The Knick (2014–2015)
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A riot breaks out when a police officer is stabbed by a black man defending his wife. The employees of the Knickerbocker fight to protect the lives of blacks injured in the riots.


Steven Soderbergh

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Dr. John W. Thackery
André Holland ... Dr. Algernon Edwards
Jeremy Bobb ... Herman Barrow
Juliet Rylance ... Cornelia Robertson
Eve Hewson ... Lucy Elkins
Michael Angarano ... Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr.
Chris Sullivan ... Tom Cleary
Cara Seymour ... Sister Harriet
Eric Johnson ... Dr. Everett Gallinger
Matt Frewer ... Dr. J.M. Christiansen
Mary Birdsong ... Fionnula Sears
Michael Cerveris ... Dr. William Halsted
Frank Deal ... Sergeant
Rachel Korine ... Junia
Collin Meath ... Phinny Sears


Dr. Gallinger returns to the Knick to find his social order upended. Dr. Edwards is now a working member of the team with Thackery's full support. They are using his suction machine and Bertie performs an operation using his written guide. Constable Phinny Sears is stabbed by an irate African-American after the policeman suggests to his girlfriend that she could work in one of Bunky Collier's brothels. Sears is taken to the Knick and after he dies the mob forces its way in, attacking black patients who have sought refuge there. To save them, the staff is forced to transport them to the black hospital through the rioting crowds. With the crisis passed, Edwards and Cornelia become intimate, as do Thackery and Nurse Elkins. Written by garykmcd

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26 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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The character played by Michael Cerveris in this episode, Dr. William Halsted, is based on the real-life physician William Stewart Halsted (September 23, 1852-September 7, 1922). Halstead, who the showrunners have credited as the major inspiration for the character of Dr. John Thackery, was both an innovative and pioneering surgeon and a drug addict (as Thackery does, he attempted to cure his cocaine addition by becoming addicted to opiates/heroin instead). See more »


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27 September 2014 | by jilin_lausdeoSee all my reviews

I never could fully understand why I continued watching The Knick after its pilot episode. But after watching today's episode I am drained of all compunction that I might have had before. I am not savvy to any of the medical terms and nor am I seemingly empathetic to the doctors' plight during that era. All the same, something kept drawing me back to it. And I am all the better for it. I needn't be too emphatic on Clive Owen's acting because everyone knows how good an actor he is. The characters are gradually starting to mean something to me, if they were not already. The direction as always is impeccable and the writers don't seem to feel the need of fastening their pace. If there's anyone among you who is dubious of continuing to watch, you don't need to be. Enjoy the new episode. You certainly wouldn't be wasting your time.

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