For some reason, I never really was a fan of Royal Pains when the first season aired last summer. However, after re-watching the first episode on iTunes for free, I was hooked. I went out and bought the first season the next day and have breezed through the season. The show follows Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), who becomes a concierge doctor in the Hamptons after he is fired from his hospital. His brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) is the CFO of the new HankMed, who is trying to score with every beautiful woman in the Hamptons. Hank also starts to fall for Jill Flint (Jill Casey), the administrator at the local hospital. And to round out the cast is Hank’s associate, Divya (Reshma Shetty) who’s parents don’t know she’s in the field of medicine.
The series deals with a lot of snobs, which is probably why it turned me off. However, Hank is portrayed as a man who helps both the rich and the poor. He handles this well and is considered almost a Robin Hook like character. I should not have doubted the series since USA usually knows when they have a hit on their hands. The show is doing strong in its second year and probably will last a few more.
The one thing that fails in this DVD set is that they don’t mention all the bonus features that they have. They list commentary by cast and crew, gag reel, and deleted scenes, but there are a few things that aren’t mentioned. Those include an episode of Psych (“High Top Fade Out”), webisodes, and a feature on the doctor who is the medical adviser to the show.
The transfer to DVD is beautiful and the scenic shots have bright colors and are amazing to watch. This DVD could not have come out any better, and I just wish the series was released in Blu-ray. The details in everything is brought to focus when you watch the show, and every detail is placed beautifully.
If you haven’t caught the series yet, I’d recommend buying this set or renting it at Blockbuster.
Final Grade: 8.3/10