Dr. Ken is an American multi-camera sitcom created, written, and co-executive produced by its lead actor, Ken Jeong, who based the concept on his experience as a doctor prior to becoming a stand-up comedian. The ABC Studios/Sony Pictures Television co-production was picked up to series on May 7, 2015, and debuted on ABC on October 2, 2015. On October 20, 2015, ABC ordered a full season of 22 episodes for the first season.
The series chronicles the daily life of a brilliant physician who tries to balance his career with his family life, which can be difficult on both fronts, especially with having a therapist for a wife.
- Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken Park
- Suzy Nakamura as Dr. Allison Park
- Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona Watkins
- Jonathan Slavin as Clark Leslie Beavers
- Albert Tsai as Dave Park
- Krista Marie Yu as Molly Park
- Kate Simses as Dr. Julie Dobbs
- Dave Foley as Pat
Dr. Ken has received negative reviews from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports 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." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 26 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers and TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller, both negatively ranked the trailer released for Dr. Ken. Marc Berman of TV Media Insights gave the new series very low odds of survival. Greg Braxton reported in a Los Angeles Times article that during the Television Critics Association press tour when one critic compared the series to All American Girl starring Margaret Cho that Ken Jeong defended his series claiming he would have more creative control as both a writer and producer of Dr. Ken.
- ↑ Development Update: Thursday, May 7 – Three New Comedies Heading to Series at ABC. The Futon Critic (May 7, 2015). Retrieved on May 12, 2015.
- ↑ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 7, 2015). 'The Muppets', Comedy from 'Community' Star Ken Jeong Among ABC Orders. Variety. Retrieved on May 12, 2015.
- ↑ Official Disney ABC press release - Dr. Ken. DisneyABCpress.com (June 10, 2015). Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
- ↑ Friedlander, Whitney. "ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for 'Muppets,' 'Wicked City,' 'TGIT' & More", Variety, June 10, 2015. Retrieved on June 10, 2015.
- ↑ Porter, Rick (October 20, 2015). 'Dr. Ken' lands a full-season order from ABC. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on October 20, 2015.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 About Dr. Ken TV Show Series. Retrieved on 26 July 2015.
- ↑ Petski, Denise (August 13, 2015). Kate Simses Joins ABC's 'Dr. Ken' As Series Regular. Deadline.com. Retrieved on August 16, 2015.
- ↑ 'Dr. Ken' Casting Scoop: Margaret Cho to Play Ken Jeong's Sister. yahoo.com (26 August 2015).
- ↑ Delayed in Honolulu. Retrieved on December 22, 2015.
- ↑ Dr. Ken: Season 1. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
- ↑ Dr. Ken - Season 1 Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on December 15, 2015.
- ↑ Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers (12 May 2015). ABC Fall 2015 Trailers Ranked: 'The Catch,' 'Muppets,' 'Q - Indiewire. Indiewire.
- ↑ '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.
- ↑ Los Angeles Times (4 August 2015). Ken Jeong moves to center stage on ABC comedy 'Dr. Ken'. latimes.com.