Extended Family Comedy

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city”
— George Burns

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.