|He's a big, dumb galoot, but we love him.|
I'm not an angry person. I don't shout at babies or kick puppies or threaten to speak to the manager.
But when I see the stupid fucking face of Ray from Everybody Loves Raymond, I just get…so…angry. Yesterday, I was scrolling through Hulu, looking for something to watch in my post-Community loneliness. And there it was. Everybody Loves Raymond. I'm not going to go into discussions of sexism or ageism or generally poopy writing. Sometimes you just hate a thing. You don't know why. Or maybe you do. Maybe you saw one episode, and Ray did something dumb, and instead of having some wine and taking a bath, Debra made him sleep on the couch and think about what he did like the most overdone wife caricature on the planet. And then the show won a bunch of Emmys or whatever, and it was like, "Whyyyyy?" even though awards shows are stupid.
To be clear, I almost don't have a problem with Ray Romano. I definitely hate watched that entire season of Parenthood where he hooked up with Lauren Graham, and I didn't have to mute it even once. And to show you just the kinds of grudges I usually hold against TV people, I'm still seriously mad at Peter Krause for almost every season of Six Feet Under and often remind his Parenthood character about all those times Nate Fisher did a super shitty thing to Brenda because WAAAAH! He's so misunderstood. Shut up, Nate Fisher. I'M GLAD YOU'RE DEAD.
Also, Ray Romano's name is a cheese, and as far as I'm concerned, that automatically gets you like 300 person points. (Alison Brie clearly gets 400 because brie is the best cheese.)
But back to the hate at hand.
It's not Ray Romano that bugs me. It's that show. Let's look at the evidence, shall we?
ITEM #1: This picture.
|What is this???|
This is THE defining photo of Everybody Loves Raymond. What are they doing in that picture? Are they performing in a first grade tap recital? It's the photo equivalent of your 7th grade geography teacher showing up wearing a novelty necktie. Like, "Look at us! Can you believe how silly we are? We're the crazy cast of a wacky show where a big galoot does a big dumb thing every week!"
And everyone is ignoring the fact that Peter Boyle is clearly calling for help. SOMEONE HELP PETER BOYLE. GOD.
And when someone holds his or her hands out like that, there had better be cheesecake in them. Cheesecake for me. And Doris Roberts. She can have some too because clearly she is over this photo shoot.
ITEM #2: Episode descriptions.
I went into the Everybody Loves Raymond IMDB page for these. Do you know what that means? It means it will come up at the bottom of the screen every time I use IMDB to remind me of that time I looked up Everybody Loves Raymond. I hope you're happy, Patricia Heaton.
Ray accidentally tapes football over his wedding.
DAMN YOU, BRILLIANT GALOOT! IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WON'T DO THAT INVOLVES OUT-OF-DATE TECHNOLOGY?
Ray and Debra try to be nice to each other.
SPOILER ALERT: THEY FAIL. RAY SLEEPS ON THE COUCH FOR THE 1,300TH TIME THIS SEASON.
A man accidentally sneezes on Ray and he think's he's caught the man's germs.
OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE. SOMEONE SOLD ADVERTISING TO BE SHOWN DURING THIS EPISODE.
Debra accidentally throws out Ray's letter from Muhammad Ali and Marie takes the blame for it. But in return for helping Debra, Marie has Debra take the blame for the disappearance of Franks clothes. Debra can't lie very well so she tells Frank the truth and tells him not to tell Marie. In return Franks wants her to take the blame for digging up Marie's roses. It becomes one big mess!
YOU CAN REALLY TELL THIS IS FROM THE FINAL SEASON. JESUS CHRIST.
And my personal favorite, maybe of all time:
Ray and Debra have a fight over a can opener.
QUICK. SOMEONE GET THIS FOR ME ON DVD. I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
ITEM #3: Can I PLEASE watch the Russian version of this show, Everybody Loves Kostya? He's not wearing pants in this photo. Not wearing pants!
|In Russia, Kostya is, how you say, big galoot?|
ITEM #4: This show killed Peter Boyle. This show is an actual murderer. Case closed.
YOU CAN SLEEP ON THE COUCH TONIGHT, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND.