The last multi-camera sitcom to win Best Comedy Series at the Emmys was CBS’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” way back in 2005. In the decade since, only three other laugh-track comedies received top series nominations — “Two and a Half Men” (2006-08), “How I Met Your Mother” (2009) and “The Big Bang Theory” (2011-14) — but none prevailed. All of that begs the question: Is “Everybody Loves Raymond” TV’s last great multi-cam show?
“Everybody Loves Raymond” is actually a two-time Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series, having prevailed for season seven in 2003 and for its final hurrah in 2005. That last victory was a big shocker as it took down freshman ratings juggernaut “Desperate Housewives” as well as the previous year’s champion “Arrested Development.”
Over the course of nine seasons, Emmy voters really did love “Raymond” as it nabbed an impressive 15 wins, including top acting trophies for Ray Romano as Best Actor (2002), Patricia Heaton as Best Actress (2000-01), Brad Garrett as Best Supporting Actor (2002-03, 2005) and Doris Roberts as Best Supporting Actress (2001-03, 2005).
Are any laugh-track sitcoms on TV today just as good as “Raymond” was? Our readers, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have begun debating this hot topic in our all-new, much faster and easier-to-navigate TV forum. Read some of their comments below and then join the discussion in our forums here.
ETPhoneHome: I don’t think we’ll ever return to a time when the best shows on TV are multi-cam sitcoms, but I expect there will be one that comes around and recaptures the quality of those ’80s and ’90s ones, and I fully expect it to sweep the Emmys when it arrives, because history has proven that the Emmys love them if they’re good.
DamianWayne: Multi-cam sitcoms need to be retired. They don’t work anymore.
OperaJunky: “Raymond” was a great show, and I agree that it really was the last GREAT multi-cam sitcom. I still think “Mom” has time to grow, though I have a hard time believing any show by Chuck Lorre can be truly great. I love multi-cam shows when they are truly funny … when they actually try to do what they are meant to do.
BenitoDelicias: I can’t come up with any other shows in the last 10 years since “Raymond” went off the air, so if the choices are “Big Bang,” “Mom” and the super awful “How I Met Your Mother,” then yeah, it was the last great multi-cam.
KyleBailey: I also think “Hot in Cleveland” was under-minded throughout its run. They had four actresses from some of the most iconic TV shows of all time plus a parade of guest stars of the same stature like Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett and Susan Lucci, and it really was a hilarious show.
ThePerksOfBeingAGriff: “How I Met Your Mother” did stuff with story and characters that “Raymond” couldn’t even do. I mean the only thing that made it clear that the characters were even aging. You just had to watch the kids to tell that time was even moving. The characters in “Raymond” had no character development, they never grew as people.
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