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The Best Episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond

Every episode of Everybody Loves Raymond ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond!

Ray Barone is a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife Debra, daughter Ally, and twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and embrace the motto "Su casa es mi casa," infiltrating their son's home to an extent unparalleled in television history.


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The best episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" is "She's the One", rated 9/10 from 844 user votes. It was directed by John Fortenberry and written by Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano. "She's the One" aired on 11/18/2002 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Canister".

  • She's the One
    9.0/10 844 votes

    #1 - She's the One

    Season 7 Episode 9 - Aired 2002-11-18

    Robert think he has finally found "the one" or a girlfriend. The girl is Angela, an international-trade lawyer who seems too good to be true. She's bright, speaks four languages and clearly loves Robert. The girl goes on to endear herself to Debra by complimenting her lemon chicken. While Ray, is also initially smitten with Angela, he see's something disgusting: Angela eats a dead fly out of a napkin. After he tells Robert and Debra, the won't believe him.

    Director: John Fortenberry

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano

  • The Canister
    8.9/10 656 votes

    #2 - The Canister

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2001-04-09

    Tempers flare when Marie accuses Debra of not returning a borrowed canister that holds sentimental value and Debra insists that she has already given it back. Debra is then horrified when she discovers that she does indeed still have the canister in her possession. With Ray and Robert's reluctant assistance, she concocts an elaborate scheme to get rid of the evidence, rather than confess to Marie that she was wrong and her mother-in-law was right all along.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Jennifer Crittenden, Mike Royce

  • Lucky Suit
    8.8/10 609 votes

    #3 - Lucky Suit

    Season 6 Episode 16 - Aired 2002-02-04

    Robert is ecstatic when he is recommended for an FBI job. That is, until it becomes apparent that Marie's intrusive ways may be his undoing. This time, she may have gone too far and Robert may not be able to forgive and forget.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Tucker Cawley

  • Baggage
    8.7/10 563 votes

    #4 - Baggage

    Season 7 Episode 22 - Aired 2003-05-05

    Ray and Debra wind up in a two-week standoff over a suitcase. When Robert asks Ray if he can borrow a suitcase sitting on the stairway landing for his honeymoon, Ray explains he and Debra have been locked in an ""unspoken"" battle of wills since a weekend trip over who is responsible for putting the suitcase away. Although Robert thinks Ray and Debra are insane, Frank and Marie can easily relate and offer their own words of wisdom – with Frank counseling Ray and Marie advising Debra on how to resolve their marital differences.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Tucker Cawley

  • The Angry Family
    8.6/10 593 votes

    #5 - The Angry Family

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2001-09-24

    The Barones clash even more than usual in the sixth-season opener when they get a child's-eye view of all the bickering that goes on in the family. The fireworks begin when the whole gang attends an open house at first-grader Michael's school, during which the kids all read stories that they've written themselves. Most of the students tell tall tales that are obviously fictional. But then Michael gets up and reads the title to his story, ""The Angry Family."" The shocked Barones fear the worst---and for good reason---as Michael begins the saga of a clan that is constantly arguing.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal

  • Robert's Wedding (1)
    8.6/10 581 votes

    #6 - Robert's Wedding (1)

    Season 7 Episode 24 - Aired 2003-05-19

    Robert and Amy exchange vows in a classic Barone family wedding ceremony.

    Director: Jerry Zaks

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal

  • Pat's Secret
    8.6/10 590 votes

    #7 - Pat's Secret

    Season 9 Episode 15 - Aired 2005-05-09

    Robert discovers Pat smoking and she pleads for him not to tell. Later, when Amy smells smoke on Robert, she thinks Robert smokes. Frank, Marie, Peter, Hank and Amy all think Robert smokes. Robert gets yelled at, and Pat doesn't tell the truth or back him up. The next day, Robert tells Raymond and Debra about Pat, and the family comes over. There is a bitter argument and then Ray and/or Debra yells out that Pat smokes. She confesses and tells the truth. There is another argument and Peter confesses something, then Hank, then Ray, then Debra. It ends with Frank and Marie telling them that they are weird and that they shouldn't do the stuff they are doing.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Tucker Cawley

  • Debra Makes Something Good
    8.5/10 595 votes

    #8 - Debra Makes Something Good

    Season 4 Episode 18 - Aired 2000-02-28

    Debra throws the Barone family into turmoil when she finally creates a dish that everyone likes. Ray can't believe it when he samples Debra's braciole. Even though her past attempts at cooking seemed to have ruined his taste buds, it's simply delicious. But, when Marie gets wind of Debra's cooking prowess, and sees the effect that the braciole has on Ray, Robert and Frank, it's war!

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Kathy Ann Stumpe

  • Marie's Sculpture
    8.5/10 619 votes

    #9 - Marie's Sculpture

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2001-10-22

    Ray and Debra are horrified when Marie presents them with an abstract sculpture she made in art class which bears a striking resemblance to a part of the female anatomy. Frank, on the other hand, is totally mesmerized by Marie's creation, though neither he nor Marie have picked up on it's erotic resemblance.

    Director: Kenneth Shapiro

    Writer: Jennifer Crittenden

  • Raybert
    8.5/10 581 votes

    #10 - Raybert

    Season 6 Episode 10 - Aired 2001-11-26

    Robert meets a beautiful woman who is a big fan of Ray Barone's sports column. But when the woman mistakes Robert for Raymond, Robert doesn't set her straight. Now, Robert has to involve Ray in a complicated plot to keep the woman from learning Robert's true identity. Ray warns him that this could blow up in his face, but Robert keeps it up so he can get her to like him instead of Ray. As Ray expected, things go wrong when she shows up at Ray's house and she tells Debra, who she thought was dead, that she and Ray are dating.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Steve Skrovan

  • The Bird
    8.5/10 540 votes

    #11 - The Bird

    Season 8 Episode 9 - Aired 2003-11-24

    Robert and Amy convince their families to spend Thanksgiving together. When the Barones arrive at the Pennsylvania home of Amy's parents, they find that their differing family traditions encourage lots of lively conversation. If only the MacDougals owned a television set! Things start to come together when the families separate into Pilgrims and Indians for the annual MacDougal Thanksgiving Family Pageant. All is well until a bird flies into the house and Pat McDougal decides to ""put it out of it's misery.""

    Director: Kenneth Shapiro

    Writer: Tucker Cawley, Mike Royce

  • The Wallpaper
    8.4/10 593 votes

    #12 - The Wallpaper

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2000-10-09

    Ray finally tells Frank and Marie how he feels about their constant intrusiveness after Marie accidentally drives the car through the front of his house.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Lew Schneider

  • Boys' Therapy
    8.4/10 495 votes

    #13 - Boys' Therapy

    Season 9 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-11-15

    The women pressure Ray and Frank to accompany Robert to one of his therapy sessions. Instead, they go out to the track, and then put on an act in front of the wives. However, even though they skip the therapy sessions, the three unwittingly get closer.

    Director: Kenneth Shapiro

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal

  • Finale
    8.4/10 730 votes

    #14 - Finale

    Season 9 Episode 16 - Aired 2005-05-16

    Ray fears getting his adenoids removed, but Debra convinces him to go through with the surgery. At the hospital, while Marie is in the bathroom, the nurse says that Ray isn't waking up from the anesthesia and everyone fears he may die. Fortunately, thirty seconds later, the doctor comes out and says he's just fine. Everyone agrees not to tell Ray or Marie about it; however, Frank ends up telling Marie who rushes over to smother Ray with kisses. Ray finds out about it and begins acting weird as if he thinks he really is going to die. After a couple minutes, he gets out of it. The show closes with the entire family sitting around the table eating and arguing, just like the Barones always have in the past nine years.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Tom Caltabiano, Steve Skrovan, Jerramy Stevens, Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley, Philip Rosenthal, Leslie Caveny, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, Ray Romano

  • The Invasion
    8.3/10 525 votes

    #15 - The Invasion

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 1998-09-21

    When Ray’s house is tented for termites, he moves his entire family into his parent’s house and gives Frank and Marie a taste of their own medicine. Marie’s initial excitement that “Raymond has come home!” quickly fades when the world’s greatest home intruders start to feel intruded upon. Sensing her in-laws’ growing frustration with the disturbance of their daily routine, Debra decides to have a little fun at their expense and “help them” like they always claim to be “helping her” — until she and Ray realize that once again, they just can’t win the game.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: N/A

  • Robert Moves Back
    8.3/10 529 votes

    #16 - Robert Moves Back

    Season 3 Episode 25 - Aired 1999-05-17

    When Robert and Amy get caught alone by some of Robert’s fellow apartment tenants, they are desperate to find someplace, any place, where they can have some time to themselves. Ray comes to the rescue, at Debra’s urging, by allowing Robert to move into their basement for a while. But, when caught again, by someone even more intimidating – – the couple is mortified.

    Director: Brian K. Roberts

    Writer: Lew Schneider, Aaron Shure

  • How They Met
    8.3/10 547 votes

    #17 - How They Met

    Season 3 Episode 26 - Aired 1999-05-24

    Memories of how they first met flood back when Ray and Debra prepare Ally for her first play date with a little boy. The first time Ray and Debra laid eyes on each other; their first kiss; the first time Marie met her future daughter-in-law (and what she thought of her!); and the first time Ray sampled Debra’s cooking are all revealed. It’s a flashback episode as Ray and Debra reminisce about their fateful first meeting 15 years before.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano

  • Bad Moon Rising
    8.3/10 586 votes

    #18 - Bad Moon Rising

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 2000-05-08

    Ray's attempts to alleviate Debra's PMS moodiness only make her more irritable. When Ray witnesses Debra's hypersensitive mood and generally annoyed reaction to everything he says and does, he checks the calendar and realizes it's going to be a long couple of days ahead. In his desire to get a ""quick fix"" for Debra's womanly problems – thus making his life a heck of a lot easier – he turns a bad situation worse by suggesting that a simple pill will help with his wife's insufferable mood swings.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano

  • Italy (1)
    8.3/10 726 votes

    #19 - Italy (1)

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2000-10-02

    When Marie surprises the family with the news that she's treating them all to a two-week vacation in Rome, everybody loves the idea – except Raymond. It's virtually impossible not to enjoy oneself in a country as beautiful as Italy; but, if anyone can manage it, Raymond can. Not willing to let his sour mood spoil it for the rest of the family, Debra, Frank, Marie, Robert and the kids go on their merry way and soak up the atmosphere, sights, smells and tastes of the city of love and try their best to ignore Ray. Meanwhile, Robert meets the girl of his dreams – she's stunningly beautiful, unbelievably sexy and works in a gelato shop.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Philip Rosenthal

  • The Skit
    8.3/10 486 votes

    #20 - The Skit

    Season 6 Episode 17 - Aired 2002-02-25

    Thinking it would be hilarious to show the partygoers a typical day in the life of Frank and Marie, Ray and Debra do a dead-on impersonation of the two that brings down the house at the party. But, when Frank and Marie turn the tables and do a ""Ray and Debra"" imitation, Ray and Debra don't find it funny at all.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Lew Schneider

  • The Plan
    8.3/10 485 votes

    #21 - The Plan

    Season 7 Episode 18 - Aired 2003-03-10

    Yet another bump appears on the rocky road to Robert and Amy's wedding, which was nearly blocked by her disapproving parents. When the bride-to-be (Monica Horan) puts her betrothed (Brad Garrett) in charge of writing the wedding invitation, he seeks input from Ray and Frank. While they can't believe Robert let himself get roped into such a chore, they nevertheless come up with a plan: If Robert makes a mess of the job, it will convince Amy that she should take care of all the wedding plans herself. So the groom drafts an appalling mock invite---complete with the wrong date and names---and waits for Amy's reply...which is worse than he ever expected.

    Director: Jerry Zaks

    Writer: Tucker Cawley

  • Lateness
    8.3/10 483 votes

    #22 - Lateness

    Season 8 Episode 14 - Aired 2004-02-09

    Fed up with his wife's constant lateness, Ray leaves Debra at home rather than take her to the ESPY Awards. While Debra seethes over Ray's actions, Marie and Amy get into a heated debate with Frank and Robert when they air their own grievances about their wives' blatant disregard for the time.

    Director: Jerry Zaks

    Writer: Steve Skrovan

  • The Home
    8.3/10 506 votes

    #23 - The Home

    Season 9 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-09-20

    Frank and Marie return from a trip down to a retirement home in New Jersey when they tell the family that they plan on moving there. Everyone, besides Frank and Marie, is overjoyed fro hearing the news. Marie and Frank sell their own house to Robert and Amy for $26,000. On they day of their moving, however, Debra reveals some mixed feelings about their moving and doesn't feel right about it.

    Director: Kenneth Shapiro

    Writer: Tucker Cawley, Jeremy Stevens

  • Favors
    8.3/10 491 votes

    #24 - Favors

    Season 9 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-01-17

    Debra complains to Raymond about leaving things around the house. Later on, when Raymond receives a personal letter from his idol, Muhammad Ali, he remembers what Debra told him, so he puts it away in a drawer. Unfortunately, when Debra later looks for a coupon in the same drawer, she's so put off by how much 'junk' is in there, she indiscriminately dumps most of its contents into the trash - and then dumps the trash into a garbage truck just as it arrives. When Debra realizes her mistake, she goes to Marie, desperate for help. Marie takes the blame, but Debra soon finds out that Marie, as always, has ulterior motives.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Aaron Shure

  • The Letter
    8.2/10 555 votes

    #25 - The Letter

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1997-12-08

    When Marie crashes and ruins her Tupperware party, Debra decides that she's had just about enough of her mother-in-law's constant interference. She takes pen to paper and writes a letter to her mother-in-law, telling her to stop intruding into her life. Horrified by the problems that this letter might trigger, Ray does everything in his power to intercept the offending document – but he fails. Surprisingly, the family discovers that honesty really may be the best policy.

    Director: Gary Halvorson

    Writer: Kathy Ann Stumpe