The first season of Everybody Loves Raymond was lousy, but when the episodes became more focused on the adults and not the kids (horrible actors, BTW), the show got really good. It also helped that Patricia Heaton became a big-time MILF around the 6th season---goddamn, she was sexy. The final season is one of the best seasons of any sitcom, period.
You have to be crazy, the pilot, the episode of with the Fruit of the Month Club is fucking classic. If I get sent a fruit basket I still laugh out loud