The gloriously dysfunctional Barone family have been off our screens for more than ten years now, but we all still miss them. However, one good thing has come out of Everybody Loves Raymond fading away: that is, a steady stream of revealing interviews and tell-all books from cast members that let us know what things were really like behind the scenes of the hit show. Some of them are rather surprising – so read on to find out who hated the show’s title, what created the on-set laughs and if the actors will ever get together for that long-awaited reunion….
20. The show came about because of Ray Romano’s stand-up
Ray Romano got the sort of break most comics could only ever dream of. And that came after 12 years of doing stand-up, when he did a set about his family on The Late Show with David Letterman. The producers of Letterman ended up loving that so much that they called Romano and suggested they try to turn his jokes into a full-blown sitcom.
19. At first, Brad Garrett wasn’t a fan of Ray Romano
When Brad Garrett released a tell-all book in 2015, fans soon realized that it contained many juicy tidbits about the Raymond cast. These included the fact that Garrett, who played Raymond’s sibling Robert in the show, hadn’t always trusted Ray Romano or his acting abilities. “I met Raymond and promptly felt that we were doomed,” he wrote. He came around eventually, though.