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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 8, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Michael Angarano, Grainger Hines, Eric Johnson
  • 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
  • Creator: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Aug 8, 2014
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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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
    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
    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
    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
    A period piece with serious punch, The Knick isn’t for the faint of heart.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 8, 2014
    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
    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: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Oct 23, 2014
    Eludium.....you know nothing of good tv if you truthfully think The Knick is not brilliant...nay, GENIUS show. Soderbergh has hit a new level of genius directing. Every episode I found myself saying out loud "This is fing Genius directing!!!. Its a original new testament to how great TV can be. Anyone who hates this show...really should just stick to CBS, NBC, and ABC. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2014
    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 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.
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    "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. Oct 8, 2014
    What intrigues me most about "The Knick" is how realistic it seems when you watch it. You don't realize how primitive medicine was a little more than a century ago, and how these kinds of doctors and nurses were revolutionary in how they helped evolve the practice. The shots are beautiful and well thought out, although a tad bit too shaky cam for my taste. The shot at the beginning of the second episode showing each character arriving at the hospital was a nice touch, as well as letting Andre Holland basically steal the show from Clive Owen. Andre Holland becomes more likable with each appearance on the screen, especially when you start to learn more about his life, his family, and his ambition. Clive Owen does what he does best, and pretty well too in this case, but it's the supporting cast that makes this show stand out. It's a bit hard to watch if you're someone like me who gets squeamish at images of surgery but it's not unbearable and really interesting to observe when you see the actual struggles these men and women had to deal with that are almost non-existent today. It may be a period piece in a period that's been regurgitated several times in recent years, but it actually feels like one, not like some hastily made BBC show. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2014
    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.
  6. Aug 13, 2014
    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
    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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