Iconic comedy

Royal Pains is about a conscientious doctor, Hank Lawson
Royal Pains is about a conscientious doctor, Hank Lawson

THE longest running comedy in television history, The Simpsons from Monday to Friday at 11.30 p.m. on Star World made its debut on December 17, 1989, on Fox TV in America and is into its 22nd season. The dysfunctional Simpsons were created by Matt Groening, who named the characters after members of his own family though he changed his name to that of Bart. The members keep poking fun at themselves and everything — and everyone — that is around them. For people in the US, The Simpsons is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon because of its subversive humour and delightful wit. However, a number of non-American viewers do not relate to its all-American humour and thus find is drab.

Doctor’s day out

Doctors live by reputation — a fact that Hank Lawson finds out the hard way in Royal Pains Saturday and Sunday 10 p.m. on Star World. Hank, a rising star in a New York hospital, loses everything while fighting for a patient’s life. Fed up with Hank’s professional problems, his younger brother Evan convinces Hank to join him on a weekend trip to the Hamptons. During a party at the home of a local billionaire, Hank saves a critically ill guest. Soon Hank becomes the hot new "concierge doctor" in town. Though initially reluctant, Hank decides to stay for the summer. Soon handsome Hank reinvents himself as the Hamptons’ hottest new medic-in-demand. — NF