The Royals: Season 1 (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Royals is too crass and not not clever enough to rise to the level of camp it needs to rule.


Want to See

Not Interested

Add Rating
My Rating    


Air date: Mar 15, 2015
Air date: Mar 22, 2015
Air date: Mar 29, 2015
Air date: Apr 5, 2015
Air date: Apr 12, 2015
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
Air date: Apr 26, 2015
Air date: May 3, 2015
Air date: May 10, 2015
Air date: May 17, 2015

The Royals: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

The drama series, loosely based on the novel "Falling for Hamlet" by Michelle Ray, follows the lives of a fictional contemporary British royal family as they deal with betrayals, scandals and relationship issues. Season 1 opens with the death of Prince Robert, heir to the throne. While King Simon (Vincent Regan) and Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) mourn their son, they also have to deal with their two remaining children, who aren't exactly the best expression of royalty: Eleanor (Alexandra Park) likes drugs, hates underwear and isn't very bright; her twin brother Liam (William Moseley) is a womanizer and next in line to the throne. The King's brother, Prince Cyrus (Jake Maskall), aspires to one day sit on the throne, and sets off a chain of events that leads to tragedies, scandals and surprises that might just grant him his wish.

Critic Reviews for The Royals Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (16)

The show leaves the impression that the writers have never met a British royal or aristocrat and have never seen how a ruling class rules.

Mar 18, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Royals might have been more promising if it had been a little more ebullient and a lot more outrageous. There's something too ordinary about it. We want to be bloody gobsmacked, mate.

Mar 18, 2015 | Full Review…

The navel-gazing on this show both ruins the trashy fun of the soap opera genre and is transparently hypocritical.

Mar 16, 2015 | Full Review…

It's supposed to be wicked but the zingers don't sing; it's supposed to be campy but is just crass and, for long stretches, tedious.

Mar 16, 2015 | Full Review…

The Royals aims to fill the glossy hole left by Gossip Girl, and The OC before it. It's certainly sexy and soapy enough to fit the bill, but, so far, it lacks the sophistication of the former, and the compelling melodrama of the latter.

Mar 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The show indulges no stereotypes of British upper-crust sophistication, instead making its royals into dull copies of any generic American celebrity clan.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, the drama is soap deluxe, but in the best tradition of Dynasty, Dallas and Fox's Empire, it is sharp too.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The Royals is clearly a dramatic series. But... at times satire and parody tempt you to change the label. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The Royals is just atrocious, plain and simple.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Perhaps it's the work of a demented genius and I just don't get it. Anyway, it's already been renewed for a second series. So, incredibly, somebody must be watching.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Royals: Season 1

News & Features