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The King of Queens

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

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
Parent of a 7, 7, 8, 11, and 14 year old Written byChrist-Lover May 15, 2011

One of the best shows known to man kind.

I'd let my kids watch this. As long as they're with me, due to the sexual refrences and scenes.
Parent of a 7 year old Written bynataliew2 April 9, 2008

Love the show

but its definately for older kids and adults. Quite a bit of swearing, lots of sexual innuendos. Especially the one where Karrys uses a stripper pole.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLuB April 9, 2008


its very sex centered every episode has atleast a little somtin 2 do with it. lang. isnt horrible just a few damn or hell.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Funniest Show Ever

Absolutely the best show ever! Some inapropriateness, but in the end there is always a good message, or a very good laugh! Recommended for ages 11+

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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