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Royal Pains

Royal Pains
Royal Pains intertitle
Genre Medical drama
Created by Andrew Lenchewski
John P. Rogers
Starring Mark Feuerstein
Paulo Costanzo
Jill Flint
Reshma Shetty
Brooke D'Orsay
Campbell Scott
Ben Shenkman
Opening theme "Independence" performed by The Blue Van
Composer(s) James S. Levine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Carol Flint
Constance M. Burge
Paul Frank
Rich Frank
Jeff Kwatinetz
Michael Rauch
Andrew Lenchewski
Location(s) Long Island, New York
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time about 42 minutes
Production company(s) 34 Films
Prospect Park Entertainment
Universal Cable Productions
Open 4 Business Productions
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original channel USA Network
Picture format HDTV 1080i30
NTSC (480i)
Audio format Surround
Original run June 4, 2009 (2009-06-04) – present
External links

Royal Pains is a USA Network television series that premiered on June 4, 2009, starring Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Ben Shenkman, and Campbell Scott.

The series is based in part on actual concierge medicine practices of independent doctors and companies. On November 5th, 2014 USA renewed the series for season 7 and season 8. Each season will consist of 8 episodes.


  • Series synopsis 1
  • Cast and characters 2
    • Main characters 2.1
    • Recurring characters 2.2
  • Episodes 3
  • Location 4
  • Development and production 5
  • Reception 6
    • Ratings 6.1
  • DVD releases 7
  • Novel series 8
  • International distribution 9
  • Legal issues 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Series synopsis

The series follows Hank Lawson, a young emergency room doctor, who after being wrongly blamed for an important patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes a reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town's less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.

Cast and characters

Main characters

  • Mark Feuerstein, as Dr. Henry "Hank" Lawson, was formerly a successful New York E.R. doctor, but was dismissed from his job after a wealthy hospital benefactor died in his care. When he saves someone's life during a trip to the Hamptons, he accepts an offer from Boris, a German nobleman, to remain as a "concierge doctor" in the resort community. He usually attends to wealthy clientele, but also others in need of care and often without the means to pay. According to the episode "Keeping the Faith", he and his brother are Jewish.
  • Paulo Costanzo, as Evan Roth Lawson, is Hank's younger brother. He is an accountant and self-appointed CFO of HankMed. Evan's job is to promote the HankMed business, at times using strategies that Hank finds inappropriate or too commercial. At the end of season 4, he gets married to Paige, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, conservative military man who is running for the United States Congress.
  • Jill Flint, as Jill Casey, (seasons 1–4) is Hank's on again/off again girlfriend and an administrator at Hamptons Heritage, the local hospital. Jill works with Hank to open a small clinic while running the local community hospital. In the fourth season, she leaves the Hamptons to do relief work in Africa.
  • Reshma Shetty, as Divya Katdare, is Hank's physician assistant. She joins the team early and is invaluable to Hank. She initially has to keep her medical career a secret from her parents. Forced by her parents into an arranged betrothal to a childhood friend, she has finally broken free of their control and is living on her own. As of season 5, Divya has a daughter named Sashy.
  • Brooke D'Orsay, as Paige Collins, (season 4–present, recurring previously) is Evan's wife. Paige is the daughter of a wealthy, conservative former military officer with political aspirations who does not think Evan is good enough for his daughter. Paige and Evan meet when she hires him to play her pretend boyfriend, but their pretend relationship soon blossoms into a real one. In the season 4 episode "Who's Your Daddy?", she is revealed to be adopted, and in the season 4 finale/special "Off-Season Greetings", she and Evan marry.
  • Campbell Scott, as Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz (seasons 4–5, recurring seasons 1-3, 6), is a wealthy and titled German businessman who offers Hank and Evan his guest house, and is Hank's first client. Boris has a genetic disease he is determined will die with him, and which he fights with equal determination, often by seeking rare or risky treatments. Used to getting what he wants, Boris has a rigid code of conduct, which can at times put him at odds with Hank.
  • Ben Shenkman, as Dr. Jeremiah Sacani (season 5–present, season 4 recurring),[1] was hired by Evan to be Hank's replacement during Evan and Hank's temporary halt to their business partnership; Sacani stayed on when Hank and Evan made peace. He is an accomplished researcher and excellent at his work, although he has an awkward bedside manner because of his limited social skills. Sacani is an heir to a vast fortune.

Recurring characters

  • Henry Winkler, as Eddie R. Lawson, is Hank and Evan's loving, ne'er-do-well father who left the boys when they were young. Accused of embezzlement, Eddie served a short term in prison and is now on parole, and has begun to rebuild his relationship with his sons.
  • Anastasia Griffith, as Dr. Emily Peck, is a self-assured rival doctor who works with (and becomes briefly involved with) Hank. Emily is hired to substitute for Hank while he makes an extended visit to Cuba with Boris, and soon comes into conflict with Divya because of her confidence and her detached approach to her patients.
  • Tom Cavanagh, as Jack O'Malley, is a pro golfer who was featured in the season-2 episode "Mulligan" and later became a recurring character in season 3, as his friendship with Hank became more pronounced. Jack died in the season-3 episode "Hank and the Deep Blue Sea" which caused Hank to develop emotional trauma.
  • Kyle Howard, as Dr. Paul Van Dyke, is a staff doctor at Hampton's Heritage; Divya first meets him while moonlighting at the hospital. After a brief flirtation between Divya and him, Evan hires him as one of Hank's replacements during the temporary halt to the business partnership between Hank and Evan. Van Dyke's personality is very energetic and impulsive, which has gotten him into awkward situations professionally and socially. Van Dyke would later join the new HankMed. He had a pet rabbit of which he was very fond.
  • Ajay Mehta, as Devesh Katdare, is Divya's strict and straight-laced father. He practically disowns Divya when she cancels her wedding with Raj(Rupak Ginn), but they reconcile once she becomes his nurse after he suffers a heart attack.


Seasons Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 June 4, 2009 (2009-06-04) August 27, 2009 (2009-08-27)
2 18 June 3, 2010 (2010-06-03) February 24, 2011 (2011-02-24)
3 16 June 29, 2011 (2011-06-29) February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)
4 16 June 6, 2012 (2012-06-06) December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)
5 13 June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12) September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11)
6 13 June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10) September 2, 2014 (2014-09-02)


Principal production of the show's pilot occurred in the Hamptons. However, other locations throughout Long Island were used, with Oheka Castle being the most prominent. Although actually located 60 miles to the west, in Huntington, Oheka served as the Hamptons home of Boris, the German nobleman who offers his guest house to Hank and Evan. In later episodes, exterior and aerial shots of Oheka are used to introduce scenes in the guest house.

In one episode, a Long Beach drive-through convenience store, Dairy Barn, was used as a fictional hot dog stand; a sign can be seen in the opening of that scene. Also, several scenes were shot on the bay side of Point Lookout. Other places used as fictional Hamptons locations include Northport Village in the Town of Huntington, Old Westbury Gardens, Freeport's Nautical Mile, which served as the exterior and parking lot of Hampton Heritage Hospital (in one scene, Freeport's charter coat can be seen across the bay) Caumsett State Historic Park and Oyster Bay Town Hall, which was transformed into the entrance of the Hamptons Heritage Hospital emergency room. Catalina Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York was transformed for the pilot episode into the fictional Hampt Inn, the hotel Hank and Evan stayed in upon their arrival in the Hamptons. Downtown Locust Valley, another haunt of the wealthy on Long Island's Gold Coast, plays downtown East Hampton in at least one episode (where Evan and Paige go shopping), with interior shots in a store as well as street scenes.

For several beach scenes, West Neck Beach (Huntington) was used and a food shopping scene was filmed in Southdown Market in Huntington. Huntington Hospital is now used for Hamptons Heritage Hospital.

Two episodes of the second season take place in Cuba, but were filmed in Puerto Rico.[2]

Development and production

The pilot was filmed on location on Long Island, New York in the spring and fall of 2008.[3] The pilot was directed by Jace Alexander, who also filmed the pilot of Burn Notice, another USA Network show, which aired in the hour before Royal Pains. Andrew Lenchewski wrote the pilot and Rich and Paul Frank executive-produced the project, with Lenchewski co-executive producing and John P. Rogers producing. The series was then picked up for a 12-episode season.[4] On February 24, 2011, the show completed its second season. The show was renewed for a sixth season [5] Season 6 was filmed in New York and premiered on June 10, 2014.[6]


Royal Pains has become one of the highest-rated shows on cable.[7] The series premiere was watched by 5.57 million viewers, the highest series premiere for the USA Network since Psych in 2006.[8][9] With episodes two and three watched by 5.59 million and 6.5 million viewers, respectively, it was the first show in five years to have viewership increase from week two to week three.[7][10]


Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
1 Thursday 10:00 pm (June 4, 2009 – August 27, 2009) 12
June 4, 2009
August 27, 2009
5.90[12] 2009 7.47[13]
2 Thursday 10:00 pm (June 3, 2010 – August 26, 2010)
Thursday 9:00 pm (January 20, 2011 – February 24, 2011)
June 3, 2010
February 24, 2011
4.05[15] 20102011 7.33[16]
3 Wednesday 9:00 pm (June 29, 2011 – August 31, 2011)
Wednesday 10:00 pm (January 18, 2012 – February 22, 2012)
June 29, 2011
February 22, 2012
3.16[18] 20112012 TBA
4 Wednesday 9:00 pm (June 6, 2012 – September 19, 2012)
Sunday 9:00 pm (December 16, 2012)
June 6, 2012
December 16, 2012
3.25[20] 2012 TBA
5 Wednesday 9:00 pm (June 12, 2013 - September 11, 2013) 13
June 12, 2013
September 11, 2013
2013 TBA
6 Tuesday 9:00pm (June 10, 2014 - TBA) 13
June 10, 2014
September 2, 2014
1.78[21] 2014 TBA

DVD releases

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first season of Royal Pains in Region 1 on May 25, 2010, and released it in Region 4 on August 25, 2010. Season 2 was released in Region 1 on May 17, 2011.[22] A DVD released on January 3, 2012, contained the first 10 episodes of the third season.[23] Episodes are also available on iTunes and seasons 1-5 are now available on through their streaming service.

Title Region 1 Region 4 Bonus Features
Season 1 May 25, 2010[24] August 25, 2010[25] Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary; Paulo's Video Blogs; Dr. Irv Danesh: The Real Doctor of Royal Pains; "High Top Fade Out" (Psych, episode 4.07)[26]
Season 2 May 17, 2011[22] March 28, 2012[27] Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary; Guest Starring; Location, Location, Location
Season 3 (Volume 1) January 3, 2012[23]
Season 3 (Volume 2) May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)[28]

Novel series

Beginning in 2011, D.P. Lyle began publishing a book series based on the television series, under Signet Books' Obsidian imprint.[29]
Title Author ISBN Publication date
First, Do No Harm D.P. Lyle, M.D. June 7, 2011[29]
Sick Rich January 3, 2012[30]

International distribution

Region Provider Launch
 Canada Showcase 2010-01 [31]
 Australia Seven Network 2010-02-01 (season 2)[32]
 New Zealand TV3 2010
 Mexico Sony Entertainment Television 2010-02-21
 Brazil Sony Entertainment Television 2010-02-21
 Italy Joi 2009-09-10
 Spain Paramount Comedy 2009-10-14
 Poland TVP 1


aka Bananowy doktor
(Banana doctor)
 Portugal Sony Entertainment Television (Portugal) 2010-02-15
aka Mágoas de Grandeza
 Greece Star Channel 2010-03-13
 Romania Universal Channel 2010-05-03
aka Pacienti de Lux (Luxury Patients)
 Slovakia TV Doma 2012-05-03
aka Bolesti Slávnych
(Royal Pains)
 United Kingdom Universal Channel (UK) 2010-05-09 (season 2)[33]
 Bulgaria Nova Television 2010-07-17
aka Houscall Doctor
(Доктор на повикване)
 France Canal+ 2010-07-18
 Norway Viasat 4 2010-07-19
 Denmark TV 3 N/A
 Slovenia POP BRIO 2010-09-03
aka Dr. De Luxe
 Sweden TV 6 N/A
 Serbia Fox Life
Prva Plus
 Finland MTV3 2011-01-07 (Expensive Pain)
 Netherlands RTL 5 2012-06-03
 Germany RTL 2011-05-17
  Switzerland SF zwei 2011-06-06
 Austria Puls 4 2011-12-09
 Belgium 2BE 2011-06-05
 Russia Domashny 2011-12-19
aka Дорогой доктор
(Expensive doctor)
 Latvia TV3 2012 (season 2)
aka Bagātnieku dakteris
(Rich Doctor)
 Estonia TV6 2012-05-01
aka Rikaste Valud
(Rich Pains)
 Saudi Arabia MBC4 2012-10-01
 Israel Yes Stars Drama 2010-06-08
aka רופא להשכיר
 Japan WOWOW 2010-07-03
aka kyumeii hanku: serebu shinryo fairu
(Emergency M.D. Hank: Celebrity Medical Files),
救命医ハンク セレブ診療ファイル (Japanese Title)
 Singapore Universal Channel 2010 (season 2)
Southeast Asia
 Hong Kong
STAR World 2011-09-30 (season 3)
 Taiwan STAR World
Universal Channel (Asia)
under the Chinese name
"上流名醫(Famous Upper Class Doctor)"
 Cuba Canal Habana 2012
 Philippines 2nd Avenue / Jack City 2010-05-11 / 2013-01
 Turkey Universal Channel
 Northern Cyprus Fog TV

Legal issues

On July 6, 2010, actor Hayden Christensen and his older brother Tove filed a lawsuit against the USA Network in a Manhattan Federal Court. In the suit, the brothers claimed to have pitched to the USA Network an idea for a new television series, called Housecall, which involved a concierge doctor who made house calls to the rich and famous. The two brothers also claimed a USA Network executive told them, "prior to learning about Housecall, he was unaware of concierge doctors and that he thought it was a fascinating idea." A USA Network spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit.[34] On May 10, 2011, a Manhattan judge ruled not enough evidence was available to justify a breach-of-contract claim because the claim concerns "materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas." The decision was reversed on appeal in June 2012, the court holding that Christensens' claims were not pre-empted by copyright law. The opinion stated, "There are several qualitative differences between such a contract claim and a copyright violation claim," and added that sister appellate circuits recently had come to this same conclusion.[35]


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