The BEST Episodes of The King of Queens

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2020

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 - Aired May 3, 1999

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

star 8.20
707 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Gary Valentine, Kevin James, Rock Reuben
Consummate Professional

#2 - Consummate Professional

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 2005

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

star 8.13
729 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Art House

#3 - Art House

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 10, 1999

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

star 8.09
613 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Litt
Supermarket Story

#4 - Supermarket Story

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 23, 1998

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
890 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Pole Lox

#5 - Pole Lox

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 2005

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
820 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Awful Bigamy

#6 - Awful Bigamy

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 2004

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
672 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Time Share

#7 - Time Share

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 26, 1999

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 8.00
767 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, David Bickel, Josh Goldsmith
Hungry Man

#8 - Hungry Man

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 5, 1999

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 8.00
766 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Ovary Action

#9 - Ovary Action

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 2001

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 7.99
801 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Richard J. Feinstein
Assaulted Nuts

#10 - Assaulted Nuts

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1999

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

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

#11 - Missing Links

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 4, 2002

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 7.96
648 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Strike Out

#12 - Strike Out

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2000

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 7.95
889 votes
Writers: Nick Bakay
Shrink Wrap

#13 - Shrink Wrap

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired May 20, 2002

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 7.95
745 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Crappy Birthday

#14 - Crappy Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 1, 1999

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

star 7.93
903 votes
Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writers: David Bickel
Present Tense

#15 - Present Tense

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 13, 2006

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

star 7.93
554 votes
Directors: Henry Chan
Writers: Michelle Nader, Rock Reuben
Best Man

#16 - Best Man

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 11, 1999

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

star 7.93
846 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Strike One

#17 - Strike One

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2000

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 7.92
1,017 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Litt
Educating Doug

#18 - Educating Doug

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 9, 1998

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 7.91
1,096 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa, Josh Goldsmith
Furious Gorge

#19 - Furious Gorge

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 10, 2004

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 7.91
773 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Vocal Discord

#20 - Vocal Discord

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 2005

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 7.91
698 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Chris Downey
Gym Neighbors

#21 - Gym Neighbors

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 9, 2005

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
577 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel
Mild Bunch

#22 - Mild Bunch

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 23, 2007

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

#23 - China Syndrome (2)

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired May 14, 2007

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

star 7.88
421 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Holy Mackerel

#24 - Holy Mackerel

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2002

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 7.87
754 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Awed Couple

#25 - Awed Couple

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 5, 2005

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 7.87
670 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel