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Royal Pains: Season 1 (2009)

Mark Feuerstein , Paulo Costanzo  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 537 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037XPPAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Royal Pains: Season 1" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Now it can be told: the mega-rich get sick and hurt too. It's just that their illnesses, injuries, and conditions are a lot weirder and more exotic than those suffered by mere mortals. At least that's the message delivered in Royal Pains, USA Network's medical-comedy series offered here with all 12 first-season episodes (plus bonus features) on three discs. Mark Feuerstein plays Hank Lawson, a Manhattan physician who unfairly loses his hospital job, and soon thereafter his gold-digging fiancée, when a powerful trustee dies on his watch. Enter younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo), a nerdy accountant and shameless social climber, who enlists Hank to help him crash a fancy soiree in the Hamptons; Hank saves the life of a partygoer, which leads to more and more work, and all of a sudden he's a "concierge" doc at the service of people whose wealth is matched only by their vanity and acquisitiveness.

Hank soon establishes himself as not only a remarkably creative doctor (since he makes house calls, he's often obliged to be a medical MacGyver, jerry-rigging equipment out of whatever's lying around) but a man of unimpeachable ethics--a real rarity in this crowd. He also finds Divya (Reshma Shetty), an eager and reliable assistant, and Jill (Jill Casey), a fellow doctor and potential new love interest who seems to be a real person. That leaves the patients, and therein lies the rub. How much can we really be expected to care about a ballerina who's allergic to pizza, a woman whose jealous husband has had a tracking device implanted in her chest, a scientist nipped by a shark kept in a tank in some rich dude's basement, a billionaire with substance abuse problems, or a frivolous socialite whose maid becomes ill during her dog's "bark mitzvah"? Sure, some of these bits are amusing, but they seem at odds with Hank's utter seriousness about his duties. What's more, while Hank is an appealing protagonist, his relationship with Jill is uninvolving, and the snobby Divya and always-on-the-make Evan both wear thin in a hurry. Royal Pains has a lot of potential--let's hope it's more fully realized in subsequent seasons. --Sam Graham

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Hank is a rising star in the New York City medical community, until he loses everything fighting for the life of a patient. With his career stalled and his personal life in shambles, Hank is in need of a new beginning. That’s where his younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) steps in. Fed up with Hank’s personal pity party, he convinces Hank to join him on a last-minute trip to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. When the brothers crash a party at the home of a Hamptons billionaire and a guest falls critically ill, Hank saves the day. His dramatic medical rescue draws attention from the crowd. Inadvertently, Hank becomes the hot new “concierge doctor” in town. With encouragement from Evan and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician assistant he decides to stay in town solving medical crises and helping those in need. Hank is back to doing what he does best. And now he’s reinvented himself as the Hamptons’ hottest new “doctor-in-demand.”

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich pains March 18, 2010
In some ways, the rich are no different from the rest of us: they get sick, get hurt, and need doctors to figure out what makes them ache. "Royal Pains: Season One" follows the misadventures of a doctor who finds himself at their beck and call, and it has the right mix of everything -- luxurious living in the Hamptons, weird medical crises, and a fair amount of humor.

Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is a successful young E.R. doctor in New York... until the day when a wealthy trustee dies because he focused on saving a dying teenager. Trying to distract him from his woes, his brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) whisks him to an exclusive party in the Hamptons, at the palatial mansion of the reclusive, absurdly-wealthy Boris Rabanisch (Campbell Scott).

Then a woman nearly dies at the party, and Hank manages to save both her and Boris' treasured privacy. As a result, he soon finds himself drafted as the new concierge doctor for the wealthy Hamptons residents, along with Evan and a physician's assistant named Divya (Reshma Shetty). And his work often brings him to see Jill Casey (Jill Flint), the administrator of a local hospital.

Among the cases: breast implant disasters, an epidemic at a "bark mitzvah," a mystery shark bite, a hemophiliac teenager and his "cyberchondriac" girlfriend, and mystery ailments afflicting a senator's son, a ballerina, a horseback rider, a restauranteur, and a bestselling illustrator. Since Hank cares more about curing people than making money, he also provides care for people who can't afford the best -- but the person who needs his help the most may also be the wealthiest.

I normally can't watch medical shows -- every time I try, I develop a massive case of "medical students' disease" and end up having to go watch "Psych" instead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid new offering from USA Network June 20, 2009
Of course, this review is from the perspective of only having seen the pilot so far, but this show was well acted, well thought out, and interesting.

Our hero is an emergency room doctor who was fired after a bum rap where he had two heart patients under treatment, and one (a rich patron of the hospital) died while he attended the second.

In an attempt to cheer him up, his brother takes him to the Hamptons for a party weekend. Accidental patients pop up despite his resistance to become involved as a 'private physician to the rich', and finally he gives in and agrees to stay in the area. He winds up agreeing partly because his other job opportunities appear to be blocked off for the time being, and because a local hospital administrator convinces him that he can help take some of the pressure from the local hospital staff, who are often beset by minor problems from rich and demanding people.

The show was amusing, sexy, and seemingly well informed. I don't know what the market really is for private physicians, but whether or not it exists, this show sold the possible concept acceptably.

Of course, the success of the show in the long term will depend on their ability to come up with a couple of medical problems per show that aren't repetitive or trite, or making the Doc look like too much of an unbelievable miracle worker at a house call. This will be a more challenging writing puzzle than a hospital based medical show, or the standard murder mystery fair that USA has also been quite successful with.

I'll be interested to see if they can pull this off show after show.

EDIT: Four years later, we're still watching every show with relish. They did pull it off. :-D
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tea: Oh, yes please. Thank you. August 8, 2009
Overall it was much better than I thought it would be. Interesting characters, good writing, some very funny dialogue, and a good solid foundation to build a good series, which is going well so far.
The show, Season 1, which originally aired on USA network on June 4, 2009, features an E.R. Doctor, Hank, who gets fired from his job at the hospital, and finds himself offered the much coveted concierge Doctor in the Hampton's taking care of the rich and richer, for the summer, and despite some reservations takes the job. So each episode features some new client who he helps (or in some cases, saves). It reminded me a little of David Duchovny's character from the movie 'Playing God' due to Hank's sometimes 'outside the box' medical solutions.
I'll admit, when I saw the previews for this show they kept running on TV trying to drum up interest before the first air date on USA network, I thought it was a joke. I thought it was going to be very dumb.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. I've seen the actor playing Hank in other movies and tv shows (played a lawyer in West Wing, and the boyfriend/fiance of Toni Collette in the movie 'In Her Shoes'), and have enjoyed him as a performer. Well, he's really good in this series as well because you believe in him as the character Hank, and you want to see what he's going to do with the twists of each show. Plus he's surrounded by his team, a spunky female Physician's Assistant and Hank's brother the Accountant, which provide for another layer of entertainment and subplots that help fill out 'Hank Med'. And then of course there's the variety of Hampton hob-nobs with their issues as well that sort of round out the fun for each episode.
While I prefer some episodes to others (though that can be said of almost every series), I'm enjoying the added new addition to the somewhat 'Been-There-Done-That' that I've seen of television series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars panacea for them dog days of summer
Royal Pains will never get the high-brow acclaim that more serious medical dramas like, say, House or ER got. Royal Pains is more a guilty pleasure than a critic's darling. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Great show. Great cast. I wish I had a doctor like that. Too bad I can't afford that kind of care.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew P Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV Series
I started watching this series just this year and it is great to see how the characters got together in the beginning and how much they have changed!
Published 6 months ago by N. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars gossip girl meets ER meets mcguyver
Informative and beautiful (people, setting, cars). Interesting family interdynamics, but always respectful to the characters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy Season 1 of Royal Pains
The first episode is awesome. The show presents a lot of irony about personal relationships. The characters are fun and bright.
Published 7 months ago by Tiffany Weidendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Made an excellent gift.
I bought this for my aunt, because I know she loves medical mysteries and family-friendly programming. Royal Pains is the best of both. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars drama, romance, mystery
the more you get to know the main characters the more you like them ... I just finished watching season 1 and I'm looking forward to watching season 2
Published 7 months ago by DAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I would have realized earlier what a great series this is!
I hate to jump into a series in Season 3 or 4 or 5 without having started at the beginning. So, decided to check out the first season of Royal Pains. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NewBook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This season's episodes arrived in excellent time and were enjoyed by several members of the family. Plan on purchasing Season Two, but not Season Three as it must be purchased in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thank a Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Pains: Season One
I don't think this show gets enough credit. It is really good. Serious but light! The characters are great and the story line is a very good one!
Published 8 months ago by Donna Smith
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