The King of Queens

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The King of Queens
King of Queens Logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byMichael J. Weithorn
David Litt
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)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes207 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Sony Pictures Studios
Culver City, California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21 to 22 minutes
Production company(s)Hanley Productions
CBS Productions (1998–2006)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–2007)
Columbia TriStar Television (1998–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–2007)
DistributorSony Pictures Television (USA)
CBS Studios International (non-USA)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (4:3 (SDTV) (1998–1999)
1080i (16:9 (HDTV) (1999–2007)
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original runSeptember 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) – May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
Chronology
Related showsEverybody Loves Raymond
External links
Website
 
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The King of Queens
King of Queens Logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byMichael J. Weithorn
David Litt
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)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes207 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Sony Pictures Studios
Culver City, California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time21 to 22 minutes
Production company(s)Hanley Productions
CBS Productions (1998–2006)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–2007)
Columbia TriStar Television (1998–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–2007)
DistributorSony Pictures Television (USA)
CBS Studios International (non-USA)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (4:3 (SDTV) (1998–1999)
1080i (16:9 (HDTV) (1999–2007)
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original runSeptember 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) – May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
Chronology
Related showsEverybody Loves Raymond
External links
Website

The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The show was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions (1998–2006), CBS Paramount Television (2006–07), 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, USA.

After the series finale broadcast on May 14, 2007, The King of Queens became the last American live action sitcom that premiered in the 1990s to end its run.[1]

Plot[edit]

Doug and Carrie Heffernan are a working class couple living at "3121 Aberdeen Street"[2] in Rego Park, Queens, New York[3] along with Carrie's eccentric father, Arthur Spooner.[4] 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, Spencer 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, 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. In a later episode, it was implied that they all went to high school together, as Kelly and Carrie were said to have slept with the same guy neither husband knew of until the day of the guy's wedding.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Main cast of The King of Queens

Recurring[edit]

Minor[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Show background[edit]

Based on the lives of blue-collar couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan, The King of Queens debuted on CBS on September 21, 1998. For most of its run it 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 dropped slightly in the ratings. The final episode aired on May 14, 2007.

According to the DVD commentary of the Pilot episode, 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 afterwards, Stiller changed his mind and took the part, which required reshooting 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 King of Queens was one of the first series to broadcast in 16:9 high-definition video, broadcasting in 1080i. At the time of the show's premiere, CBS had just regained broadcasting rights to the NFL, and was an early adopter of HDTV technology as a result, allowing The King of Queens to broadcast with the technology.

Theme song and opening sequences[edit]

The season one main opening was a simple eight-second sequence which showed the window of a subway train with moving through and 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 a bridge, where he drives under a bridge 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.

Reception[edit]

U.S. television ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (EDT)Season premiereSeason finaleTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
1Monday 8:30/7:30c (September 21, 1998 – May 17, 1999)September 21, 1998May 17, 19991998–1999#3512.5[5]
2Monday 8:00/7:00c (September 20, 1999 – May 19, 2003)September 20, 1999May 22, 20001999–2000#3412.7[6]
3October 2, 2000May 28, 20012000–2001#2613.4[7]
4September 24, 2001May 20, 20022001–2002#2113.9[8]
5September 23, 2002May 19, 20032002–2003#2713.0[9]
6Wednesday 9:00/8:00c (October 1, 2003 – May 18, 2005)October 1, 2003May 19, 20042003–2004#3311.1[10]
7October 27, 2004May 18, 20052004–2005#489.8[11]
8Monday 8:00/7:00c (September 19, 2005 – May 22, 2006)September 19, 2005May 22, 20062005–2006#4910.0[12]
9Wednesday 8:00/7:00c / Monday 9:30/8:30c (December 6, 2006 – May 14, 2007)December 6, 2006May 14, 20072006–2007#3311.4[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kevin James received one Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens.

Television SeasonAwardActorCategoryTelevision ProgramResultNotes
2005–2006Emmy AwardKevin JamesBest Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe King of Queens
(Episode: "Pole Lox")
NominatedLost to Tony Shalhoub (Monk)

Episodes[edit]

Home media releases[edit]

In Region 1, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released all nine seasons of The King of Queens on DVD in the USA & Canada

In Region 2, Paramount Home Entertainment has released all nine seasons on DVD in the UK.[14] The series has also been released in Germany by Koch Media, all nine seasons have been released.

In Region 4, Paramount Home Entertainment has released all nine seasons on DVD in Australia.[15]

DVD NameEp #Release Dates
Region 1 (US)Region 1 (CAN)Region 2 (UK)Region 2 (Germany)Region 4 (Australia)
The Complete First Season25 (3 discs)November 18, 2003August 11, 2009January 29, 2007November 26, 2004January 11, 2007
The Complete Second Season25 (3 discs)April 20, 2004August 11, 2009July 9, 2007March 31, 2005July 12, 2007
The Complete Third Season25 (3 discs)February 22, 2005August 11, 2009September 15, 2008September 2, 2005July 31, 2008
The Complete Fourth Season25 (3 discs)April 14, 2005January 5, 2010February 9, 2009December 2, 2005January 15, 2009
The Complete Fifth Season25 (3 discs)June 20, 2006January 5, 2010May 18, 2009May 26, 2006May 7, 2009
The Complete Sixth Season24 (3 discs)September 19, 2006January 5, 2010July 13, 2009November 24, 2006August 6, 2009[16]
The Complete Seventh Season22 (3 discs)January 16, 2007November 9, 2010[17]March 22, 2010March 9, 2007April 1, 2010
The Complete Eighth Season23 (3 discs)May 1, 2007November 9, 2010[18]June 21, 2010August 24, 2007June 3, 2010
The Complete Ninth Season13 (2 discs)September 25, 2007November 9, 2010[19]September 20, 2010October 19, 2007September 16, 2010
The Complete Series Box Set207 (27 discs)November 6, 2007TBAMay 7, 2012March 7, 2008[20]TBA

Blu-ray releases[edit]

Seasons two[21] and three[22] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165581/trivia
  2. ^ This address is actually an impossibility in Rego Park. In Queens, "Streets" run north-south and "Avenues" run east-west. All thoroughfares in Queens, whether numbered or named, have an assigned numerical value, with the lowest numbered streets and avenues found in the northwest corner of the borough. Queens addresses are ordinarily written with a "dash" in the middle, with the numbers preceding the "dash" indicating the number of the cross street. Because of its placement in the middle of Queens, the lowest number that a street address can have in Rego Park is 58–01, derived from 58th Aveue, which forms the norhtern boundary of Rego Park. A house on a thoroughfare called a "street" and having an address of 31–21 would have to be some distance north of Rego Park near 31st Avenue, in neighborhoods such as Astoria, East Elmhurst, or Whitestone.
  3. ^ The exterior shots of the Heffernans' house have been made in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, see "The King of Queens House". October 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ "King of Queens – The Complete Eighth Season". CBSStore.com. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2009-10-29. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  6. ^ Quotenmeter.de – Das Online-Fernsehmagazin (2002-05-30). "US-Jahrescharts 1999/2000". Quotenmeter.de. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ Jun 01, 2001 (2001-06-01). "The Bitter End". EW.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  8. ^ "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Nielsen's TOP 156 Shows for 2002–03 – rec.arts.tv | Google Groups". Groups.google.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  10. ^ "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ "Final Nielsen ratings for 2006–07 season". 606studios.com. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "King of Queens, The – 9th Season (2 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  16. ^ [3][dead link]
  17. ^ "King of Queens S7: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  18. ^ "King of Queens S8: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  19. ^ "King of Queens S9: Amazon.ca: DVD". Amazon.ca. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  20. ^ "Koch Media Home Entertainment". Kochmedia-dvd.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  21. ^ "Season 2 Info". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  22. ^ "Season 3 Info". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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