The Knick

 (418)8.52014TV-MA
[Cinemax] A brilliant surgeon (Clive Owen) pushes the boundaries of medicine, morality and race relations at a 1900s NYC hospital in Season 1.
Starring
Clive OwenAndre HollandJeremy Bobb
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Method and Madness
    August 8, 2014
    55min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'Method and Madness.' Series premiere. Dr. John Thackery ascends to the role of chief surgeon at The Knick.
  2. 2. Mr. Paris Shoes
    August 15, 2014
    48min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'Mr. Paris Shoes.' (Season One) Thackery tasks Barrow over a dearth of cadavers; Edwards opens a covert basement clinic.
  3. 3. The Busy Flea
    August 22, 2014
    55min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'The Busy Flea.' (Season One) Thackery is asked to perform reconstructive surgrey on an old flame; Algernon has a frustrating day at work.
  4. 4. Where's the Dignity?
    September 5, 2014
    56min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'Where's the Dignity?' (Season One) Algernon forces Thackery's hand in surgery. Cleary and Sister Harriet strike a deal.
  5. 5. They Capture the Heat
    September 12, 2014
    47min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'They Capture the Heat.' (Season One) The Knick considers buying in a new invention. Barrow enlists Thackery to operate on a Collier thug.
  6. 6. Start Calling Me Dad
    September 19, 2014
    53min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'Start Calling Me Dad.' (Season One) Thackery vows to reverse a series of failed operations; Edwards finds his career in jeopardy.
  7. 7. Get the Rope
    September 26, 2014
    43min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [HBO] HD. 'Get the Rope.' (Season One) The stabbing of a dirty cop by a black man stirs up racial tension on the street and at the Knick.
  8. 8. Working Late a Lot
    October 3, 2014
    51min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'Working Late a Lot.' (Season One) Thackery is compromised by a citywide run on cocaine; Gallinger hopes to quell his wife's grief.
  9. 9. The Golden Lotus
    October 10, 2014
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'The Golden Lotus.' (Season One) Lucy goes to extremes to get drugs for Thackery; Cornelia and Edwards face a dilemma.
  10. 10. Crutchfield
    October 17, 2014
    57min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    [Cinemax] HD. 'Crutchfield.' Season Finale. Thackery pushes himself to the limit and beyond; Cornelia and Edwards arrive at a crossroads.
  11. 101. The Knick: Trailer
    November 26, 2014
    1min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A preview of 'The Knick,' a Cinemax drama series with Clive Owen as a boundary-pushing surgeon in a 1900 NYC hospital.
  12. 102. About The Knick
    August 8, 2014
    3min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Clive Owen and his co-stars in 'The Knick' discuss the characters, setting and backstory for Steven Soderbergh's thrilling Cinemax series.

Bonus (2)

  1. Bonus: The Knick: Trailer
    This video is currently unavailable
    August 9, 2014
    1min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    HD. A preview of 'The Knick,' a Cinemax drama series with Clive Owen as a boundary-pushing surgeon in a 1900 NYC hospital.
  2. Bonus: About The Knick
    August 8, 2014
    3min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    HD. Clive Owen and his co-stars in 'The Knick' discuss the characters, setting and backstory for Steven Soderbergh's thrilling Cinemax series.

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Supporting actors
Juliet RylanceEve HewsonMichael AngaranoChris SullivanCara SeymourEric JohnsonDavid FierroMaya KazanLeon Addison BrownMatt Frewer
Season year
2014
Network
HBO
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SueReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not enough science / medicine; lots of hollywood slant
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Parts pretty good - historical drama about medicine around the 1900's and the exciting discoveries and advances in science and medicine. Visually beautiful with the old buildings, horses, clothing, button shoes. The old time medical tools fascinating.
Repulsive and unrealistic - Dr. Christiansen's suicide, Dr. Thackery still able to practice medicine while a cocaine addict, women portrayed as promiscuous and murderers from the nun to the high born society lady to the nurse, let alone all the poor prostitutes. Lots of nudity. Episode 1 - opening shot full frontal nudity of an oriental girl - no need for that. The reason private parts are called private is that they are meant to be "private" between husband and wife, not a voyeuristic audience. I feel the sex and nudity a big mistake to try to make the show popular. If the writers had skipped that and focused on the medicine it might have had a chance.
I was so pleased to get such a bargain - season 1 for only $5. I had to stop watching when it became ridiculous, probably 20 year old nerdy males wrote this. Disappointing.
Dr. Chickery Jr. would have made an excellent husband for the nurse, instead she goes for the loser, Dr. Thackery.
This could be redone using genuine conduct / history of that time period....people worked very hard, Victorian conduct based on Bible principles, life span very short - 45 to 50, primitive, ignorant (but not raving immoral).
I personally cannot recommend this and did not finish the series.
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LUANN HEWITTReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Clive Owen gives a great performance. Nurse Lucy is amazing
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Can not wait for season 2. Historically correct in most aspects of the medical system. There were different hospitals for Irish, Germans, English and Americans. Clive Owen gives a great performance. Nurse Lucy is amazing. As a nurse I can not image wearing that uniform. Wearing scrubs is bad enough but to wear a long dress with an apron. The cocaine addiction is historically accurate. It was not until the Harrison Act that you could no longer buy cocaine and heroin over the counter without a prescription. The operating room scenes are also accurate historically. Gloves were not used until Goodyear came up with them. Lister was sprayed over the surgical theater. Bayer was manufacturing Heroin as a cure all including for teething for children. They did pull psychiatric patients teeth as they felt that the teeth were the reason for "madness" and they also removed the tonsils. Some of the audience may not believe all of this but it is true
25 people found this helpful
prairie womanReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Dark Side of The Sidewalks Of New York!
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The Knick, as in the mythical Knickerbocker Hospital in a poor district in New York City is a series originally produced by Cinemax with Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen directing. This is not for the faint hearted because there are very few good outcomes and happy endings in these stories. This is medicine and surgery practiced in the early 1900s. Many of the characters are based on real life doctors and surgeons like William Halsted who was a pioneer in many surgical procedures as well as asepsis. Halsted had one big flaw----he was a drug addict. The main character John Thackery appears to be patterned after this individual.

Dr. Thackery is brilliant and continues to strive as the chief of surgery at this hospital that competes with more well known and affluent beacons of care in New York, like Cornell and others that are located "uptown." His accession to the job was by default as the previous chief of surgery has died under tragic circumstances. The doctors are under stress as they try to save countless patients that have already suffered complications beyond repair. They are rarely successful and it takes its toll on the medical staff as they try to figure out what goes wrong and why so many don't survive the procedures.

On the administrative side of running the hospital and relying not just on wealthy donors but also currying favors is Mr. Barrow, the Superintendent. This is also around the whole corruption environment of New York City with officials and cops on the take. There are also shady characters who are Mafiosi types running brothels, opium dens, and also are sought out as resources. There is a lot of money changing hands and it all isn't going for the benefit of poor patients. Palms are greased, and the benefits are often reaped by those that intend to profit----Barrow is no exception.

Then there are the Robertsons, big donors to the Knick. The family consists of a wealthy businessman and his daughter Cornelia. Cornelia is involved in the day to day activities of the hospital and in representing the family interest also has a lot of say in how the place should be managed and who the prime players should be. She insists that the assistant to Dr. Thackery will be Dr. Algernon Edwards-----a very talented surgeon who has studied at Harvard and gotten medical qualifications abroad. He also happens to be black and initially is spurned by Dr. Thackery.

There is a lot going on in the ten episodes in this series. There is competition among doctors not just at the Knick but throughout the city as they try to best each other on techniques, new inventions, and who is the most brilliant. There are many social issues as well-----especially concerning Dr. Edwards, the lone black guy who has to prove himself over and over. In his case, he also has a connection to the Robertsons and eventually it becomes too close and brings much heartache.

The scenes in surgery and throughout the hospital are very realistic and graphic. It's definitely not for the quesy sort---there's a lot of blood shed here! Some of the scenes such as in the mental hospital seemed unbelievable but when one goes on-line and looks them up it's found to be true. There's a lot of tragic happenings in this show and a lot of deaths. Not too many happy endings or good results. It's life in the medical world of the early twentieth century----but it was part of a revolution and a good start!
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ReallyNelieReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this series!
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If you're interested in medical history, New York City history, or just the historical period of the early 1900s, you will love this show. It is obviously very carefully researched and as far as I know incredibly accurate in all the details. It also will make you very glad you did not live in that era, especially if you have ever had any kind of serious medical condition, and reminds you how far we've come. Beyond the histoircal detail, there are also great storylines and wonderful actors. Both male and female characters are dimensional, meaning human and flawed as well as often incredibly courageous and strong. I think this treasure is kind of hidden in the golden age of good TV and I wish it wasn't because it's one of the best!
jkkoplinReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
plus completely re-defines shows like ER. It's interesting to see a time where ...
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just a completely new window into an old time, plus completely re-defines shows like ER. It's interesting to see a time where absolutely nobody lived who went to the hospital and there wasn't a rosy ending to every episode, rather the contrary. Having a daniel day lewis like rough main character who really struggles in his role as a person shows the challenges of the times. I think we like to almost sexualize our nostalgia for the good old days, and a window into a hospital before vaccines, cpr, transfusions, ekg's, x rays and IV's is a massive reality check to that. I'll take a modern hospital any day over this racist charnal house. In general, showing the true texture of history and why we are where we are today comes through clearly as a bell. It's also gorgeously produced.
MACY*STARRReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enthralling...gritty...true to that medical era...saving lives at the turn of a new century, addiction to sex, cocaine, power...
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Quite accurate to the era depicted, completely enthralling as you find yourself rooting for the amazing surgeon that battles his own personal addictions to sex, cocaine (when first discovered), and the need to save as many patients as is humanly possible even at the detriment of selling his soul and destroying friendships along the way
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William D.Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show with interesting insights into an important time in the United States
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This show is top notch. If you love history, there is a lot to like here.. even though many of the characters are based on actual characters or a combination of characters. The sets, both inside and outside are incredibly detailed. The acting is top notch and the story lines are compelling. So sorry it only ran for two seasons.
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John Q Rutherton the FifthReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling
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I first heard of this show from a practitioner in the ER I work in. Not having cable I went to Amazon; disappointed that it wasn't available. Then a different practitioner recommending it on HBO's streaming service which I have; and it was great. Being on the 9th episode now on HBO; I'm happy to buy the first season just to encourage the possibility of being able to access the second season via amazon sooner than later.

The OR scenes are my favorite. All the othe scenes are pretty great.
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