Royal Pains: Season 1 (2009)

Season 1
Royal Pains

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



Critic Ratings: 27


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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Jun 4, 2009

The young and recently fired Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) stumbles into a new career as a concierge doctor to the privileged denizens of the Hamptons in the series premiere. Hank's ambitious brother (Paulo Costanzo) assists this new endeavor, providing encouragement and financial advice along the way.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2009

A retired ballerina lets loose by eating junk food but soon collapses after indulging. Elsewhere, Hank treats a fisherman with hepatitis C; and Jill loses funding for her free clinic.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2009

A senator's son falls ill with a strange sickness. Elsewhere, a dog walker seeks Hank's advice; and Evan sets his sights on landing more female clients while also planning a date for Hank and Jill.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2009

A chef suffers a stroke but disappears before being treated. Elsewhere, Evan and Divya evaluate their positions in Hank's new business, and Hank and Jill spend time together on the day that Hank had previously planned to get married.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2009

Hank and Evan take a weekend-long job looking after a wealthy family on their private technology-free island. Despite Hank's misgivings, a woman in the family plans to give birth on the island. Evan, meanwhile, clashes with a teenage family member. Back home, Jill navigates hospital politics.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2009

Hank is forced to quarantine party guests and considers calling County Health about a potential outbreak. Elsewhere, Evan learns interesting facts about Divya's personal life, and Jill tries to keep her relationship with Hank under wraps.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2009

Hank tends to an accident victim with serious injuries that aren't readily apparent. Elsewhere, Jill's childhood pal returns to the Hamptons following a job offer from Boris, and Divya's fiancé visits, prompting her to examine their relationship more closely.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2009

Hank cares for an illustrator with a serious heart ailment, a move that puts a strain on his relationship with Jill. Elsewhere, Divya struggles to diagnose a newlywed whose honeymoon plans are thwarted by his illness.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2009

A girl falls from a horse at an equestrian show and develops strange symptoms that lead Hank to suspect her father is hiding something. Elsewhere, Divya considers telling her dad the truth about her job, and Hank meets Jill's ex-husband.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2009

Tucker's dad plans to undergo a rapid detox program to help him kick his drug habit, but Hank objects to the dangerous method. Elsewhere, Evan inadvertently causes trouble with a nightclub owner; Hank and Jill try to contact Boris while he hides in New York.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Bruno Campos
Charlie Casey
Andrew McCarthy
Marshall Bryant
Ezra Miller
Tucker Bryant
Rupak Ginn
Rajan Bandyopadhyay
Campbell Scott
Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz
Jason Kravits
Dr. Dan Irving
JoiRani Dreemz
James P. Anderson
Attending Physician
Dieter Riesle
Boris's Key Servant
Paul Weaver
Garden Party Attendee
Anita Storr
Rich Frank
Executive Producer
Paul Frank
Executive Producer
Jeff Kwatinetz
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Royal Pains Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (17)

"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…

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…

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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