The Knick : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 8, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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75

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 195 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

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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 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    Our age of medical miracles is only a 100 years from the time depicted in The knick. Your chance for surviving an illness depended on yourOur age of medical miracles is only a 100 years from the time depicted in The knick. Your chance for surviving an illness depended on your cokehead racist doctor, embezzlers and new technology like hour long X-rays. Superb writing, incredible directing and the finest acting makes the knick a pleasure to watch. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    Like the drug it is centered around, this show is truly addicting. The Knick is a gritty series based in the early 20th century world ofLike the drug it is centered around, this show is truly addicting. The Knick is a gritty series based in the early 20th century world of medicine. Just about every aspect of the show - character development, writing, directing, score- is executed very well. This is a series that isn't afraid to get its hands dirty, focusing on numerous controversial topics including drug addiction, racism, abortion, prostitution, and mental illness. The best part is it covers all these subjects in an intriguing and realistic manner. Owen's performances should be enough to keep you hooked, but really he is helped tremendously by the performances around him. The Knick horrifies you from the start, beats you up along the way, and leaves you completely drained yet longing for more at the finale. In the end, you're left with the haunting realization that everyone, no matter their status, is a patient at the Knick.
    I'm very pleased with the first season of this series and I will be waiting eagerly for the 2nd season to arrive.
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  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. Aug 14, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Just seen episode 1 . Well all I can say I am glad i didn't live then. Very gritty 1900 New York hospital drama. Great acting. Sort of predictable genius but flawed main lead doctor running out of veins for his cough.. little habit. Ouch is all I can say... when you watch you will know what i mean lol. Operation scenes are good and look authentic.
    Might be a nice little summer gem this one. Hope it continues in this vein. Looking forward to the next episode.
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  6. Aug 13, 2014
    8
    The television industry is really obsessed with this general timeframe isn't it? I like the lead character quite a bit though I hope he learnsThe television industry is really obsessed with this general timeframe isn't it? I like the lead character quite a bit though I hope he learns to lighten up over the course of the season. Good for Cinemax and bringing some more viewers to their original programming. I'm a huge fan of straight back banshee and hunted wish unfortunately I think was canceled. Expand
  7. Dec 16, 2015
    0
    The racism and mysogyny in this series are useless. The dialogues are very soapy. No likeable characters. Too much blue philteringThe racism and mysogyny in this series are useless. The dialogues are very soapy. No likeable characters. Too much blue philtering photography and awful handycam shaky images. Expand

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