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The King of Queens: 1st Season (review)

Do I look fat in this sitcom to you? Obvious and distasteful, this working-class “comedy” relies entirely on class and gender stereotypes to elicit laughs in the same way that one pulls teeth. Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), a professional package-deliverer complete with ugly brown uniform, is like a real-life, unironic Homer Simpson, but his wife, Carrie (Leah Remini), is no Marge. He and his friends are crude and rude, she cries a lot, and her father (Jerry Stiller), who moves in with them in the premiere episode, gets a pass on his lewd sexism because his hilarious (not) borderline dementia means he lives in a perpetual 1952. All 24 episodes of the debut 1998-99 season are included here — plus, mysteriously, two bonus episodes from seasons 2 and 3 — and jokes about “a box of wine” and a man’s love affair with his TV are about as good as it gets. Extras include two pointless featurettes and commentary on the pilot by star Kevin James and creator Michael Weithorn.


MPAA: not rated

viewed at home on a small screen

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