Royal Pains: Season 1 (2009)



Critic Consensus: Royal Pains' style is cheesy and broad, but the characters are likable in this light-hearted, zippy show.


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Air date: Jun 4, 2009
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Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is a young and smart New York doctor who not only loses his job after a wealthy patient dies in his care but is simultaneously dumped by his fiancée. Trying to raise his spirits, Hank's younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) whisks him away for a weekend in the Hamptons. While attending a party, Hank saves the life of a critically ill guest and gains the attention of the community. Suddenly in demand, Hank accepts an offer from wealthy businessman Boris (Campbell Scott) and decides to stay and reinvent himself as a doctor for hire, with Evan managing his business and the ambitious Divya (Reshma Shetty) as Hank's assistant.


Critic Reviews for Royal Pains Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (16)

"Royal Pains" may be the perfect scripted summer series -- silly and sunny, with plenty of fun and occasional doses of drama.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Beach towns have a way of flat-lining in the winter, but this isn't winter, and "Royal Pains," with a sunny star and even sunnier setting, might be just what the doctor ordered for those who can't take one more minute of pseudo-celebrity antics.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead of having goofy fun with all its eye candy, Royal Pains mostly wants to sit around drinking in the excesses of the uber-wealthy, with an occasional joke as an afterthought.

Jun 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's not a bad summer diversion.

Jun 4, 2009 | Full Review…

The one-liners are broad, the plots preposterous. And yet it all works in a lighthearted-summer-fare kind of way, helped along with almost pornographic images of Hamptons wealth.

Jun 4, 2009 | Full Review…

Feuerstein is smooth, steady, sensitive -- properly McDreamian -- but his patients are less interesting than the gorgeous real estate. Medical shows are better off sticking to hospitals, where the walls are painted a self-effacing teal.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

"Royal Pains" is a deceptively simple show that masks how clever something like that is to pull off.

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It has a primary problem, in that the weakest character is the lead...That aside, Royal Pains is a pleasant excursion, with some great one-liners and a chance to tweak its well-worn formula.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Even though the show has a strong focus on ethical issues, it still manages to be entertaining. But it's best left for more mature viewers thanks to the salty language, other strong content, and materialistic values.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There is something refreshing, in the way that a Popsicle is refreshing, about a summer series set in the summer in a place where people go to summer -- it amplifies the season.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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