Royal Pains may not be the most watched show on USA right now — that would be Burn Notice — but it comes close. Last week it was USA's second-highest rated drama (barring wrestling), pulling in 3.874 million people. But more importantly, since it premiered in June 2009, it has been an anchor of USA's ever-growing original programming block and remains one of its most fun shows.
This is the show for you if you like: The O.C., The Real Housewives of New York, and late-1990s television. There is something timeless about Royal Pains. On the surface it's 2012: The clothes look right (more or less; there is a mild case of Degrassi syndrome, i.e., when the styles look almost exactly on-trend but there is just something a little … off), modern kitchens with Viking ranges abound, and there is no indication that this show is not set in the present. Yet, there is no overwhelming indication that it is set in the present, either.