #327387
I liked the show, but really only watched it in syndication, so not all the way through. The bigger question for me is, why don’t they like The Middle? It’s the same type of show, and just as good IMO, and even has Patricia Heaton in it! But not one nomination in 5 seasons. It’s so strange.August 14, 2014 at 7:10 am #327388
I think they would have embraced The Middle if it hadn’t come at the exact same time as Modern Family. Of the two, of course the latter screams Emmy more, especially in 2010. But that doesn’t explain Patricia Heaton’s snub, as she was submitted in lead… It’s such a huge, ripe time for women in comedy shows at the moment, there simply is not enough room to accommodate everyone, and Julie Bowen was the go-to mom performance for voters, clearly. If Family had never been born, I wonder would The Middle have picked up some noms over the years. Eden Sher and Charlie McDermott perhaps, although perhaps not since child actors or child characters are never nominated by the Emmys.August 14, 2014 at 7:25 am #327389
^Eden Sher absolutely deserves recognition. Luckily the Critics Choice was there to pick up the slack.August 14, 2014 at 7:27 am #327390
I don’t think the Emmys would have recognized her, unfortunately. In fact, even in Family wasn’t around, I think The Middle was too mellow to nominate or acknowledge. They weren’t doing anything revolutionary that Malcolm, Roseanne or Raymond hadn’t done before.August 14, 2014 at 7:55 am #327391
I love Raymond as a kid I watched the syndicated reruns on TBS and laughed so much, I thought Ray and Brad Garrett were the funniest as two leads on a show could be at that time the writing was very sharp as I believe similar to “Modern Family” the story lines were based off of the lives of the writers the show always brightened my days as a kid and now I occasionally enjoy the reruns on TVland and even like to watch it on Youtube I think Garrett and Roberts were justified in their wins though I was a bit annoyed when she won for the 4th time but I understand it was the farewell sentiment factor. Considering Ray’s work on “Men of a certain age” and now “Parenthood” it shows what a great evolution he has made as an actor going from silly and goofy to sad dramatic actor.August 14, 2014 at 8:04 am #327392
I never thought Garrett was wholly deserving of any of his Emmys I have to say. I would’ve liked to have seen Peter Boyle win a trophy once or twice instead. Roberts was great, but again, she got a bit too much love. The MVP of that show was definitely Patricia Heaton, who although grating at times, was so deserving of her two consecutive gongs. I think ‘The Canister’ has to be one of the best Emmy submissions I’ve ever seen, even better than ‘Bad Moon Rising’August 14, 2014 at 8:13 am #327393
^I don’t know, I always thought that Garrett played the best character on the show, with Roberts in second. Heaton did the best job though, because she didn’t have the most interesting character but really made the most of it and brought something extra to it.August 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm #327394
I find it weird that the only award that really really celebrated the show was the Emmys
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.