18. Everybody Loves Raymond
Air Dates: September 13, 1996-May 16, 2005
Stars: Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle
Even in syndication, Everybody Loves Raymond remains one of the most popular shows on television. Drawing on his own experiences, comedian Ray Romano played a sportswriter living with his wife and kids in New York. His meddling parents lived right across the street, and his giant curmudgeon of an older brother was forever jealous that his parents paid more attention to Ray than him. That sibling rivalry thing really lasts deep into adulthood, doesn't it?
Ray always found himself in the middle of taxing situations, but never had the resolve to do anything because he's too afraid of his overbearing mother. Truth be told, Ray Romano did the whole "laugh at my pain" thing before Kevin Hartâ€”it just had the feel of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Maybe so many people loved Raymond because he was that henpecked white guy that everyone knows and tries to avoid.