Royal Pains: Season 1 (2009)

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Royal Pains

Critics Consensus

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

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Critic Ratings: 27

58%

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User Ratings: 17

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 4, 2009
2
Air date: Jun 11, 2009
3
Air date: Jun 18, 2009
4
Air date: Jun 25, 2009
5
Air date: Jul 9, 2009
6
Air date: Jul 16, 2009
7
Air date: Jul 23, 2009
8
Air date: Jul 30, 2009
9
Air date: Aug 6, 2009
10
Air date: Aug 13, 2009
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Tv Season Info

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.

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Critic Reviews for Royal Pains Season 1

All Critics (27) | 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…

It's Gossip Girl as a medical procedural, which may not be a recipe for quality, but I'm a weak woman, and it works for me on a hot day.

Jun 4, 2009 | Full Review…

For some lightweight entertainment during the summer months, "Royal Pains" is kind of fun.

Feb 21, 2020 | Full Review…

If the series can dump the soap-opera aspects of the Hank / Jill relationship and focus more on the medical business at hand and the bond between Hank and Evan, "Royal Pains" may well be heading for four-star territory.

Feb 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Royal" is for fans of glitzy, stylish shows that enjoy seeing the rich being made out to look foolish or worse.

Feb 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Royal Pains: Season 1

  • Apr 21, 2020
    A cheery and fresh medical dramedy with sharp dialogue and characters.
  • Dec 11, 2018
    Loved it. Very watchable.

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