Royal Pains : Season 1

  • Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 4, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 57
  2. Negative: 6 out of 57

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User Reviews

  1. soniab
    Jun 6, 2009
    10
    Love this show! The writing is fresh and funny and has the dramatic element as well.
  2. AlexR
    Jun 8, 2009
    10
    A great guilty pleasure!
  3. PaulD
    Jun 5, 2009
    10
    Hot chicks... fun.... makes me want to become a doctor.
  4. BJS.
    Aug 21, 2009
    10
    Only thing worth watching on cable.
  5. cherryb.
    Aug 21, 2009
    10
    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.
  6. May 7, 2012
    10
    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 afterThis 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. Collapse
  7. AdrienneH.
    Aug 30, 2009
    9
    Fun escapism in an unrealistic but charming Hamptons setting.The characters are superly played and make up for the mostly over-the-top plot lines.
  8. ZackD
    Jul 13, 2009
    9
    Similar to House, but with more comedy and women. All around good show.
  9. ss
    Aug 28, 2009
    9
    Fun, and sweet. Interesting plot developments to come. I hate the thought of having to wait until next summer to see them.
  10. MaryAnnB
    Jun 7, 2009
    8
    My husband and I were hating this show 10 mins. into it. Then suddenly it turned around. And the rest was great! I hope they can keep this up. The blend of comedy and seriousness was pretty good. Thanks Royal Pains it was a pleasure watching you.
  11. TylerW
    Jun 5, 2009
    7
    Royal Pains has a lot of potential, but may not get the justice is deserves. While there are some rough edges to carve out, namely the pace, (it felt very squeezed, but that isn't uncommon for pilots) the story is easy to follow, but not at all boring. The writing could use a little work here and there, but ultimately is passable. What really sets Royal Pains apart from most other Royal Pains has a lot of potential, but may not get the justice is deserves. While there are some rough edges to carve out, namely the pace, (it felt very squeezed, but that isn't uncommon for pilots) the story is easy to follow, but not at all boring. The writing could use a little work here and there, but ultimately is passable. What really sets Royal Pains apart from most other series on television is the acting. Mike Feuerstein gives a great depiction of an unfortunate but proud and intelligent doctor, while Paulo Costanzo easily fills the shoes of witty relief with such finesse, he turns the most simple of scenes into sublime ones. Hopefully, this could finally showcase his indivual talent... if the writing can keep pace with such a skillful duo. Expand
  12. andreap
    Jul 21, 2009
    7
    As one of the critics said, it may not be the stuff Emmy dreams are made of, but it's still goofy, broad-strokes summer fun, and Mark Feuerstein is really likable and looks great too.
  13. MikeW.
    Jul 9, 2009
    7
    Costanzo's role is second banana and comic relief, but I find his character annoying and intrusive. The show has great potential for lighthearted summer entertainment if they just reign him in.
  14. SethK.
    Jul 20, 2009
    7
    Not that great of acting but a good story line. They need to keep Tucker Bryant in the show because he adds interest and kept the show rolling in his episodes. It is a House wanna be but with worse actors. Still interesting and a good show.
  15. Sep 2, 2010
    7
    Easy watching. Not cerebral. Just enjoyable way to pass some time. Love seeing Henry Winkler. Might not be something you make time to watch, but thankfully you can catch a repeat often.
  16. Nov 3, 2010
    7
    Fun show, it's rare for a show about doctors to impress or hold me interested anymore but this show manages that. It's fun to watch and the cases are interesting so far. Let's see how it all turns out for season 2.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.