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'King' of Pain

EW's TV critic on what baffles him. Ken Tucker further explains his likes and dislikes

Kevin James | WHO'S THE 'KING'? James, but not according to EW's own TV critic
WHO'S THE 'KING'? James, but not according to EW's own TV critic

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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Originally posted May 14, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints
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