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.

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.[1] In May 2017, Kevin James and Leah Remini reunited in the 2016 television sitcom Kevin Can Wait.[2] The show ended on May 7, 2018.[3]

The King of Queens
King of Queens Logo
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
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)
Jonathan Wolff
Rich Ragsdale
Kurt Farquhar (2000–07)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes207 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Jim Kukucka
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1998 –
May 14, 2007
External links
Website

Plot

Doug and Carrie Heffernan are a working class couple living at "3121 Aberdeen Street" in Rego Park, Queens, New York,[4] along with Carrie's father, Arthur Spooner.[5] 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.

Characters

Main

  • Doug Heffernan (played by Kevin James) is an average parcel delivery man with a smart-aleck personality. Doug never hesitates to protest his grievances intensely. Doug's birth date is February 9, 1965. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (unbeknownst to him until the season 5 episode "Dog Shelter"). Some of his misadventures are fueled by his love of food. These basic desires sometimes cause him to think of strange, intricate schemes in order to get what he wants, although they usually fall through in the end, causing constant arguments between Doug and Carrie. Doug's tendency to give in to his temptations, despite promising Carrie otherwise, is another common cause of disagreements. He generally enjoys the simple pleasures of watching sports and playing poker with his friends.
  • Carrie Heffernan (played by Leah Remini) is Doug's sardonic wife. She has a quick-temper and is occasionally physically abusive to Doug. She has been characterized as scary by Holly and Doug, particularly when she is angry. During a flashback, Carrie concludes that she is happier (she describes herself as never being truly happy) when others are miserable. She never finished college and is employed as a hard-working legal secretary. Her constant attempts to make her relationship with Doug more romantic and meaningful cause Doug frustration, as he prefers a simple life with as few restrictions as possible. The more quick-witted and adventurous of the couple, Carrie often pushes Doug to make more of himself and improve his morals, but she can be just as immoral as he is. Although Carrie scolds Doug for his selfish behavior, she has proven to be selfish as well at times, with little patience for others' problems or tolerance for their quirks. Carrie's best friend is Deacon's wife, Kelly Palmer.
  • Arthur Spooner (played by Jerry Stiller) is Carrie's widowed father, who has been married three times. His fourth marriage is to Spence's mother (played by Anne Meara, Stiller's real-life wife) during the final season. Arthur is the classic oddball of the family. He lives in the basement of the Heffernan house because he accidentally set fire to his own uninsured home, burning it to the ground in the pilot episode. Very volatile, Arthur is mostly known for his incoherent, irascible outbursts. He tells a lot of questionable stories of what he claims he has been through in his past. Arthur regularly causes chaos in the Heffernan household and gets on Doug's and Carrie's nerves. And, although he and Doug have a bitter rivalry in some episodes, he still approves of Doug, regardless. They sometimes have trouble finding time alone because Arthur tends to get in the way. Arthur also tries to cause trouble with Doug's friends. He especially bullies Spence but also (unsuccessfully) tries it on Deacon, who often refers to him as "the old man".
King Of Queens Cast
Main cast of The King of Queens
  • Deacon John Palmer (played by Victor Williams) is Doug's best friend and co-worker. Towering in height and athletic, Deacon is a year and a few weeks younger than Doug, but the more mature of the two, in addition to being the classic "family man". Deacon and his wife Kelly have two sons, named Major and Kirby. He is often seen hanging out with Doug, whether it is on their lunch break, over the weekend, or for a family gathering. Although he often experiences relationship problems, Deacon always has time to relax and have fun. He will often help Doug plan elaborate schemes to fool Carrie, but he rarely likes to get involved in the scheme himself. Deacon attended St. John's University in Queens, where he received two bachelor's degrees, one in art history and one in music. In the first-season episode "Best Man", Deacon mentions having served in the National Guard. He also volunteers as a big brother.
  • Spencer "Spence" Olchin (played by Patton Oswalt) is another friend of Doug's and the nerd of the group. He tends to be paranoid with fragile health and takes an interest in science fiction, fantasy movies, and comic book conventions—interests that his friends do not share. Spence's birthday is February 14. He is of Albanian heritage, and works as a subway token booth clerk. He moved to the New York area from rural West Virginia. In one episode, he is a "house boy" for Deacon and Kelly. His character is based largely on the actor who plays him, Patton Oswalt. Spence demonstrates intelligence and competence in a variety of pursuits, but he is haunted by his family history, his intimidating and troubled mother, and his inability to protect himself. Numerous episodes mention that Spence is asthmatic (a burden he shares with Danny) and allergic to peanuts (however, in the episode "Richie's Song" he is seen eating Peanut M&M's out of Doug's vehicle). In the season eight episode "Hartford Wailer", Spence is said to be from Ottawa but it appears that he had only said that to Huey Lewis as a way to impress him. He has a Pug named Alan. In the series' penultimate episode, "Single Spaced", Spence shows interest in romancing Carrie when it appears she and Doug will divorce.
  • Richard "Richie" Iannucci (seasons 1–3; played by Larry Romano) is one of Doug's closest friends. He and Doug were roommates before Doug married Carrie (shown in the episode "Meet By-Product"). He was quietly written out of the show in season three so Romano could work on another sitcom (Kristin). During that season, he only appeared in one episode, called "Paint Misbehavin". He mostly addressed Doug as "Moose". Richie was known as the ladies' man among Doug's friends, even admitting to sleeping with Doug's sister. Richie is an FDNY firefighter. He is also somewhat of a con artist. His last appearance on the show was in the episode "Paint Misbehavin'", in which he has sex (offscreen) with Doug's sister Stephanie (Ricki Lake) and afterwards she promises to call him, although she has no intention to. He was also briefly seen in a few clips during the flashback montage at the end of the series finale.
  • Daniel "Danny" Heffernan (played by Gary Valentine) is Doug's cousin, and he is also seen hanging out with Doug, Deacon and Spence. In the show's early seasons Doug has a negative view of Danny bordering on hate due to the latter's overeagerness to spend time with the former, but at the end of "S'no Job", they become friends and co-workers and regularly hang out along with Deacon and Spence. Danny even becomes Spence's roommate in a small apartment. The two fight like a married couple, and many of the jokes revolve around what looks to their friends like a romantic relationship. At one point, they legally marry in order to get a free TV from a sales pitch for which only married couples are eligible. Danny also used to own a pizza place, and he is divorced from a woman named Eva. He once had the nickname "Stumpy", which was given to him by Doug. Episodes "Silent Mite" and "Paint Misbehavin'" reveal that Danny has asthma and uses an inhaler. Gary Valentine and Kevin James are brothers in real life. They both created last names for acting. Valentine is their father's middle name.
  • Holly Shumpert (seasons 3–9; played by Nicole Sullivan) is a polite, yet timid dog-walker who along with the Heffernans lives in Queens, where she was hired by Doug and Carrie to walk Arthur. She is often seen arriving at the Heffernan house to pick up Arthur but is also a family friend of the Heffernans. She is often viewed as strange because of her habits, the men she dates and her habit of overdrinking, to which she openly confesses. Holly is a gentle soul, especially as she puts up with Arthur's antics, and is kind to Carrie despite the fact that Carrie often mistreats her. Holly was written out of the series at the beginning of season eight, but she later returned, pregnant, for one last appearance in the series finale ("China Syndrome"). Sullivan appeared as a different character in the season 3 episode "Pregnant Pause".
  • Sara Spooner (season 1; played by Lisa Rieffel) is Carrie's younger half-sister, an irresponsible aspiring actress. She appears in only five of the first six episodes. She was only mentioned one other time (although not by name) in episode 52 ("Roast Chicken") by Doug as an excuse to his boss to get out of performing a roast. After the show became more popular, Kevin James was asked during an interview to explain what happened to Sara. According to James, the producers could not think of any storylines to develop Rieffel's character, so she was discontinued. During the pilot she was on camera for roughly half the episode. However, in the other episodes in which she was included, her character did not have much to say or do. Subsequent dialogue suggests that Sara Spooner never existed, and that Carrie is an only child.

Recurring

  • Kelly Palmer, Deacon's wife (played by Merrin Dungey) is Carrie's best friend. She has two children with Deacon. Kelly and Deacon experience some serious relationship problems, much more serious than the petty arguments between Doug and Carrie. On one occasion, Deacon mentions being hit in the head with a frying pan. She was absent from the show in 2002 because she needed to take a break from the series; during this period, her character was estranged from Deacon and engaged in a brief affair.
  • Lou Ferrigno (seasons 3–9; himself) is the actor known for his role as The Incredible Hulk. Ferrigno and his wife are neighbors of the Heffernans. A running gag on the series is that the neighbors (including the Heffernans) are fascinated by him and it gets on his nerves. Lou does not like people telling him Hulk jokes. Other characters often make reference to his previous role as the Hulk. For example, at one point Doug is angry and Lou tries to calm him down; Doug retorts with the famous line from the Hulk series "Don't make me angry; you wouldn't like me when I am angry". Also, in the episode "Gym Neighbors", it is revealed that he has a video game addiction.
  • Supervisor Patrick O'Boyle (seasons 3–9; played by Sam McMurray) is section supervisor for the fictional International Parcel Service. He is Doug's boss and friend throughout most of the show, whom he mostly refers to as "Heffernan". He is in most IPS scenes throughout the show. He is also a recovering alcoholic and gambling addict. A character named Supervisor Jack O'Boyle (played by John F. O'Donohue) appears in an episode from season one ("White Collar", 1999).
  • Raymond "Ray" Barone (seasons 1, 2 & 8; 5 episodes; played by Ray Romano) is Doug's Long Island friend. Romano and James appearing on each other's shows was part of a network program crossover, as CBS aired both Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. Romano's appearance was successful enough to warrant all other lead characters (Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and Peter Boyle) to appear as their respective characters as well. Appropriately, the four episodes featuring Romano contained "Ray" in their titles ("Road Rayge", "Rayny Day", "Dire Strayts", and "Raygin' Bulls").
  • Doug Pruzan (season 2–6; played by Alex Skuby) is Carrie's boss and a lawyer at a Manhattan law firm.
  • Veronica Olchin (season 1; played by Grace Zabriskie, seasons 5–9 played by Anne Meara) Spence's mother. She is portrayed by Zabriske in her first appearance in "S'aint Valentines", but portrayed by Meara for the rest of the series. Veronica has an on-again/off-again relationship with Arthur, who is portrayed by Meara's real-life husband, Jerry Stiller. Meara had previously appeared in "S'aint Valentines" as a woman who flirts with Arthur. Arthur and Veronica marry in the series finale, but divorced a year later.

Series background

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

Theme song and opening sequences

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.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[9]
First airedLast airedRankRating
125September 21, 1998May 17, 1999378.6
225September 20, 1999May 22, 2000358.5
325October 2, 2000May 28, 2001278.9
425September 24, 2001May 20, 2002198.9
525September 23, 2002May 19, 2003258.5
624October 1, 2003May 19, 2004307.3
722October 27, 2004May 18, 200548N/A
823September 19, 2005May 22, 200649N/A
913December 6, 2006May 14, 2007307.3

Reception

Critical response

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."[10] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 51 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally mixed reviews".[11]

Awards and nominations

Emmy Awards

In 2006, Kevin James received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Doug Heffernan.

TV Season Award Category Nominee Episode Result
2005–2006 Emmy Award Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Kevin James "Pole Lox" Nominated

The Emmy was won by Tony Shalhoub for his performance on Monk.

BMI Awards

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.

Nominations

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.[12]

Syndication

The show is currently in syndication worldwide and airs on TBS and TV Land in the United States.[13][14] 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.[15]

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.[16]. 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.[17]

Home media

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
(3 discs)
November 18, 2003 August 11, 2009 January 29, 2007 November 26, 2004 January 11, 2007
The Complete Second Season 25
(3 discs)
April 20, 2004 August 11, 2009 July 9, 2007 March 31, 2005 July 12, 2007
The Complete Third Season 25
(3 discs)
February 22, 2005 August 11, 2009 September 15, 2008 September 2, 2005 July 31, 2008
The Complete Fourth Season 25
(3 discs)
June 14, 2005 January 5, 2010 February 9, 2009 December 2, 2005 January 15, 2009
The Complete Fifth Season 25
(3 discs)
June 20, 2006 January 5, 2010 May 18, 2009 May 26, 2006 May 7, 2009
The Complete Sixth Season 24
(3 discs)
September 19, 2006 January 5, 2010 July 13, 2009 November 24, 2006 August 6, 2009[20]
The Complete Seventh Season 22
(3 discs)
January 16, 2007 November 9, 2010[21] March 22, 2010 March 9, 2007 April 1, 2010
The Complete Eighth Season 23
(3 discs)
May 1, 2007 November 9, 2010[22] June 21, 2010 August 24, 2007 June 3, 2010
The Complete Ninth Season 13
(2 discs)
September 25, 2007 November 9, 2010[23] September 20, 2010 October 19, 2007 September 16, 2010
The Complete Series Box Set 207
(27 discs)
November 6, 2007 TBA May 7, 2012 March 7, 2008[24] TBA

Blu-ray releases

Seasons two[25] and three[26] 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.

On March 26, 2015, Koch Media released the whole series on Blu-ray in HD.[27] The complete box set is distributed for Region B/2.[28]

See also

  • Kevin Can Wait, a 2016 television sitcom starring Kevin James and Leah Remini

References

  1. ^ "Trivia of King of Queens". March 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Wow, So That's How Kevin Can Wait Killed Kevin's Wife". September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (2018-05-12). "Kevin Can Wait Cancelled at CBS After Polarizing Season 2 Shake-Up". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  4. ^ The exterior shots of the Heffernans' house were made in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. See "The King of Queens House". October 30, 2009..
  5. ^ "King of Queens – The Complete Eighth Season". CBSStore.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  6. ^ "'King of Queens' cast prepares to say farewell". Today. Associated Press. April 8, 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Ford Sullivan, Brian (November 20, 2006). "Interview: "The King of Queens" Executive Producer David Bickel". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Gray, Justin (June 19, 2013). "Kevin James, 'King of Queens', and Being Content With Where You Are". Splitsider.com. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. pp. 1696–1698. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  10. ^ "The King of Queens (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "The King of Queens reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "King Of Queens – Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  13. ^ "The King of Queens". TBS. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  14. ^ "The King of Queens". TV Land. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  15. ^ "Nickelodeon Welcomes 'The King of Queens' to Nick at Nite's Family Comedy Lineup, Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "The King of Queens". Channel 4. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  17. ^ https://www.seret.co.il/actuality/article.asp?catCase=1&id=4180
  18. ^ "King Of Queens – Season 9 [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Kevin James, Leah Remini, Victor L. Williams, Patton Oswalt, Nicole Sullivan: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  19. ^ "King of Queens, The – 9th Season (2 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 2010-09-14. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "King of Queens S7: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  22. ^ "King of Queens S8: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  23. ^ "King of Queens S9: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  24. ^ "Koch Media Home Entertainment". Kochmedia-dvd.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  25. ^ "Season 2 Info". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  26. ^ "Season 3 Info". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  27. ^ "Complete Series Blu-Ray Info". kochmedia-film.de. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  28. ^ "Complete Series Blu-Ray on Amazon". amazon.de. Retrieved 2016-02-27.

External links

2006–07 United States network television schedule

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.

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Doug Heffernan

Douglas Steven "Doug" Heffernan is a fictional character in the American situation comedy The King of Queens. The character has also appeared in Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, and Cosby. The character is portrayed by Kevin James, whose stand-up comedy provided the comedic themes and general style of the show. Doug, a smart aleck, often immature "Average Joe", lives in Rego Park, Queens, with his wife Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini), and his father-in-law Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller).

Doug is a delivery driver for the International Parcel Service (a fictional version of United Parcel Service), a job Doug acquired by pretending to work there after lying to then-girlfriend Carrie about having a job.

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Jeff Melman

Jeffrey "Jeff" L. Melman (born May 18, 1947) is an American television director and producer. Melman has directed for several present-day network television series. More recently Melman has directed episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives. Melman previously directed on many hit sitcoms which include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Malcolm in the Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, That's My Bush!, The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men and Frasier. Melman was also a producer on Oliver Beene, Laverne & Shirley, and Night Court.

Jerry Stiller

Gerald Isaac Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. He later played Frank Costanza on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens. Stiller and Meara are the parents of actor Ben Stiller, with whom Stiller co-starred in the films Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit, The Heartbreak Kid and Zoolander 2. Stiller is known for his angry, yelling acting style.

John Fortenberry

John Fortenberry is an American film and television director.Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he graduated from the University of Mississippi, after which he went to work at Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, serving as editor for eight years before becoming a film and television producer.

He directed the films A Night at the Roxbury, Underfunded and Jury Duty, and such television shows as Sonny with a Chance, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, Blue Mountain State, Rescue Me, Memphis Beat, and Galavant.

Ken Whittingham

Ken Whittingham is an American television director.

Some of his directing credits include American Housewife, Gilmore Girls, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ugly Betty, Still Standing, Community, Yes, Dear, 30 Rock, Californication, Parks and Recreation, The Middle, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, The Bernie Mac Show, Scrubs, 2 Broke Girls, Everybody Hates Chris, Modern Family, The King of Queens, Rules of Engagement, The Office, My Name Is Earl, Entourage and Suburgatory (also a producer).Whittingham has won five NAACP Image Awards for his work on The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.

Kevin James

Kevin George Knipfing (born April 26, 1965), better known by his screen name Kevin James, is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known as Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007) and has appeared in the films Hitch (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Zookeeper (2011), Here Comes the Boom (2012), and Pixels (2015). From 2016-2018 he starred in another CBS sitcom, Kevin Can Wait.

Leah Remini

Leah Marie Remini (; born June 15, 1970) is an American actress, author, former Scientologist, and anti-Scientology activist. She starred as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running CBS comedy series The King of Queens (1998–2007) and later co-hosted The Talk in 2010–11. Since 2016 she has co-produced and hosted the Emmy Award–winning A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

Raised as a member of the Church of Scientology from childhood, Remini left the organization in 2013 and began public criticism of Scientology. Two years later, she released Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, her memoir about her experience with Scientology and reasons for leaving it. In 2016, she followed up her memoir with an Emmy Award–winning documentary television series on the A&E network, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, to highlight other former Scientologists' experiences. After a successful first season, the series was renewed by A&E, and the second season debuted in late summer 2017. On March 14, 2018, A&E announced that the series would return for a third season. From May 2017 until May 2018, Remini also starred in Kevin Can Wait as Vanessa Cellucci, alongside Kevin James, her former co-star on The King of Queens.

Leonard R. Garner Jr.

Leonard Robert Garner Jr. is an American television director and actor.

Garner began his career as actor guest starring on Cheers, Moonlighting, Beauty and the Beast and the 1980s sitcom Brothers. He made directorial debut on latter series. During most of the 1980s to early 1990s, Garner also worked as an assistant director on The Rockford Files, Miami Vice, Wings and the feature film, The Blues Brothers.Since 1994 to present, Garner has directed episodes of Sister, Sister, Two Guys and a Girl, NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me!, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The King of Queens, One on One, Eve, The Game, According to Jim, Rules of Engagement, True Jackson, VP and among other series.

List of The King of Queens episodes

The King of Queens is an American television sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The series spanned nine seasons, with a total of 207 episodes produced.

Lou Ferrigno

Louis Jude Ferrigno (; born November 9, 1951) is an American actor, fitness trainer, fitness consultant and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for his title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

Merrin Dungey

Merrin Melissa Dungey (born August 6, 1971) is an American film and television actress, known for her roles on the television series The King of Queens, Alias, Malcolm in the Middle, and Summerland. Dungey also appeared as Ursula on Once Upon a Time, and starred in the legal drama Conviction. Most recently, she appeared on the medical drama The Resident, and costars in the 2019 legal drama The Fix.

Michael J. Weithorn

Michael J. Weithorn (born December 17, 1956 in Queens, New York) is an American writer, director, and producer known for his works including the long-running series The King of Queens.

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Julianne Sullivan (born April 21, 1970) is an American actress, voice artist and comedian. Sullivan is best known for her six seasons (1995–2001) on the sketch comedy series MADtv. She also played the role of Holly Shumpert for five seasons (2001–2005, 2007) on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens.

She has played a recurring character, Jill Tracy, on Scrubs and voiced the heroic Mira Nova in Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and the villainous Shego in Disney's Kim Possible. She had recurring voice roles on Family Guy and voiced "Franny Robinson" in Disney's Meet the Robinsons. From 2008 to 2009, Sullivan starred in and was the lead of her own Lifetime television series Rita Rocks. From 2008 to 2013, she voiced Marlene in The Penguins of Madagascar. Sullivan played Jules' (Courteney Cox) therapist, Lynn Mettler, on the comedy Cougar Town. She portrayed Lyla in the Disney Channel original movie Let It Shine in 2012. In 2013, she starred in the short-lived Nickelodeon sitcom Wendell and Vinnie as Wilma Basset.

Rachel Dratch

Rachel Susan Dratch (born February 22, 1966) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improvisational theatre at The Second City and ImprovOlympic.

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.

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