The King of Queens

TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
A funny look at blue collar family life.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Heavy sarcasm between the married couple and with Arthur; Doug wants to get his hair cut all the time by his hot stylist; Carrie takes pole dancing to liven up their marriage.


Some sexual humor, couple discusses sex life, storyline can center around sex.


Some profanity: "ass," "bitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the comedy is centered around a married couple and their problems, often sexual. Sarcastic humor is used as their primary form of communication and will be lost on younger kids. Teens might be bored since Doug and Carrie have no kids in the house.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMagpie7677 January 7, 2020

Exemplifies Domestic Violence against men

Carrie Heffernan is an abusive narcissist. She's antagonistic and self-centered. She treats her husband like he's a worthless dunce. I don't thin... Continue reading
Adult Written byPittsburghmichaels June 23, 2017

The King Of Queens

This show is my second favorite after Kevin Can Wait. This show is great although some suggestive humor is not for younger kids Other than that is is excellent.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byMusiclovergig March 3, 2021

Not my show

Never got into it, Kevin James is hilarious but just not here.

What's the story?

THE KING OF QUEENS is Doug (stand-up comedian Kevin James) and his wife, Carrie (Leah Remini), a blue-collar couple living in Queens, NY. Their average lives are the basis for most of the storylines. Additional episodes are based on their home life, sex life, and communication (or miscommunication). Carrie's aging father Arthur (Jerry Stiller) lives with the couple and spends his free time driving them both crazy with his schemes to get rich.

Is it any good?

The King of Queens offers a refreshing escape from the stereotypical upper-middle class comedies that dominate primetime TV today. Yes, the show features the requisite bickering and over-the-top situations that characterize family sitcoms, but at least this show is free of the same tired characters we've seen too many times before -- a dad that needs more sex from his wife, a wife who needs more support from her husband, a few clamoring kids, and a nosy mother-in-law for good measure.

The King of Queens has been successful partly because the characters are imperfect people with everyday concerns and problems. Doug struggles with his weight, Carrie is focused on her career, the couple has constant issues with their neighbors, and neither is very interested in adding kids to their family. These adult issues may resonate with parents, although they are not appropriate for children.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the couple communicates. Are these extreme scenarios realistic? Do Doug and Carrie do outrageous things out of love for one another? Is sarcasm always a useful tool?

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