The Royals Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 10:00 PM ET on E!

60 minutes

The lives of a fictional monarchy in modern times where power is everything, limits do not exist, and trust is a luxury this family can’t afford.
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Mar 17, 2015 12:03PM EDT
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Simultaneously manages to be completely brilliant and completely awful. But as long as you don't take it too seriously, or expect it to be authentically 'royal', it's thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Light hearted, amusing and full of over-the-top drama! Guarantee it will be the show everybody loves to hate.

Simultaneously manages to be completely brilliant and completely awful. But as long as you don't take it too seriously, or expect it to be authentically 'royal', it's thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Light hearted, amusing and full of over-the-top drama! Guarantee it will be the show everybody loves to hate.

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Jan 3, 2015 12:00AM EST
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I cannot tell if this is a phycological explorative of the trials and emotional turmoil of royalty; or if this is an insult on what royalty essentially is. Historically, when a writer takes the flaws of a royal family and clearly defines them for public consumption, it is intended to corrupt the faith citizens hold with their government, a cry for arms. A very well known example are the Encyclopedists before the French Revolution.
But, E! traditionally influenced truths to their extremes and most of their shows are meant to be examples of "real life" people and interactions, yet tend to be much more volatile then audiences would see from theses people in "real life". Considering it is an American television channel and the show is most likely going to be an American representation of what royality is, I would believe the show will be much more of an American Royal Family like the Hiltons.
The Hiltons are very entertaining and I have enjoyed reading about Paris Hilton's wildness in the past, so I can only assume I will enjoy watching "The Royals". Depending on the direction, if it is an illogical criticism of the Europeans from American bias or it is a metaphor for American Blue Blood decorum, I will probably find both worth watching.
I just hope it is not a show that is just copying old plots and ignoring good writing, because I love a good prince.

I cannot tell if this is a phycological explorative of the trials and emotional turmoil of royalty; or if this is an insult on what royalty essentially is. Historically, when a writer takes the flaws of a royal family and clearly defines them for public consumption, it is intended to corrupt the faith citizens hold with their government, a cry for arms. A very well known example are the Encyclopedists before the French Revolution.
But, E! traditionally influenced truths to their extremes and most of their shows are meant to be examples of "real life" people and interactions, yet tend to be much more volatile then audiences would see from theses people in "real life". Considering it is an American television channel and the show is most likely going to be an American representation of what royality is, I would believe the show will be much more of an American Royal Family like the Hiltons.
The Hiltons are very entertaining and I have enjoyed reading about Paris Hilton's wildness in the past, so I can only assume I will enjoy watching "The Royals". Depending on the direction, if it is an illogical criticism of the Europeans from American bias or it is a metaphor for American Blue Blood decorum, I will probably find both worth watching.
I just hope it is not a show that is just copying old plots and ignoring good writing, because I love a good prince.

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May 1, 2015 11:49AM EDT
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This show is actually pretty terrible. The writing is weak and shows a fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding of wealth, power, and international diplomacy. Every episode offers at least one moment that leaves the view shaking their head at what the writers think a royal life could be like.
Yet, I can't wait to watch every week.

Elizabeth Hurley (Queen Helena) is absolutely channeling Joan Collins at her Dynasty best, chewing up every bit of the beautiful sets. Joan Collins herself made an appearance as the Grand Duchess, Helena's mother, and I await with baited breath further interaction between the two.

William Moseley drives out any memory of Narnia's High King Peter with his portrayal of the charming playboy Prince Liam. Moseley's Liam is very much a man you would like to have a beer with ... but would never leave alone with your sister.

I wasn't expecting to like Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor but she has imbued her character with a backbone not found in the script. I hope she gets better storylines in the future.

Merritt Patterson has done a fine job as Ophelia, love interest of Prince Liam and daughter of the head of royal security, unfortunately for Patterson the poor writing leaves the feeling her character is unnecessary. Ophelia is intended as an audience surrogate, friends with the Princess, sleeping with the Prince, a capable foil for the Queen. We don't need Ophelia to humanize the royals when they are written like they are the coolest, wealthiest family in a city of 50,000 people rather than the rulers of a nation, the latest iteration of an ancient tradition.

I love this terrible show and hope it lasts long enough to get better.

This show is actually pretty terrible. The writing is weak and shows a fundamental lack of knowledge and understanding of wealth, power, and international diplomacy. Every episode offers at least one moment that leaves the view shaking their head at what the writers think a royal life could be like.
Yet, I can't wait to watch every week.

Elizabeth Hurley (Queen Helena) is absolutely channeling Joan Collins at her Dynasty best, chewing up every bit of the beautiful sets. Joan Collins herself made an appearance as the Grand Duchess, Helena's mother, and I await with baited breath further interaction between the two.

William Moseley drives out any memory of Narnia's High King Peter with his portrayal of the charming playboy Prince Liam. Moseley's Liam is very much a man you would like to have a beer with ... but would never leave alone with your sister.

I wasn't expecting to like Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor but she has imbued her character with a backbone not found in the script. I hope she gets better storylines in the future.

Merritt Patterson has done a fine job as Ophelia, love interest of Prince Liam and daughter of the head of royal security, unfortunately for Patterson the poor writing leaves the feeling her character is unnecessary. Ophelia is intended as an audience surrogate, friends with the Princess, sleeping with the Prince, a capable foil for the Queen. We don't need Ophelia to humanize the royals when they are written like they are the coolest, wealthiest family in a city of 50,000 people rather than the rulers of a nation, the latest iteration of an ancient tradition.

I love this terrible show and hope it lasts long enough to get better.

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Mar 23, 2015 2:48PM EDT
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Interesting take on the British Monarchy and a fantastic new show

Interesting take on the British Monarchy and a fantastic new show

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Apr 23, 2017 11:24AM EDT
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The show isn't perfect by any means, or what I would want for a royal family to be, but I really enjoy it! #Jaspenor is amazing. Although I started the show for Liam, I've definitely changed my favorite character to Jasper, and then Eleanor. I hate the older brother, but this show is a lot of fun to watch!

The show isn't perfect by any means, or what I would want for a royal family to be, but I really enjoy it! #Jaspenor is amazing. Although I started the show for Liam, I've definitely changed my favorite character to Jasper, and then Eleanor. I hate the older brother, but this show is a lot of fun to watch!

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Mar 8, 2017 2:03AM EST
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Writing is terrible and the characters are lacking depth. Elizabeth Hurley as Queen? She wishes. England would be in trouble if they had a queen like her.

Writing is terrible and the characters are lacking depth. Elizabeth Hurley as Queen? She wishes. England would be in trouble if they had a queen like her.

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Nov 16, 2016 1:00PM EST
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Your typical over the top drama with eye candy, has the feeling of every CW Gossip Girl like show. Don't take the show seriously or expect anything nourishing, this is a guilty pleasure show to binge.

Your typical over the top drama with eye candy, has the feeling of every CW Gossip Girl like show. Don't take the show seriously or expect anything nourishing, this is a guilty pleasure show to binge.

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May 12, 2016 1:33PM EDT
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A sort of British "Gossip Girl'' type show, but instead of college or high school - you get a royal palace. Same gorgeous people with, apparently, amazing fashion senses and never ending drama.

A sort of British "Gossip Girl'' type show, but instead of college or high school - you get a royal palace. Same gorgeous people with, apparently, amazing fashion senses and never ending drama.

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Sep 15, 2015 6:47PM EDT
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such a scandalous sexy show

such a scandalous sexy show

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May 13, 2015 1:16PM EDT
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EDIT** (Getting better and better...people are getting deeper and deeper and creepier and creepier. )A nice balance of similarities and differences in roles compared to the current English monarchy make this very safe to push boundaries without stepping on royal toes.

Much better acting and plot twists than I expected from a nightime soap opera. There are many characters that can be developed more fully and still stay real.

EDIT** (Getting better and better...people are getting deeper and deeper and creepier and creepier. )A nice balance of similarities and differences in roles compared to the current English monarchy make this very safe to push boundaries without stepping on royal toes.

Much better acting and plot twists than I expected from a nightime soap opera. There are many characters that can be developed more fully and still stay real.