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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 1998
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
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  • Starring: Jerry Stiller, Larry Romano, Kevin James
  • Summary: The King of Queens revolves around Doug Heffernan Kevin James, Everybody Loves Raymond), a Queens, N.Y., parcel delivery man with simple desires. Among his prized possessions is a 70-inch television that his lovely wife, Carrie (Leah Remini, Fired Up), provided for him. However, now that Carrie's widowed father, Arthur (Jerry Stiller, Seinfeld), lives with them, Doug's television room has become Arthur's bedroom. Doug and his sports-watching buddies, Spence (Patton Oswalt, Crank Yankers) and Deacon (Victor Williams, The Animatrix)--and the beloved television--have been relegated to the garage, and Doug now shares his castle with a very eccentric father-in-law and his very unusual habits.Theme Song
    "My eyes are gettin' weary,
    My back is gettin' tight,
    I'm sittin' here in traffic,
    On the Queensborough bridge tonight,
    But I don't care cuz all I wanna do,
    Is cash my check and drive right home to you,
    Cuz baby all my life I will be driving home to you."
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Jun 12, 2013
    91
    King has turned out to be a near-perfect synthesis of Seinfeld and [Everybody Loves] Raymond, recombining many of the best elements of each show into something wholly, delightfully new.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    What King adds is better writing (particularly in next week's funnier episode), a better cast and a more affectionate tone. The only real false notes are struck by Doug's friends, a standard-issue gang of fools and louts who could have dropped in from any sitcom. [21 Sept 1998, p.1D]
  3. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 20, 2013
    70
    Demonstrates how funny writing and good execution can supersede a hackneyed series concept. [21 Sept 1998, p.F1]
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    Mr. James, whose dirigible build strains at the seams of a dumb-looking deliveryman's outfit, looks as though he could grow into the lead role. But King will be hard-pressed to find an audience of like-minded men. They'll all be watching Monday Night Football. Ain't that a kick in the head. [21 Sept 1998, p.6C]
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wertheimer
    Jun 20, 2013
    40
    The performers are pleasant enough, and Ms. Remini almost gives Carrie some zing. But they can't overcome the stale setup.
  6. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 20, 2013
    40
    Stiller was a last-minute addition to the cast, and the series looks like it will be refocused as a result turning the spotlight his way, much like Jaleel White's Urkel pulled the rug out from the original concept of ABC's "Family Matters." CBS would gladly accept that eventuality if "The King of Queens" draws similarly large audiences, but any hopes of it turning into a modern-day "Honeymooners" are likely to vanish as a result. [21 Sept 1998, p.70]
  7. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Jun 20, 2013
    20
    Lame, trite. [21 Sept 1998, p.E-1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 13, 2012
    10
    Amazing show. Every episode is hilarious.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    9
    Always have loved this show! I wonder why the score is 51! Every episode has a good story line and is hilarious! The only bad thing is that the Aurther situation about him living there gets a little old. but that's my only complaint! Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2012
    7
    This is actually an underrated show. The three main characters (Kevin James, Leah Remini, and Jerry Stiller) are all hilarious in their own ways. Carrie (Leah Remini) acts as the bossy housewife and wears the pants in the family. She has a very sharp edge, but it comes off as forceful and assertive rather than just plain **** Doug (Kevin James) is like a big kid trapped in an even bigger body (they make numerous fat jokes at his expense). And Arthur (Jerry Stiller) is Carrie's father but he is broke, so lives in the basement. He, too, acts like a big kid and delivers some of his trademark tantrums. How the three interact with each other is authentic while entertaining. Even with all the show's humor, they still try to have underlying themes or lessons - at least in some of the episodes. The show usually tries to involve real-life type situations, but without being too preachy or serious. Expand