Premise: Ray Barone is a successful sports writer and family man who deals with a brother and parents -- who happen to live across the street. Mom Marie loves to meddle in his life, while older brother Robert sometimes resents his success, and Dad Frank just makes comments and raids the fridge. Nevertheless, Ray manages to keep a bright outlook and a sense of humor, leaving the hard issues to his more-practical wife, Debra.
S01, E18 (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1997)
When Debra persuades Ray to be an optimist, he can't handle being the only upbeat person in the family.
S04, E02 (First Aired: Sep. 27, 1999)
The family is forced to take sides when Ray and Debra have a fight over a new can opener and each relates the story of what happened with radically different viewpoints.