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.
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 King of Queens|
|Opening theme||"Baby All My Life I Will Be Driving Home To You" by Billy Vera (1999–07)|
|Ending theme||"Baby All My Life I Will Be Driving Home To You" (instrumental) (season 2)|
|Composer(s)||Andrew Gross (seasons 1–2)|
Kurt Farquhar (2000–07)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||207 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||21–22 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround 2.0|
|Original release||September 21, 1998 –|
May 14, 2007
Doug and Carrie Heffernan are a working class couple living at "3121 Aberdeen Street" in Rego Park, Queens, New York, along with Carrie's father, Arthur Spooner. 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.
Also featured on the show are Doug's friends Deacon Palmer, Spence Olchin, and Richie Iannucci, as well as Doug's cousin Danny Heffernan. Deacon's wife Kelly is Carrie's best friend.
Most scenes take place in the Heffernans' home, but other common locations include Doug and Carrie's workplaces, the restaurant "Cooper's" and the residences of friends and family. While locations seen during the theme-song were filmed in areas surrounding New York, the series was filmed in California.
The show begins after Doug and Carrie have already married, and how they met is slightly unclear due to continuity issues. In one flashback episode, "Meet By-Product", Doug meets Carrie when 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.
Based on the lives of blue-collar couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan, The King of Queens debuted on CBS on September 21, 1998. During its run, it brought in solid ratings (usually ranking in the Top 40) for the most part and was a Monday night staple, competing with shows such as the long-running drama 7th Heaven. In 2003, when scheduled against The West Wing and Nanny 911, it began to drop in the ratings. The final episode aired on May 14, 2007. The series was shot at Sony Pictures Studios' Stage 28 in Culver City, California. The character of Arthur was conceived with Jerry Stiller in mind, but he initially turned down the role. Veteran comedian Jack Carter was then cast and a pilot was shot. Soon afterward, Stiller changed his mind and took the part, which required re-shooting of scenes featuring Carter.
The King of Queens was partly inspired by the classic television sitcom The Honeymooners, as the characters of Doug and Carrie are based on the Kramden couple, with similar mannerisms and deadpan expressions. In a 2001 episode of the show ("Inner Tube"), the show pays homage to The Honeymooners, as a distraught Doug dreams that he is Ralph Kramden, his wife Carrie is Alice Kramden, and his friend Deacon is Ed Norton. The sequence was filmed in black-and-white and the audio quality (including the audience) matches a 1950s style.
The season one main opening was a simple eight-second sequence which showed the window of a subway train moving past and then quickly stopping at the original show logo, which then peeled off to reveal the names of the show's creators.
Starting with season two, the show added a new theme song called "Baby All My Life I Will Be Driving Home to You", which was written by series writers Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, composed by Jonathan Wolff and Scott Clausen, and performed by Billy Vera and the Beaters. An instrumental version was used as the closing theme during season two, but was replaced in season three with a new closing theme composed by Kurt Farquhar.
The opening credits from seasons two through nine featured an opening shot of Doug getting into an IPS truck, which then cuts to a long shot of an elevated subway station, (Which is the 111 Street Station on the IRT Flushing Line which is on the 7 Line of the New York City Subway) where he drives under the subway station onto which the show's logo is digitally placed, as if it's a street sign. It then cuts to scenes of Doug, Carrie and Arthur spending time around Queens. In the season two sequence, Kevin James' starring credit was placed over a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the Manhattan skyline, but was re-edited after the September 11 attacks that felled the World Trade Center. Two short versions of the sequence exist: in original airings where the opening was shortened due to time constraints and in some syndicated airings, the opening featured the shot of the IPS truck going under the bridge, then to the final shot of the credits where Doug and Carrie get ices at the Lemon Ice King of Corona on 108th St in Queens. The second version used in U.S. syndicated airings since 2007 simply features the first eight seconds of the full sequence with the opening establishing shots of Queens placed before the truck scene. In syndicated airings of season one episodes that have aired in the U.S. since the fall of 2007, this version replaced the standard season one sequence in all episodes for unknown reasons.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Rating|
|1||25||September 21, 1998||May 17, 1999||37||8.6|
|2||25||September 20, 1999||May 22, 2000||35||8.5|
|3||25||October 2, 2000||May 28, 2001||27||8.9|
|4||25||September 24, 2001||May 20, 2002||19||8.9|
|5||25||September 23, 2002||May 19, 2003||25||8.5|
|6||24||October 1, 2003||May 19, 2004||30||7.3|
|7||22||October 27, 2004||May 18, 2005||48||N/A|
|8||23||September 19, 2005||May 22, 2006||49||N/A|
|9||13||December 6, 2006||May 14, 2007||30||7.3|
During the first season, The King of Queens, on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series was critiqued by two critics, with an approval rating of 50%, based on the 2 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. Maryann Johnson of Flick Filospher critiqued, "Obvious and distasteful, King of Queens relies too heavily on class and gender stereotypes to elicit laughs in the same way that one pulls teeth." Clint Morris of FilmThreat lauded the series, praising star Kevin James as "one of the funniest guys to grace the TV tube since Bill Cosby." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 51 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally mixed reviews".
In 2006, Kevin James received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Doug Heffernan.
|2005–2006||Emmy Award||Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Kevin James||"Pole Lox"||Nominated|
In addition, The King of Queens received several BMI Awards during its prime-time run. The series won BMI Awards in the "TV Music Award" category in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. These awards were presented to Kurt Farquhar, Josh Goldsmith, Andrew Gross, and Cathy Yuspa.
The King of Queens was additionally nominated for the 2007 and 2008 People's Choice Awards 'Favorite TV Comedy' award during its final two seasons. In 2004 Scott Heineman and Mark Waters (director) were nominated by the Art Directors Guild for the 'Excellence in Production Design Award'. Victor Williams was nominated in 2007 for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series' by the NAACP Image Awards.
The show is currently in syndication worldwide and airs on TBS and TV Land in the United States. Both networks air the show with a TV-PG rating. As of 2018, TV Land airs the program primarily in late night (11 PM Eastern time), while TBS has relegated the series to early Sunday mornings. The series begin airing January 1, 2019 on Nick at Nite.
Internationally, the series airs on 111 Greats and 10 Peach in Australia, and on TVTropolis and OMNI in Canada. In Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Romania, Denmark, the UK and Poland it runs on the ComedyCentral network. In April 2014, the show began running weekdays on Channel 4 at 7:35am in the UK and Ireland.. In 2017, it began running again in Austria on Puls4, weekdays from about 1 P.M.-2P.M. In Israel, the show airs on the satellite television provider yes, and it also aired on the cable television provider HOT.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Dates|
|Region 1 (US)||Region 1 (CAN)||Region 2 (UK)||Region 2 (Germany)||Region 4 (Australia)|
|The Complete First Season||25
|November 18, 2003||August 11, 2009||January 29, 2007||November 26, 2004||January 11, 2007|
|The Complete Second Season||25
|April 20, 2004||August 11, 2009||July 9, 2007||March 31, 2005||July 12, 2007|
|The Complete Third Season||25
|February 22, 2005||August 11, 2009||September 15, 2008||September 2, 2005||July 31, 2008|
|The Complete Fourth Season||25
|June 14, 2005||January 5, 2010||February 9, 2009||December 2, 2005||January 15, 2009|
|The Complete Fifth Season||25
|June 20, 2006||January 5, 2010||May 18, 2009||May 26, 2006||May 7, 2009|
|The Complete Sixth Season||24
|September 19, 2006||January 5, 2010||July 13, 2009||November 24, 2006||August 6, 2009|
|The Complete Seventh Season||22
|January 16, 2007||November 9, 2010||March 22, 2010||March 9, 2007||April 1, 2010|
|The Complete Eighth Season||23
|May 1, 2007||November 9, 2010||June 21, 2010||August 24, 2007||June 3, 2010|
|The Complete Ninth Season||13
|September 25, 2007||November 9, 2010||September 20, 2010||October 19, 2007||September 16, 2010|
|The Complete Series Box Set||207
|November 6, 2007||TBA||May 7, 2012||March 7, 2008||TBA|
Seasons two and three were released on Blu-ray Disc by Koch Media on November 21, 2008. They are presented with 1080i/25fps VC-1 video, 2.0 DTS audio tracks in both English and German with German subtitles optional. They include the same extras as the DVD releases from Koch Media. Even though they are only released in Germany and Austria, they are not region locked.
The following is the 2006–07 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers prime time hours from September 2006 through May 2007. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 2005–06 season.
The schedules include the four most popular networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox) and two new networks introduced as part of the broadcast TV realignment: The CW and MyNetworkTV.
Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.
Yellow indicates the top ten most watched programs of the season.
Cyan indicates the top 20 most watched programs of the season.
Magenta indicates the top 30 most watched programs of the season.Carrie Heffernan
Carrie Spooner Heffernan is a fictional character on the American sitcom The King of Queens. She appears in all of the show's nine seasons and is one of the show's three central characters. The character is portayed by Leah Remini and lives in Rego Park, Queens, with her husband Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), and her father Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller).
Carrie works as a legal secretary during the first 6 seasons and as a real estate firm secretary for the last 3 seasons.China Syndrome (The King of Queens)
"China Syndrome" is the series finale of the long-running American sitcom The King of Queens. The finale has the length of two regular episodes, being counted as the twelfth and thirteenth episodes of the ninth season, running about 45 minutes without commercials. It was taped March 15, 2007; it originally aired on May 14, 2007.Comedy Central (Swedish TV channel)
Comedy Central (Swedish: Comedy Central Sverige) in Sweden was a television channel owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe, broadcasting to Sweden. Viacom International Media Networks have said that the channel will feature both original Swedish productions made for the channel and imported content.The channel applied for license to broadcast in the terrestrial network in Sweden in February 2008 and on 27 March 2008 they were granted a license to broadcast nationally between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. from 1 January 2009.
The channel launched on 1 January 2009, opening with an episode of South Park and the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson. During its first month, the channel launched on Boxer, Canal Digital, Com Hem, Tele2, Telia Digital-tv, SPA, Borderlight and IP Sweden. The channel was added to the Viasat platform on 1 September 2009.On 5 October 2010, The Daily Show premiered on Comedy Central in Sweden, having previously been broadcast on Canal+ and Kanal 9. The show is broadcast at 7 p.m. Swedish time, only 14 hours after its original U.S. broadcast, and then repeated at 11.05 p.m. This is unusually fast as American talk shows are normally shown with a one-week delay in Sweden.
Programmes available include:
8 Simple Rules
According to Jim
Dead Like Me
Dirty Sexy Funny
Everybody Hates Chris
Everybody Loves Raymond
Important Things with Demetri Martin
Insomniac with Dave Attell
Kenny vs. Spenny
Mind of Mencia
Out Of Practice
Rules Of Engagement
Sex and the City
The Colbert Report (Global Edition)
The Jeff Dunham Show
The King of Queens
The Office (US)
Unhappily Ever AfterDoug Heffernan
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Her breakthrough came on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live (SNL), where she was a cast member from 1999 to 2006. In addition to her work on SNL, she has appeared as a guest star in television shows such as The King of Queens and 30 Rock, as well as films such as Click and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In 2012, she published her autobiographical book Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle. She also portrayed the museum guard in Sesame Street's The Cookie Thief.
The King of Queens
|Division championships (4)|
|League championships (1)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold
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