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A well-known Creator/{{CBS}} sitcom running from 1998 to 2007. It focuses on the life of Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), a fat but jovial [[FictionalCounterpart IPS]] driver, and his wife, Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini), nee Spooner. Most of the time, Doug tries to live a hard-working but relaxed and diet-free life, which is complicated by the zany schemes of Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller), Carrie's father, who lives in their basement.

Doug has quite the circle of friends. His best friend is the black family man, Deacon Palmer. Others include Richie Ianucchi, a [[ChickMagnet ladies' man]] who nicknames Doug as "Moose", Doug's awkward cousin Danny (who is played by Gary Valentine, James' brother in real life), and Spence Olchin, a nerd of sorts who isn't the ButtMonkey of the group so much as the omega wolf. While not part of the circle, another friend is the local dog-walker Holly, who, in spite of her drinking and trouble finding a date, does a good job of putting up with Arthur's weirdness.

Most viewers point out ''The King of Queens'' for its prominent case of [[BigBeautifulMan Big Guy]] [[UglyGuyHotWife Hot Wife.]] What makes the show unique, though, is that Doug and Carrie share other attributes that show opposites attracting. For example, Doug is a nice and friendly guy and is quite content with his job as an IPS driver, whereas Carrie sometimes fantasizes about the directions her life could have taken and has a somewhat [[BlackAndGrayMorality grayer moral compass]]. Another example is that Doug is a hard worker, but he likes to play hard as well, whereas Carrie is a card-carrying workaholic.

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!!'''This show provides examples of:'''

* {{Acrofatic}}: Doug's poledance. Especially when compared to Carrie.
** His raquetball performance against Deacon is also an example and it's implied that he really had no prior experience playing and that it was solely inspired by Doug's desire to get his friend away from his "archnemesis" pushing him into almost {{Determinator}} territory.
** Doug in general is implied to be decently athletic and powerful (consider his job; he probably spends a decent amount of time having to carry around heavy boxes and considering he works in New York, he probably has to deliver things up lots of stairs in walk-up apartments.) One episode has a gag that he used to be extremely well-built and muscular. It seems he's just added a layer of flab ''over'' the muscles.
* AdamWesting: Done in one episode by the actual Adam West, whom Spence meets and wants to take to Comic book convention.
* TheAlcoholic: Doug's boss, Patrick O'Boyle. He mentions he's recovering and hasn't had a drink for eight years, but [[OffTheWagon tells Doug to leave the bottle of Johnnie Walker Black he jokingly told him to bring]].
* ArtisticLicenseCars: When Doug's car starts breaking down, Arthur buys them a "Douchenburger", apparently quite popular in Luxembourg. The actual car is a right hand drive 1970 Mini 850 Mk. III. Luxembourg has no local auto makers (their cars come from the rest of Europe) and is left hand drive. About the only thing done to hide the fact that it's a Mini is the emblem on the hood has been removed.
** This confuses British viewers, who wonder why an instantly recognisable Mini - with its steering wheel in the intuitively "correct" place - isn't ''called'' a Mini. Some viewers are clued up enough to realise a Mini is a sort of classic car in the USA and would be worth good money for its comparative rarity value. Besides, ''Film/TheItalianJob'' should be well-known enough in the USA for many people to recognise the car?
* AsHimself: Lou Ferrigno is indeed Lou Ferrigno. And good friends with Creator/AdamWest.
* BabiesEverAfter: Doug and Carrie end the show with two children, a daughter adopted from China and a biological son.
* BerserkButton: Carrie's defensiveness of her bun hairstyle, and Doug hates being called "Fatty [=McButterpants=]".
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don's flipout on the boss.
* BigApplesauce: The show takes place in Queens, and Carrie works in Manhattan.
* BigFun: Doug is this to a tee.
* BittersweetEnding: The episode "Pregnant Pause"
* BlackBestFriend: Deacon
* BrotherChuck: Richie suddenly disappears and is replaced by Danny to keep the four friend group intact. Also Sara, see The Poochie, below.
* TheCameo: Ben Stiller has a cameo as Arthur's abusive father in the episode "Shrink Wrap".
** Creator/AdamSandler appears in another episode.
* CarpetOfVirility: Doug and Danny, type II.
* CatchPhrase: "Shutty"
** Shaminy!
** Ass, in many variations. "I am ASS." "CARRIE IS ASS." "I'll buy you a boat! The Dumb-as-ass!" "Mother of ASS!" "Ass!"
** YUSPA!!!
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Carrie's sister Sara. The script writers admitted they ran out of ideas with what to do with her. As a matter of fact, Sara was ''so'' written out of the show that [[RetCon Carrie was turned into an only child]].
** Also the Sacksys after their last appearance (although they might have just moved away)
* CloserToEarth: Traded off [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the episode]] between Doug and Carrie. Doug is foolish and impulsive, but Carrie is somewhat immoral (or at least self serving) and brash, and each have episodes showcasing their flaws - for whichever one is in the wrong in the episode, the other will be CloserToEarth.
* CloudcuckooLander: Arthur
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Spencer and his new girlfriend Denise have dinner with his mom. To break the ice, she tells a story about how Spencer slipped on ice and how red his butt was afterwards. His mom completely missed the point and asks him why she's seen him naked, telling him he was supposed to "save himself". Denise then says the she didn't actually see it, but Spencer told her on the phone while she was in church. His mom then exclaims, "You were on the phone in church?!"
* ConvenientMiscarriage: This happens to Carrie. It's a rare downer in the series and something of a discontinuity.
* {{Crossover}}: From time to time, the Heffernans have interacted with the cast of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''
** Gianni from the latter show appeared in one episode as well.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->That's our wedding cake. From our wedding. You know, when we got married.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Whether or not Doug, Carrie or Arthur are being giant [[JerkAss assholes]] or not.
* DiabolusExMachina: In her last appearance on the show as a regular, Holly met a nice, normal rich guy who planned to marry her and take her out of the city. When she reappears in the series finale, she's now pregnant and has been dumped by said husband, with nowhere to live.
* DisproportionateRetribution: A waitress is constantly seeking advice from Arthur. He gets fulfillment from this, until finding out from a dimwitted co-worker that she only does so to follow the opposite of what he suggests. Following this he deliberately sets her up to follow bad advice (or ignore good advice). Whether or not he intended for this to get her fired and potentially bankrupt, he seems to find her outcome perfectly just in his gloating.
-->'''Former Waitress:''' You cost me my job! How am I going to pay my bills?!
-->'''Arthur:''' And you hurt my feelings, so now we're even!
** Deacon [[FelonyMisdemeanor goes out to dinner with a female friend and doesn't tell Kelly]]. She and Carrie treat it as if he's sleeping with the woman, to the point Kelly kicks him out barefoot and moneyless, while Carrie kicks him out of the house and refuses to allow Doug to give him money for a hotel room.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Carrie is a pretty major version of this and it was implied that Deacon's wife can be pretty abusive as well. Also one ep had Carrie teach a girlfriend of Spence to be [[DudeNotFunny verbally abusive to]] [[ButtMonkey Spence.]]
** However, it should be noted that unlike ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' with [[ButtMonkey Raymond]] and [[{{jerkass}} Debra]], Doug was always portrayed as equally strongwilled and just as often meant to be "right" in the plot as Carrie.
** He's also acknowledged by other characters as having the patience of a saint for dealing with Carrie for so long.
* DudeNotIronic: In one episode, Doug calls something ironic and Arthur insists that that's not what irony is. At the end of the episode, Arthur wakes Doug up in the middle of the night claiming he looked up ironic in the dictionary, and admits he was wrong: he thought "ironic" meant "made entirely of iron".
* DumbIsGood
* EyeScream: When Spencer explains how laser eye surgery worked, Deacon was experiencing this.
---> '''Deacon:''' I don't want to hear about an... eye flap, damn!
* FictionalCounterpart: IPS is simply UPS with one letter changed.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Doug
** TheLancer: Deacon and Carrie.
** TheBigGuy / SixthRanger: Danny
** TheSmartGuy: Spence
** TheChick: Holly
** TheMentor / TheLoad: Arthur
* {{Flanderization}}: Carrie's unsophisticated speech in some episodes.
** Also Doug's intelligence, most notable in one episode where he forgets a persons name after it was just mentioned less then a minute ago.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Doug (phlegmatic), Carrie (choleric), Arthur (sanguine), and Deacon (melancholic).
** You could use this with secondary characters as well: O'Boyle (choleric), Spence (melancholic), Danny (sanguine), Richie (phlegmatic), and Holly (supine).
* GentleGiant: Lou Ferrigno (yes, ''[[TheIncredibleHulk the]]'' Lou Ferrigno), Doug and Carrie's neighbor
* GiftedlyBad: Carrie [[spoiler: at pole dance]]
* GoshdangItToHeck: Doug often says "Son of a mother!"
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: In flashbacks, Doug is shown to have a mullet and/or a mustache.
* HairTriggerTemper: Carrie
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Holly
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Despite the fact that they sleep with their beds pushed together, have tried to buy a house together, have a shared checking account, speak of themselves as a couple, argue and break up like they're married (and have in fact gotten married), and have all but given up on finding dates other than each other, Spence and Danny are straight.
** Doug and Deacon also count.
* {{Irony}}: In an episode, Arthur gets in an argument with Doug about whether a situation was ironic. The story was that Doug had to scan a box, but the scanner was broken. When he opened it, it turned out that the box was full of new scanners. The kicker came in the end sequence where Arthur wakes Doug up in the middle of the night to say: 'I was checking the dictionary and it turns out you were right. That situation ''was'' ironic. I thought "ironic" meant "Made up entirely of iron."' Doug merely replies "Good night, Arthur."
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Carrie, DependingOnTheWriter.
** A case of "like father, like daughter," since this also applies to Arthur.
* KafkaKomedy
* KavorkaMan: The other Doug Heffernan.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Anytime Doug or Carrie (or both) set up a scheme, it would always be foiled by some reason. "Patrons Ain't" & "Buy Curious" are good examples for both of them, with several of Doug's schemes to improve Carrie while he did nothing (such as in "Lush Life", "Gym Neighbors" & "Deconstucting Carrie") always came back to bite him in the ass.
* LettingHerHairDown: Carrie plays with this trope in the "Bun Dummy" episode.
** Also, we, the audience are supposed to believe that Carrie is undesirable to any man when she puts her hair up. The gorgeous Leah Remini? Riiight.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Holly and Carrie.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Spence and Danny.
* TheLoad: Arthur contributes nothing to the household and in fact has cost the Heffernans significant amounts of money (Started fires, sold their furniture when they are away...etc.) and stress (goes through personal belongings, keeps them awake at night when moved across the hall, constantly yelling and trying to force his rules on them...etc). Whenever he comes across some money like bingo winnings, he doesn't even think to offer Doug and Carrie any of it for something such as new appliances they all use and has to be more or less told to give it to them. Doug wants him out of the house for these reasons but Carrie defends Arthur, claiming he isn't that bad (which is odd, as it has been firmly established that Arthur was a terrible father).
* Magic8Ball: The Mentalo toy from Doug's childhood (as well as its knockoff, Mental-Man) is a variant.
* ManChild: Spence is the most obvious example but Doug, Danny and even Arthur fit as well. Deacon could also be described as this on certain occasions. For example, in the episode "Mentalo Case", when Doug wants to buy a toy that he always wanted as a child, Deacon goes behind Doug's back and purchases it for himself.
* ManipulativeBastard: Doug is frequently forced to be this in order to get what he wants from the domineering Carrie. Examples include Doug talking Arthur into wanting whatever Doug wants to eat and forming fake work calls to guilt the wife into letting the husband get his way.
* MeddlingParents: Doug's parents and Spence's mother.
* MistakenForGay: Danny and Spence.
** {{Lampshaded}} when Spence and Danny actually get married in order to receive a free television from a timeshare company, then are comically outraged when they won't give the timeshare to a same-sex couple. ([[spoiler:[[StatusQuoIsGod They were divorced by the next episode.]]]])
** In one episode, Spence and Danny go to their high school reunion and try to pick up women to take home. Spence thinks he has succeeded in picking up a woman, until Danny informs him that that woman is a lesbian and thinks he's a woman too. Danny also succeeds in getting a date, that is, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the captain of the football team.]]
--> At least ''my'' rainbow ends with a vagina!
** In the episode "Mammary Lane", Spence's TiVo thinks he's gay.
** Also, several episodes revolved around Deacon thinking his son Kirby was gay and attempting to prevent it. ("Ticker Treat", "Kirbed Enthusiasm")
* MistakenForRacist: In "Buy Curious," Doug and Carrie attempt to sell a crappy house by covering up the flaws and sell it off to a black couple like it's fine. When Doug and Carrie find out that the couple is having a baby, they try to talk them out of buying it and the couple think they're just trying to keep them from buying it because they're black.
* NewNeighborsAsThePlotDemands: With the exception of Lou Ferrigno and the Sacksys (who only appeared in three episodes) the other side neighbors changed frequently.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The Palmers in the episode "Present Tense"
* NoodleIncident: Played with in one episode that show's exactly what transpires and then has Doug pose a question that to a party not in the know is definitely one of these.
--> '''Doug:''' Well maybe losing your gynecologist is a good lesson for you. Maybe next time you want to do something nice for Danny you'll think, "Last time I did this I lost my gyneologist."
* OnlySaneMan: Deacon; he is the only main or recurring character that doesn't have many major personality flaws, is often exasperated by his friends idiotic schemes, is the first one to point out when someone goes too far in any given situation and is generally the most well-adjusted person on the show.
* [[Main/ShooOutTheNewGuy The Poochie]]: Sara. At the beginning of the series, Carrie was meant to be the serious character of the two, while Sara was meant to be nothing more than a mooching bimbo. They quickly ran out of things to go for a character like Sara, so eventually they [[Main/RetroactiveContinuity wrote her entire existance out of the show]].
* PluckyOfficeGirl; Carrie's position at the legal firm she works for.
* PotteryBarnPoor: The Heffernins consist of an [[strike: UPS]] IPS truck driver, a secretary and an old retired man who never worked a job for more than a month at a time. Despite this, aside from their rather spacious home, in a neighborhood decent enough for Lou Ferrigno, they also have ongoing plots revolving around Doug's widescreen plasma TV and home cinema system and the den devoted to it.
** Delivery men and legal secretaries (especially ones employed at large law firms like Carrie) make more money than you'd think.
* PointyHairedBoss: Doug's boss, Patrick O'Boyle, is revealed to be a weirdo at times.
** As is Carrie's boss, Doug Pruzan.
* PutOnABus: Kelly for a few seasons, supposedly due to an edict from ABC, who didn't want Merrin Dungey appearing on other shows while she was on ''Series/{{Alias}}'' [[note]] her leaving Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle as Stevie's mom is supposedly also due to this[[/note]]. After her character [[spoiler: or rather, her character's doppelganger]] was killed off, she returned to the show for the rest of its run.
** Richie, Doug's close friend and former roommate, was written out in season 3 after Larry Romano left the show to star in ''Kristin''.
* PygmalionPlot: Spence helping Carrie to improve her pronounciation. When she succeeds, he says "you are so beautiful..."
* PygmalionSnapBack: The episode "Jung Frankenstein"
* {{Retcon}}: When Pruzan first appeared, he was just a pathetic co-worker of Carrie's. Later, he was made into her boss (indeed, several episodes, including "Cello Goodbye" showed her with different bosses).
** In the episode where Arthur temporarily moves out into an apartment he can't afford, Doug compliments his piano playing abilities. In a later episode he tries getting some fast money by "teaching" children how to do just that but is completely incapable of doing so. Interestingly, amongst the main characters there doesn't appear to be a single person who can actually play the piano, yet there it is smack dab in the middle of the Heffernan's living room.
** Doug and Carrie's story of how they met, Carrie's childhood, and several other plotlines.
* ReTool: The title, now solely a pun based off of where the characters live, used to have a bit of a double-meaning, since Carrie's sister Sara was initially a big part of the cast, making plural "Queens."
* RightBehindMe: On the episode titled "Eggsit Strategy", this trope is satirized. Carrie is talking to her coworkers about her boss, Mr. Kaplan, in an unflattering way. When her coworkers have blank looks on their faces, she is worried that her boss is standing right behind her, but he isn't.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Danny was trying to win a poker party with them.
* SeriesContinuityError: In one early episode, Arthur mocked Doug for going to church, making it analogous to the Easter Bunny, but in later episodes, he prays to God and is even afraid of going to hell.
** Well it's possible he's a theist but not into ''organized'' religion, or since he's [[{{Jerkass}} ''Arthur'']], has a love-hate relationship with the "man upstairs."
** It's also implied that he was part of the Socialist Workers Party in the 1940s, and may still be a Marxist, given his argument with a Russian handyman over the Soviet Union being a "worker's paradise." If so, being an atheist would make sense, but Arthur may not be able to shed his religious upbringing completely (he's shown to be a former choir boy in one episode).
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Richie was a part of the quartet of friends as well as a major character for the first three seasons. Suddenly, though, the character was just dropped.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The show often jumped between both ends of the scale, sometimes in the same episode; case in point, "Foe: Pa." Sure, it wasn't officially a VerySpecialEpisode, but it certainly ''felt'' like one.
* SnowedIn: The episode "Ice Cubed".
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''TheHoneymooners''.
* SpoofAesop
* StandardizedSitcomHousing
* StoryArc: Strike One-Strike Too-Strike Out.
* SweetAndSourGrapes
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Arthur
* ThisLoserIsYou: Doug is shown to be dumb, has extreme aversion to reading and watches way too much TV. He also avoids places like art museums and artistic movies in favor of summer blockbuster movies and sports events. At the same time, he is shown to be very nice natured, kind-hearted and caring, making the audience connect with his character.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Duh.
** This is a more believable version than you usually see. Doug used to be stocky rather than just fat, and Carrie is enough of a bitch to counterbalance her looks.
** Subverted by the fact that Doug is not ugly, and is never referred to as such in-universe (except by Carrie when she is mad at him). He's just fat.
*** In fact it's heavily implied that Doug could rather easily find another woman if necessary despite his weight, but it's outright stated that Doug is possibly one of the few people alive who are kind and patient enough to put up with Carrie's personality.
* UnwantedGiftPlot: Doug and Carrie receive a hideous painting of them for their anniversary from Deacon and Kelly. They pretend to love it but secretly try to get rid of it. It turns out Deacon and Kelly intentionally gave them a horrible present so they would be allowed to get rid of an unwanted gift Doug and Carrie had given them.
* WestminsterChimes: The doorbell of Doug and Carrie's annoying neighbors, the Sackskys.
* YouGetWhatYouPayFor: Doug decides to give Carrie eye surgery for her birthday so that she no longer needs glasses. However, she ends up going through a much longer than usual adjusting period almost completely blind. Turns out that Doug decided to not go to the surgeon Carrie's boss recommended but another one due to the fact that the latter had coupons. Carrie is understandably upset and forces Doug to take her to the other one.
* YouLookFamiliar: Leah Remini's real life husband, Angelo Pagan, guest starred six times as five different characters on the show.
** Also, Kevin James' real life wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, guest starred five times as five different characters.
** The king (no pun intended) of this was Mookie Barker, who guest starred in many episodes, almost always as a different character.
** Chris Elliott played "F. Moynihan" a customer of Doug's in one episode and as a wacky exterminator several seasons later.
* YourFavorite: Doug's favorite topping for hotdogs - mayonnaise.
* YouSayTomato: Doug once got into an argument with Arthur when he asked for the "catsup" (which is an acceptable variation of "ketchup", just not to Doug). Of course, Doug is one to talk, considering the way he talks: "Sanitasheeown." "I'm the 'onioniown' guy!"
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