Extended Family Comedy
Everybody Loves Raymond is about Ray Romano, his family, and his extended family who live across the road from them. In most cultures this would be very normal but this is set in the suburbs of New York where living with or near your parents is stigmatized.
This show paints a picture of what family life is like. It's not perfect but the benefits outweigh the annoyances and thats the theme of the show. It shows three different generations living together, in relative peace and harmony, and how that sometimes causes comedy.
It would be great if more families were as happy as the Romano’s. It would be even better if there was a way to maintain the extended family system that has disappeared quite a bit. Individuality and freedom can still flourish with a family support network around you.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey