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The Knick: Season 1 (2014)




Critic Consensus: The Knick is sincere, emotional period television that takes a down-to-earth, no-holds-barred approach to vital topics.


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This medical drama set in the 1900s charts the exploits of the staff and patients at Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City, where they try to maintain their reputation for quality care while struggling to keep the doors open. In the first episode, accomplished but cocaine-addicted Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen) is named chief surgeon and is pressured by a major benefactor to hire Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland), a black man, as his top assistant. Other principals introduced include Thackery's protege Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson); young Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (Michael Angarano); Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), the well-meaning daughter of the facility's major benefactor; Lucy Elkins (Eve Hewson), neophyte nurse from the country; Tom Cleary (Chris Sullivan), a brutal, opportunistic ambulance driver; Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb), the underhanded, duplicitous hospital administrator; and Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour), a brash, outspoken nun who's not afraid to mix it up.


Clive Owen
as Dr. John W. Thackery
André Holland
as Dr. Algernon Edwards
Eve Hewson
as Lucy Elkins
Jeremy Bobb
as Herman Barrow
Juliet Rylance
as Cornelia Robertson
Michael Angarano
as Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering Jr.
Cara Seymour
as Sister Harriet
Eric Johnson
as Dr. Everett Gallinger
David Fierro
as Jacob Speight
Maya Kazan
as Eleanor Gallinger
Grainger Hines
as Capt. August Robertson
Matt Frewer
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
Leon Addison Brown
as Jesse Edwards
Michael Nathanson
as Dr. Zinberg
Melissa McMeekin
as Typhoid Mary Mallon
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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (32)

The Knick isn't merely good -- but clinically, historically (even sociologically) interesting.

August 8, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Overall, The Knick is a sublimely addictive ride for which viewers will want to scrub up.

August 8, 2014 | Full Review…

The Knick is an astonishing new medical drama that has the potential to be one of the year's best and most talked-about shows.

August 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Getting into The Knick ...will take two or three episodes. But once you check into this particular TV hospital, and stick around for a while, you'll care about the characters, their stories and their amazing new inventions.

August 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though the series boasts fine acting, a fluent script and a star director, it's not much more involving than the average broadcast hospital drama. It's watchable but not must-watchable.

August 7, 2014 | Full Review…

It is, as an aesthetic object, outstanding; as a medical drama, satisfying; and, as a piece of art, totally disappointing.

August 7, 2014 | Full Review…
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