I didn't hate Raymond...but I didn't watch it either. I guess the one positive to me was that it didn't resort as much as other sitcoms did to the cheap, crass humor.
Sitcoms today have gone from humor about life to an hour of sarcasm, mocking others, or cheap jokes about sex and the bathroom. I found Seinfeld funny on occasion at least in part because they deviated from the norm that sitcoms have become. They certainly weren't funny all the time (and I couldn't stand Elaine's character) but they sure beat out shows I can't stand, like Will & Grace.
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