StoryLike 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.
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- 25 episodes on three discs
- Commentary by Kevin James and creator-executive producer Michael Weithorn on "Net Prophets"
- "A Day in the Life of International Superstar Kevin James"
|Kevin James||Doug Heffernan|
|Leah Remini||Carrie Heffernan|
|Victor Williams||Deacon Palmer|
|Patton Oswalt||Spence Olchin|
|Larry Romano||Richie Iannucci|
|Jerry Stiller||Arthur Spooner|
|Philip Bolden||Kirby Palmer|
|Merrin Dungey||Kelly Palmer|
|Frantz Turner||Bill Gillard|
|Al White||Reverend Brown|
|Patricia Heaton||Debra Barone|
|Ray Romano||Ray Barone|
|Gary Valentine||Danny Heffernan|