I'm talking scandal, money and shirtless hotties, of course. So does E!'s first scripted series deliver? Uh, yeah.
I was absolutely hooked within the first five minutes. I meant to take notes so I could write my review, but my eyes couldn't bear to part from the screen.
If you were in high school, like me, when the whole Gossip Girl and Mean Girls craze took over your entertainment life, then you know what TV is lacking. Which is saying something given the tremendous television lineup right now. Still, The Royals seamlessly finds its place among the amazing content that's out there by fulfilling our teenage scandal needs while also being well-written and not overly acted.
The show opens with the death of the eldest prince, which means the surviving brother Prince Liam (William Moseley) is thrust into the spotlight as the heir to the throne, while the middle sister Princess Eleanor is now the oldest but far from a role model. She prefers to use her prestige to score drugs and one-night stands.
The drama is only heightened by the family's grief.
While the children are at play, Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is wrapped up in a game of her own. Of course, hers is much more political.
And though the pilot serves to merely set the stage for the rest of the show by introducing us to these characters, it's definitely enough to make me want more.
Some of my favorite parts from the episode:
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