40 Hours of Television

The class is over, but the discussion continues. Does the media shape reality, or does reality shape the media? Art can imitate life...and life can imitate art. "40 Hours of TV" will explore the media and its impact on us all.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

TV: June 29, 2005

I start my journal with The King of Queens, the sitcom starring Kevin James and Leah Remini as Doug and Carrie Heffernan, an (almost) blue-collar couple; Doug is a delivery driver and Carrie is a secretary for a law firm. Living with the Heffernans in the basement is Carrie's father Arthur (Seinfeld's Jerry Stiller...'Serenity Now!'), who is odd in a nice, sitcom way.

I watched this episode on June 29, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. It aired on my local affiliate of the WB.

Doug and Carrie are your basic lovable mismatched sitcom couple. Doug is a stereotypical male, a goofball who can barely fend for himself. Doug likes the basic things in life: eating, television, hanging out with the guys, bowling, all that good guy stuff. Doug's wife Carrie likes to nag him endlessly and just doesn't understand her big goofball of a husband, but of course loves him, anyway.

A quick note: this is one of those sitcoms where the husband is quite overweight while having a drop-dead gorgeous wife. Apparently, large guys aren't supposed to have attractive wives.

The episode I watched was a continuation of a series with Doug (the delivery driver) being on strike. And since the men of the show are portrayed as lazy, incompetent boobs, we see that, for three weeks, Doug hasn't done anything constructive during the day, and in fact has been sleeping while his wife is working 12-hour days. And since Carrie is portrayed as being nagging and shrill, she's the boss of the relationship. You know, like most women are.

Grade: B, because the show is pretty funny, despite the use of stock characters (overweight, immature male with gorgeous, but nagging, wife).

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