Without the laugh track, Everybody Loves Raymond is a depressing TV show of family emotional abuse

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12 Oct 2017 22:08 - +12625
It's the same with the laugh track.
12 Oct 2017 22:48 - +5270
This show is on in the morning before work and I tune in every now and then. I HATE Raymond's mother, she is an awful person and I've never hated a TV character more in my life.
12 Oct 2017 22:25 - +2096
I also saw Knocked Up: >Marriage is like that show ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ but it’s not funny. All the problems are the same, but it’s, you know, instead of all the funny, pithy dialogue, everybody’s just really pissed off and tense... Marriage is like an unfunny, tense version of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ but it doesn’t last 22 minutes. It lasts forever.
12 Oct 2017 23:14 - +1154
It's Always Sunny S12E3 "Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy"
12 Oct 2017 22:08 - +917
[Here's the proof.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_sxuyB_uVI)
12 Oct 2017 22:29 - +449
Yeah, my wife really digs the show but I know if I lived within the relationship portrayed I would want to immediately dissolve it. Raymond is portrayed as a weak, mindless drone with a terrible relationship with his parents (no fucking boundaries), pretty much begging for any independence or sex. Deborah is written as a whining, complaining, controlling shrew who is a step away from being frigid, except on rare occasions. The writing is funny but damn their relationship stripped down is pathetic.
12 Oct 2017 23:37 - +174
Make of this what you will, but 'Everybody Loves Raymond' is fucking HUGE in Russia...http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/everybody-loves-raymond-russian-adaptation-925862
13 Oct 2017 00:17 - +167
I've always watched that show and thought "This is a terrible marriage."
12 Oct 2017 22:59 - +154
Most sitcoms are like this...
13 Oct 2017 00:09 - +144
60 years ago they realized TV shows seemed funnier with other people laughing. 20 years ago, they forgot that the shows were still supposed to be funny in the first place.
13 Oct 2017 01:34 - +66
Same with every sitcom. Remove the laugh track and it isn't funny. Except for the Big Bang Theory. That one isn't even funny with a laugh track.
13 Oct 2017 00:17 - +47
So is every "family" sitcom. It starts with the Honeymooners, then Married With Children. Do people only watch those shows so they feel better about their pathetic family failures too?
12 Oct 2017 23:56 - +47
This is my dad's favorite show. I've seen every episode (it was on every night of my childhood) so I can understand it's appeal, but I can't adore it like him. Countless hq tv shows later and it's still his #1. I'll probably be listening to his random Ray references for the majority of my life.
13 Oct 2017 00:43 - +29
I'd still be laughing at Frank, for sure...
13 Oct 2017 02:01 - +29
Home improvement was a favourite of mine. All of the episodes are on youtube. There was no yelling, Tim was an idiot but had hobbies, friends and spent time with his kids. (Does Ray have a single friend?) Jill went back to school and became very successful. The boys had their ups and downs like kids would.
13 Oct 2017 02:01 - +24
I always hated this show due to how much it mirrored my own experiences. Its not fucking funny when its happening to you.
13 Oct 2017 02:26 - +22
I'd like to point out that Debra, on more than one occasion, was physically abusive. And we're expected to find that hilarious. It's not.
13 Oct 2017 01:59 - +14
Ray's mom in that show is terrible. Classic narcissist. There was one episode where she switched the labels on Deborah's seasonings to sabotage her cooking. That's not funny. That's toxic behavior. It's emotional abuse. Poor Rob was the scapegoat. Nothing he did was ever good enough for his mother. I would never marry someone like Ray. And even if my husband was the best, we would not live next door to his parents.

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