After nine years and 207 episodes, the long-running comedy series The King of Queens
finally closed its curtains. Airing its last episode on Monday, May 14, the series was graced with an estimated 13.5 million viewers. And although it fell short of ratings compared to its contemporaries, the show was able to uphold its viewer ratings of about 12.5 million during its initial run.
The King of Queens
, an Emmy nominated series, was created by David Litt and Michael J. Weithorn. Produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions, the series premiered on September 21, 1998. It followed the lives of a blue collared couple named Doug and Carrie Heffernan (played by Kevin James
and Leah Remini
), who share their home with Carrie’s cranky dad, Arthur Spooner (played by Jerry Stiller
). The program also included Deacon Palmer (Victor Williams), and Spence Olchin (Patton Oswalt).
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Monday’s finale featured the couple as they heal their marriage and their Manhattan apartment-spawned rift. Doug and Carrie raced to China in an attempt to claim the adopted baby before the other. Soon, issues were resolved. Carrie discovered her pregnancy, fast tracking the show one year later with Doug, Carrie, and their two kids, and Arthur moving back in. Highlights of the final hour included the come back of actress Merrin Dungey (Deacon's wife) and Gary Valentine (James' real-life older brother), and a slide show at the program's end with the words: "Thanks For The Ride..."
If you failed to watch the ending, you can catch the two-part finale entitled 'China Syndrome' again on Thursday, May 24 at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: E! Online
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