Critic Consensus: Thanks largely to Steven Soderbergh's confident directorial hand, The Knick's series premiere is a polished piece of period entertainment, even if it isn't groundbreaking television.
as Dr. John W. Thackery
as Dr. Algernon Edwards
as Lucy Elkins
as Herman Barrow
as Cornelia Robertson
as Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering Jr.
as Tom Cleary
as Sister Harriet
as Dr. Everett Gallinger
as Jacob Speight
as Eleanor Gallinger
as Capt. August Robertson
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
as Jesse Edwards
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Critic reviews for Episode 1
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.
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.
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.
The series' overwhelming sense of purpose is matched by the sense of discovery and advancement seen later in the episode.
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.
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