Dr. Ken

Dr. Ken
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Composer(s) Gabriel Mann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 31 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Ken Jeong
  • John Davis
  • John Fox
  • Jared Stern
  • Mike Sikowitz
  • Mike O'Connell
Location(s) Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release October 2, 2015 (2015-10-02) – present
External links

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,[1][2] and debuted on ABC on October 2, 2015.[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]


The series chronicles the life of a wisecracking Korean-American physician who works at a badly-run HMO. He has a therapist wife, a brilliant but socially clueless son, and a popular and self-centered daughter.




Guest stars


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 October 2, 2015 (2015-10-02) April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22)
2 TBA September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) TBA


Dr. Ken has received very 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."[11] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 26 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[12]

Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers and TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller, both negatively ranked the trailer released for Dr. Ken.[13] Marc Berman of TV Media Insights gave the new series very low odds of survival.[14] 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.[15]


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 6.71[16] April 22, 2016 4.59[17] 2015–16 72 TBA
2 TBA September 23, 2016 4.02[18] TBA TBA 2016–17 TBA TBA


  1. "Development Update: Thursday, May 7 – Three New Comedies Heading to Series at ABC". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  2. Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 7, 2015). "'The Muppets', Comedy from 'Community' Star Ken Jeong Among ABC Orders". Variety. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  3. "Official Disney ABC press release - Dr. Ken". DisneyABCpress.com. June 10, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  4. Friedlander, Whitney (June 10, 2015). "ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for 'Muppets,' 'Wicked City,' 'TGIT' & More". Variety. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  5. Porter, Rick (October 20, 2015). "'Dr. Ken' lands a full-season order from ABC". TV by the Numbers. 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. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "About Dr. Ken TV Show Series". ABC.com. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  8. Petski, Denise (August 13, 2015). "Kate Simses Joins ABC's 'Dr. Ken' As Series Regular". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  9. "'Dr. Ken' Casting Scoop: Margaret Cho to Play Ken Jeong's Sister". yahoo.com. 26 August 2015.
  10. "Delayed in Honolulu". The Futon Critic. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  11. "Dr. Ken: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  12. "Dr. Ken - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  13. Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers (12 May 2015). "ABC Fall 2015 Trailers Ranked: 'The Catch,' 'Muppets,' 'Q - Indiewire". Indiewire.
  14. "'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.
  15. Los Angeles Times (4 August 2015). "Ken Jeong moves to center stage on ABC comedy 'Dr. Ken'". latimes.com.
  16. Porter, Rick (October 5, 2015). "Friday final ratings: 'Dr. Ken' and 'Hawaii Five-0' adjusted up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  17. Porter, Rick (April 25, 2016). "Friday final ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' and '20/20' adjust down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  18. Porter, Rick (September 26, 2016). "Friday final ratings: 'Hawaii Five-0' adjusts up, 'MacGyver' and 'Exorcist' hold". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
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