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A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.
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Series cast summary:
 Dr. John W. Thackery (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Dr. Algernon Edwards (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Herman Barrow (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Cornelia Robertson (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Lucy Elkins (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Sister Harriet / ... (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Dr. Everett Gallinger (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Tom Cleary (19 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Captain August Robertson (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Nurse Pell (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Eleanor (13 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Nurse Baker (13 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Eldon Pouncey (12 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Jesse Edwards (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Henry Robertson (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Phillip Showalter (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Abigail Alford (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Jimmy (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Ping Wu (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Mr. Havershorn (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Lin-Lin (9 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Victoria Robertson (9 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Monsignor Joseph Mills Lawlor (9 episodes, 2014-2015)


A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. Every day they must deal with lack of funding, personal conflicts, egotism, racial tensions, personal vices, drug addiction, affairs, closed minds, dated nigh-medieval medical techniques and them and their experimental new techniques being misunderstood by most, in order to keep the hospital going and give the ill the help they need. The pressure is enormous and leaves its mark on the souls of most of them.

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8 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kirurg  »

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Dr. Algernon Edwards partially based on Louis T. Wright (1891 - 1952), a brilliant African American surgeon who was active in the New York NAACP in the first half of the 20th century. Both Wright and the fictional Edwards studied at Harvard Medical School and graduated at the top of their class. Wright became Harlem Hospital's first African American surgeon in 1921, two decades after this show takes place. See more »


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For your weekly drama remedy, look no further than The Knick, an oasis of medical and social intellect. Side effects might vary, including addiction.
25 November 2015 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

I would not imagine that a series equivalent to unholy alliance of House and Sherlock would be on Cinemax. The Knick is a collection of dysfunctional characters that roam the street of last century New York, dressed as doctors, nurses, and even high class patrons. It's an utter delight to see their shenanigans as well as depravities. This is the period of obviousness, medical advancement, racial profiling and all of these are presented like Sherlock with morphine overdose.

Everyone is flawed here, even if their motive might be just, the moral ambiguity plagued any on-screen persona. Clive Owen plays as Dr. Thackery, the head surgeon of the less profitable partial altruistic hospital The Knick. I can't imagine Clive Owen without the stache anymore, this is a character with such determination that the only drive rivaling it is his addiction. Other notable character is Dr. Edwards by Andre Holland who's a brilliant colored doctor who must deal with racism and his own vices.

The pace wastes no time to introduce many subplots and characters. It's rare that nearly every perspective is appealing. On other series they have strong leads and probably one or two well written supporting cast. This is not so with The Knick, audience would find something endearing in the unorthodox characters as they all have their unique slightly destructive charm.

With Steven Soderbergh at helm, the artistic vibe just oozes from the dirty New York. Continuous scenes happen so often that they can adsorb audience in the immersive atmosphere. The soundtracks are intriguingly contagious, they are modernized version of old school tune. It's strange, catchy and really set up the quirky mood. Furthermore, it has some of the most convincing practical effects for anatomical and cringe purpose.

The Knick is a top shelf drama, administered with style and not only embracing all of its undesirable oddities, but put them in proud display.

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