The BEST Episodes of The King of Queens

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2019

Network: CBS

Three's definitely a crowd for parcel post deliveryman Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), whose newly widowed father-in-law, Arthur (Jerry Stiller), has moved in with him and his wife, Carrie (Leah Remini). Doug's no longer the king of his domain -- the renovated basement that houses his beloved supersized TV set -- let alone the king of Queens, where he lives. Can they all just get along?

Where's Poppa?

#1 - Where's Poppa?

Season 1 - Episode 23

Doug and Carrie send Arthur off to work at cousin Danny's pizza restaurant.

star 8.23
691 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Gary Valentine, Kevin James, Rock Reuben
Consummate Professional

#2 - Consummate Professional

Season 8 - Episode 3

Carrie finds out that while dating, Doug lied about getting a job to get her to sleep with him.

star 8.14
720 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Art House

#3 - Art House

Season 1 - Episode 24

Arthur almost gets Doug fired. Doug then releases all his feelings about Arthur, which results in him moving out of the house.

star 8.12
600 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Litt
Supermarket Story

#4 - Supermarket Story

Season 1 - Episode 10

Carrie has Thanksgiving Day planned but is guilted into making a homemade meal which leaves her with less than a day to make a meal for ten people.

star 8.06
875 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Pole Lox

#5 - Pole Lox

Season 8 - Episode 1

Doug convinces Carrie to take pole dancing lessons, but is disappointed when she puts on a show for him. Meanwhile, Arthur worries her new hobby is a result of his poor parenting, and smothers her in effort to make up lost time.

star 8.04
810 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Awful Bigamy

#6 - Awful Bigamy

Season 6 - Episode 24

After Holly gets kicked out of her apartment, Arthur insists that she stay with him in the basement until she finds a new place, making Doug realize the benefits of having two women in his life.

star 8.02
661 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Time Share

#7 - Time Share

Season 1 - Episode 22

Carrie isn't happy that Doug's invited the Sackskys over-until she learns they're separating and offering them their Hamptons time-share. Meanwhile, Arthur seeks answers from an ointment company after developing a nasty rash.

star 8.02
749 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, David Bickel, Josh Goldsmith
Hungry Man

#8 - Hungry Man

Season 1 - Episode 21

Carrie's boss is having a cocktail party to impress a client and the only way Doug made it there was by not eating anything all day. He embarrasses Carrie by searching for food after he finds out there's no food at the party; Meanwhile, Arthur and Spence have trouble while planning a new business.

star 8.02
752 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Ovary Action

#9 - Ovary Action

Season 4 - Episode 12

Its Christmas time and Doug's parents are coming over. The only problem is that Doug and Carrie are trying to conceive because of Carrie's "fertile time." After trying to not tell his parents, Doug finally tells them of the situation and leaves the house for one night. That night, Doug can't perform because he is under pressure by his parents and Arthur.

star 8.00
791 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Richard J. Feinstein
Assaulted Nuts

#10 - Assaulted Nuts

Season 2 - Episode 3

Doug, while goofing off at work, accidentally ends up with a staple wound to the scrotum.

star 7.97
958 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel
Missing Links

#11 - Missing Links

Season 4 - Episode 17

Doug and Carrie get free tickets to her firm's annual golf outing at a private club. They have four tickets and usually bring Deacon and Kelly, but with their recent separation, things have changed. Not wanting to lose out on the opportunity, Deacon meets an available gal, Leslie, who he brings along to complete the foursome. Doug and Deacon are having a great time, but unfortunately, Carrie is not feeling the connection with Leslie and makes an attempt to set Deacon up with another co-worker while at the golf course that she thinks she'd have a better time with. In the meantime, Deacon asks Holly to watch his kids over the weekend while he's gone but doesn't realize that Holly may be pining away for him.

star 7.97
640 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Strike Out

#12 - Strike Out

Season 3 - Episode 7

Doug and Deacon, who are out of work because of a strike, resort to playing sophomoric pranks, along with Arthur, to keep from going stir crazy. But they're driving Carrie and Kelly nuts. Eventually, Doug and Deacon return to work leaving Arthur alone.

star 7.96
876 votes
Writers: Nick Bakay
Shrink Wrap

#13 - Shrink Wrap

Season 4 - Episode 25

The fourth season concludes with Arthur visiting a psychiatrist and recalling via flashback a disturbing encounter with his dad that may explain Arthur's abrasive personality.

star 7.96
734 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Present Tense

#14 - Present Tense

Season 8 - Episode 17

The Heffernans hate an anniversary gift from the Palmers so much, they stage a robbery to rid themselves of it.

star 7.95
547 votes
Directors: Henry Chan
Writers: Michelle Nader, Rock Reuben
Crappy Birthday

#15 - Crappy Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 15

Carrie is upset about getting older when her 30th birthday rolls around.

star 7.95
887 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: David Bickel
Best Man

#16 - Best Man

Season 1 - Episode 13

Doug and Carrie attend a wedding of an old flame of Carrie's, creating an uncomfortable situation for Doug.

star 7.94
831 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Strike One

#17 - Strike One

Season 3 - Episode 5

Doug feels the urge for a new car and against Carrie's advice buys it for himself only to find out moments later that the workers at the IPS company are going on strike. He unsuccessfully tries to return the car, forcing Carrie to work major overtime to compensate for his mistake.

star 7.93
1,007 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Litt
Educating Doug

#18 - Educating Doug

Season 1 - Episode 8

Carrie signs her and Doug up for a class at the community college when she begins to think that they're becoming dumb and boring. Doug has a hard time with it, but luckily Spence in also in the class...

star 7.92
1,077 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Furious Gorge

#19 - Furious Gorge

Season 7 - Episode 3

On the way to a overeating support group, Doug notices an abusive relationship group, and decides to join them instead. Although, Carrie becomes suspicious when he not only gains weight, but begins to cower in her presence.

star 7.92
763 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Vocal Discord

#20 - Vocal Discord

Season 8 - Episode 2

When Doug and Carrie accidentally get a transcription of one of their arguments, they decide marriage counseling might not be a bad idea. And when Arthur gets hold of it, their argument becomes entertainment for a senior citizens' group.

star 7.90
689 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Chris Downey
Gym Neighbors

#21 - Gym Neighbors

Season 7 - Episode 12

When the Heffernans begin working out with the Ferrigno's, Doug secretly makes a pact with Lou so he can sit around instead of working out.

star 7.89
570 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel
Mild Bunch

#22 - Mild Bunch

Season 9 - Episode 9

Doug's 20th high school reunion seems like a dud until an old friend comes up with a way to retaliate for a past grievance with their old principal.

star 7.88
590 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Liz Astrof Aronauer, Owen Ellickson
China Syndrome (2)

#23 - China Syndrome (2)

Season 9 - Episode 13

At Arthur's wedding reception, Doug and Carrie's marital tension continues, and they ponder whether they have a future together.

star 7.88
418 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Awed Couple

#24 - Awed Couple

Season 7 - Episode 8

When a fight causes a rift in the Palmer/Heffernan relationship, Doug and Carrie attempt to get back at the Palmers by getting a new couple as friends. When their search yields nothing, they resort to two friends they really don't enjoy. But while dining with them, they meet another couple who are in a book club with their increasingly annoying friends. Now Doug and Carrie love them ... at least until they finish the search to find the new couple's phone number.

star 7.88
662 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel
Holy Mackerel

#25 - Holy Mackerel

Season 5 - Episode 3

Doug and Carrie run into Father McAndrew at the fish market. They exchange pleasantries and as they are parting ways, Father McAndrew tells them that he would love to see them in church sometime. Unsure of how to decline politely, the Heffernans instead agree to attend Sunday's services. During the service, Carrie reflects on the one thing that she really needs help with – a raise. Miraculously, the following day, Carrie receives word that her prayers have been answered and that she is getting her raise. Much to Doug's dismay, Carrie's prayers turn to more frivolous things – like shoe sales. He does his best to convince her that God would never approve of her prayers, but soon enough Carrie catches Doug praying for the Jets to win their latest football game. Meanwhile, Arthur hosts an open house in order to sell the house. Unfortunately, he hasn't mentioned a word of his efforts to Doug or Carrie, the homeowners.

star 7.88
742 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick