A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show frequently dwells in an ethical gray area, with Hank's principles conflicting with what people ask him to do. But overall he means well. The series also highlights the wealthy, privileged world of the Hamptons.
Positive Role Models
Hank tries to stick to his principles but often finds them tested. Ed Lawson can often be sneaky and greedy. The Hampton residents are usually characterized as materialistic and entitled. Most of Hank's patients are Caucasian; the maids are usually Latina.
Violence & Scariness
Some arguing and yelling. Some medical procedures are bloody, but they're intended to show attempts to save lives rather than to scare people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo. People are shown in skimpy outfits and/or underwear; occasionally characters are shown getting undressed (though no nudity is visible). Breast implants are also discussed.
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Some strong audible language, including words like "piss" and "ass" (those like "s--t" are bleeped). Wealthy Hampton residents sometimes refer to weekend tourists as "cit-iots."
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Products & Purchases
Hank and Jill drive generic Saabs, while other characters drive BMWs, Porsches, and other upscale cars. Products and services like Netflix and American Express credit cards are clearly featured (and discussed).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent social drinking (beer, wine, champagne, mixed drinks). Frequent discussions about drug use, overdosing, and detox.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series -- which follows a principled young doctor as he faces a variety of ethical dilemmas -- takes place in the upscale Hamptons enclave and includes plenty of materialistic, self-absorbed behavior. Party scenes boast frequent drinking and discussions of drug use, and there's some salty language and strong sexual innuendo. People are shown wearing skimpy outfits and taking their clothes off (though there's no outright nudity), and some of the medical procedures could be a little disturbing to sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
ROYAL PAINS offers an interesting peek into the Hamptons' privileged elite by creating some amusingly colorful characters who underscore the community's exclusive, extravagant reputation. And Hank's constant negotiation between serving his wealthy patients' sometimes over-the-top needs and holding on to a higher moral ground provides some interesting social commentary about the changing medical profession (an increasing number of doctors are hiring themselves out as private physicians because they're unwilling to deal with the pressures of traditional medical bureaucracy). Of course, it also underscores that some of these changes are motivated by greed. ...
Even though the show has a strong focus on ethical issues, it still manages to be entertaining. But it's best left for more mature viewers thanks to the salty language, other strong content, and materialistic values. Younger viewers may not be able to appreciate the significance of some of the show's ethical dilemmas in the first place. But for older teens and adults, Royal Pains definitely has something to offer.
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