The Knick (2014–2015)
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Method and Madness 

Dr Thackery is Chief Of Medicine in a 1900 New York hospital, The Kickerbocker, battling a cocaine addiction, high mortality rates and bureaucratic corruption to save lives in a world before antibiotics and blood transfusions.

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Herman Barrow
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Cornelia Robertson
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Lucy Elkins
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Tom Cleary
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Dr. Everett Gallinger
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In New York City in 1900, Dr. John W. Thackery is named Chief of Medicine at the Knickerbocker hospital when his colleague, J.M. Christiansen, commits suicide after a failed attempt at a Caesarian section results in the death of both mother and child. Now a member of the hospital Board, he finds his preferred candidate for deputy chief, Dr. Gallinger, rejected by chairman Cornelia Robertson in favor of an outside candidate, Dr. Algernon Edwards, who has an outstanding resume. To Thackery's surprise, Edwards is an African-American and he wants nothing to do with an integrated hospital. Poverty and unsanitary conditions provide a steady stream of patients for the Knick. Medicine is still in a primitive state with most surgical deaths the result of infection. Thackery has his own demons to deal with however in the form of a cocaine addiction. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

"The Knick" has the same medical advisor as the PBS series, "Mercy Street" , another medical drama in which a surgeon suffers from addiction and is tended to secretly by a nurse on staff. See more »

Goofs

During the surgery sequence we see Clive Owen put the needle into the patient's spine, his back, and a couple of seconds later it appears not to be a back but a belly. See more »

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Dr. John W. Thackery: You can only run away and join the circus if the circus wants you, and I don't want you in my circus.
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Composed by Cliff Martinez and Gregory Tripi
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The Soderbergh experience
29 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Neither the trailer nor the plot line had interested me too much but all that changed when I found out Steven Soderbergh has been directing. Being a Soderbergh enthusiast and with some free time in my hand, I convinced myself to try it out, even though I was a little apprehensive (even Soderbergh have had his dull moments). Five minutes into the first episode and the Soderbergh signature is unmissable.

The Cliff Martinez soundtrack comes in as the doctor protagonist shoots cocaine in a horse carriage on his way to the hospital and all that Traffic, Contagion sense memory comes back. Nothing more exciting than a dark gripping Soderbergh thriller. He is just such an exciting director, he can go into any familiar territory and make something extremely unconventional. The hand-held camera aesthetic when most period pieces are shot steady, the Cliff Martinez psytrance score in place of classical music, the camera angles, the acting, the blocking everything just builds up the most gripping television experience I have seen in some time.

Everything is just so nuanced; the dialogues are realistic, the characters believable. None of that over the top witty exchanges between characters that pretends to be more intelligent than it actually is. The gore is not overdone and perfectly builds up the tension. Corrupt civic institutions, the hypocritical church, sickly immigrants, racism while at the same time the progressive social workers and the men dedicated to furthering science, perfectly paints the picture of a city that is grappling with its troubles but there is hope in the future.


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