Why I Love the King of Queens
We have a ritual at our house every night when it's time to go to bed:
- we turn on the fan (have to have air moving)
- set the alarm
- open our complete series dvd's of The King of Queens and choose one for the night
- hit play and snuggle while we watch a few episodes!
First off, we are not a big TV watching couple. I watch one show religiously (The Voice, anyone?) my husband loves to watch sports and we occasionally watch Nick at Night. Beyond that, we can't even tell you what shows are on TV nowadays.
We both love the sitcoms and dramas from our growing up years and early marriage. Shows like: Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Cheers, The Andy Griffith Show, The Love Boat, Dynasty, Dallas and the like.
Once we started our own family, there was just so much to do, television came dead last on our priority list. Once the kids were off to college, we didn't really find anything we liked on current TV so we started buying DVD sets of our beloved series and watching those when we had the time.
We never saw The King of Queens when it was current on television but did see an episode one evening on Nick at Night. We laughed all the way through it. For the next couple of nights, we watched a few more shows from the series -- continuing to laugh out loud at the antics of the crazy couple.
We looked at each other and decided, then and there, we would order the complete series on DVD to add to our collection.
My King of Queens DVD Collection with one queued up and ready to go!
How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways...
The show is set in the New York borough of Queens. The Heffernan's are a working class couple trying to get by and dealing with the situations life throws at them in a humorous manner. The cast is one of my favorite parts about the show.
The King -- Kevin James is hilarious. His character -- Doug Heffernan -- is a regular Joe, a guy that could be my neighbor, brother-in-law, co-worker or friend. He's a much more real character than some I have seen on sitcoms. I think that's his appeal.
He lies, eats, works, eats, hangs out with his friends, eats, is a bit immature but loves his wife. He has a love-hate relationship with his live-in father-in-law that makes for great fodder throughout the series.
The Queen -- Leah Remini plays the spitfire wife of Doug -- Carrie Heffernan. She's got the requisite New York accent, the "who cares what others think" attitude, is a bit rough around the edges but love's expensive clothes and shoes and her husband -- without a doubt.
The Father-in-law -- Jerry Stiller is a comedic genius on the show. He plays Carrie's widowed father with a weird sense of right and wrong, reality and fantasy and is loud about everything! He screams when he's happy, sad or anywhere in between.
I remember seeing Jerry through the years on different shows and I especially remember he and his wife, Ann Meara, being a great comedy team whenever they starred together on a show. (I love there son, Ben Stiller too!)
Love... Love Will Keep Us Together...
I think the thing I love most about the show and why I keeping watching it from beginning to end (27 DVD's, all told) is because they deal with everyday life -- situations I have had or almost had or seen with family or friends.
The show has taken on financial problems including overspending and one of them losing their job, the emotional strain of extended family living with you, problems when a friend's marriage collapses, white lies becoming a big problem, eating and exercising, and more dealing with life, love, marriage, family and friends.
All are situations any one of us could have.
The one thing that is present in every show and helps them overcome their problems is the love Doug and Carrie have for each other. It carries them through -- after hilarious antics -- to an amicable ending. They disagree, fight and pester each other and there are even a few "purple nurples" thrown in but in the end, their love carries them through.
This is why I love the show and recommend it to anyone and everyone.
This is the clip that ran at the end of the very last episode of the series. It shows some of the humorous and loving scenes of those 9 years. It's just over 3 minutes long and at the end says:
"Thanks for the ride..."