The BEST episodes of The King of Queens

Every episode of The King of Queens ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The King of Queens!

Life’s good for deliveryman Doug Heffernan, until his newly widowed father-in-law, Arthur, moves in with him and his wife Carrie. Doug is no longer the king of his domain, and instead of having a big screen television in his recently renovated basement, he now has a crazy old man.

Last Updated: 6/23/2024Network: CBSStatus: Ended
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Where's Poppa?
star
8.14
744 votes

#1 - Where's Poppa?

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/3/1999

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

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Consummate Professional
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8.10
740 votes

#2 - Consummate Professional

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/2005

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

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Art House
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8.04
657 votes

#3 - Art House

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/10/1999

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

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: David Litt
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Supermarket Story
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8.01
928 votes

#4 - Supermarket Story

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/23/1998

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Pole Lox
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8.00
828 votes

#5 - Pole Lox

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/2005

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Time Share
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7.98
797 votes

#6 - Time Share

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/26/1999

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Awful Bigamy
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7.97
684 votes

#7 - Awful Bigamy

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/19/2004

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Assaulted Nuts
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7.97
999 votes

#8 - Assaulted Nuts

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/1999

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

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: David Bickel
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Ovary Action
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7.95
819 votes

#9 - Ovary Action

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/17/2001

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Hungry Man
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7.93
800 votes

#10 - Hungry Man

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/5/1999

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: Tony Sheehan
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Strike Out
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7.93
901 votes

#11 - Strike Out

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/13/2000

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.

Writer: Nick Bakay
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Shrink Wrap
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7.92
766 votes

#12 - Shrink Wrap

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/20/2002

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Furious Gorge
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7.91
777 votes

#13 - Furious Gorge

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/10/2004

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Best Man
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7.90
883 votes

#14 - Best Man

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/11/1999

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

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Present Tense
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7.89
564 votes

#15 - Present Tense

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/13/2006

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

Directors: Henry Chan
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Strike One
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7.89
1028 votes

#16 - Strike One

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/30/2000

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: David Litt
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Educating Doug
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7.89
1132 votes

#17 - Educating Doug

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/1998

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...

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Missing Links
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7.88
667 votes

#18 - Missing Links

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/4/2002

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Vocal Discord
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7.88
694 votes

#19 - Vocal Discord

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/2005

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: Chris Downey
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Crappy Birthday
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7.87
946 votes

#20 - Crappy Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/1/1999

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

Directors: Mark Cendrowski
Writer: David Bickel
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Mild Bunch
star
7.86
611 votes

#21 - Mild Bunch

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/23/2007

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Holy Mackerel
star
7.85
773 votes

#22 - Holy Mackerel

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/7/2002

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
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Awed Couple
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7.85
684 votes

#23 - Awed Couple

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/5/2005

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: David Bickel
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Gym Neighbors
star
7.85
601 votes

#24 - Gym Neighbors

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/9/2005

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.

Directors: Rob Schiller
Writer: David Bickel
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Fatty McButterpants
star
7.84
969 votes

#25 - Fatty McButterpants

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/16/2000

Doug vows to lose 30 pounds.

Directors: Rob Schiller