Patricia Heaton Says Her Sons Don’t Watch ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ – and This Occasion Is When They Might

It must be tough to be an unappreciated celebrity. In Everybody Loves Raymond alum Patricia Heaton’s case, the actor says it’s her own sons who are not that impressed with their mom’s renown.

In fact, they’ve never seen her Emmy Award-winning performances in Raymond. Heaton said recently that she’s quite sure it’ll take this occasion for her four boys to finally sit down and watch the show that buttered their bread for so many years.

Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton in a scene from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton in a scene from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ | Robert Voets/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Heaton won two Emmy Awards for ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

The actor told the Television Academy Foundation that she had a feeling she might win her first Emmy because of what she referred to as “the PMS episode.” Heaton was awarded an Emmy in 2000 for her performance in the episode titled “Bad Moon Rising.”

Her second Emmy in 2001, however, was “a complete and utter shock and I was not at all prepared,” Heaton said. “It was right after 9/11 and you know, our whole cast was together in New York City on 9/11. So it was very emotional. They had to postpone the Emmy [ceremony] because of that. I think they ended up doing them in November or something; it was a very emotional time. [Getting the award] was really shocking but wonderful, of course.”

Working on ‘Raymond’ was ‘lightning in a bottle’

Heaton expressed her amazement at scraping by for so many years as an actor until she landed on Raymond.

“When I think of how I used to live in New York and could never get a job,” Heaton recalled. “I lived in like eight different crappy apartments, and then finding yourself sitting at these awards shows, and having people you’ve always admired come up to you and say, ‘Oh, I love your work on the show.’

“It’s just a dream come true. It’s like lightning in a bottle to get on a show like that and have that experience. It was pretty wonderful.”

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When Heaton thinks her sons will finally watch ‘Raymond’

Heaton told Us this week that her four boys –  Samuel, 27, John, 25, Joseph, 23, and Daniel, 22 – don’t really care for Everybody Loves Raymond and have never watched it. Instead, she reported, “We watched the Sopranos, the whole series, and all of Veep. So Julia Louis-Dreyfus got all of my sons’ attention.”

Her plan at this point, she said tongue in cheek, is to ensure her offspring watch all nine seasons of the hit comedy starring Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, and Brad Garrett at her memorial services, whenever that time comes.

“I’m going to make them sit at my funeral for nine years of Raymond,” she joked.

At the time that Raymond aired, her sons were too young to appreciate it and as time went on, they never really got into it.

She added: “It’s going to be the longest funeral in recorded history, and they are going to watch it, damn it!”