YMMV / The King of Queens

  • Awesome Music: The show's theme song "Baby All My Life I Will Be Driving Home To You" by Billy Vera and the Beaters.
    • Especially the instrumental version of it that played over the credits during seasons 2 and 3. Unfortunately, a rather forgettable instrumental piece played over the credits instead starting in season 4.
    • "Fight the power! We gotta fight the powers that be!"
  • Designated Hero: It can sometimes be hard to root for Carrie, Doug and Arthur who are occasionally exaggerated Seinfeldian levels of Jerk Ass.
  • Ear Worm: Doug and Carrie, Doug and Carrie, Doug and Carrie... Arthur, Arthur, Arthur, Arthur
    • Doug and Pizza, Doug and Pizza, Doug and Pizza...
  • Fetish Retardant: In-universe, Carrie's pole dancing. It's so bad that Doug tried to stay at work until he's forced to leave, and when he later finally snaps and turns Carrie's music off, the following exchange occurs, implying that watching Carrie's dancing for a prolonged period is apparently A Fate Worse Than Death:
    Carrie: Why'd you turn it off?
    Doug: It was either that or jump out the window.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One episode (aired in 1999) featured Doug and Carrie investing Doug's Christmas bonus in a dot-com start-up, then panicking as the stock went up and down. The Tag of the show is the company being shut down because the CEO was accused of fraud. All of this was Played for Laughs. The next year the "dot-com bubble" burst, causing this story to become depressingly plausible.
    • The 1998 pilot episode had a scene where Doug’s friends discuss whether they would sleep with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. The current image of Hillary as a 70-year-old former presidential candidate makes the dialogue slightly awkward and out of place. Could be Hilarious in Hindsight depending on your perspective.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one episode, Doug pretends he is a lawyer so he can be part of Carrie's law firm's softball team. Carrie thinks he can't play a lawyer, but he can play a mall cop.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Arthur helping Spence prepare for the job interview.
    • Doug and Deacon have their share. Especially during the episode where they were trapped inside a truck.
    • Spence and Danny is the poster child of this. To the point that it's even acknowledged in-universe. At one point they end up taking their underwear off under the bed covers in an escalating dare (long story) and then realize they may have crossed a line.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Deacon, especially when Kelly left him.
  • Ship Tease: In the episode, "Missing Links", between Holly and Deacon. As this was during the time when Deacon and Kelly were split up the writers may have just been testing it out. Either way, it doesn't lead to anything.
  • So Okay, It's Average: It's not a terrible show, by any standard, but at the same time it never really rose above the standard of "watchable".
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Carrie is treated as an unreasonable bitch for not allowing a stranger with an eyepatch into her home on Thanksgiving. Then, when she does let him in, he locks everyone out and robs them.
    • Doug's father could come across as miserly and judgmental in "S'Poor House," but he was absolutely right about one thing: there is no way a couple with no kids and two reasonably good jobs between them shouldn't be able to come up with $12,000 for an emergency.
    • In "Gym Neighbors," Arthur's actually legally justified in demanding the prize he visibly won on a legitimate game show. And his eventual Blackmail is only a Necessary Evil last resort against an apparent Amoral Attorney who just won't listen.
  • Tear Jerker: In "Pregnant Pause" Carrie revealing to Doug that she had a miscarriage and then quietly breaking down in tears, made worse by the fact that Doug and Carrie were just starting to get used to the idea of being parents.