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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 dad, 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 genuine 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 put 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 own 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.


Episodes

Season 3 (2019–20)

For the Yemi Alade album, see King of Queens (album).

American sitcom for CBS (1998-2007)

The King of Queens is an American sitcom television series that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007, for a entire 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).

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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 final American live action sitcom that premiered in the 1990s to finish 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]


Reception

Critical response

During the first season, The King of Queens, on the review aggregatorRotten 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.»[9] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the series has a score 51 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating «generally mixed reviews».[10]


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 Every 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 endless shot of an elevated subway station, (Which is the 111 Highway 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 highway 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 Middle. 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 own aired in the U.S. since the drop of 2007, this version replaced the standard season one sequence in every episodes for unknown reasons.


Characters

Main

  1. 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 ponder of strange, intricate schemes in order to get what he wants, although they generally drop through in the finish, 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.

  2. 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 mad. 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.

  3. Arthur Spooner (played by Jerry Stiller) is Carrie’s widowed dad, who has been married three times.

    His fourth marriage is to Spence’s mom (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 home because he accidentally set fire to his own uninsured home, burning it to the ground in the pilot episode. Extremely 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 own a bitter rivalry in some episodes, he still approves of Doug, regardless. Doug and Carrie sometimes own 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 ancient man».

  1. 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 own 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 own enjoyment.

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    He will often assist Doug plan elaborate schemes to idiot Carrie, but he rarely likes to get involved in the scheme himself. Deacon attended St.

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    John’s University in Queens, where he received two bachelor’s degrees, one in art history and one in music.[citation needed] In the first-season episode «Best Man», Deacon mentions having served in the National Guard. He also volunteers as a large brother.

  2. 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.

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    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 mom, 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 romantic interest in Carrie when it appears she and Doug will divorce.

  3. Daniel «Danny» Heffernan (guest season 1, recurring seasons 2-3, main cast seasons 4–9; 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 over-eagerness to spend time with the previous, but at the finish 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 little apartment.

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    The two fight love a married couple, and numerous of the jokes revolve around what looks to their friends love 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 put, and he is divorced from a lady 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 genuine life.

    They both created final names for acting. Valentine is their father’s middle name.

  4. Holly Shumpert (main cast seasons 4–7, guest seasons 3, 8 and 9; played by Nicole Sullivan) is a courteous, yet timid dog-walker who along with the Heffernans lives in Queens, where she was hired by Doug and Carrie to stroll Arthur. She is often seen arriving at the Heffernan home 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 over-drinking, to which she openly confesses. Holly is a tender soul, especially as she puts up with Arthur’s antics, and is helpful to Carrie despite the fact that Carrie often mistreats her.

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    Holly was written out of the series at the beginning of season eight, but she later returned, pregnant, for one final appearance in the series finale («China Syndrome»). Sullivan appeared as a diverse character in the season 3 episode «Pregnant Pause».

  5. 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 final appearance on the show was in the episode «Paint Misbehavin'», in which he has sex (off-screen) 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 finish of the series finale.

  6. 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 favorite, Kevin James was asked during an interview to explain what happened to Sara. According to James, the producers could not ponder 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 own much to tell or do.

    Subsequent dialogue suggests that Sara Spooner never existed, and that Carrie is an only child.

Recurring

  1. 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.
  2. 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 love people telling him Hulk jokes. Other characters often make reference to his previous role as the Hulk. For example, at one point Doug is mad and Lou tries to calm him down; Doug retorts with the renowned line from the Hulk series «Don’t make me angry; you wouldn’t love me when I am angry».

    Also, in the episode «Gym Neighbors», it is revealed that he has a video game addiction.

  3. Raymond «Ray» Barone (seasons 1, 2 & 8; 4 episodes; played by Ray Romano) is Doug’s Endless 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 every 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»).
  4. Doug Pruzan (season 2–6; played by Alex Skuby) is Carrie’s boss and a lawyer at a Manhattan law firm.
  5. 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).

  6. Veronica Olchin (season 1; played by Grace Zabriskie, seasons 5–9 played by Anne Meara) Spence’s mom. She is portrayed by Zabriske in her first appearance in «S’aint Valentines», but portrayed by Meara for the relax 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 lady 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 moved to Wednesday and 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 below 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]


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