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Everybody Loves Raymond just made us feel very, very old

We knew Everybody Loves Raymond came out a long time ago, but this fact about the comedy series just absolutely shattered our world and made us feel ancient.

Ray Romano as Ray Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond

Yes, we know Everybody Loves Raymond first aired in 1996, but we were really not ready to come to terms with what that actually means in terms of how much time has passed since then.

Everybody Loves Raymond is an absolutely classic TV show, well-placed among the best comedy series of all time, and for very good reason. Creator and star, Ray Romano, brought such an incredible energy and silly style of humor to the show, and he was helped by a fantastic ensemble cast around him to keep the gags going.

We have very fond memories of watching Everybody Loves Raymond of a morning, and still make time to catch reruns every now and again. It’s one of the best TV series of all time, so why not? But now, thanks to this thread on Reddit, we need some time to sit down and have a Ray Barone style freakout.

Turns out, Ray Romano is now roughly five years older than Peter Boyle was when the show began. For context, Boyle played Frank Barone, Ray’s father, in the sitcom. Boyle was a little over 60 years old when Everybody Loves Raymond first aired.

Romano, born in 1957, is now 65 years old. He will be 66 by the end of 2023. As the Reddit user so eloquently puts it, “Jeez Alou and Holy Crap. Time sure does fly.”

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As one of the best ’90s TV shows, it’s hard to look past that nostalgia and realize that people do actually get older as time goes on. Who would have thought it? To be fair to Romano, he looks pretty great for his age. He’s still busy, too, having made some of the best movies of recent years: The Big Sick is one of the best rom-coms around, he made a brilliant Netflix movie called Paddleton, and even popped up in Martin Scorseses’s The Irishman.

If you want to look forward instead of backwards, check out all we know about the Frasier reboot release date for more of that nostalgic feeling. Or, for more from Ray, here’s how Peter Boyle got his role by being so angry, and the funny reason Everybody Loves Raymond had to end. Alternatively, here’s what we know about Deadpool 3, which should be just as much fun as an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.