The Knick

Friday 10:00 PM on Cinemax Premiered Aug 08, 2014 Returning October 16, 2015



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AIRED ON 10/17/2014

Season 1 : Episode 10

Show Summary

The Knick is a new Cinemax drama series  from  creators and writers, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, along with Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh. Set in downtown New York in 1900, the series centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital and it staff of pioneering surgeons and nurses who are pushing the boundaries of medicine. Executive directors include Jack Armiel, Michael Begler, Gregory Jacobs, Stephen Sodebergh, Michael Sugar and Clive Owen.

The cast includes Clive Owen as Dr. John Thackery who is a talented and ground breaking surgeon with a secret addiction to cocaine. His team includes protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger, Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. and Dr. Algernon Edwards. Hospital staff include Cornelia Robertson, ambulance driver Tom Cleary, nurse Lucy Elins, dishonest hospital administrator Herman Barrow and Sister Harriet.

Andre Holland

Andre Holland

Dr. Algernon Edwards

Michael Angarano

Michael Angarano

Dr. Bertram 'Bertie' Chickering Jr.

Clive Owen

Clive Owen

Dr. John Thackery

Cara Seymour

Cara Seymour

Sister Harriet

Eve Hewson

Eve Hewson

Lucy Elkins

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Dr. Everett Gallinger

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  • Great Cinematography

    Steven Soderbergh is a genius with a camera, and as a teaching tool for cinematography or pointing the camera at events properly, every DP in television should be taking notes at what is quite simply the best cinematography on the medium of television to date.

    In the hands of a lesser director and cinematographer however, I probably wouldn't watch this show just because it's gross, but because the production is so high and Thackery is written with depth and Clive Owen nails his part so well, I'm in. The sets, set decoration, art direction, lighting, and make-up all add to the believability of the time period cohesively bringing the viewer into the story without distraction, which is an amazing feat these days; top of the field. The casting as far as I can tell from the writing of the pilot, has been convincing.

    I find the Dr. Thackery and Dr. House comparisons to simply leap from the page, with the cocaine addiction and vicodin addiction, both hate God for empirical reasons, both are miserable and abrasive to everyone, both are workaholics, both like sluts, both are genius doctors, both are highly immoral and pragmatic, and both lack the ability to interpret the world from a rationalist point of view. House is just funnier! :)

    The music carries the flow of events really well, it's just at times too techno and electric which feels out of place compared to the time period. Using instruments from the time period with the same music would punch it up a bit and connect some scenes a little better, like strings and vocals.

    As for the story of Thackery's quest to increase life expectancy and put up with a hospital staff, I'll have to see how much disgusting blood and guts I can handle before I stop watching. :)

    A solid show!moreless
  • Becoming a nighttime soap opera

    This show started out with such promise. Certainly one of the more interesting medical shows-great cast. Unfortunately in the last few episodes it left its medical roots and became more of an R rated soap opera. Hopefully the writers will get this series back on track.

    First, there was BANSHEE. And now this?? Wow, i'm sold. Forget HBO and SHOWTIME (except for Homeland), Cinemax is where it's at. Fantastic show and like someone else said, I never liked Clive Owen. Maybe because my gf finds him hot, but mostly because he has that Britt flair and can't smile. But i have to admit his performance is brilliant and the show is a meticulous recreation of the turn of the century and you get to learn so much about medicine and the pioneers who got us safer and to live (much) longer during the past 100 years.

    After Banshee this is officially my second favorite show since Breaking Bad. If you love this show i highly suggest you watch this movie called "BOGOWIE" (check it out on imdb), which is about the pioneer surgeon who performed the first cardiac transplant with a surviving patient (who actually outlived the surgeon). He was Polish and this is him on the world renown photo of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC where you see a surgeon after 23 hours spent in OR for a cardiac transplant, that photo by is considered 1 of Nat-Geo's all-time 100 most iconic photos, just enter "nat geo surgeon" in google images, it's the first one that pops up.

    Anyway, back to THE KNICK: you won't be disappointed and that music, though totally anachronistic, will haunt you as you watch the genius of those men who became gods.moreless
  • in my top10 for show of he year

    love this show Clive Owen is brilliant (if he doesn't receive an award for his performance it's a tragedy)

    all of the supporting cast are well placed and i'm ready for season 2 already keep it coming!
  • Great show with a captivating subject

    I was not a huge fan of Clive Owen but he has won me over. He is brilliant. I like nurse Helkins as well, played by Bono's daughter. She does a wonderful job. The show is graphic, but I don't mind. I am fascinated by the procedures & how they came about. So happy to not have lived back then! My only complaint is the over acting of Dr Algernon Edwards. He over does it & it's not believable.moreless

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