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The Knick

The Knick

Cinemax 2014

Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.John Thackery is a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite his secret addiction to cocaine. He leads a team of doctors including his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger; the young Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. and Dr. Algernon Edwards, a promising surgeon who's been recently thrust upon him. The lively cast of characters at the hospital also includes Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of its benefactor, Captain August Robertson; surly ambulance driver Tom Cleary; Lucy Elkins; a fresh-faced nurse from the country; the crooked hospital administrator Herman Barrow; and Sister Harriet, a nun who isn't afraid to speak her mind.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Knick

The Knick - S2E3

#1 - The Best with the Best to Get the Best


Season 2 - Episode 3

Thackery enlists Edwards to help him test a new hypothesis. After rejecting Robertson’s advances at The Knick, Lucy learns that confession isn’t always good for the soul. Young journalist Genevieve Everidge works on a story about one of Thackery’s rivals. Cornelia is dismayed by the limits of her husband’s sympathies. Barrow faces a new adversary at Tammany Hall. Gallinger is intrigued by a discussion of eugenics at a class reunion. Edwards deals with a surprise visitor.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Knick from 873 votes.

The Knick - S2E4

#2 - Wonderful Surprises


Season 2 - Episode 4

Abby’s worsening condition persuades Thackery to test out his novel syphilis treatment. Edwards comes clean to Opal, but does not get the response he expects. Cleary makes a last-ditch effort to raise funds for Harriet as her date in court arrives. Bertie undergoes physical training. Barrow loses a sponsor. Gallinger’s prejudices are reinforced. Cornelia probes a suspicious death. Lucy laments her lot in life.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Knick from 846 votes.

The Knick - S1E2

#3 - Mr. Paris Shoes


Season 1 - Episode 2

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, Edwards offers to share a procedure he learned in France, but is rebuffed by Thackery and Gallinger. Robertson addresses a typhoid-fever outbreak. Elkins is taken into Thackery's confidence. Sister Harriet breaks a taboo. Edwards finds an alternative way to perform his duties.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Knick from 1146 votes.

The Knick - S2E2

#4 - You're No Rose


Season 2 - Episode 2

Dr. Thackery makes a move to return to The Knick, which the board frowns upon. Cornelia gets Cleary to do a dirty job, but it comes with a cost. Robertson makes a push for a new subway initiative. Barrow drives up construction costs. Lucy receives a surprise visitor from home.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Knick from 873 votes.

The Knick - S1E3

#5 - The Busy Flea


Season 1 - Episode 3

Thackery weighs performing surgery on a former flame, and orders Gallinger and Chickering 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, Edwards takes out his frustrations at a local bar. Robertson is relieved when her pleas about treating a patient with typhoid fever are finally heard.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Knick from 1035 votes.

The Knick - S1E9
#6 - The Golden Lotus
Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Knick from 844 votes.

The Knick - S1E8
#7 - Working Late a Lot
Season 1 - Episode 8

Already on edge due to a city-wide 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.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Knick from 817 votes.

The Knick - S2E1
#8 - Ten Knots
Season 2 - Episode 1

The hospital readies for its move uptown, while Dr. Edwards makes a play to be named permanent chief of surgery and Dr. Gallinger heads over to Cromartie Hospital in hopes of getting Dr. Thackery to come back to work. Bertie rebuffs Lucy's attempt to make amends. Ping Wu demands his prostitutes be given regular medical checkups. Speight tracks a new plague. Cornelia ministers to a quarantined San Francisco neighborhood.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Knick from 990 votes.

The Knick - S1E4
#9 - Where's the Dignity?
Season 1 - Episode 4

Edwards forces Thackery’s hand during surgery, angering Eleanor. In recovery, Abigail regrets her past choices involving Thackery. Cleary and Sister Harriet strike one deal, then another. Bertie’s father, Dr. Bertram Chickering, Sr., scolds him for his career choices. Lucy learns of Thackery’s secret life.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Knick from 957 votes.

The Knick - S2E7
#10 - Williams and Walker
Season 2 - Episode 7

Fighting his nerves, Thackery readies himself to attempt to separate Zoya and Nika in front of a packed audience. After getting a surprise gift from her father-in-law, Cornelia attends a gala charity ball for the new Knick with other familiar guests. Barrow gets rid of a threat. Opal spoils the Robertsons’ good mood. Algernon gets a long-overdue spotlight in the surgical theater, but complications ensue.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Knick from 794 votes.

Last updated: may 04, 2021



This is by far on my top favorite tv show list! It is the only reason I would ever pay for Cinemax. Being in the medical field, I love anything to do with it and though their history is a little off, it's still amazing to watch and see how things were done 100 years ago. A definite must watch!


Love this show! Really makes me appreciate advancements in technology and in medicine even more. It's good TV.


I cannot believe they canceled this show after two seasons! WTF! This is a great, well-thought out, dark drama. -_- wow, I'm just amazed at how LAME networks can be.


One of the rare gems of true beauty. All parts - acting, directing, pictures, music, story writing, montage - works perfectly to create a incredible show. Intense and intelligent, better to enjoy in small portions through longer period of time as binge watching this one will leave you brain dead ;-)


It's pretty good, though at times it's hard to stay awake while watching it.


Was disappointed when Soderburgh decided to put away his directors chair. Fearing he'd be relegated to the great movie directors of the past but judging by his outstanding work on this show he has an even greater chance of becoming the best tv director of the future. This show oozes atmosphere and corruption whilst giving "Hannibal" a run in the squeamish stakes.


One of the best shows that I watched in these last years. Discovering how life and medicine were back in the 1900s was amazing and the high quality of the settings and the acting makes the show remarkable. Special mention to Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh! Probably this show wouldn't have been the same without them! Reading that the show was CANCELLED after season 2 is so heartbreaking!


The last few years has been great for historicals and The Knick is no exception. One of my favorites of the year with a very interesting plot. The history itself isn't very accurate but the medical procedures, for the most part, are and it's interesting to see the characters develop in the way they are.


Incredible show. Very interesting characters with fleshed out storylines. Fantastic actors, I honestly can't remember one actor that didn't do a good job. And as a medic, I absolutely loved the attention to details. Sadly, by the last few episodes you can notice a few rushed decisions and storylines that don't make sense. You can tell they were trying to end it. It's too bad it wasn't more popular, but I can tell you the quality of the show was not to blame.


This is gorgeous, if you haven't watched it then you should absolutely do it!

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