Dr. Ken
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
ComposerGabriel Mann
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Ken Jeong
  • John Davis
  • John Fox
  • Jared Stern
  • Mike Sikowitz
  • Mike O'Connell
Production locationsSony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 2, 2015 (2015-10-02) –
March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31)
External links
Website

Dr. Ken is an American multi-camera sitcom that aired on ABC from October 2, 2015, to March 31, 2017.[1][2] The series was created, written, and co-executive produced by its lead actor, Ken Jeong, who based the concept on his experience as a physician prior to becoming a stand-up comedian. This television show was an ABC Studios/Sony Pictures Television co-production.[3][4]

On October 20, 2015, ABC ordered a full season of 22 episodes for the first season.[5] On May 12, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 23, 2016.[6] On May 11, 2017, ABC cancelled the series after two seasons.[7]

Premise

Dr. Ken is about a Korean-American doctor (Ken Jeong), with a questionable bedside manner; his wife, a talented therapist (Suzy Nakamura); and his two children: son Dave (Albert Tsai) and daughter Molly (Krista Marie Yu).

Cast

Main

Ken Jeong and Suzy Nakamura interviewed on Sidewalks in 2017.
Ken Jeong and Suzy Nakamura interviewed on Sidewalks in 2017.

Recurring

Guest stars

Jeong previously starred alongside guests stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash and Jonathan Banks on the television comedy series Community. In the episode "Ken's Big Audition", Ken auditions for a fictional version of the show, in which Brie, series creator Dan Harmon, and other Community cast members Erik Charles Nielsen, Danielle Kaplowitz, Richard Erdman and Luke Youngblood also appear.[13]

Episodes

Main article: List of Dr. Ken episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122October 2, 2015 (2015-10-02)April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22)
222September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31)

Reception

Dr. Ken received highly negative reviews from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 7% approval rating, based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 2.5/10. The website's consensus reads, "Somebody please get Dr. Ken a doctor; seeking any signs of life. Or humor."[14] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 26 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[15]

Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers and TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller, both negatively ranked the trailer released for Dr. Ken.[16] Marc Berman of TV Media Insights gave the new series very low odds of survival.[17] During the 2015 Television Critics Association press tour, Ken Jeong defended against a comparison drawn between his series and the ill-fated All American Girl starring Margaret Cho, claiming that he would have more creative control as both a writer and producer of Dr. Ken.[18]

Ratings

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions,
including DVR)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Friday 8:30 pm 22 October 2, 2015 (2015-10-02) 6.71[19] April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22) 4.59[20] 2015–16 72 6.13[21]
2 22 September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) 4.02[22] March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31) 4.02[23] 2016–17 86 5.12[24]

References

  1. ^ "Official Disney ABC press release - Dr. Ken". DisneyABCpress.com. June 10, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (June 10, 2015). "ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for 'Muppets,' 'Wicked City,' 'TGIT' & More". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, May 7 – Three New Comedies Heading to Series at ABC". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 7, 2015). "'The Muppets', Comedy from 'Community' Star Ken Jeong Among ABC Orders". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (October 20, 2015). "'Dr. Ken' lands a full-season order from ABC". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Welch, Alex (May 12, 2016). "'The Real O'Neals', 'The Catch' and 'American Crime' renewed at ABC for 2016-17". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "'Secrets & Lies' & 'Dr. Ken' Canceled By ABC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "About Dr. Ken TV Show Series". ABC.com. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (August 13, 2015). "Kate Simses Joins ABC's 'Dr. Ken' As Series Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "'Dr. Ken' Casting Scoop: Margaret Cho to Play Ken Jeong's Sister". yahoo.com. 26 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Delayed in Honolulu". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "'Dr. Ken' Meets 'Community': On Set With Dan Harmon and Ken Jeong". Yahoo. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "Ken Jeong's 'Dr. Ken' Manages to Reboot 'Community' and Heal Dan Harmon's Rift with Sony at the Same Time". Indiewire. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Dr. Ken: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "Dr. Ken - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  16. ^ Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers (12 May 2015). "ABC Fall 2015 Trailers Ranked: 'The Catch,' 'Muppets,' 'Q - Indiewire". Indiewire.
  17. ^ "'Dr. Ken' (ABC) - Odds of Survival: 6-1 - TV Media Insights - TV Ratings & News - Network TV Show Reviews and Daily Ratings". TV Media Insights – TV Ratings & News – Network TV Show Reviews and Daily Ratings.
  18. ^ Los Angeles Times (4 August 2015). "Ken Jeong moves to center stage on ABC comedy 'Dr. Ken'". Los Angeles Times.
  19. ^ Porter, Rick (October 5, 2015). "Friday final ratings: 'Dr. Ken' and 'Hawaii Five-0' adjusted up". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (April 25, 2016). "Friday final ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' and '20/20' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  21. ^ "Full 2015–16 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  22. ^ Porter, Rick (September 26, 2016). "Friday final ratings: 'Hawaii Five-0' adjusts up, 'MacGyver' and 'Exorcist' hold". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  23. ^ Porter, Rick (April 3, 2017). "'Last Man Standing' finale adjusts up, 'The Originals' adjusts down: Friday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Final 2016-17 TV Rankings: 'Sunday Night Football' Winning Streak Continues". Deadline Hollywood. May 26, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.