"Everybody Loves Raymond." Well, almost everybody. The viewers did. The series ran from 1996 to 2005, and during its last season it was the only sitcom in the top 10 [source: FOX News]. The finale captured about one-third of the total viewing audience [source: Heritage]. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences also appreciated the series: It won 13 Emmys. However, around the homestead, love wasn't always in the air. Raymond's sitcom family was often angry, put out or exasperated with him.
CBS loved the star of the show, Ray Romano, and made him the highest-paid TV actor at the time, at $1.8 million per episode [source: Silverman]. That's a significant bump from his previous weekly salary of $800,000. All told, Romano earned about $50 million for the season. He monitored the affection, however, observing, "The trick is to get out when you're still wanted. Not too soon but not too late."