Everybody Loves Raymond was a live audience sitcom than aired on CBS from 1996 until 2005. The show revolves around the Italian American "Raymond Barone", a sportswriter for "Newsday", and his wife "Debra" as well as his two kids. "Raymond" is a relatively easy going kind of guy, often not taking life to seriously, which causes a lot of problems with "Debra". But, like many shows, there are a lot of behind the scenes facts who probably didn't know...
During the auditons for the role of "Marie", Doris Roberts was in the middle of directing a play. Luckily, she was able to make the auditions and eventually beat out 100 other woman for the part of "Marie".
Peter Boyle actually showed up to his audition furious! Getting in the studio lot, not finding a parking space and walking into the wrong building were just a few things that lead to the actor's frustration. He sold himself stupendously, even though the CBS president was going to give him the part anyway.
Did you guys know that "Ray" is actually older than his older brother on the show "Robert"? That's right! Brad Garrett was only 36 when the show first aired while Ray Romano was just shy of his 39th birthday.
Monica Horan, "Robert's" on and off girlfriend, was actually married to the show's creator, Phil Rosenthal. She eventually got used to their arguments ending up in Rosenthal's scripts. An example of that would be the episode where "Debra" has PMS, which involved the same argument Rosenthal had with Monica a few days back.
The names of the twin boys were changed after the first episode of the show! It's true: The two were supposed to be named Matthew and Geoffrey, but their names were quickly changed to Michael and Gregory for the rest of the series. This was due to the fact that Romano's twin sons were named Matthew and Geoffrey and he wanted to keep his real life away from the show.
Romano did stand-up for 12 years before getting his show. He got his official breakthrough when he performed on The Late Show With David Letterman, which led to him being offered a series based around him on CBS.
"Ray Barone" has a brother, "Robert", who works as a police officer for the NYPD. In real life, Romano's brother actually also works for the NYPD.
Amusingly enough, almost every single season of Everybody Loves Raymond contains at least one flashback episode!
Did you know that Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens actually share the same universe? That right! In fact, both shows were produced in 1998.
Wow! "Robert" and "Amy" broke up for a grand total of four times throughout the course of the show! Now that's what we call tough love!
In the episode "Halloween Candy", "Frank" gives the same speech about morality he gave to Robert Di Niro's character in Taxi Driver (1976).
The Show Everybody Loves Raymond made Ray Romano one of the highest paid actors on Television. He was making somewhere around $1.7 to $1.8 million dollars per episode. Wow!
We don't see this on shows nowadays! One of the main reasons Everybody Loves Raymond ended was that the producers pretty much ran out of ideas at some point during the show.
The role of "Frank" was considered to be giving to Darren McGavin. In the end, Peter Boyle got the role, which honestly is a better fit.
The series finale was actually pushed back for about a week due to the fact that Patricia Heaton fell ill during the intended shooting time. The entire audience was sent home and told to come back a week later.