The Best Episodes of The King of Queens

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

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?

Hungry Man

#1 - 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 8.08
225 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Where's Poppa?

#2 - Where's Poppa?

Season 1 - Episode 23

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

star 7.95
223 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Kevin James , Rock Reuben , Gary Valentine
Assaulted Nuts

#3 - Assaulted Nuts

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 7.94
282 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel
Pole Lox

#4 - 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 7.90
231 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Court Date

#5 - Court Date

Season 1 - Episode 17

Carrie gets a speeding ticket and Doug, out of fear of the car insurance doubling, convinces her to go on a date with the cop that gave her the ticket.

star 7.89
224 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa , Josh Goldsmith
Doug Out

#6 - Doug Out

Season 2 - Episode 6

Arthur's inclusion at an outing to a Mets game creates problems for Doug.

star 7.89
250 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa , Josh Goldsmith
Strike Out

#7 - 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 7.89
267 votes
Writers: Nick Bakay
Time Share

#8 - 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 7.87
223 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa , Josh Goldsmith , David Bickel
Watch on Amazon
Awful Bigamy

#9 - 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 7.87
197 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Ilana Wernick
Soft Touch

#10 - Soft Touch

Season 2 - Episode 22

Doug gets pulled into a water filter scheme thanks to his neighbors.

star 7.86
205 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Litt , Tony Sheehan
Flower Power

#11 - Flower Power

Season 2 - Episode 24

Doug shows his romantic side as Carrie thinks he has lost it; Arthur serves on a jury.

star 7.85
194 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Rock Reuben
Watch on Amazon
Crappy Birthday

#12 - Crappy Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 15

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

star 7.85
248 votes
Writers: David Bickel
Art House

#13 - 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 7.85
216 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Litt
Roamin' Holiday

#14 - Roamin' Holiday

Season 2 - Episode 10

In an attempt to get away from Carrie's friends for Thanksgiving, Doug invites Spence over.

star 7.83
251 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: David Bickel , Ben Wexler
Best Man

#15 - 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 7.83
251 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa , Josh Goldsmith
Buy on iTunes
S'Ain't Valentine's

#16 - S'Ain't Valentine's

Season 1 - Episode 16

Doug's romantic plans with Carrie are hijacked by Veronica, who has planned a last-minute surprise party for Spence. Arthur meets a woman at a Senior Center dance.

star 7.83
239 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Nancy Cohen , Michael J. Weithorn
Shrink Wrap

#17 - 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 7.82
187 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Train Wreck

#18 - Train Wreck

Season 1 - Episode 20

Doug is upset when his new trainee doesn't make Carrie jealous; Meanwhile, Arthur must deal with his purchase of his tombstone in advance and changing the first two numbers of his death year from 19 to 20.

star 7.82
232 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa , Josh Goldsmith
Life Sentence

#19 - Life Sentence

Season 4 - Episode 8

Now that Arthur is back from the hospital, Carrie thinks that it is a good idea that she and Doug get life insurance. She wants to be sure that Arthur is well taken care of should something happen to either one of them. But this comes as a huge shock to Doug because he's never thought about having to take care of Arthur if Carrie weren't around. Once Doug finds out that Carrie has started smoking again, he's convinced that she's trying to die first so that he gets stuck with Arthur. They both lose sight of why they're signing the insurance forms and Arthur has to snap them back into reality. Meanwhile, Doug and Carrie have installed an Arthur cam so they can monitor him while he's down in the basement. Deacon, Spence, and Danny get a real kick out of watching Arthur's mundane daily activity and find themselves addicted to "Arthur TV".

star 7.82
227 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Chris Parrish
Supermarket Story

#20 - 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 7.82
287 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Cathy Yuspa , Josh Goldsmith
Road Rayge

#21 - Road Rayge

Season 1 - Episode 9

Doug regrets helping Ray Barone cheat on his driving test. Meanwhile, Arthur's neediness hinder's Carrie's studying.

star 7.81
288 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Tony Sheehan , David Litt
Maybe Baby

#22 - Maybe Baby

Season 1 - Episode 25

Doug and Carrie consider having a baby, which results in a flashback from Arthur about the day that Carrie was born.

star 7.81
220 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn
Pregnant Pause: Part 2

#23 - Pregnant Pause: Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 25

Doug tells Carrie not to panic about having the baby, that he will take care of all her "burden," so he takes on a second job so that they can store a little extra money before the due date. Meanwhile, Arthur is annoyed that Doug still hasn't finished his bathroom and Deacon and Kelly reconcile.

star 7.81
76 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Michael J. Weithorn , David Litt
Lush Life

#24 - Lush Life

Season 4 - Episode 20

When Carrie's new afterwork routine of apple martinis-along with an accompanying much more relaxed attitude-come to an abrupt end, Doug and Arthur join forces to keep her drunk, a course of action Lou doesn't approve of.

star 7.81
220 votes
Directors: James Widdoes
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Food Fight

#25 - Food Fight

Season 4 - Episode 13

Carrie gets jealous when Doug's attention is focused on Spence's new girlfriend, Becky, a professional chef. It's not her looks. It's not her personality, it's her food! Doug can't get enough and Becky comes to rely on Doug to sample all of her new recipes. Carrie, feeling left out, finally reaches the end of her rope and demands that Doug stop his "food affair" with Becky.

star 7.81
221 votes
Directors: Rob Schiller
Writers: Chris Downey