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The King of Queens- 6th Season


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C



We as an audience have seen this type of situation comedy for years now (in reruns or otherwise); a fat guy with a lovable and attractive BUT strong willed wife.  The Honeymooners and even The Flintstones employed the same situation comedy of the goofy, lam brained husband whose wife seemed always one step ahead; but the truth of the matter is The King of Queens lacks the charisma and heart these other series demonstrated.  Kevin James is no Fred Flintstone.


This is, as has been said in the past, nothing more than a very light situation comedy that has seemingly outlived its life expectancy.  Kevin James starting as a stand-up comedy clearly penetrates the stringy plot lines of the series, often times just about to jump out of his socks to spew his now formulaic punch lines. On occasion Kevin James throws a bone to his lovely, co-star, wife Leah Remini allowing her to share in his jokes, but seems far less than James himself.


So with all this criticism of the show one may ask, why is the show still on 8 seasons later?  The reason behind this lies purely in the casts’ chemistry.  With the shows plot lines apparently not more than pure dribble at times it is the interactions between Doug (Kevin James) and his wife, his father in law, and close friends that is the glue of the show.  Though this TV box set was hard to swallow at times, I found myself often chuckling at the personal chemistry of the cast. Overall, it can be said that the enthusiasm that the cast demonstrates for their show is admirable to an extent.


This 528 minute/24 episode box set is lack luster as far as special features.  As is seen in many recent TV on DVD box sets the studio has seemed to have left this box set sparse with special features, and the one that did exist were uninteresting to say the least (future DVD previews).  Being a newer show the 1.33:1 full screen picture and produced in professional analog NTSC video, it was adequate and colorful, but at times lighter than it should have been.  Having viewed this set on a surround sound system the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound quality was weak and unexciting.


In the end, The King of Queens may capture the hearts of some viewers, but this viewer was left unimpressed.  At times the characters seemed like shadows of their once entertaining selves.  Jerry Stiller misses the loudness on Seinfeld…Kevin James should have stuck to is stand-up roots….and Leah Remini, well I always liked her on Saved By The Bell.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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