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A brilliant surgeon pushes the boundaries of medicine, morality and race relations at a New York City hospital at the turn of the 20th century in Season 1 of this Cinemax drama series. Throughout 10 episodes--all directed by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh--the show follows Dr. John Thackery (Oscar(R)-nominee Clive Owen) and his groundbreaking work at the Knickerbocker Hospital (a.k.a. "The Knick") which faces a major upheaval due to an exodus of affluent patrons, an infusion of poor patients, and gross mismanagement of its finances. As he searches to solve a plethora of medical mysteries and develops a cocaine habit, Thackery must deal with a variety of co-workers and patients, including driven new arrival, Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland) and the wealthy and influential Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance). Also with Eric Johnson, Michael Angarano, Eve Hewson, Cara Seymour, Jeremy Bobb and Chris Sullivan.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMethod and Madness||Series premiere. In 1900, John W. Thackery, a brilliant yet tortured doctor working at The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, ascends to the role of chief surgeon after the unexpected departure of his mentor, J.M. Christiansen. Though Thackery wants his own protege, Everett Gallinger, to take over the assistant chief position, Corneila Robertson, daughter of the hospital's major benefactor, insists that he hire Algernon Edwards, a talented doctor who trained in London and Paris. Edwards encounters enmity and resentment on his first day at The Knick - but his desire to remain prevails after joining Thackery, Everett, Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. and Nurse Lucy Elkins in the operating theater for a daring surgical procedure.||55:25||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMr. Paris Shoes||Already fuming over the hospital's faulty new electrical system, Thackery tasks Herman Barrow, The Knick's crooked superintendent, to deliver more cadavers so that he and his team can test out novel surgical procedures. With more patients dying, Algernon offers to share a procedure he learned in France, but is rebuffed by Thackery and Everett. Cornelia addresses a typhoid-fever outbreak; Lucy is taken into Thackery's confidence; Sister Harriet breaks a taboo. Algernon finds an alternative way to perform his duties.||48:08||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Busy Flea||Thackery weighs performing surgery on a former flame, and orders Everett and Bertie to experiment on pigs. Barrow goes to extremes in order to pay off a debt and recover a missing tooth. After a bad day at work, Algernon takes out his frustrations at a local bar. Cornelia is relieved when her pleas about treating a patient with typhoid fever are finally heard.||54:35||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhere's the Dignity?||Algernon forces Thackery's hand during surgery, angering Gallinger. Abigail, in recovery, regrets her past choices involving Thackery. Cleary and Sister Harriet strike one deal, then another. Bertie's father, Dr. Bertram Chickering, Sr., scolds his son for his career choices. Lucy learns of Thackery's secret life.||55:33||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThey Capture the Heat||Barrow looks to pay down a debt by treating one of Collier's wounded men at the Knick, and tries to convince Captain Robertson to purchase a new Edison invention. Still marginalized by Thackery, Algernon attempts to improve on a hernia surgery. Everett and Eleanor fear for their baby's health; Cleary and Sister Harriet visit Chinatown.||47:06||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoStart Calling Me Dad||After testing out a new procedure, Thackery and Bertie vow to reverse a series of failures in the operating theatre. Euphoric after helping Speight track down a typhoid carrier, Cornelia finds herself less than enthusiastic about her status as the future Mrs. Phillip Showalter. Thackery entertains a salesman's pitch; Everett considers how to help Eleanor with her grief; Barrow haggles over used merchandise. Edwards finds his clinic, and his career, in jeopardy after a surprise encounter.||53:15||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGet the Rope||The stabbing of a cop by a black man stirs up racial tension on the street and in the Knick, forcing Thackery and Edwards to take action. Everett returns to work and a changed OR; Barrow fears for Junia's safety; Cornelia is impressed with Edwards' ingenuity; Lucy is escorted home.||42:32||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWorking Late a Lot||Already on edge due to a citywide run on cocaine, Thackery worries that Dr. Levi Zinberg, a Jewish surgeon and inventor, will steal his spotlight at the next New York Surgical Society presentation. Bertie continues his courtship of Lucy while staving off his father's persistent demands that he leave The Knick. Cornelia, Speight and Bertie go to court in an attempt to keep Typhoid Mary Mallon quarantined. Gallinger tries to get Eleanor to move past her grief.||51:12||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Golden Lotus||A late-night crime sheds unfavorable light on The Knick, forcing Robertson to come up with hush money. Lucy goes to extremes to get drugs for an increasingly desperate Thackery, whose plea for an advance from a seller of patent medicines falls on deaf ears. Gallinger despairs as Eleanor's behavior becomes more erratic; Cornelia and Edwards proffer different solutions to a shared dilemma.||43:26||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCrutchfield||Season finale. Refusing to collaborate with Dr. Zinberg on blood-transfusion research, an increasingly paranoid Thackery pushes himself to the limit, and beyond, in an effort to solve the riddle and beat his rival. Cornelia and Edwards arrive at a crossroads; Barrow trades one creditor for another; Lucy requests Bertie's help.With The Knick in the midst of yet another crisis, Robertson calls for a vote.||57:26||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Knick: Trailer||A preview of 'The Knick,' a Cinemax drama series with Clive Owen as a boundary-pushing surgeon in a 1900 NYC hospital.||1:14||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAbout The Knick||Clive Owen and his co-stars in 'The Knick' discuss the characters, setting and backstory for Steven Soderbergh's thrilling Cinemax series.||3:16||Series Only||View in iTunes|
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This is an interesting insight into not just how crude medical science was around 1900, but also how racist attitudes were still extremely commonplace.
The show is well produced and looks great (as you would expect from director Steven Soderberg), with some very graphic scenes of medical procedures and diseases as well as excellent set design and lighting. A few downsides though - Clive Owen's attempt at an American accent is truly terrible, and the music used throughout the show is incredibly ill fitting and downright bizarre.
same old same
Let’s start with the positive points: great acting, relatively convincing period drama with attention to details.
Now… I think we are all a bit tired of hospital related shows and period dramas. This is a 1900’s version of House MD. The lead character is also a deeply flawed genius, lacking social skills, also with an addiction problem.
Dark, gritty hospital drama
Clive Owen is excellent in this period hospital drama. The series offers a brutal insight into the butchery of turn-of-the-century operating theatres and the surgeons who pioneered new techniques. Great script, good acting, odd music...