Ken Tucker
May 14, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

EW’s TV critic on what baffles him

What show’s popularity — with audiences and critics — baffles you? — Kate M.

This elegantly direct question is trickier than it sounds, since it contains three elements: critics’ faves that are hits that I dislike. There aren’t many (I enjoy stuff like ”CSI” and ”Law & Order,” for example). But here’s one: ”The King of Queens” has always been a shoulder shrugger for me. It’s not bad; Kevin James is funnier as a stand-up; Leah Remini knows how to do brassy bombshell just fine; Jerry Stiller is too loud — but who cares? Well, millions do, as do colleagues who put it on top 10 lists. Consider me officially baffled.

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