The King of Queens: The Complete Series
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In the sitcom The King of Queens, comedian Kevin James has created a new archetype: the sensitive lug. This deceptively simple comedy bounces along because delivery man Doug Heffernen (James), though completely a guy's guy, constantly struggles to keep the world around him in a delicate emotional balance. Meanwhile, his wife Carrie (Leah Remini), though utterly feminine (and one of the sexiest women on television), uses the kind of no-nonsense rational approach that's usually a man's province. Add to this mix Carrie's father Arthur (Jerry Stiller), whose life as a fussy, self-absorbed retiree makes him more like their child than an adult, and you've got the building blocks for an excellent and durable show.
The first season of The King of Queens quickly found its voice with stories firmly rooted in the everyday world, rarely spinning off into absurdity--and why should it, when there's such a wealth of humor to be found in petty neuroses (when Doug gets assigned an attractive young woman as a trainee at work, he gets hurt when Carrie isn't remotely jealous), ill-advised scheming (to weasel out of a traffic ticket, Carrie agrees to go out on a date with the cop who pulled her over), and juggling obligations to friends and family (just about every episode). Brilliant comic bits abound; one classic moment features Doug and Carrie having a furious argument in absolute silence at a cello concert--a scene that fuses deft physicality, well-developed characters, and sheer silliness. The King of Queens is a delight. --Bret Fetzer
The King of Queens - The Complete Second Season
Like its characters, The King of Queens is a unpretentious but utterly dependable sitcom. Kevin James and Leah Remini, as blue-collar couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan, have the kind of chemistry that every sitcom craves (but far too few have). Layered on top of this solid foundation are the bizarre flights of Jerry Stiller as Arthur, Carrie's loud, paranoid, and combustible father. The second season has no overarching plotlines or recurring themes; it's just a compilation of excellent material, including Doug's ego inflating when a waitress flirts with him; Doug and Carrie squirming when their best friends ask them to be godparents; Doug discovering that Carrie compulsively cheats at games; and a flashback to when they first met. It's the attention to emotional detail that makes the show fly; James and Remini take the most mundane material--say, an argument over where to go for a vacation or how their marriage lacks romance--and turn the many ways in which couples cope into a pugnacious duet. Their sparring not only is funny, but consistently rings true as irrational but oh-so-common human behavior. The show pulls you in all the more because the Heffernans make up just as often as they fight, demonstrating one of the most functional marriages on television. It's meat-and-potatoes comedy, but sometimes nothing else will hit the spot. --Bret Fetzer
The King of Queens: The Complete Third Season
The third season of The King of Queens upholds the quality of the first two: Smart but unpretentious comedy based firmly in the daily lives of blue-collar couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan (Kevin James and Leah Remini) as they cope with their jobs, their friends, and sharing their home with Carrie's eccentric, obsessive father Arthur (Jerry Stiller). While dozens of mediocre sitcoms are built around fat guys implausibly married to sexy women, James and Remini have such chemistry and their characters are so well-crafted and complex that their marriage seems not only convenient for sitcom purposes but downright meant to be.
The show only goes astray when it goes for a gimmick. In one episode, Doug dreams of himself as Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners; while it's understandable for James to tip his hat to one of his idols, this belabored concept sucked all the humor out of the show. But when The King of Queens sticks to small, mundane troubles, the results are unfailingly delightful. For example, Doug becomes self-conscious about his weight when he discovers that Carrie buys his clothes at the Big & Tall Shop; Carrie is excited to go to lunch with some of the women lawyers at her firm, then humiliated when it turns out they didn't know she's a secretary; or Carrie admits she finds Doug's best friend Deacon (Victor Williams) hot. These events launch some wonderful farce, all the funnier because anyone can identify with the characters' insecurity and jealousy. This firm psychological grounding lets the series keep its footing as it dips into some deeper emotions, like the break-up of Deacon's marriage or an unexpected pregnancy. Because James and Remini keep their characters truthful in their most ridiculous moments, they keep us engaged and even moved as they enter what could be maudlin territory--plus, the writers never lose the opportunity for a sharp but telling joke along the way. The King of Queens makes sitcoms look easy, but the show's skillful balance of an ordinary world and fine-tuned humor is anything but. --Bret Fetzer
The King of Queens - The Complete Fourth Season
The fourth season of The King of Queens opens with a perfect example of how the show spins real life into farce: Delivery guy Doug and his sardonic wife Carrie (Kevin James and Leah Remini) want to get pregnant, but can't get Carrie's cantankerous father Arthur (Jerry Stiller) out of the house; the only solution their budget will allow is hiring a dog-walker named Holly (Nicole Sullivan) to take Arthur to the park. A more banal sitcom would conclude with Arthur's rage when he discovers the truth, but The King of Queens finds a grace note with Arthur and Holly beginning a genuine friendship. Which is not to say that The King of Queens goes for easy sentiment; some of the fourth season's best moments walk a distinctly unsentimental line. When Arthur goes into the hospital for a heart problem, Carrie discovers that he hid a college acceptance letter from her in order to keep her at home. While Arthur lies unconscious, Carrie wrestles with anger and grief--and, thanks to smart writing and Remini's deft performance, it's almost uncomfortably funny.
James, Remini, and Stiller form the sitcom equivalent of a rock'n'roll power trio--it's astonishing that so much comedy can come out of just three people. The King of Queens has solid supporting players (and, towards the end of this season, succumbs to the questionable trend of casting celebrity guest stars), but the skillful interplay between Doug, Carrie, and Arthur drives the vast majority of the show's stories. The fourth season has a handful of episodes that wallow in typical sitcom schtick, but it's impressive how many more episodes remain fresh, lively, and true to these vivid characters. Even an episode that flashes back to Doug and Carrie's wedding--a premise that usually guarantees a saccharine kiss of death--finds a balance of tartness and genuine warmth. Satisfying and well-crafted. --Bret Fetzer
The King of Queens: The Complete Ninth Season
The final season of The King of Queens sends this under-appreciated sitcom out with a bang. The season begins with several strong stand-alone episodes, including ones in which Doug (Kevin James) uses a tax refund to buy an ice cream truck; Carrie (Leah Remini) suspects that their best friends have managed to buy a vacation home by sponging off of her and Doug; Doug, after rescuing a chicken from being killed, becomes a vegetarian; Arthur (Jerry Stiller), eternally resplendent in argyle sweaters, asks Doug and Carrie for the money to get braces; and Adam Sandler (Punch Drunk Love) plays a high school friend of Doug's with a lot of repressed anger. But the season crescendos in a three-episode story that begins with Arthur preparing to get married again while Doug and Carrie's marriage crumbles when Carrie wants to move to an apartment in Manhattan. From there, the Heffernans' worst impulses run comically amok, demonstrating this show's long-standing strengths: The cheerful exploitation of all the character's bad behavior, be it Doug's selfishness, Carrie's envy, or Arthur's raging egomania; snowballing storylines that routinely end in entertaining disaster and humiliation; and the skillfully-honed interplay of the three leads. The supporting cast--including Doug's best friend Deacon (Victor Williams), the emotionally enmeshed roommates Spence (Patton Oswalt) and Danny (Gary Valentine), and needy dog-walker Holly (Nicole Sullivan)--all have their moments, but James, Remini, and Stiller are the show's engine, and it runs like a Maserati. --Bret Fetzer
Kevin James: A Day in the Life of an International Superstar
Thanks to the Fans
200th Episode Celebration
The Writers of King of Queens
Top Customer Reviews
NOW, when I seen this new 40.00 set come out I was like how come so cheap? Just look at the pictures... it is ok packaging and its the same discs you will find in other complete set or the original 9 box sets but the discs come on 2 separate spindles. Could cause damage to the discs over time if you move it around a lot. Spindles aren't the best for storing discs.
So basically, if you are a hard core fan I would recommend the 120.00 really nice IPS Truck Set. Few complete series are as creative and nicely done as it is. If you are new fan trying out the show or don't really care about how it comes then save the 80.00 and go with the 40.00 set with the spindles inside.
Just wanted to warn people so they aren't upset with the packaging of the 40.00 set and know what to expect. BOTTOM LINE: Look at all the pictures for both versions before deciding.
Edit: Amazon shouldn't have combined the reviews. That's why there are reviews for the IPS Truck 150.00 set and they are under the 40.00 set reviews and vice versa. They should have been separate. I can see why people were confused on what set they are getting.
Picture quality? Lets just say I have seen some amazing looking DVDs and this isn't the case here. It is fine with me but if you watch the syndicated series on TBS HD a lot like I do and expect something close to that, then you will notice a pretty big difference in picture quality and be somewhat disappointed. There are artifacts showing at times. I am a little more forgiving of the picture quality because this is a comedy series. If it was a special effect science fiction/action movie, then I would be disappointed. It is about 3 hours of show per disc which is too high considering I think these are regular 4.7GB discs. It is still good enough for me because the hilarious show makes me forget about some slight artifacts. If they made this in blu-ray or made it look somewhat like TBS HD, it would have been perfect. As for aspect ratio, I am actually a fan of keeping the original aspect ratio rather than zooming or stretching the picture. Good job there. I give the picture quality a 3.75 out of 5.Read more ›
But really, for $33.33 (when it's on sale here) for almost 76 hours of one of the funniest and wittiest comedies in television history, with decent video and sound quality- it's difficult to complain! But there is a solution to the one problem that pretty much everyone seems to agree on- the now infamous: 'two spindles'!
But before I forget, I also wanted to mention that every single disc is in great condition, and there are no duplicates, etc.
Now, about those 'spindles'.....
I can fully understand why people would be irked at having to constantly remove and replace several DVDs on two separate spindles (my plastic cases came unglued as soon as I opened the box, though, luckily, the discs stayed on the spindles!), just to search for one particular disc!
However, before even ordering this set, I remembered that I had bought a bulk package of thin, clear, double DVD slim cases years ago from Best Buy or somewhere for about $10, which I hadn't even opened! So, upon opening the box set, I started examining, then placing each disc in the cases (two discs per case). I managed to fit eleven of the slim double cases snuggly in the box, though ten is a little more comfortable, with the remaining four cases containing the remaining DVDs, outside, and beside the box. So there! No problem! Don't have to rummage through the two piles!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite shows. I bought this while recooperating from surgery and watched it for a couple of weeks. Made the time go by faster.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say, it's the King of Queens! If you liked it before you still like it now.Published 10 days ago by Carol L
If Seinfeld was all about Manhattan, TKOQ takes Funny to the 'burbs. This show had its own identity and, like Seinfeld, though shot primarily in Cali, its flavor was uniquely New... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Richard Kenyada
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