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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 8, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 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. 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: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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 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 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 Cliff Martinez score put you in just strange time travel simulation. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. Aug 12, 2014
    9
    This is a flat-out entertaining show. Yes, the surgery scenes seem so real and visceral that you will be going "Ewwww," but the dialogue is terrific, Clive Owen and all cast members are spot on and the show has plenty of interest and conflict. It looks as if they spared no expense in producing it. My wife and I look forward to future episodes. Expand
  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 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. 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'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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