The Knick: Season 1, Episode 1 Reviews

Debbie Day
Entertainment Weekly
June 5, 2018

After seeing the mad doctor at work, Edwards refuses to resign, saying "I'm not leaving this circus until I learn everything you have to teach." He might as well be speaking for the viewers.

Kevin Yeoman
Screen Rant
October 7, 2015

The series' overwhelming sense of purpose is matched by the sense of discovery and advancement seen later in the episode.

Noam Cohen
October 7, 2015

So right away we've got hookers and drug use, and as this a medical show set in the year 1900 in New York City, we now know that this man is basically going to be Dr. House with worse instruments and nicer outfits. And ether.

Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
October 7, 2015

Edwards-who, after the being chided by Thackery during his first operation, chooses to stay at the Knick-pretty much sums it up: "I'm not leaving this circus until I learn everything you have to teach."

Robert Ham
Paste Magazine
October 7, 2015

You're in the assured hands of some of the best storytellers in the business. Trust in them, and you'll have much to applaud at the end of this first hour.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.6/10
Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
October 7, 2015

With Soderbergh at the wheel, The Knick is gorgeously crafted.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brandon Nowalk
AV Club
October 2, 2015

The Knick seduces in three parts: first that modern composition, then the music, and finally the first action sequence.

Jennifer Silverman
Rolling Stone
October 1, 2015

One episode in, The Knick may indeed feel like something key is already missing, or has yet to be revealed. It is, however, nothing if not illuminating.

Mike Hale
New York Times
October 1, 2015

Many viewers will enjoy The Knick for its combination of high polish, courtesy of Mr. Soderbergh, and historical interest. And there's no reason not to, as long as those virtues distract you sufficiently from the very ordinary and familiar hospital-drama.

Keith Uhlich
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 30, 2015

Next to Soderbergh's direction, the music is an element of this promising new series that is pretty much above reproach.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5