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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 8, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Universal acclaim- based on 148 Ratings

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  • Summary: Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the drama set in 1900 in New York City follows the lives and works of the staff of Knickerbocker Hospital including new lead surgeon, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen); Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson); Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (Michael Angarano); Dr.Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the drama set in 1900 in New York City follows the lives and works of the staff of Knickerbocker Hospital including new lead surgeon, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen); Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson); Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (Michael Angarano); Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland); and Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), the daughter of hospital benefactor, Captain August Robertson. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Aug 8, 2014
    100
    Soderbergh has created a vibrant, dark and above all alluring Gotham. Owen's Thackery is its bracing human counterpart.
  2. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Aug 4, 2014
    91
    The show was created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, but it's Soderbergh's vision, from the brilliant but unusual score (minimalist electronic music) to the wry camera angles (the series opens on Owen's shoes as he lounges in a brothel). For a period piece, it's strikingly contemporary--and quite gory, although the surgery scenes never feel gratuitous.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 8, 2014
    83
    For fans of quality TV, The Knick will evoke memories of the South Boston-set “St. Elsewhere.” That show needed more than a season to work out its kinks. The Knick is already off to a robust start.
  4. Under Soderbergh's direction, The Knick is a dark and gritty saga that captures a time of major changes--not only on the medical front, but in industrialization and race relations.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Aug 8, 2014
    75
    A period piece with serious punch, The Knick isn’t for the faint of heart.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 8, 2014
    70
    The series is at its most convincing, and most beautiful, at its most static. When the show bursts into action, or insists upon making its characters intense and extraordinary--some of them fictionally take credit for real-world medical advances and inventions--it grows, paradoxically, proportionally less interesting.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 7, 2014
    40
    It’s as if someone looked up instructions for making a period cable TV drama and followed them to the letter--and wound up with something like a “Boardwalk Empire”-style story arc set in an old-timey “E.R.,” only with a much weaker pulse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    "The Knick" is not only great drama with superb acting, writing and directing, but there is a gritty, realistic edge to it that as an OR"The Knick" is not only great drama with superb acting, writing and directing, but there is a gritty, realistic edge to it that as an OR nurse, it takes me back into the history of surgery and medicine -spot on! I look forward to the show unfolding its many layers, showing the reality of how medicine and surgery, specifically, have developed into the disciplines of today. There were few guides, little proven science and each step was taken with unsure feet not knowing where it would lead. Excellent- we can't wait for the next show! Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    I am very impressed with this tv series. It is a reflection of how modern surgery has evolved through the years. the early part of the 20thI am very impressed with this tv series. It is a reflection of how modern surgery has evolved through the years. the early part of the 20th century definitely pioneered modern medicine and surgery as it is at the present. clive owen is phenomenal in his part. in fact all the actors are superb. very well cast. good script. I am looking forward for the next season. Expand
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    Works on every level possible. I know I'll watch the whole series multiple times. The images and sound are hyper immersive and the CliffWorks on every level possible. I know I'll watch the whole series multiple times. The images and sound are hyper immersive and the Cliff Martinez score put you in just strange time travel simulation. Expand
  4. Sep 5, 2014
    9
    When viewing "The Knick" I Find myself in awe of what Early Doctors had to do with developing the Surgery Procedures,the introduction ofWhen viewing "The Knick" I Find myself in awe of what Early Doctors had to do with developing the Surgery Procedures,the introduction of inventions that we all take for granted. Dr.Thackery is at the fore front, of discovery, yet struggles with his Drug addiction. The secondary storyline of the struggles of Dr. Algernon Edwards trying to be recognized as an equal. I want to see more. Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2015
    9
    The Knick is America's Downton Abbey, but better.

    Strong characters meet strong actors with a fascinating time in history and little FCC
    The Knick is America's Downton Abbey, but better.

    Strong characters meet strong actors with a fascinating time in history and little FCC restrictions equal one of the best shows on television and a must-see.
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  6. Apr 9, 2015
    8
    A surprising series, in that it's on Cinemax but has less gratuitous nudity than the other pay cable shows tend to (don't be fooled by theA surprising series, in that it's on Cinemax but has less gratuitous nudity than the other pay cable shows tend to (don't be fooled by the opening shot). Nor is it historical fantasy as we've often seen; the overall level of historical accuracy and fidelity seems high, save for a healthy dose of dramatic conceit, and an oddly electronic score that pops in from time to time.

    The world is vividly rendered, and a characteristically unironic performance from Clive Owen anchors the show. The remaining cast are largely anonymous, but convincing. Soderbergh's directorial style is evident and compelling, and also occasionally pretentious enough to make you want to punch him in the mouth. Better an auteur than the alternatives though.

    The show's purpose seems to be highlighting everything messed up in the world, both in reference to the time frame portrayed and with clear reference to the modern world. Its depictions of racism, profiteering, drug abuse, overachievers, and personal flaws are sometimes overly nail-on-the-head, but always interesting. The world of surgery was and remains bleak. Definitely worth a watch.
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  7. Aug 9, 2014
    2
    My criticism of "The Knick" parallels that of WGN's new series "Manhattan". "The Knick" dates back to when you're great grandfather would'veMy criticism of "The Knick" parallels that of WGN's new series "Manhattan". "The Knick" dates back to when you're great grandfather would've been running around the dirt streets of NYC and who wants to see that? There's nothing interesting in this backwards period of our history and, like "Manhattan", it's not at all colorful; in fact, they might as well filmed this in black-and-white because the muted grays and browns are just as bad. "The Knick" must've been pitched as "what if we mixed "House" with "Grey's Anatomy" and set it in medically ignorant 1900?" Unfortunately, the response was "yes, let's do this" instead of "get the hell out of my office and check yourself into rehab." Expand

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