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The Royals - S02 E03

Drama
 

The Royals is an hour-long drama centered on a fictional modern day royal family. Queen Helena and King Simon try to present an aura of class and grace to the public, but the truth of the family's life is much different, as tainted politics and family issues threaten to cause chaos and turmoil. The monarchs' rebellious daughter, Princess Eleanor, provides fodder for the tabloids with a life full of sex, drugs, and even hung-over helicopter rides. Her twin brother, Prince Liam, is a playboy who takes full advantage of being one of the planet's most eligible bachelors. It's a life Liam enjoys until his older brother -- and heir to the throne -- dies, making Liam next in line to inherit the throne. Power is everything, there are no limits, and trust is nonexistent for this royal family.

 
Episode Title: Is Not This Something More Than Fantasy?
Airs: 2015-11-29 at 10:00 PM
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The Royals wouldn’t be watchable at all except for Queen Helena, played to the hilt by Elizabeth Hurley.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    With The Royals, E! has a juicy soap opera that’s addictive, naughty and just the right amount of silly.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    Once you commit yourself to the trashy abandon of The Royals, the one critique of the show might be that the abandon isn’t reckless or campy enough.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    If anything, you'll wish The Royals were trashier. [13 Mar 2015, p.67]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    The Royals wants to shock but can’t, since the world it describes is something we know all too well from tabloid headlines about the real British royals. These characters are bored by their own jaded lives--and so are we.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Royals is pretty much the entertainingly trashy prime-time soap you’d expect.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The Royals doesn’t pretend to be much more than good fun, and it delivers that.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    A silly but potentially addictive soap.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The Royals is entertaining but disappointingly toothless.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The trash meter soars when [Elizabeth Hurley's] on-screen, then sags when she's off. And there's just too much sag here.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The Royals might have been more promising if it had been a little more ebullient and a lot more outrageous. There’s something too ordinary about it. We want to be bloody gobsmacked, mate.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It should be a hoot, but it actually gets old, and dull, very quickly.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Camp requires courage, and The Royals has none.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    The hourlong drama often plays like an extended MTV music video interspersed with dialogue.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Royals is absent any thrill, any of that ticklish delight that makes shows like this pop.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    A wan, chintzy soap that can’t compete with reality–either Britain’s or E!’s.

    Time Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The Royals is a trashy soap opera that’s not bad enough to be funny and is best when it wallows in melodrama.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Mostly, though, the fluctuations in tone are jarring, from wacky and screwball to earnest and warmhearted at the drop of a tiara. And while subsequent episodes keep spinning out new conflicts and crises, there’s going to have to be some generous grading on a curve to make this qualify as the guilty pleasure it’s clearly intended to become.

    Variety Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    While The Royals swings wildly from satire to sentimentality, from romance to raunch, and from camp to, well, crap, and only in the latter does it find its footing.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
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