The King of Queens

TV review by Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

A funny look at blue collar family life.

Spike Comedy 1998

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 26 reviews

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age 16+

LOVE. LOVE . LOVE.

I KNOW THE SHOW IS LONG OFF THE AIR, BUT I WANTED TO CAST A VOTE (2022) TO BRING IT BACK TO TV, ON SOME LEVEL. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE KING OF QUEENS FOR SOMETIME & WHILE A FEW SCRIPTS SHOULD BE UPDATED, I THINK ITS A GREAT SHOW. IN DOUG & CARRIE'S WORLD THERE WAS NO COVID-19, NO MALTREATMENT OF FAMILY MEMBERS, NO DRUG/ ALCOHOL ABUSE, NO DOMESTIC ABUSE, NO ANIMAL ABUSE & CERTAINLY NO SHOOTING OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN. NO ONE WENT TO A SUPER MARKET IN ARMORED CLOTHING NOR WONDERED IF THEY WOULD RETURN HOME SAFELY, WITH THE FAMILY'S DINNER. IT IS TV SHOWS LIKE KING OF WUEENS THAT WE SHOULD BE WATCHING, NOT HORROR & VIOLENCE NIGHT AFTER NIGHT. BRING BACK DOUG & CARRIE HEFFERNAN, PLEASE!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

Spousal Abuse, homophobia aplenty — but still a good show for adults(!!)

I like this show a lot, but — although this is rarely mentioned in reviews of this show — several episodes feature Carrie physically abusing Doug. She painfully twists his nipples, punches him hard in the stomach and other acts of spousal abuse. If he was doing this to her instead, I doubt the show would have even gotten on the air. I'm truly mystified why it's rarely, if ever mentioned in reviews or reactions to the show. Oh, and then there's Doug's many homophobic remarks, denigrating gayness and gay people, peppered throughout the shows. But the show has (mostly) excellent acting, good plots, and although Arthur (Jerry Stiller) is loud and a caricature, there are many times where the show poignantly touches on the sadness and loneliness of aging, in regard to his character. Some of the shows are extremely funny and well-written. The final season was a little dark and the last few episodes were nearly unwatchable because of the growing bile and animosity between Doug and Carrie. But a good,funny, diverting series, despite its flaws, IMO.

This title has:

Too much violence

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