• Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 4, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    In summer, we feel less guilty about guilty pleasures. And Royal Pains is just what the doctor ordered for a shameless seasonal fling.
  2. 75
    Perfect, mindless, summer fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    No one's ever going to say Royal Pains, with its pun title (although Scott is the only royalty around, most of the upper-class patients prove to be real pains), is a classic addition to the medical genre, but it certainly is zippy fun.
  4. 70
    Royal Pains has some moments of genuine wit--a lot more of them after Costanzo shows up.
  5. 70
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Royal Pains can't help but suffer in comparison, but it's not a bad summer diversion--which, frankly, is all that "Burn Notice" was in its first season.
  8. USA's Royal Pains is an amusing, enjoyable addition to basic cable.
  9. Royal Pains is a pleasant excursion, with some great one-liners and a chance to tweak its well-worn formula.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Simply being quirky, however, only goes so far, so my preliminary diagnosis is that these Pains don't amount to much more than a second-degree "Burn."
  11. The series may want to say something about the inequities of the medical care system or it may just want an excuse to produce panning shots of the velvet lawns and iron gates of Gin Lane. It seems safer to bet on the second and to remain grateful for the “House” reruns that are shown more or less continually on USA.
  12. 50
    Like some of the CW's less captivating offerings, this show is a cheese pizza with cheese-stuffed crust. But if that sounds tasty, by all means, enjoy!
  13. 50
    Though the show apes “Burn Notice’s” beachside vibe, the new program is too predictable to make much of an impression.
  14. If it all sounds a little contrived, it is. But that's not the show's real problem. The real problem is that 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.
  15. Royal Pains is a crappy but watchable series about a “concierge doctor” in the Hamptons, radically unambitious but better at balancing the guilt with the pleasure.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. cherryb.
    Aug 21, 2009
    Its not a house wanna its nothin like it house is based in a hospitable and pretty much no where else and all house does is treat patients with a small back story to every episode royal pains is a good show compared to the crap they show these days it focuses on hank himself not only the patients its interesting,humorous, and enjoyable. Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    As much as I like these medically inclined tv shows, the gallons and gallons of unrefined drama, cheap comedy (and attempts of creating character debt to people that are completely unrelate-able, rich snobs and so forth) leaves me with little positive things to say about this series. It does have a few redeeming kinks such as withholding details of certain medical aspects like when they apply a mantoux text, expecting the audience to know the procedure but that unfortunately gets mainstreamed out in the later seasons like with any TV series above a couple of seasons. Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2012
    This show has an interesting hook in the first episode. The first 30 minutes or so it just doesn't look good for the main character as he's in a lot of stress due to the whole doctor schedule. He pretty much losses everything, his job, his wife in the pilot episode. But after his brother walks in, his life is refreshed. At first, I didn't like how the episode was going and was but after his brother Evan walks in, it all changed. Royal Pains is nothing like the House Series. Its more unique and takes place surrounding their own built company. Every episode leaves a cliff hanger that makes you want to keep coming back for more. I highly recommend this show to anyone who's interested in medical, adventure, comedy, drama etc. Full Review »