The King of Queens
The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007, for a total of nine seasons and 207 episodes. The series was created by Michael J. Weithorn and David Litt, who also served as the show's executive producer. The series stars Kevin James and Leah Remini as Doug and Carrie Heffernan, respectively, a working-class couple living in Rego Park, Queens, New York City. All of the episodes were filmed in front of a live studio audience.
The King of Queens was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions (1998–2007), CBS Paramount Network Television (2007), in association with Columbia TriStar Television (1998–2002), and Sony Pictures Television (2002–07). It was filmed at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
The ninth and final season began airing on December 6, 2006, and concluded on May 14, 2007, with a double-length finale episode, making The King of Queens the last American live action sitcom that premiered in the 1990s to end its run. In May 2017, Kevin James and Leah Remini reunited in the 2016 television sitcom Kevin Can Wait. The show ended on May 7, 2018.
The show exhibits undertones of the original 1950s TV production The Honeymooners, starring Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows. Doug (Kevin James) and Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini) are a working-class couple living at "3121 Aberdeen Street" in Rego Park, Queens, New York, along with Carrie's father, Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller). Doug works for the fictional International Parcel Service (IPS) as a delivery driver, while Carrie works as a secretary in Manhattan, first for a law firm and later for a real estate firm. Their lives are complicated by the demands of Arthur; so much so that they eventually hire Holly, a professional dog walker, to spend time with him as she walks dogs in the park. Doug Heffernan represents the "everyman" with his love of sports, TV, junk food, and, of course, his wife. His constant scheming and plotting through various hilarious situations leave him to constantly explain himself as his follies backfire.
Also featured on the show are Doug's friends Deacon Palmer (Victor Williams), Spence Olchin (Patton Oswalt), and Richie Iannucci (Larry Romano), as well as Doug's cousin Danny Heffernan (played by James' real-life brother Gary Valentine). Deacon's wife Kelly (Merrin Dungey) is Carrie's best friend, having met through the relationship her husband has with Deacon Palmer.
Most scenes take place in the Heffernans' home, but other common locations include Doug and Carrie's workplaces, the restaurant "Cooper's Ale House," and the residences of friends and family. While locations seen during the opening montage were filmed in areas around New York, the series was filmed in California.
The series begins after Doug and Carrie have been married for 3 years (1995), and how they met is somewhat unclear due to continuity issues. In one flashback episode, "Meet By-Product," Doug meets Carrie while he is a bouncer at a nightclub that Carrie attends. However, in another episode, "Road Rayge," Carrie reflects on a song that she says Doug asked her to dance to when they were in junior high school.
Why It Rocks
- Amazing humor, especially from Arthur Spooner.
- Funny and likable characters such as Carrie, Doug, Arthur, Deacon, Spencer, and Daniel.
- Decent lightning and set design especially for 1998 standards.
- Catchy intro music by Billy Vera and the Beaters.
- It's one of long-running shows from 90s to the 2000s, like Blue's Clues, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Ed, Edd, n Eddy.
- So many great, hilarious, and memorable episodes such as:
- Fat City
- Cello, Goodbye
- Paternal Affairs
- The Rocks
- Head First
- Noel Cowards
- Fixer Upper
- Crappy Birthday
- S'Ain't Valentine's
- Art House
- Maybe Baby
- Female Problems
- Tube Stakes
- Doug Out
- Sparing Carrie
- Net Prophets (depending on your view)
- Block Buster
- Wild Cards
- Big Dougie
- Whine Country
- Fatty McButterpants
- Class Struggle
- Strike One, Too, and Out
- Work Related
- Better Camera
- Hi-Def Jam
- Deacon Blues
- Horizontal Hold
- Papa Pill
- Swim Neighbors
- Pregnant Pause (Part's 1 and 2)
- Friender Bender
- No Retreat
- Lyin' Hearted
- Life Sentence
- Oxy Moron
- Depo Man
- Food Fight
- Double Downer
- Dougie Nights
- Missing Links
- Screwed Driver
- Lush Life
- Bun Dummy
- Patrons Ain't
- Kirbed Enthusiasm
- and the list goes on and on.
- Great acting especially from Kevin James, Leah Remini, and Jerry Stiller.
- Each of the main 3 has their own personalities:
- Doug, he has the type of person who never hesitates to protest his grievances intensely.
- Carrie, a sardonic and sarcastic wife.
- Arthur, the humorous and the funniest character in the show.
- Good writing and plots.
- It does a very good job telling the view about what Queens looks like.
- China Syndrome was a decent way to wrap up the series.
- Carrie can also be unlikeable at times, due to her quick temper and occasionally takes it out on others.
- Some bad episodes such as, Inner Tube and Ticker Treat.