The Knick

The Knick

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2015
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Set in downtown New York in 1900, the Knickerbocker Hospital faces a major upheaval due to poor finances and an exodus of wealthy patients. The one remaining star is Dr. Thackeray, who along with the hospital staff of surgeons, nurses and other personnel must struggle to keep both themselves and the hospital going.
Publisher: New York, NY : Home Box Office, [2015]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 600 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
NTSC, rda
widescreen (16:9), 24 fps, rda
digital, optical, stereo, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
4 3/4 in., rda

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One of the best television series you'll find. Imagine NURSE JACKIE as a period drama instead of a half-hour comedy. Clive Owen plays a brilliant junkie surgeon at a downtown New York hospital at the dawn of the 20th century. Abortion, electric cars, cocaine, immigrants, communicable disease -- 1900 seems very timely today. The spare electronica soundtrack and Steven Soderbergh's masterly direction evoke the power and freshness of modern science and the feeling of a wide-open future, something that is long gone for us.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 08, 2017

While "The Knick" (the name of a hospital) was well-received, it didn't really find an audience. Maybe because it was on Cinemax, best known as a purveyor of soft porn. Set in turn of the century New York City, it's a doctor show, but very different than the usual ones on TV. Clive Owen stars as a brilliant, but arrogant and drug addicted surgeon struggling to bring medicine and surgery into the modern age. Andre Holland (recently seen in "Moonlight") is a black doctor who faces racism, Juliet Rylance plays a crusading public health advocate who is trapped by her wealthy circumstances, and Eve "Bono's my Dad" Hewson is a young, Southern nurse who falls for Owen. The acting is excellent and the show tackles big issues like race, poverty, class, public health, abortion, and drug addiction. The show looks great and all the episodes were directed by Steven Soderberg ("Ocean's Eleven," "Traffic"). It should be noted that the surgery scenes are very graphic and you would be best to not eat whilst watching. Contrary to another comment, I did not find this lugubrious at all! It will make you grateful for modern medicine and health care. Way better than "Gray's Anatomy."

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tlortiz3
May 03, 2016

Great historical drama set in NYC. Gory sometimes, main character addicted to drugs. Super interesting. Well acted.

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araby1
Mar 06, 2016

Great historical drama.

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c_anderson
Mar 05, 2016

I had high hopes for this show, but it is so lugubrious - takes itself very seriously, ponderous writing, no likeable characters. Very disappointing.

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darcerama
Feb 17, 2016

I kept thinking to myself "Really, antibiotics hadn't been invented yet?!!" Among other curatives and procedures as yet imagined at the turn of the last century--that we now take for granted.
They talk about 'germs' being everywhere but were still in the dark as to how to battle them.
I was on the edge of my seat when they were still trying to figure out how to do blood transfusions and why they didn't work.

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bdelligatti
Jan 02, 2016

The first season of The Knick is so intriguing and different from what else you'll see on the paid cable stations. What I especially like about this season is that it sets up season two quite well. The set design is good (New York, 1900) and Clive Owen is great in this role as a talented surgeon with ideas that would start to bring medicine into the 20th century, but still deeply flawed.

sondraj Oct 30, 2015

We just finished viewing this 10-episode series and thought it was excellent. The plot/ characters (set in 1900 NY city) touched on a significant variety of social and political issues that are relevant today. Acting was superb; sets were exceedingly well-done. No wonder it garnered good reviews and won several awards. Four stars, for sure.

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paul1
Oct 28, 2015

Heard about this on CBC's "White Coat, Black Art". Well this is quite the change from the medical dramas where the physician diagnoses and cures the patient in the last 10 minutes of every episode. Seeing how it is set in the year 1900, surviving surgery was a 50/50 proposition (the body count in this season gives "Dexter" a run for the money) and this hospital still needs an X-ray machine. It certainly explores a lot of the social issues of the time, and Mary Mallon popping by with some peach melba. No angels in this place but lots of flawed souls doing their best. As the series tagline states "Modern medicine had to start somewhere".

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jimg2000
Aug 19, 2015

Back in time when surgery tools and medical techniques were primitive.

From IMDb: 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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paul1
Oct 25, 2015

"It always looks like rain if you only look at the clouds"-Abigail Alford episode 3

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